In the last years, this gorgeous woman’s dramatic transformation has become an inspiration to many.
Queen Latifah used to say about her appearance: “I was not born a size 2. I’m not skinny, period.”.
What is so different about her, is that she’s not at war with her body – and she realized that during her teens, so much sooner than many: “I think I got to that place by not being happy with the other side — hating your body and criticizing yourself all the time. When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re either going to love yourself or hate yourself.’ And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.”
To be able to embrace who you are, and in the same time move ahead with a healthier lifestyle without torturing yourself – is what makes her story special.
Her collaboration with celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins, yoga, and a diet of vegetables, fruits, eggs, and other healthy foods have had an amazing result. All these, and hitting the gym at least five days every week (lots of treadmill and elliptical machine), turned into 20 pounds less for her. As she said: “I kind of keep everything in moderation, exercise and eat right.”
A good idea in regards to exercising, that helps you not getting bored by doing the same thing all over again: Latifah switches up the exercises, which include diverse activities as boogie-boarding, biking and jogging. As well, she does a daily routine, alternating cross-training, pilates, yoga and hiking, with her Hollywood trainer – Jeanette Jenkins.
Water consumption – water is 55 to 65 percent of the total body mass. Drinking a quantity of water (in ounces) at least equivalent to half of the body mass it’s a huge help to losing weight.
Other healthy foods and supplements, very helpful for losing weight, that she used and recommends:
- Green tea – keeps blood sugar at healthy levels, helps prevent cancer and decrease food cravings;
- Probiotics – a helpful bacteria that will help your stomach, digestion and elimination – in the end will help you to lose weight;
- Citrus fruits and grapefruit – they contain a flavonoid that will help you fight sugar cravings, decrease the absorption of sugar and help burn more fat;
- Green vegetables – they have a high fiber content and very few calories; three servings a day, each meal, would be best
- Yerba Mate – a 3 in 1 wonder beverage: coffee, tea and chocolate, all in one. A must try!
She also underwent breast surgery, which shortly after was followed by a swift depression; but she recovered very well as we can see – everybody knows she is a fighter, in the end.
Undoubtedly, the breast surgery positively contributes to her new gorgeous look and dramatic weight loss appearance; though, as Ms Latifah stated, she did that mainly for her health and well being.
An interesting fact we found out from her: by lowering your total body mass with just 7 percent, you will reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 60 percent! Indeed, her declared goal was to lose between 5 and 10 percent of her body mass.
Even if already into her 40’s, she’s as always, on the bright side of life; she said: “To me, age is really how you feel on the inside.” Check out these pictures to see for yourself her dramatic transformation:
For more tips and insights on the diet plan she recommends click here.
For a complete, step by step blueprint of Queen Latifah’s success towards a Hollywood look, click here.