Maria Menounos has won admiration for her ability to look fit and fabulous. But she achieved that sleek physique only after losing 40 pounds. Now she’s sharing how she maintains her weight loss, from diet tips to fitness secrets, reported Radar Online on Sept. 15.
Rather than obsess about what you can’t eat, Maria advises focusing on a healthy food plan. “My goal is to be healthy, not skinny—and the best way to achieve that is to not diet,” she said. “The moment you cave and have something you’re not supposed to eat, you’ll want to quit the whole plan.”
In addition, Maria became a walking wizard. She suggests using a fitness tracker to motivate yourself to move more, crediting celebrity fitness expert Harley Pasternak for encouraging her to walk at least 12,000 steps daily. But is walking really enough to maintain a significant weight loss? Yes, say experts.
“The key is to find an exercise program that suits your goals, interests and fitness level, and your weight loss efforts will begin to pay off,” said Dominique Adair, M.S., R.D., president of Adair Fitness and Nutrition in Los Angeles, in a Sept. 17 interview with the Chicago Tribune.
And it doesn’t take a lot of walking to make a difference in achieving your weight loss goals. You can burn 400 to 800 calories more per week by walking just 15 to 20 minutes daily. Using a pedometer, as Maria suggests, can help you track your activity and encourage you to take more steps.
In an exclusive interview, Maria revealed that keeping a food journal also made a big difference in her weight loss success. “I just wrote down everything I ate for a week and assessed my problem—it was carbs,” she admitted. So by cutting foods such as pizza down to an occasional treat, she gradually lost the weight and kept it off.
Maria emphasizes that you can succeed with your weight loss goals on a budget. You don’t need to join a fancy gym or sign up for a gourmet diet food delivery program. Her new book, “The Every Girl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness: How I Lost 40 lbs and Kept It Off-And How You Can Too,” includes recipes for making inexpensive and delicious diet meals and snacks as well as information about her fitness program.
Although Maria does do some additional exercises, she focuses on taking extra steps every day to burn more calories. “I don’t strive to get those steps in on a track. My goal is to achieve them in my daily activity – walking to do errands and around the office, forgoing escalators for stairs, etc,” she advised.