Carrie Underwood received red carpet recognition at the Country Music Awards for her impressive post-baby weight loss. The country crooner credits a vegan diet and fitness plan for shedding the pounds, and Carrie has shared all the secrets to her slim-down success.
Underwood even worked out during her pregnancy while watching what she ate, reported Hollywood Take.
After following a vegan diet for 20 years, Carrie has learned that when she cuts the bread, she sheds the pounds.
“I’m vegan and I love bread, but recently, I started making dinner a breadless meal,” revealed Underwood. “I’ll have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, and I’ll make a sandwich on Ezekiel bread for lunch, but in the evening I’ll have protein and vegetables and no bread. When I wake up, my belly is flat!”
As for fitness, Carrie has immersed herself in Tabata, which she admits is challenging. But the country music star believes in the benefits of varying intensity.
“I choose seven different exercises, like squats, lunges, or push-ups, and do eight rounds of each—20 seconds on, 20 seconds off for eight rounds. It really revs up my metabolism,”added Underwood.
All that working out paid off as Carrie joined Brad Paisley in a series of skits that even dared to mock Star Wars, reported the Boot.
Underwood even slipped into full Princess Leia attire as Brad took on the role of Han Solo. Add in Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, and William Shatner, and the Country Music Awards went where no CMA has dared to go before.
“I’m boldly going to the gift lounge,” commented Shatner.
Now that the Country Music Awards are over, however, Carrie is on a healthy eating and fitness regime that she doesn’t plan to halt. Underwood has worked out a series of food rules for herself, she told Us Weekly.
With a new line of athletic and leisure clothing, CALIA, now available for fans who want to follow in Carrie’s slim footsteps, Underwood revealed that her No. 1 secret is to know the origin of your food, sometimes known as the “farm to table” guideline.
“Know what you eat,” emphasizes the 32-year-old country crooner. “I like to know where all the food that I’m putting in my body is coming from. That’s why I love being able to start each week with a trip to the supermarket.”
For those who skip breakfast, grab a doughnut, or hunt for something in the vending machine, change your habits, advises Carrie.
“Eat a healthy breakfast,” said Underwood. “It’s so important to start the day with something fresh and tasty.”
Among Carrie’s own healthy favorites are oatmeal or a tofu scramble made from whatever’s lurking in her fridge. But while all that sounds healthy, Underwood does allow herself an occasional treat.
“Eat to feel good,” sums up Carrie of her third diet rule. “I eat to feel good and sometimes that means it’s okay to indulge. From time to time, I’ll sip on red wine to unwind and relax at the end of the day, or when I’m with my girlfriends.”
For working out, Underwood seeks to stay in charge of her schedule but does not make a set time to exercise an obsession. Instead of penning in a specific time daily and stressing about it, Carrie works out in between the baby’s nap time, feeding her little one, or running errands. The secret, says Underwood, is taking advantage of down time to hop into her exercise routine.
“Between naps, feedings or errands, it’s all about being prepared to jump in wherever, whenever,” said Carrie.
Underwood is proud of her Calia clothes line that lets her layer for convenience.
“I’m only ever a layer away from a look that can transition from a street to sweat session,” pointed out Carrie. “Right now I’m really into Tabata … I’ll switch up each day to keep it fun. It’s a few minutes of intense activity that I can do anywhere – then move on to conquer the rest of my day.”
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