You can't help but holler "yee haw" when you discover country singer Trisha Yearwood's secrets to maintaining her 30-pound weight loss: Zumba and "eating chocolate cake," reported E Online.
It's been eight months since she lost those 30 pounds. But Trisha still can't believe that she's won the battle of the bulge. And she's succeeded even though she's big on home cooking, in particular vegetarian and vegan dishes, as evidenced by her cookbook "Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood: Stories and Recipes to Share with Family and Friends" (click for details).
"I lost the weight eight months ago, and I still wake up every day and think there's no way my clothes will fit," she said to Oprah magazine.
And she loves the fact that those clothes do fit, and quite well, in contrast to her past wardrobe wars.
"I used to try on ten things and just wear whatever was the least offensive," she confessed. "I guess I still have that mental block."
However, Trisha emphasizes that it takes work to maintain her weight loss.
"The most important thing I want to get across is that maintaining weight loss is just hard," she said, noting that she does circuit training and Zumba regularly. "It takes a dedication to exercise and eating right most of the time. I'm not saying I don't enjoy the days that I'm not eating chocolate cake. But I do particularly like those days when I am eating chocolate cake."
Trisha views her current program as a lifestyle, she said in a recent interview with People magazine.
"This is not some crazy fad diet. It's a lifelong change. I've seen a lot of 'before and afters' and this is really a 'during.' I'm not done. I don't know what my goal weight is, but I'm proud of myself. I'm really happy where I am," she said.
After wearing a size 14, Trisha feels good slipping into a size 10.
"I haven't been a size 10 since the fifth-grade," said the author of "Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen: Recipes from My Family to Yours" (click for details).
Why the emphasis on plant-based dishes? Yahoo Music reports that it is Trisha's way of paying tribute to her mother, who shifted to a plant-based diet in the process of battling cancer. However, now she and her family have regular "veggie nights."
Now Trisha counts calories carefully as well as doing Zumba. She offers these diet guidelines, according to ABC News:
- Listen to your cravings. If you're craving something sweet, indulge yourself with a small bite of something satisfying.
- Set small goals. Trisha didn't announce that she wanted to lose 20 or 30 pounds; she just quietly started eating less and less.
- Don't give up everything all at once. Make food swaps gradually.