Talk Show Host Wendy Williams Lost 50 Pounds with Meat-Free Diet, Cardio and Pilates

Wendy Williams
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Former radio jockey Wendy Williams has become one of the most popular female daytime TV hosts in the last several years with The Wendy Williams Show. Season 8 of the nationally syndicated TV talk show premiered Sept. 19. Williams may be 52 years old, but she is looking better than ever since she lost 50 pounds in 2014 due to her meat-free diet and an overall healthy lifestyle.

Once upon a time, Williams was addicted to food and struggled with yo-yo dieting. The TV host had issues with her weight dating back to her childhood. She says her first diet was in the first grade where she was eating tuna fish and mustard with yogurt.

Although the 5-foot-11 Williams has reached her desired weight at a slim 145 pounds, she continues to workout at the gym. But, now, she enjoys lots of cardio and Pilates to fight and prevent heart disease.

Heart disease problems like atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure are linked to individuals that are obese or overweight. Williams admits she got a jump start through her tummy tuck and liposuction years ago, but says the plastic surgery ultimately sparked her healthy lifestyle.

Wendy Williams’ Vegan Diet and Healthy Lifestyle

Wendy Williams has tried several crazy diets throughout her life; however, it was more effective for the talk show host to simply reduce her food intake. Williams eliminated refined sugar and eating at night. Eating late at night is linked with various health problems like heartburn and acid reflux, weight gain, and sleep problems.

Wendy Williams has now picked up great eating habits like the vegan diet and juicing. Williams consumes a diet that is mostly plant-based and vegan. The vegan lifestyle avoids all types of animals and animal byproducts, including fish, poultry, meat, and eggs, and dairy.

Vegans also incorporate lots of vegetables, fruit, brown rice, lentils, leans, quinoa, seeds, nuts, and seed- and nut-based butters and flours into the diet. A plant-based diet helps decrease the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Williams’ vegan diet has also helped boost her energy and metabolism.

What does a day of eating look like for Wendy Williams? Her first meal may include oatmeal with organic blueberries, hemp seeds, raw cacao powder, honey, and other fresh fruit like blackberries, banana, and pineapple. She may also consume a cup of coffee with cinnamon and stevia extract. Her second meal might be chocolate flavored almond butter on carrots and celery and a vegan protein shake.

For lunch, Williams might have a salad with organic mixed greens, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, onions, jicama, alfalfa sprouts, chia seeds, and a coconut oil salad dressing. She might also drink a hot green tea with fresh lemon juice.

Her afternoon snack could be carrot sticks, celery sticks, and cucumber sticks with organic hummus. For dinner, Williams may eat pan-seared tofu in coconut oil and dipped in a tamarind cashew sauce, black beans with cayenne pepper sauce, and cashew or hazelnut milk ice cream. After dinner, she may also consume a vegan protein shake.

Wendy Williams’ Workout and Exercise Regimen

Wendy Williams is a former couch potato, but now she exercises on a regular basis. Williams works out at the gym five times per week despite being a mother and a popular TV host. Williams separates her workouts with cardio training and lower body and core training. Her trainer gets Williams to perform three lower body and core workouts per week, along with two full days dedicated to a full-body cardio workout.

Williams completes her lower body and abdominal training routine on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Some of her lower body exercises include box squats, leg presses, barbell slow motion squats, single-leg presses, kettle bell swings, Romanian dead lifts, and dumbbell step-ups. Her abdominal workout includes bicycle crunches, Russian twists, dumbbell side bends, pillar holds, abdominal x’s and o’s, and bodyweight cocoons.

Williams will then do her cardio training routine on Tuesdays and Fridays with exercises like mountain climbers, full-body burpees, leap-ups, and push-up ladders, while also working out with the incline treadmill, elliptical machine, and rowing machine.

Wendy Williams believes that health changes won’t happen overnight. She no longer supports fad diets, crash diets, or a magic diet pill. She now believes in a transition to a healthier lifestyle.

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