Barbadian beauty Rihanna certainly has it all. She’s topped the charts across the globe and in 2014 received the Style Icon Award from CFDA. She is one of the most controversial stars on the red carpet and certainly does not shy away from showing off that killer body.
At 1.73m (5ft 8ins) and weighing 56kgs, the 27-year-old singer/actress, owes her fabulous figure to the one and only, Five Factor Diet, created by personal trainer, Harley Pasternak. The fiveday diet involves eating five times-a-day with five key nutrients. Here we will divulge Rihanna’s best kept diet and health secrets. #EWGetsFit
The famous Five Factor Diet is favourited by major A-listers including, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Eva Mendes. The diet includes eating five small and frequent meals-a-day composed of five key nutrients in each sitting. The foods must contain low glycaemic index carbohydrate, low-fat protein, fibre, healthy fats and sugar-free drinks. Harley’s recommended foods include lean meats, vegetables, eggs, low-fat dairy, nuts and olive oil.
There is no denying why this diet craze is so popular with all of our favourite celebs. The Five Factor diet enables you to eat often and with the additional advantage, which allows you to have a one ‘free day’ in the week where you can give into those cravings. However, strict guidelines advise you not to exceed 1,500 calories per day.
FOODS BANNED FROM RIHANNA’S DIET
- Processed foods
- High sodium foods
- Bad fats
- Junk food
- Sugary drinks
RIHANNA’S DIET ADVICE
“Cardio is the key. I work out every day but I need a trainer to motivate me. I don’t find it fun to work out alone.”
EXAMPLE OF MEALS
- Apple, banana, almond and Greek yoghurt smoothie
- Five Factor French toast
- Five Factor berry smoothie
- Fresh salad with turkey or chicken, boiled egg-whites and tomatoes
- Navy beans with brown rice
- Non- fat dip with celery
- Salmon and quinoa lightly seasoned with salt and pepper
- Five Factor spice Halibut with salad
Rihanna’s trainer, Harley Pasternak, uses the Five Factor workout philosophy, which includes one 25-minute workout, five times-a-week. This workout usually consists of cardio, dumbbells and a crucial cool down of either skipping or walking.
Here is a sample workout:
- Ten-minute cardio warm-up, jogging or cycling
- Five-minute dumbbell curls laying on a mat
- Five-minute dumbbell waist twists sitting on a mat
- Five-minute cardio cool-down, skipping or walking
RIHANNA ON HEALTH AND FITNESS
Whilst speaking with the examiner.com, Rihanna said: “I’m insecure about [my legs]. Everyone wants to have slim, perfectly-toned legs and I’m the same. I do weights but I don’t want my legs to bulk up so I do a lot of cardio.”
“I’m a size 0, and not happy about it. I went way too far. I prefer myself a bit chunkier. I want my old butt back.”
Words: Nancy Campopiano
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