THEY SAY ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN. BUT HOW EXACTLY? THESE FITSPIRING INSTA-GIRLS SHARE HOW THEY COMPLEMENT THEIR WORKOUTS WITH HEALTHY EATING.
“You can’t out-workout a bad diet! The problem is we eat more than we workout. Personally, the best advice I could give is increase the frequency of your workout per week and avoid having big meals during dinner.” —fitness coach, Nike ambassador, and former UP Pep Squad captain Lian Melegrito
“Avoid whites! White bread, white rice, white sugar! White rice replacement can be black rice, red rice, or quinoa. Always read the back of the box—the nutrition facts. Try to always eat all organic. No preservatives, artificial sweeteners like aspartame or acesulufame k, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, or food coloring. Instead of sugar and artificial sweetener, use cocosugar. Instead of regular salt or flavor enhancer, use sea salt. It’s important to eat more raw vegetables than any other thing in your diet. I try to do that with one drink in the morning. I love juicing and normally include these in my morning drink: kale,apples, cucumber, ginger, broccoli, red pepper, calamansi, and tangerines. Before you eat breakfast, do 7 sun salutations and you’ll feel fulfilled and able! Just a small commitment can change your life.” —actress and environmentalist Alex Godinez
“Never underestimate the power of water! Instead of going for those sugar-loaded drinks, drink water instead! It’s good for hydration and your skin.” —professional volleyball player Dzi Gervacio
“Choose whole foods that are packed with nutrients your body needs to fuel your workouts. The less you eat sugar, the less you crave for it. Crash diets or starving yourself won’t do you any good. Eat when you’re hungry, and stop before you are full.” —NTSweat creator, yoga teacher, and fitness blogger Nikki Torres
“With regards to diet and nutrition, I don’t eat too many carbs and very rarely eat meat. I would most likely always take the fish or veggies and fruit option.” —actress, model, host and Kizomba dance enthusiast Margo Midwinter
I believe in lifestyle changes. In 2010 I replaced my carbohydrate staple, rolled oats cooked to the consistency of rice. I eat that with ulam, be it adobo, pinakbet, sinigang, etc. It’s a matter of adding more fiber into your diet but not depriving yourself of tasty food.” —athlete, host, and Adidas ambassador Cassie Umali
“Having a healthy breakfast can help you kickstart your day. It’ll help you also not to go all out on lunch. My favorite breakfast dish to prepare is a yogurt bowl: Greek yogurt topped with banana, avocado, granola, and coconut chips, sprinkled with chia seeds. It’s easy and only takes about five minutes to make. So skipping breakfast because you don’t have time isn’t really a valid excuse!” —Blogger, fitness host, and mom of two Jackie Go
“Water + lemon + honey + tea. And lots of water. Also lots of fruits so I have space in my tummy for my [junk food] cravings.” —professional volleyball player Bea Tan
“Don’t starve yourself.Follow a meal plan that best fits your lifestyle and stick to it. And always hydrate with lots of water. I usually drink a glass of water before every meal.” —digital influencer Denisse Oca
“I usually just eat whatever I want because I don’t like depriving myself of good and yummy food that satisfy my palette and make my tummy happy. Although, there are two things I always make sure of: that I include fruits and/or vegetables in my every day meals, and squeeze in physical activity to sweat and flush out the toxins in my body.” —PMAP model and former DLSU courtside reporter Jeanine Tsoi
“It’s important to know the proper proportions of carbs, sugar, and water that one’s body can take in order to stay healthy. At the same time, it’s also good to indulge in your favorite snack or dessert once in a while. Most importantly, never skip meals!” —Ateneo Lady Eagle Jamie Lavitoria
“As a former professional ballet dancer I’ve always known how to eat healthy. I grew up eating salads and always watching my weight, but as I got older I figured that your weight is such a small fraction of your being. But while weight loss does not equate to happiness, physical activity does help keep you happy (and sane!) and motivated. It may sound cliché but after more than 2 decades spent in fitness and movement, I find that the best mantra is “everything in moderation, including moderation.” Going to extrenes is never sustainable, especially in the long-term, so no to crash diets and exercising in excess! Love your body ’cause it’s the only one you’ve got.” —PlanaFORMA, STOTT Pilates, MELT Hand&Foot, and Piloxing SSP instructor Viella Galvez
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