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Christina El Moussa’s Diet: How She Added Calories To Get Her Amazing Bikini Bod

Sign us up! Christina El Moussa’s nutritionist spilled all the secrets on how to obtain her enviable bikini body on April 6, while breaking down her diet plan. The ‘Flip or Flop’ star had to increase her caloric intake and she can still drink margaritas!

Christina El Moussa, 33, has been showing off her washboard abs and amazing curves in a tiny bikini, but she didn’t get those results without putting in some hard work! The Flip or Flop star stays dedicated to her diet plan, designed by nutritionist, her good friend Cara Clark. “She’s always been super active and she was like any typical client of mine that is very healthy aware. She was way undereating at that point when I met her,” Cara told E! News on April 6, explaining that Christina’s food intake was not enough to sustain energy due to her busy lifestyle.

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“I upped her calories probably like 800 calories immediately and she had a ton of success with my methods of more calories, combining your macros correctly and eating your fats and proteins with carbs and not worrying about calories, which she’s never done since,” Cara added. “She’s never, ever been calorie-conscious or even worried about ordering a margarita while we’re at the pool or anything like that.” It looks like Christina won’t be skipping happy hour any time soon!

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Christina doesn’t set very restrictive guidelines on herself when it comes to her diet plan, but she rarely lets her sweet tooth get the best of her! Cara explained, “a lot of people will go off plan for a week at a time, she never ever goes off plan.” The nutritionist revealed that she often sets up Christina with easy-to-go snacks like Perfect Bars, nuts, peanut butter toast, and rice cakes.

As far as gluten or dairy, “She just limits it to that 10 percent.” Christina eats about five meals daily, starting off with overnight oats or chia seed pudding. She’ll then have a smoothie followed by either a salmon salad or Cobb salad. “When you take the emotion out of counting calories and dieting, then you actually realize and you can intuitively figure out what you need and how much you need of it and what works best for you,” Cara shared. Sounds like a doable plan!

HollywoodLifers, could you live by Christina’s food routine? Tell us!

Are Instagram Fitness Guides Too Good to Be True?

Forty mountain climbers, 20 leg lifts, 20 toe touches, a 30-second plank, then repeat. That’s just half of Day One’s workout requirement in fitness celebrity Kayla Itsines‘ 12 week course. 

I’m flying to NYC TOMORROOOOWWWWWW!!! Argh!! I’m so freaking excited 😍😍😁😁 …. the weather better be nice 😂 “shut up kayla” .. I know I know 😝😝 www.kaylaitsines.com/app

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Itsines, a 25-year-old personal trainer from Adelaide, Australia, has taken Instagram by storm. She shares selfies of herself in workout gear and dramatic before and after photos of clients to show that her exercise program works.


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Her social media presence has fueled a booming business. Itsines offers a 12 week program dubbed “bikini body guide” (or #bbg) and takes clients through a daily 28 minute workout with a corresponding meal plan for $52.95. She also offers an app, Sweat, that takes users through a similar workout through a mobile version of #bbg that costs users $19.99 per month and offers snack suggestions such as hard-boiled eggs and cucumbers. 

Itsines has the self-proclaimed ‘largest female fitness community’ with 15 million followers, but she isn’t the only one in the Instagram body guide game. Anna Victoria, creator of the Fit Body Guides, boasts 1.3 million followers on Instagram and offers a 12-week diet and exercise program run for $79.95.


My “transformation” 💗 Sometimes I don’t like calling it that because I was never unhappy with the way I looked to begin with. • My transformation was more about how I felt on the inside, about my health, and that’s not something I can show you in a picture. Nevertheless, instagram is a visual platform and we are visual creatures so here we are. While I’m happy with the physical changes I’ve worked so hard for, they don’t compare to the non-physical changes that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Those non-physical changes are what keep me going. There’s always room for physical improvement and there’s always someone who looks better than you, and those two facts can be freaking exhausting if it’s all you’re concerned with. It can put you in a constant state of wanting to restrict food more, work out more, and if you’re not careful, lead to an unhealthy obsession and relationship with workouts and with food. That’s not what I want for me or for any one of you. • The before photo was in November 2012, so nearly 5 years ago. Could someone see progress in less time? Of course, and I did see significant progress not long after this ‘before’ photo. My transformation didn’t take 5 years, it took about 9 months. I do set goals and push myself, but I’ve always been overly conscious of maintaining balance and never letting fitness take over my life. These last 5 years I’ve been pushing myself but I’ve also been living my life, enjoying vacations and cheat meals and completely indulging and having no regrets. I don’t work out to punish myself for eating ice cream and I don’t restrict myself if I feel I want to relax a bit. I DO however keep in mind how food affects me mentally and emotionally and that’s what keeps me eating as healthy as I do. • Do I have people telling me I should be more lean? Yes. That I could gain more muscle? Yes. But I’m not concerned with other people’s ideas of what I should or shouldn’t do with my body. I’m doing what I want which is to kick ass in the gym, be empowered by my workouts and feeling strong, but still enjoy life and to value balance above rock hard abs or a lower body fat percentage. #fbggirls www.annavictoria.com/guides

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Itsines and Victoria each attempt to foster communities of body positivity. Itsines told the Cut that “a ‘bikini body’ is when you feel comfortable in a bikini.” And Victoria has shared two side-by-side photos of herself to show how angles and lighting can make the same body look differently.

Still, the “after” photos of clients following the program tend to feature women with defined abs, muscled thighs, and taut arms. 


@megan__fitness 2 years later using my #bbg program 😍😁👏 I have loved following your journey Megan !!! Absolutely incredible!! www.kaylaitsines.com/app

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24 weeks of FBG! @lizg.fbg said she never thought she’d last even 12 weeks, and here she is! 😍💪 Girls, you are capable of so much more than you give yourself credit for. And you DESERVE this! Not just the physical transformation but to feel strong, empowered, capable and supported by all the lovely FBG girls that will be cheering you on ☺️ you can do this!! #fbggirls #fitbodyguide www.annavictoria.com/guides

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The programs stress that they are designed for women of all sizes and fitness abilities. But can a client really expect to see such a dramatic change in their body after a 12-week program?

“There’s so many variables that could dictate differences in the types of changes that people see in their bodies,” Jessica Matthews, a senior advisor on health and education for the American Council on Exercise, told ATTN:. “It would be completely inappropriate and unprofessional for me to say, ‘yes every single person who does this will see these results.’ Because that’s not the case. Every body responds to exercise differently.”

Matthews notes that these regimes hit many of the staples of an effective workout plan. They also meet the American College of Sports Medicine’s guidelines for time spent working out weekly, incorporating resistance training, cardio-respiratory training and focus on all the major muscle groups. 


But there’s still some room for improvement. Matthews said she wishes the programs included warm-ups and offered more variations to accommodate a wider audience, like modifications to increase or decrease the difficulty of individual movements.

Karina Knight, a registered dietician and founder of the California Nutrition Group, told ATTN: that the food guides are plagued by the same problem.

“Many of these generalized plans only include age, gender and physical activity, which is a good start,” Knight said, but that “ideally, [food guides] should be tailored for individual needs such as age, gender, physical activity, medical history, medications, and education.”


Today’s lunch from @wholefoods 🤗 I’m eyeballing portions since I couldn’t measure everything out, but this is roughly a bit under 400 cals, 25g protein, 36g carbs and 16g fats. Remember it’s not just about the macros (or calories) you eat but what is in those macros (and calories) that make the difference 👌 #fitbodyguide #foodisfuel www.annavictoria.com/guides

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Itsines meal plans are between 1,600 to 1,800 calories a day and feature lots of smoothies, low-fat cheese, and small portions of avocado.

“From my experience, unless required for medical reasons, strict diets do not work,” Knight said. “People usually quit after 4-5 weeks and the main reasons are due to food cravings, unable to follow a strict diet in social situations, lack of time to prepare their own meals and most importantly, lack of family or social support.”


I TOOK THIS PHOTO!!! Hahahah I’m SOOOOO proud 😁😁😁 Made stir-fry last night and these are the veggies I used 😍 photo credit – @kayla_itsines 😂 www.kaylaitsines.com/app

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However, it’s quite possible that the Instagram community can create a version of that social support network.

“What I think these programs have done so well is they’ve created communities around it,” Matthews said.

“Social support is a huge factor when it comes to the actual adoption and ultimately the adherence to a regular routine of physical activity.”

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Can our DNA tell us how to diet and exercise?

It’s common knowledge that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to dieting and training; what works for one person won’t work for another.

But why? We’re all different and the main thing that makes us diverse biologically and physiologically is our DNA. Could this be the key to finding out what works for you?

DNAFit offers tests to find out just this, by looking at how certain genes in our DNA affect our body’s response to exercise and nutrition changes.

DNA testing in in increasing demand now that it costs an affordable couple hundred of pounds. Instead of spending years working our what diet or what fitness class works for you, could a DNA test tell you in less than two weeks?

The test tells you whether you respond better to a higher-carbohydrate diet or higher-fat diet, and whether you’re more suited to power or endurance training. In other words, HIIT training or long distance running?

It also points out details such as caffeine and alcohol sensitivity, lactose intolerance, vitamin needs, injury risks and recovery speed.

How does it work?

It looks at single-nucleotide polymorphisms, SNPs or “snips”, which are the most common type of genetic variation among people. They are used in genetic studies to help predict an individual’s response to certain drugs, susceptibility to environmental factors such as toxins, and risk of developing certain diseases.

Using a simple swab test, DNAFit takes a number of these SNPs and incorporates them into a genetic scoring system. 

How accurate these results can be?

Those who’ve taken the test say it works, but a London genetics specialist says it’s a “complicated picture”.

Frances Quinn, winner of the Great British Bake Off in 2013, and Greg Rutherford, Olympic long jump champion, both took the test to find out if their fitness and nutrition programmes were on the right track

Watch the video above to see what they thought and whether it’s science or just another fad.


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Is this a program or a diet?

Have you ever noticed that when people decide to make healthier food choices, it’s almost always referred to as being “on a diet.”

The fact of the matter is, one can make changes to their diet without actually being on a diet. And when statistics report that less than one per cent of people who diet can maintain those results for life, it’s important to know where you’re at in order to achieve success.

So exactly what is a diet?

A diet is something that almost always requires perfection in order to achieve and maintain results. They are not based on science or the physiology of how our bodies are meant to function. Diets require people to restrict or eliminate certain food groups and limit and/or count calories.

In addition, many diets also require expensive product purchases, lifetime memberships and provide little or no education on how to go it alone in the real world.

People on diets often feel panic when invited out to an event involving food. Feeling anxious and stressed every time someone invites you out for dinner, to a birthday or office party is not a healthy way to live, and it’s no wonder why the success rate is so low. And yet statistics further tell us chronic dieters purchase a new diet book every 90 days.

Clearly, diets are not the answer, but a program is another story.

A program is based on science and physiology, and works with the way our bodies were designed to function and metabolize food. Programs do not require perfection, nor do they require participants to restrict or eliminate any food groups.

Instead, a program educates on the importance of making quality food choices and how to balance those choices to achieve the best results. Programs often recommend supplements to assist with results and enhance nutrition, yet don’t require them in order to achieve results.

Education is the base of every good program. Making sure participants have the information they need to maintain results without having to commit to purchasing pre-packaged food or paying for lifetime memberships is key.

To sum it up, when you choose to do something that is based on science, makes sense to you and is something you can do for life, that is a program. If it’s not all these things, it’s a diet, and starting a diet would only be setting yourself up for failure in the long run.

After New Years, spring is the time when most people make the decision to lose weight. With spring in the air and warmer weather fast approaching, this very thought is likely top of mind for a good majority of the population. This year, don’t just start the same diet you did last year only to lose the same 10 or 20 pounds. This year, do it different and do it right.

Whatever you are considering, use the points above and ask yourself these three questions:

1. Is it based on science?

2. Does it make sense?

3. Can I do it for life?

If the answer is yes to all three, go for it! Now that you know the difference, why not make the better choice and set yourself up to win. Spring forward into better health this year. After all, you’re worth it.

Join Tania this Spring as she hosts three group weight loss programs. End the Dieting Madness held at Parkinson Rec Centre begins April 11 (mornings) to register call 250-469-8800, Spring into Group Weight Loss at the office of Creative Healing Chiropractic April 11 (evenings) and 8 Weeks til Summer Online held online and begins April 12 (time TBD by group) for info and registration www.fuelignitethrive.com or call 250-870-8719.

Tania Gustafson is one of only five nutritionists and fitness coaches licensed and certified in Canada. She coaches a program of blood sugar stabilization, not diets, to achieve weight loss and health goals. You are invited to contact her for your complimentary health assessment by going online to fuelignitethrive.com or emailing her at [email protected]

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