Anyone who’s lost weight through dieting or exercise knows that sometimes losing the weight isn’t necessarily the hard part, but keeping it off. Actress Kirstie Alley lost 50 pounds with Jenny Craig two years ago and has kept the weight off.
She told People how she does it. One of the main ways she’s able to keep it off is by avoiding trigger foods. These include sugar cookies, linguini with clams and cheese. “I love sugar cookies that are frosted with Santa’s faces and trees, so I didn’t order any and I didn’t have any,” the 66-year-old actress told the magazine. “My friends were dismayed because I usually give them out as gifts.”
Another key is tracking the food she does eat. “I can have anything I want, I’m just counting the calories,” she told People. “I know how many calories 6 oz. of tenderloin is. I know that pasta is 200 calories in a cup. So as long as I keep steady that way, and count it up, it’s easy to count because I know how many calories those foods that I really love are.”
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And if she feels as though something isn’t going to be enough to keep her fulfilled, she “volumizes” the meal. “Let’s say I have a cup of chili and it’s 200 calories, and then I pour it over a big chopped salad — it’s still 200 calories basically, but you feel like you’re getting a lot more volume,” she explains.
She also stays active, working out at least three times a week. “I started becoming a lot more physical,” she says. “It depends on the weather and where I am but I have different workouts I’ll do. If I’m in Florida or Kansas where it’s flat, I’ll get on my bike and ride to my friends’ houses. If I’m in a place that’s cold,I don’t like gyms but I’ll go to dance classes. I also like yoga. I try to do that three times a week — pick one of those and do that.”
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