Blake Lively Eats Burgers without Cheating on Her Diet

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Blake Lively

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Blake Lively knew she had to be in a bathing suit for her role in The Shallows, but did that mean she was about to cut burgers from her diet? Oh hell no. When people hear about dieting, they automatically think of empty plates, starving themselves, and completely abandoning tasty treats such as burgers, ice cream, pizza, and pasta. But as Lively can show you, dieting is all about moderation and eating the right thing at the right time.

How Does Blake Lively Make Room for Burgers and Pizza in Her Diet?

Burgers and pizza are about the furthest thing you can imagine from diet foods, but used correctly, they can stimulate weight loss, or at least not contribute to weight gain. For her role in The Shallows, Lively didn’t count calories. In fact, her trainer, Don Saladino, advised her against going into a caloric deficit. Instead, they adopted the 80/20 rule, meaning that she would stick to diet high-protein meals featuring nutrient-dense foods (lean protein, fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats) 80 percent of the time, while allowing for indulgences such as burgers, pizza, or pasta 20 percent of the time.

This is a common form of dieting, and it produces great results. It’s manageable, prevents cravings, and provides an extra metabolic boost to stimulate fat burning. Indulging in a cheat meal a few times per week is great way to stay motivated during a diet.

Blake Lively Eats High Protein Foods Instead of Counting Calories

High-protein foods are the cornerstone of boosting metabolism and stimulating weight loss. When Lively dieted, she didn’t count calories, but instead she made alterations to the foods she was eating every day. When she wasn’t indulging in a cheat meal such as pizza, burgers, pasta, or ice cream, she was eating foods such as eggs, steak, chicken, fish, turkey, game meats, and other high-protein items. These helped her build muscle after her workout (she trained five or six days per week) and increased her metabolism to burn fat. To provide adequate vitamins and minerals, she made sure to add green vegetables to every meal and snack on fruits, while choosing slow-absorbing complex carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, whole grain oats, and squash to provide energy for her workouts. To round out her balanced meals, she included healthy fats from avocado, nuts, olive oil, and fish oil.

Blake Lively was able to keep burgers in her diet by adopting the 80/20 rule, eating high protein meals, and not worrying about counting calories. It’s a great diet method that makes success easy!

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