How far would you go in juggling your job and your family while trying to win at weight loss? Megan Fox is willing to do almost anything, including eliminating carbohydrates on her Paleo diet, giving up smoking and even temporarily sacrificing sex. But she's keeping one vice: Coffee, she told E News on August 6.
The Paleo diet requires eliminating grains completely, from bread (even gluten-free) to cereal. Megan is so determined to shed her post-pregnancy weight that she's obeyed the guideline completely.
"I cut out all bread and those sort of carbohydrates. No crackers, no pretzels, no chips. Nothing unhealthy," said Megan proudly.
No cheating? "The worst thing I put in my body is coffee, once a day," she clarified.
And for those who think that coffee is part of caveman cuisine, Paleo diet expert Loren Cordain, author of "The Paleo Answer," disagrees. "Coffee should be excluded by anyone seeking to achieve the most out of their Paleo lifestyle," he advises.
"If you find yourself having a hard time quitting the coffee ritual, it might be helpful to incorporate moderate amounts of green tea which is slightly higher in antioxidants, and contains lower levels of caffeine," suggests Dr. Cordain. You can then shift to plain water for a pure Paleo life.
Although Megan is currently keeping the joys of java, she emphasized that she's quit smoking and banned bread. And she has temporarily sacrificed something else, although it's about motherhood rather than a Paleo low carb diet.
She and her husband Brian Austin Green allow their son to sleep "in bed with us," she explained. "Brian doesn't get any intimacy whatsoever."
Although she's not burning calories in the bedroom, Megan is devoting part of her free time to exercising. She combines cardio with strength-training, reported Hello magazine on August 5.
"I exercise really hard twice a week," she said. "I do bursts of cardio with really heavy weights. Circuit training."
Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak has trained Megan, and emphasizes that new moms should return to workouts gradually. After her first baby, he "didn't start at full speed – we eased into it," Harley told People magazine.
The circuit training includes five phases. "A minimum five minute cardio warm-up, a lower body sculpting exercise, an upper body toning exercise, then an abdominal sculpting exercise, and finally, a five minute cool down," he added.