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Adriana Lima credits Paleo diet and boxing workouts for post-baby weight loss

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Adriana Lima attributes her sizzling body to the low-carb Paleo diet and rigorous workouts that combine boxing and jumping rope, her trainer told Yahoo.

"So many people have not discovered the benefits of a jump rope," said former boxing champion Michael Olajide, Jr., who's responsible for Adriana's stunning post-baby weight loss after each of her two pregnancies.

Olajide said his workouts with Lima combine muscle-sculpting moves with rigorous cardio exercise (in the form of jump-roping) and shadow-boxing.

The grueling workouts can burn up to 1,000 calories per session, said Olajide, who details Adriana's fitness plan in his book Sleekify!

Olajide said the workouts he tailors for Lima and other Victoria's Secret supermodels are low-maintenance because they don't require weights or gym machines, only a jump rope. Fitness experts agree that jumping rope is an excellent way to burn calories and torch fat.

Fortunately, Adriana prefers rigorous workouts. "I like intense workouts, nothing slow. I like to sweat," said Lima. "I love jumping rope. You can carry it in your bag and do it anywhere."

The 5-foot-10 Lima, who weighs about 135 pounds, follows the low-carb Paleo diet, and snacks on low-sugar fruits like blueberries and blackberries. The Paleo diet works well for women because it reduces the blood-sugar spikes and hormone surges that fuel overeating, mood swings and weight gain, said Esther Blum, author of Cavewomen Don't Get Fat.

The Paleo diet emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, vegetables and fruits, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, starches, alcohol and processed foods.

It's the most popular diet around today, and has a large celebrity following, including NBA superstars Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen, and actors Kellan Lutz and Megan Fox. Proponents say the Paleo diet promotes rapid weight loss, lowers blood pressure, and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer's.

“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo Diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said Loren Cordain author of The Paleo Answer.

Lima's nutritionist, Dr. Charles Passler, is sold on the health benefits of the Paleo diet and recommends it to anyone seeking weight loss and great health. "The basic idea of the Paleo diet is to eat what is natural and available," he said. "If it looks like it came from nature, it's fine."



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