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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.

Olajide said Adriana's No. 1 diet secret is portion control. She also drinks lots of water, eats plenty of fiber-rich vegetables, and limits sugar intake.

Lima's nutritionist, Dr. Charles Passler, is sold on the health benefits of the low-carb Paleo diet and recommends it to anyone seeking weight loss and optimal health.

"The basic idea of the Paleo diet is to eat what is natural and available," said Passler. "If it looks like it came from nature it's fine."



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