Wondering how your favorite star toned up so quickly? Here’s the insider intel on Adele’s newly svelte silhouette.
Summer’s officially in full swing and you know what that means: Body-baring clothing and bikini season. Abs might be made in the kitchen, but if you want to tone up in a hurry, you’ll also need to log in some serious sweat sessions and maybe even add supplements to your lifestyle. Fast-track your way to a summer-ready body by following these celebrity-inspired diet and fitness routines.
Was Adele Dieting, Working Out or Taking Supplements?
Which tactics did Adele take to lose weight and take on a healthier appearance? In an interview with Vogue, Adele admits she has almost completely ditched her two worst habits — basically chain smoking Marlboro Lights and drinking (up to a bottle of wine a day). She elaborates in the interview, “I was trying to get some stamina for my tour,” she says, “so I lost a bit of weight. Now I fit into normal, off-the-shelf clothes—which is a really big problem for me!” Admitting she now has a new habit — shopping.
Sugar was also a huge problem for the Grammy winner. Adele reportedly revealed to The Sun, “I used to drink 10 cups a day with two sugars in each so I was on 20 sugars a day.”
Along with cutting out the bad habits, Adele has added a few good ones such as circuit training, weight lifting and cable machines to work her entire body.
How to Lose Weight Like Adele
Slim Secret #1: Ditch Sugar
“While sugar in and of itself will not make you gain weight, too much of it will,” she says. “It’s a good idea to try to limit it. People tend to overeat sugar and cannot control their cravings of it, so if you omit it you take out the urge.” The expert explains: Do not put sugar completely off limits. Instead, Davis advises her clients to have something sweet if they want it, log it in a journal and simply move on afterward. This removes the urge to binge on things “we are told we cannot have” thus creating a healthy relationship with food.
Whenever possible, opt for sweet bites that come from natural sources rather than added, artificial sources. For example, fresh strawberries and blueberries topped with real whipped cream can be much more satisfying than a sugar-packed calorie bomb from your favorite ice cream joint.
Slim Secret #2: Plan For Success
“While there are no foods that will make you slimmer than others, if you are busy and on-the-go like Adele, planning your meals ahead of time is a good idea,” says Davis. “It helps to keep you on track and ensures that you are getting the essential vitamins, minerals and fiber into your daily diet.” Davis says that she encourages meal planning because some people are busier than others, have less time and/or don’t like to cook. If you plan ahead, it helps to ensure that you will meet your daily nutritional goals. Also, be sure to incorporate enough protein into you diet, in order to sustain and increase energy and keep you satiated and full for a longer period of time. Meal planning can be as extreme as meal prepping for the entire week on the weekend so you can just grab and go, or as simple as knowing ahead of time what you’re going to have for lunch so you’re not tempted to just grab whatever’s in the break room or vending machine.
Slim Secret #3: Incorporate An Exercise Mix
The health pro recommends a weekly routine of exercise such as weight lifting, circuit training and/or combined with cardio at least three times a week. Exercise is essential for changing the shape of your body and is also heart healthy.
Pair a regular weight lifting routine with a very small amount of cardio, recommends Davis. “Weight lifting takes precedence because the goal for anyone should be to build as much muscle as possible. The more muscle one has, the more calories that are being burned while resting. Weight lifting will also change the shape of your body, whereas cardio won’t,” explains Davis.
Weight lifting has one more up on cardio alone, it keeps your metabolism humming. The act of lifting weights doesn’t burn a significant amount of calories, however the processes that take place after your workout require a substantial and prolonged elevation in calorie burn. In order for your muscles to repair, recover and rebuild after a strength session, your body requires extra calories for extended periods of time (12 to 48 hours depending on the intensity of exercise; the more intense, the longer your body experiences the after burn effect), which can seriously add up over the course of several weeks.
Slim Secret #4: Cut Calories
There are no magic pills, including metabolism boosters, advises the fitness pro. Save money by nixing pricey supplements. Instead, focus on eating less calories than you expend in order to lose weight. “Weight lifting alone burns more calories than cardio and has an after burn that will also help kill calories. A great way to boost your metabolism is to be more active by moving more, or to give yourself a high-carb day every once in a while to replace leptin and glycogen.”
Go back to being in a caloric deficit, which is much more effective, explains Davis. “I will always try to get the message across to anyone that there is no magic when it comes to weight loss. It takes time, patience and consistency. Losing weight is all about budgeting the amount of food we eat. Metabolism boosters are false hopes and send an unhealthy message to people.” The only way you’re going to reach your goals and maintain them is to completely overhaul your lifestyle. Add positive actions like healthy eating and regular physical activity while removing the negative actions such as remaining sedentary throughout the day, binging on unhealthy foods and alcohol and not giving your body enough sleep. Ultimately, you’ve got to want it bad enough and be willing to commit to putting in the work, sweat and effort.