Gina Neely is 25 pounds lighter – down to 123 lbs. – thanks to a healthy new lifestyle. DivaGals spoke with the Food Network star and chef to get her weight lost secrets!
Why did you decide to get healthy and lose the weight?
Honey, we’re always trying to achieve to be better. I’ll be 48 this year, getting close to that big 50, and I just wanted to look better and feel better, inside out. I really just wanted to make a change. In my family, we have a history of high pressure, and I didn’t want to deal with those things when I hit 50. Then I got approached by George Foreman, and they kind of went hand-in-hand. Now I feel amazing, and I can’t believe how much energy I have.
Tell me about your 12-week George Foreman challenge?
On the George Foreman grill, all the meals are 500 calories or less. They break everything down: breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it’s all in a book, so you don’t have to eat the same thing every day. What I want people to really understand, like I had already been eating salmon. The George Foreman grill just added more flavor to it for me. I didn’t have to count calories, I can throw it it was so easy.
Did you create any of your own recipes for the grill?
I created 15! The grilled fish tacos are really good. I use halibut because it’s a meatier fish. Sprinkle with some smoked paprika, kosher salt, ground peeper and cumin, add some lime and of course your corn tortillas and some iceberg lettuce. It’s very easy, quick and healthy. When you eat it, you don’t feel weighted down.
What are some of your favorite exercises?
I have a bridge near my house, so I’ll run the bridge once or twice. I’ve been walking with my girls. With that combination, you can achieve it.
When you lose weight, you’re body changes. What’s the first piece of new clothing you bought?
It was a bra! I was a 36DD. I’m now a 34C. I was glad to get rid some of those, girl. I was always very conscience of my arms, I’m wearing my arms out now.
Any other dieting tips?
I drink lots of water. I still have my cheat days. I’ll still have a glass of champagne, but for me that’s like, heaven. And I spend my cheat days on chocolate!
Has life changed for your family?
My girls have started to work out and they are eat with me. My daughter said to me the other day, “there’s no junk food in the house,” and I said, “I know…” I didn’t ask them to do it. They were just tasting the things I was making and they liked it. Pat has lost 20 lbs. as well.
What’s next for the Neelys?
We’re shooting pictures for our third book, and I’m sure we’ll look completely different. You know, people can’t believe the weight loss. They I think I’ve had a gastric bypass. I tell them to get a George Foreman grill and get in a little exercise, and you too can look like this. It’s my LA body!
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