Jenna Dewan-Tatum succeeded in gaining only 33 pounds during her recent pregnancy, while staying healthy and happy. Now the proud mother of a baby girl, she's sharing the details of her plant-based diet and weight loss workout, reported PopCrush on March 5.
Married to former Sexiest Man Alive Channing Tatum, Jenna exercised throughout her pregnancy.
The second I found out I was pregnant, I called [my trainer] Jen Johnson. We found areas we wanted to target: arms and legs. I wanted to keep the muscles alive.
Plus, I felt so much better. Working out kept me sane. I would feel a burst of energy and all my hormones would regulate.
Jenna used that energy to focus on staying true to her plant-based diet throughout her pregnancy. Rather than going "crazy" and consuming "ice cream every day," Jenna thought about her unborn child.
"To me, it was, ‘I’m growing a human being, and I want to give this little soul the best nutrition I can,'" she said of her decision to avoid pregnancy food binges.
Jenna kept her plant-based menu simple and healthy. A sample day:
- Breakfast: Oatmeal. Diet tip: For weight loss benefits, choose unflavored oatmeal or a lower sugar variety, such as Quaker Instant Oatmeal Lower Sugar.
- Lunch: Green salad with chopped-up veggie burger. Diet tip: Achieve that homemade flavor without the extra work by using a vegan veggie burger mix, such as Harmony Valley Vegetarian Hamburger Mix.
- Dinner: Vegetarian enchiladas. Diet tip: Get recipes for international favorites with "Vegan Eats World: 300 International Recipes for Savoring the Planet."
However, Jenna revealed to People magazine recently, Channing declines to follow in her vegan footsteps.
Channing is "a meat eater," she said candidly. "We are complete polar opposites that way."
However, he does sometimes accompany Jenna to her "vegetarian vegan restaurants – he politely eats, then promptly goes home and eats what he really wants!" she laughed.
But her husband has learned to skip the fast food and focus on fitness as well, according to Men's Fitness magazine.
"Channing was in decent shape when I started working with him but like a lot of guys, he likes to eat fast food and sink a few drinks," shared William J. Harris, a New York-based personal trainer who worked with Channing prior to a film.
In addition to working out, Channing was given a list of foods to avoid: "Processed and frozen foods, salt, sugar and alcohol were all no-nos."
Among his healthy favorites: Unsalted nuts, fruit, omelets, grilled chicken, turkey, vegetables and yogurt.