Singer Ciara appears on this month’s cover of Shape magazine looking super fit.
But the 29-year-old wasn’t always so in shape.
During her pregnancy last year, the “Goodies” singer gained 60 pounds.
“When I was pregnant with [son] Future, one thing I learned quickly was, don’t ever let a pregnant lady be hungry, because when I was, I was like the Tasmanian Devil!” she tells Shape magazine. “I indulged in all the good food the world has to offer. After he was born — when I couldn’t exercise yet — I kept eating, and I gained 60 pounds.”
“But as soon as the doctor said I could start training again, I was on the treadmill the very next day,” Ciara told the magazine in her cover story. “Once I got back into it, I worked out two or three times daily. I would go to [trainer] Gunnar Peterson first for my one-hour training session, then I’d have two more cardio sessions later in the day.”
“That, along with a really clean eating plan, was how I lost 60 pounds in four months. It was a very intense program, and I was extremely focused on it.”
During her intense workouts with a trainer, Ciara especially enjoyed “an hour-long plyometric cardio circuit that always includes boxing elements.”
But the singer says her diet was just as important as her workout regimen — especially one thing in particular — water.
I believe that drinking tons of water and flushing out your system is crucial for training. It really helped me drop the weight. I tell myself that water is my medicine and that to stay well, I have to drink a gallon of it every day.
And while Ciara says she also put herself “on a strict eating regimen,” she does admit to needing cheat days.
“I give myself a break,” Ciara tells Shape. “At some point I have to have French fries, a cheeseburger, and some pizza. And Oreos and vanilla ice cream!”
Ciara’s hard work has paid off.
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