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The former adult film actress, 44, shared a before and after photo of herself on Instagram Monday.
“Let’s talk about the mental aspect of losing weight and getting healthy. I’m going to be honest with you, when I was heavy I hated leaving the house. I felt judged,” Jameson wrote. “I felt eyes on me everywhere. I could hear others internal monologue saying “damn, Jenna Jameson let herself go” ugh.”
“All of us do this, we worry so very much how we are perceived. But beyond that shallow thinking there was deeper shame. I was disappointed in myself,” she continued.
The mother of three revealed her concerns that she wouldn’t go back to a size she felt comfortable with while being sober.
“I was worried I couldn’t lose the weight Sober. I’m being real with you,” she admitted. “When I was in my addiction it was easy to stay thin. Sobriety and being overweight was new to me. I kept telling myself if I could beat addiction and stay sober, I can easily lose the weight… and I did. The healthy way.”
She added, “And as of today I can say my mental game is STRONG. I feel I can do anything, I conquered abuse, addiction, PTSD and depression. Thank you for listening and please tell me your stories below, I read every comment #weightloss#weightlossjourney #keto #ketodiet#sober #sobriety #beforeandafter#fitmom #mentalhealth.”
Jameson also shared a mirror selfie of herself on her Instagram Story wearing a white one-piece bikini while showing off her toned body.
Jameson has been open about her weight loss journey since giving birth in April 2017.
Earlier this month, Jameson shared another before and after photo of her body in a joyful post in which she told her followers she had gone from a size 16 to a size 6 in jeans.
“It’s time for another #tuesdaytransformation . Guys, I fit into size 6 jeans! the picture on the right I’m wearing size 16 jeans the fit of my clothes is catapulting me forward now, not the scale so much,” Jameson wrote in the caption.
“Oh, and can we talk about “muffin top” it’s gone! I feel like keto paired with #intermittentfasting has been my riddle solver!” she continued. “I’ve officially weaned off my poison sugar free creamer and am now drinking black coffee with stevia and coconut oil! on a side note I want to acknowledge all of you taking the leap with me to get healthier, I’m SO damn proud of you!!!! Love you guys so much!”
Jameson also previously shared in an Instagram post that since beginning the keto diet in March, she had lost 57 lbs. The diet is a very low-carb, moderate protein and high-fat eating plan.
She shared two sets of before and after photos to show her followers how much her body had changed.
“On the right, I weigh 187. On the left I’m a strong 130,” she wrote. “I was lethargic and struggled with the easiest of tasks like walking in the beach sand with Batelli. I felt slow mentally and physically.”
“I took the pic on the right for a body positive post I was going to do and decided against it because I felt anything but f—— positive,” she continued. “I’m now a little under four months on the #ketodiet and it’s not only given me physical results, I feel happier, smarter, and much more confident.”
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Her worry: “How do I keep the weight from sneaking back on?”
Our expert says: “You cant mess up too much as long as you stick with portion control,” Sharon Richter, MS, RD, says. That means not letting a dinner roll or slice of pizza turn into two or three. Also, pick your pleasures wiselya glass of wine, a few bites of dessert, or a piece of chocolate per day wont hurt. But adding in all of the above will. When in doubt, just stick to this simple rule: one-quarter plate starch, one-quarter plate protein, and the rest veggies!
As anyone watching their weight can tell you, stepping on a scale isn’t always the best part of your day. You step on, hold your breath and hope for the best. It can be a source of anxiety, frustration, and even shame. As great as it can feel to see that number dropping, even a slight uptick can really mess with your head and derail your progress. And when that happens, it’s just so much easier to start subtracting workouts and adding snacks.
But, as you may have heard, health is more than a number on a scale—and that’s the idea behind Shapa, a numberless scale that aims to remove the needless anxiety so you can concentrate on what matters. Shapa’s co-founder, Dan Ariely, is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University who devoted his research to decoding people’s decision-making. With Shapa, he built on a principle known as loss aversion, which generally states that we prefer avoiding a negative result more than acquiring a positive one. In terms of weight loss, that means the negative feelings of adding a few pounds are more impactful than the positive feelings associated with shedding a few.
But sometimes adding a few pounds is merely a factor of day-to-day fluctuations that happen naturally, whether by water retention or having eaten a heavy meal. Which is why Shapa’s goal is to get you focused on the long game rather than this so-called weight variance. The scale, together with its corresponding app, uses an algorithm to track your weight and body fat percentage while accounting for your personal patterns in weight variance—and instead of showing you your weight, you’re graded with one of five colors to mark your progress.
I’ve long been aware of the role my mind plays in my ability to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. I can rationalize just about any food choice—“What a rough day, I deserve a Twix!” or “That’s great news, I should get a Twix!”—and have talked myself out of more workouts than I can count. I tend to want instant results—a workout today should be a loss on the scale tomorrow—even though I know this isn’t how human bodies work.
“Scientific research shows that the body, through various mechanisms, resists weight loss attempts, and most people who lose weight gain it back,” says Joan Chrisler, PhD, a psychology professor at Connecticut College who specializes in weight and eating disorders. “Thus, when weight loss efforts don’t work, dieters think there is something wrong with them, feel like failures, and give up after a few weeks.” I get that—and I’d be lying if I said a string of disappointing weigh-ins never led to a cheeseburger. I was eager to give Shapa a shot and take a stab at changing my outlook.
Shapa acknowledges that changing our behavior is key in achieving our goals. After all, the scale is only a reflection of what you’re doing, so the app is all about encouraging users to build new habits and live a generally healthier lifestyle. The Shapa app, which works on both Android and iOS and can support up to seven accounts, supplies you with reminders, healthy tips, and “missions” to help change your behavior. “Focusing on your behavior is proven to be more beneficial than setting a specific weight loss goal,” reads a post on the Shapa website. “Instead of concentrating on a number on the bathroom scale or limiting your calories, challenge yourself to take a walk each day, keep a food journal, or drink an extra glass of water each morning.”
After downloading the app and answering a long questionnaire about my food and activity habits, I did my first weigh-in. By design, your first few weigh-ins don’t tell you anything. There’s a nearly two-week assessment period where Shapa’s algorithm learns your variance. I found this stage to be tedious. Psychologically, it’s weird to step off the scale having learned nothing. It’s anticlimactic. Eventually though, I got my first rating from Shapa. The color scale ranges from blue (you’re doing great!) to dark gray (you’re slipping!). I earned a green, the neutral rating, signifying no meaningful change in my weight or body fat.
At first, I was pumped by the results. I remained in the green for a couple of weeks. The wording on the results is very positive, so even though I wasn’t necessarily improving, I still felt good about not backsliding. I even found myself working out more often. But it wasn’t long before my itch for results needed scratching. After all, my goal was to lose weight, not stay exactly the same.
After a few weeks of green weigh-ins, I eventually hit something of a mental plateau and found myself weighing in less frequently. That complacency led to some more iffy food choices, followed inevitably by a string of gray Shapa readings. Obviously, that’s on me. I’m not blaming Shapa for my love of fried chicken sandwiches. But while I appreciate Shapa’s philosophy, I wanted to see more of what was happening. It may seem like it defeats the purpose, but I found a way to make the app tell me my weight and change in body fat percentage—the two metrics the scale tracks—in the settings. If I got a dark gray, I wanted to know why.
The results Shapa offers are an average of your last 10 weigh-ins. For me, that was just as frustrating, because any change there moved so slowly. Once I snapped out of my fitness malaise and got back on track, I was still racking up the grays. That’s because it took nearly two weeks to see those changes reflected in my average. That was a discouraging little stretch. I realize now that what I’d done was substitute one metric for another. Mentally, I was still pinning my progress to the scale—except the feedback was a color now instead of a number.
As it happens, I’m not alone in tripping over such obstacles. “A common mistake people make is having impossible expectations and being too strict with themselves,” Chrisler says. “So when someone slips up and goes off the plan, it seems like the ‘diet’ is ‘ruined,’ and then they give up. It is important to have a series of statements to say to oneself when these slips occur in order to counteract self-blame and discouragement.” She recommends affirmations like: “Everyone slips up, I’ll get back on my plan tomorrow,” “One misstep won’t ruin the progress I’ve made,” or “Slow and steady wins the race.”
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When my Shapa average started to move again, I noticed that while my weight hadn’t changed, my body fat was down 0.1%. Now, I don’t know whether that’s good or meager, but it motivated me. I wish I knew what my starting body fat percentage was, and I definitely would love to see a chart or graph of my progress thus far. Ultimately, if Shapa offered more information, or even had different modes that would allow a user to choose how much or how slow feedback was reflected, I think I’d have found it a more useful tool.
“I think it would be better to focus on making behavior changes—eat healthier foods, move more, be grateful for what we have, develop self-acceptance—regardless of how these changes affect weight,” Chrisler says. Through their reminders and missions, these are goals Shapa hopes to cultivate, too. Since using Shapa, I’ve moved more toward this perspective and shifted my focus to long-term results. I’ve definitely been less preoccupied with what the scale says, and my exercise routine is reinvigorated. As I focus more now on how I feel, the most noticeable result has been that I am able to work out harder and longer. With the long game in mind, there can only be positive results down the line.
Brittany Cartwright is thrilled with her “wedding body” progress.
The Vanderpump Rules star, 29, revealed that she’s lost 25 lbs. as she preps for her upcoming wedding to fiancé and castmate Jax Taylor.
“I normally don’t post stuff like this but I’m feelin’ good,” Cartwright posted on Instagram, along with a bikini selfie. “Still working on that wedding body of course, but I’m so proud of my progress.”
The server at SUR also told E! that she does want to slim down for her wedding, but her real priority in losing weight is to be “happy and healthy.”
“Being healthy and fit makes me feel so much more confident and happy with myself,” she said. “It feels really great when you start seeing results and your old clothes start to fit again.”
Cartwright said that she starting working out more, and found that running and interval training “really helped jumpstart my weight loss.”
“I also started going to classes at Sweat Garage and it helped to keep me focused and have direction instead of trying to go to the gym and workout on my own,” she said.
She also cleaned up her diet to focus on healthy foods — with a few exceptions.
“I still have to have my cheat days! I try to eat clean for the most part, eating salads cooking a lot of baked chicken and vegetables at home, but I love my cheat days. I just make sure I have them in moderation now,” she said.
And she emphasized that anyone can get healthier — they just have to realize that it “doesn’t happen overnight.”
“My weight has always fluctuated so I was getting down on myself, but once you change those habits that aren’t making you feel like you, and start a healthier lifestyle, you feel great and you get that ‘sparkle’ right back!” she said.
Cartwright said that Taylor, 39, lost “a lot of weight” too, and has supported her through the process.
The couple announced their engagement on June 8, after a rocky year. But Cartwright told PEOPLE that they’re in a great place now.
“We just have been so happy. I can’t even be upset with him, I can’t stop smiling,” she said at the beginning of the month. “We’re doing very good. It’s just such a happy time right now.”
Jameson’s body frustrations pushed her to start following the keto diet — short for ketogenic — a very low-carb, moderate protein and high-fat eating plan. Since starting the diet in March, she has lost 57 lbs.
She shared two sets of before-and-after photos on Instagram to show how her body has changed.
“On the right I weight 187. On the left I’m a strong 130,” Jameson wrote. “I was lethargic and struggled with the easiest of tasks like walking in the beach sand with Batelli. I felt slow mentally and physically. I took the pic on the right for a body positive post I was going to do and decided against it because I felt anything but f—— positive. I’m now a little under four months on the #ketodiet and it’s not only given me physical results, I feel happier, smarter, and much more confident.”
And after four months on the program, Jameson pointed out how her progress has shifted from straight weight loss to toning.
“I’m no longer really losing fat, I’m tightening,” she said. “I see and feel the biggest difference in my arms and back. When I was out of shape, I felt really thick through my core and trap and arm area. That’s finally starting to go. I really feel weight in our arms is a hormonal thing.”
And Jameson gave some words of encouragement to her followers who are considering the keto diet, but don’t know if they can give up carbs.
“I can say this to all of you ladies wondering how I stay committed to no carbs. Well, after the first week or so the cravings subside and your body adjusts,” she said. “I get sweet cravings here and there, but I usually push past them by drinking a Fresca.”
Jameson also thanked her followers for pushing her through this weight loss journey.
“I also want to let y’all know how much your amazing support means to me. I know you loved me heavy, and now… but your journeys inspire me to keep inspiring you,” she said. “Thank you for going on this journey with me. I love you guys!”
You’ve probably heard that when you lose weight fast, it’s usually water weight. Or maybe you point fingers at water weight after stepping on the scale when you’re feeling totally bloated. But what exactly is water weight–and how do you get rid of it?
Water weight is when fluid collects in your tissues, causing them to swell–and it can make you feel pretty miserable. “Water weight is where the body retains fluid that normally would go to the kidneys,” explains Lynn Mack, MD, associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Instead of peeing out that extra fluid, your body stores it between your organs and skin, she says.
That can be uncomfortable–but it’s usually temporary, and it doesn’t mean you’ve gained actual weight.
Of course, simply knowing that water weight often goes away on its own doesn’t make bloating or swelling feel any better. So here are some tips on how to both prevent water weight and lose it if it’s already there.
Causes of water weight
Salt and carbs. One of the most common causes of water weight is too much salt in your diet. Sodium binds with water and keeps it trapped in the body. “The higher the sodium in the diet, the more fluid retention a person will have,” says Dr. Mack.
Carbs can also have an impact on fluid retention, specifically if you start adding them back after a period of restricting them.
“The carbohydrates we don’t use right away for energy we store as glycogen,” explains Joanna Sheill DiCicco, a registered dietitian at Henry Ford Center for Health Promotion in Detroit. “Glycogen pulls in water, so the more glycogen we are storing, the more water we are taking in.”
“When we are on restrictive diets and at first lose weight quickly, that really is just water weight from the loss of stored glycogen from our muscles,” says DiCicco.
Menstruation. Many women retain water weight the week before their period due to fluctuating hormones. Fluid retention may reach its peak the first day of your actual period, before subsiding for that cycle.
“With this type of fluid retention, the breasts can get really tender and some women get belly fullness,” says Dr. Mack.
You might also notice swelling in your face, legs, arms, and pubic area in the days leading up to your period.
Pregnancy. Pregnancy can cause you to gain water weight, especially as you get closer to your due date. You may see swelling in your hands, feet, or ankles. Hormones are partly to blame, but your growing baby also puts strain on your blood vessels.
“With pregnancy, you have a big belly so the [pressure causes] the fluid to go out into the tissues, and it has trouble getting back into the vessels,” says Jennifer Wu, MD, an ob-gyn at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
If your only symptom is swelling, it’s probably normal (although the weight may not all come off the minute you deliver your baby). If you have sudden swelling that hurts, you may have developed a blood clot (especially if the problem is only in one leg) or a spike in blood pressure. Either way, if you have these symptoms, get to a doctor right away.
Hormonal birth control. Just like there’s a connection between pregnancy and menstruation and water retention, hormonal birth control can also sometimes cause water weight.
Both the estrogen and progestin in birth control pills can be culprits, says Dr. Mack. Usually the water weight isn’t major and doesn’t last long, Dr. Wu adds, but you may want to talk to your ob-gyn about other birth control options.
Cortisol. Cortisol is best known as a “stress hormone,” although it’s actually much more than that. It’s involved in keeping blood sugar levels stable, balancing metabolism, reducing inflammation, and even forming memories.
Water retention as a result of elevated cortisol levels isn’t common, but it can happen.
“You’d have to have a pathophysiologic release of cortisol for that,” says Dr. Mack. In other words, there would have to be a lot of cortisol. “Just being stressed won’t do that.” (Phew.)
Cushing syndrome, for instance, might cause water retention. This is when tumors on the pituitary or adrenal glands release too much cortisol into the blood. People with low levels of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) can develop swelling around their eyes, says Dr. Mack.
Travel. Sitting for long periods of time on cross-country flights or lengthy road trips can cause water retention.
“Your muscles contract literally from sitting for too long,” says Dr. Mack, and your feet and legs may swell in response as the fluid pools there.
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Medications. Certain meds can cause you to retain fluid. These include drugs for high blood pressure like calcium channel blockers, corticosteroids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Some diabetes drugs, called thiazolidinediones, also do this.
Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you if fluid retention is a side effect of any medications you’re taking and if there are alternatives that might not cause water weight.
Poor circulation. Our circulatory systems become weaker as we get older, or sometimes as the result of a more serious condition like heart failure (which is also more common as we age), says Elizabeth Kavaler, MD, a urologist with Lenox Hill Hospital.
The valves in the veins of our legs, which are supposed to keep blood flowing upward to the heart, collapse a little, so the blood pools in the lower extremities and causes fluid retention.
“It’s physics,” says Dr. Mack. “You just get more pressure pushing down on those legs.”
How to lose water weight (or at least control it)
Avoid super-salty foods. It’s not so much the saltshaker on your table you have to worry about, it’s processed foods. These contribute about 75% of our salt intake, according to the FDA, since many use salt as a preservative.
“All of your processed, packaged foods are going to have more sodium simply because [the manufacturers] want them to stay on the shelf longer,” says DiCicco.
Cook from scratch when you can, using non-processed items like fresh fruits and vegetables. If you do need a packaged item, read the label and compare sodium content across similar products.
Drink MORE water. You might think that putting more water into your body just adds more water weight. In fact, the opposite is true. If your body feels starved for water, it will hold on to whatever water it has.
If you’re retaining water, make sure you’re getting plenty of H2O, especially if you’re also eating salty foods.
It might also help to limit tea, coffee, and alcohol, all of which can be dehydrating. Cranberry juice, on the other hand, has a slight diuretic effect and may help flush out some excess water.
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Exercise regularly. Physical activity is key to losing water weight. Not only will you be sweating out some fluid, but you’ll also get thirsty and want to drink more water, says DiCicco.
Moving around can also help decrease puffiness. If you’re driving long distances, stop the car at regular intervals so you can get out and stretch your legs. Walk around when you can on planes, buses, or trains, and do simple exercises with your feet and legs while seated.
Regular exercise is also important if you’re pregnant (although resting with your feet up is smart as well).
Eat hydrating foods. This is almost as good as drinking water. “Foods that have a high water content help with increasing one’s overall hydration,” says DiCicco. Taking in more fluids–even in the form of hydrating foods–will ultimately help your body excrete water, she says.
Watermelon, spinach, strawberries, and cantaloupe, among other fruits and veggies, all have a lot of water.
Eating potassium-rich foods like tomatoes and sweet potatoes (and most fruits and vegetables) can also help you get rid of excess salt, says DiCicco.
“When my sister was diagnosed with an aggressive, rare form of cancer, I decided to change my life”
Dr. Kevin Gendreau lost 125 lbs. by taking a three-pronged approach.
Unfortunately, the motivation came with tragedy. “When my sister was diagnosed with an aggressive, rare form of cancer, I decided to change my life,” said Dr. Gendreau, who had reached 300 lbs. by consuming “a diet full of bread, pasta and chips.” “For me, being obese was a choice. How could I literally eat myself to death while my poor sister was fighting for her life?”
After being diagnosed with hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, plantar fasciitis and fatty liver disease in 2016, Dr. Gendreau, 30, finally decided to make a change.
He came to the realization that he had been “an emotional eater” following stressful years including the loss of his father and the challenges of medical school.
“Once I made the black-and-white decision to stop being unhealthy, everything else just fell into place,” he said. He switched to a high fat, low carb diet and started tracking his progress through MyFitnessPal.
“As my sister’s condition worsened, I became more motivated than ever to eat healthfully because I knew my niece [Sophia, now 7] and nephew [Henry, now 3] would need me to be at my best,” said Dr. Gendreau. Sadly, his sister passed away in June 2017.
The new regime centered around very specific foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, non-fat Greek yogurt, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and non caloric spices and seasoning.
“If it’s not on that list, I don’t eat it,” said Dr. Gendreau, who also shares his before and after photos on Instagram and Facebook. “It’s astonishing to see how quickly and permanently you can lose weight with a whole food diet like this.”
After his weight hit a plateau, he turned to intermittent fasting after reading and learning more about it from The Obesity Code.
“Intermittent fasting works because it helps naturally decrease your daily calorie consumption while improving your insulin sensitivity,” said Dr. Gendreau, who eats from only 12pm to 8pm every other day. Outside of that window he allows himself black tea, black coffee and water. The 16-hour fasts helped him shed the last 50 lbs. of the 125 lbs. he lost.
He even began recommending his routine to patients. “Intermittent fasting has been life changing for many of my pre-diabetic and diabetic patients,” Dr. Gendreau said. But he cautioned, “Intermittent fasting is safe for most people, but not everyone. You should definitely talk to your own doctor before starting any diet or exercise plan.”
Anyone who follows Britney Spears on Instagram knows her boyfriend Sam Asghari is completely ripped, with eight-pack abs and massive biceps. But not many people know that he was depressed and significantly overweight just a few years ago.
After getting cut from his college football team, Asghari stopped exercising — but continued to eat like a linebacker. Soon his weight hit 290 lbs.
“I was eating Doritos for breakfast, fast food, sugar, candy, no protein, a lot of carbs, and drinking sugary sodas,” Asghari, 24, told Men’s Health. “My nutrition was extremely horrible. The stress and the fear of not going anywhere [in life] combined gave me my depression.”
In 2013, six months after leaving the team, he decided his poor habits had to stop.
“I could either continue going through the same thing or I could give it another 100 percent,” Asghari said. “I didn’t want to have to deal with that depression and disappointment anymore. I had to restart.”
Asghari was working three jobs at the time — including one at Gold’s Gym — and quit the others to start a full-time career in fitness. He became a personal trainer and worked out for two hours a day while overhauling his diet to focus on lean proteins, vegetables and complex carbs.
At one point his new regime became too obsessive — Asghari was measuring his body fat percentage daily while limiting his calories to just 1,500 — but eventually he found a middle ground. In six months, he lost nearly 100 lbs. and was down to 9 percent body fat.
With his newly ripped body, Asghari started modeling and acting, which led to a role in Spears’ “Slumber Party” music video. Now the couple, who have been together for a year and a half, are known for their Instagram workout videos.
“The exercises, I come up with them, but the videos are because of my better half. She’s the video director,” he said. “It’s a very fun thing, and I look back at them and smile. Working out together is always nice and we try to do it a couple times. It’s super healthy, mentally and physically. It takes your mind off of everything else.”
And Asghari’s loves working out to Spears’ song “Stronger.”
“I put my headphones in and focus on the exercise itself — that’s therapy for me,” he said.
How to Keep Keto at Starbucks
Let’s face it: Ordering out on the keto diet(even for something as simple as coffee) can be more than challenging. Is that really low-carb? How about sugar-free? Where exactly does the chocolate flavor come from? And, yes, this even includes popular fast-food places like Starbucks, where the overwhelming number of drink and food options on the menu can make ordering complicated.
Luckily, Instagram has become the go-to resource for keto dieters who just can’t quit their daily Starbucks habit. Users of the social platform are sharing their secret keto-approved orders under the #ketostarbuckshashtag. Here, experts share the keto-approved Starbucks orders you should keep in mind so you can get your caffeine fix without jeopardizing your ketosis. (Then peep these other keto-friendly drinks that’ll keep you in ketosis when you’re not at the ‘bucks.)
If You Just *Can’t* Do Black Coffee
Let’s get one thing straight: Black coffee (whether it’s espresso, cold brew, iced coffee, or traditional drip) is entirely keto-friendly. But if you can’t tolerate the bitter taste or are looking for something a little sweeter to jump-start your morning, ditch the venti frappuccino and opt for a refreshing tall Caffè Americano Coffee instead, recommends licensed integrative nutritionist Kelly Bower.
“I always order a hot tall Caffè Americano Coffee at Starbucks, but ask to have it served in a venti iced-coffee cup with ice, and with about an inch of room at the top,” says Bower. Then add heavy cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg to your cup yourself, since it’ll save you money and steer you away from artificial sweeteners that are not keto-approved, she says. (She calls it a “Snickerdoodle Shake.”) Still not sweet enough? You can add stevia, which is allowed on the keto diet.
If You Want Something Instagram-able
Even the Instagram-famous pink drink can get the keto treatment. Try ordering the drink with passion iced tea, sugar-free vanilla syrup, heavy whipping cream, and some ice, suggests Urvashi Pitre, author of The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook: Ketogenic Diet Pressure Cookers Made Easy and Fast. And to get that frozen texture you crave, just ask your barista to blend this beverage like a frappuccino.
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If You Need a Sub for Bulletproof Coffee
If your keto day always starts with buttery Bulletproof coffee, a plain black coffee just won’t do. Pitre loves to order this bulletproof stand-in when she’s fasting: Ask your barista for Grande Espresso Coffee over ice with some heavy whipping cream and two pumps of sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup.
If You Need a Quick Breakfast
Need a little something to go with your coffee? “The best keto food item to ever come out of Starbucks is their Sous Vide Egg Bites,” says Bower.
The Egg White & Red Pepper bites function as a great grab-and-go keto meal since they have 13 grams of protein and 13 grams of carbs. (Considering a general rule of keto is to stay under 50 grams of carbs per day, that’s not too bad.) However, she advises staying away from the Chicken Chorizo Tortilla flavored bites, since they include tortilla chips (which are anything but keto-friendly).
If you’re desperate to eat, and the egg bites are nowhere to be found, try ordering a sandwich and simply remove the bun, suggests nutrition coach Malorie Thompson. To keep your protein levels up, she recommends ordering the Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon & Cage Free Egg White Breakfast Sandwich and ditching the bun before you actually eat it.
If You’re Craving a Frappuccino
Frappuccino lovers will be all about this hack because, yes, you can still enjoy the infamous frozen beverage even when you’re on the keto diet—if you focus on the right ingredients, of course. To create a keto-friendly frap, Pitre recommends ordering one made with almond milk, whipping cream, two pumps of sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup, and some ice. Ask the barista to blend it together, just like a frappuccino.
If You Need a Snack
Starbucks protein boxes also can be a keto-safe snack at Starbucks, but registered dietitian Haley Hughes recommends only eating the nuts, eggs, and cheese items inside. Fruits like apples and grapes are often included in the Eggs & Cheese and Cheese & Fruit variants of the boxes, but they are high in carbohydrates, she says. (You can definitely add it to the list of best healthy packaged keto snacks you can buy.)
If You’re a Tea Person
“For iced tea, the easiest option is to order a simple unsweetened iced tea, like black, green, or passion, or white,” suggests Thompson. However, if you don’t like drinking your tea straight, you could add a pump or two of vanilla sugar-free syrup and a splash of heavy whipping cream, she says. Hot tea (without any milk or sugar added) is totally keto too—just like black coffee.
Heads up: Steer clear of Starbucks’ tea infusions or their shaken iced teas, many of which have added sugar or are mixed with juices (and as a result, contain a ton of carbs).
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If You Need a Filling Lunch or Dinner
Salad choices at Starbucks can be a bit tricky since there’s an array of tempting bowls that offer hearty greens and protein. However, Thompson suggests that the Chicken & Greens Caesar Salad Bowl is the best keto-friendly option on the Starbucks menu, with only 10 grams of carbs in total.
This article originally appeared on Shape.com
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star revealed in a post on her app on Monday that she has dropped 33 lbs., which she credits to a “combination of breastfeeding and being very active.”
“After I had True, I didn’t put any pressure on myself to lose the baby weight. I just wanted to get back to my regular routine from before I got pregnant, which was working out five to six times a week,” said Kardashian, who welcomed her firstborn with boyfriend Tristan Thompson in April.
“Here is where I am at currently. True turned 3 months old on July 12. I honestly didn’t give myself a number that I wanted to lose by this time, especially since I wasn’t able to work out for the first six weeks. But, since then, I’ve lost 33 pounds! I’m shocked that I lost that much weight that quickly,” said Kardashian, who added, “I’m chalking this up to the combination of breastfeeding and being very active during and after my pregnancy.”
Kardashian also shared with her readers that she doesn’t compare herself to other women and instead focuses on her own health journey.
“I never compare myself to other women as every woman has their own journey. We also all have different priorities in our day-to-day lives. One of mine is having that one hour where I can be selfish and alone in my place of refuge,” she wrote.
“Staying healthy and active is something that’s very important to me. Exercise is something I’ve always used to maintain my sanity and relieve stress,” said Kardashian. “And, now that I have a baby, I still want to keep something that’s my time, my space, something I’m doing for myself.”
In May, Kardashian showed off her five-week post-baby workout results.
“The beginning parts of working out kind of suck because you’re pushing your body so hard, you’re so tired, and you’re trying to get back into your rhythm,” the KUWTK reality star said in a Snapchat video.
“It’s much more difficult than I think you expect it to be. I’ve been working out for 11 days now, I feel really good, but tired. My body is sore because it’s re-waking itself back up,” she added.
In addition to sweating it out in the gym, Kardashian has focused on eating more protein and fruits and vegetables and less carbs.
“I’m currently on a low-carb diet that my nutritionist, Dr. Goglia, gave me,” she wrote on her app early last month. “It has lots of protein, so I’m able to go all out at the gym, but the best part is that I’m never hungry because I’m always eating!”
While a low-carb lifestyle might sound challenging at first, Kardashian assured, “I promise it’s easier to follow than it sounds.”