Gwen Stefani has lost a dramatic amount of weight just eight weeks after giving birth to her third son, thanks to a low-carb diet and running workouts, Celebrity Health reported.
Stefani, who used to follow a mostly vegan diet, said her post-baby weight loss secrets include eating high-protein, low-carb meals and running at least 20 minutes a day.
Gwen's daily diet these days reportedly includes egg-white omelettes with vegetables, tuna salads, boiled eggs and protein shakes. "She avoids pasta, bread, and rice and drinks lots of water," said a source.
Vegan diets have anti-aging health benefits and promote natural weight loss, said Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center.
"A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature — predominantly plants — is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention," said Dr. Katz, author of Disease-Proof.
Dr. Neal Barnard agrees. "Studies suggest that free radicals [toxic molecules that form in the body] contribute to aging," said Barnard, author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart. "A vegan diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, is full of antioxidants which help protect the body from damage by free radicals."
Exercises 5 Days a Week
Stefani, a longtime workout fanatic, is no doubt getting in shape for her new gig as a judge on season seven of the reality TV competition, "The Voice."
Gwen replaces Christina Aguilera, who is pregnant with her second child. Aguilera, who made headlines for her stunning 35-pound weight loss last year, confirmed Stefani's new gig herself on Twitter.
Stefani, 45, typically works out five days a week doing a combination of intense cardio exercise and strength-training. The athletic 5-foot-6 Gwen, who admits that staying thin is a "daily struggle," said she gets wracked with guilt whenever she skips a workout.
“I work out five days a week, I can’t imagine not doing it,” said Gwen. “I’d like to have no rules and eat what I want, but I’ve learned over the years that I’m so disappointed when I can’t wear the clothes I want to wear.
"I've always been on a diet, ever since I was in the sixth grade. It's an ongoing battle and it's a nightmare. But I like clothes too much. I'm very vain."
Stefani, who has been married to British rocker Gavin Rossdale since 2002, said juggling her booming rock career with her hectic family life is not easy, but worth any sacrifices she makes. Despite her busy schedule, Stefani, a self-professed makeup junkie, said she always takes time to look her best.
"I like to make my husband like me more, and he likes it when I'm wearing makeup," said Gwen, who has her own nail polish line and fragrance. “I wear make up every single day. I don’t feel energized until I’ve put it on. Then I’m ready to go.”