DIVA TBT! How You Can Lose 25 Pounds Fast – Just Like Gina Neely!By Delaina Dixon | March 23, 2017 | Fitness
Hey Divas! This Thursday, we kick off “Diva TBT,” where we revisit some of our favorite posts over the years. First up: How celeb chef Gina Neely lost 25 lbs!
When we first interviewed Gina back in 2013, she had just dropped 25 pounds, thanks to a healthy new lifestyle. And the single mom (she divorced in 2014) has kept it off. Read on for her weight-loss secrets, including the George Foreman Grill!
Why did you decide to get healthy and lose the weight?
Honey, we’re always trying to achieve to be better. IΓÇÖll 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 didnΓÇÖt 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.
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 pepper 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?
When you lose weight, your 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 conscious 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 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.
What’s next for you?
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 L.A. body!
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