“I Eat To Live, I Don’t Live To Eat”: Serena Williams On Giving Up Tacos For A Strict Diet

August 31, 2016  |  
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We know that Serena Williams has one of the strongest and best bodies out there. We also know that her tournament schedule and training helps her stay in tip-top form. But what we don’t know is what her diet is like, and of course, diet is about 75 percent of what’s necessary for maintaining weight loss and staying in shape. (And no, that time she tried dog food doesn’t count).

Self.com caught up with Williams at the U.S. launch of the sports bra brand Berlei, and they asked her about her fridge must-haves and what she stays away from at this point in her life (or for this month in order to be “svelte” for tournaments this fall). She explained that her diet nos include red meat, and that while she loves Mexican food, specifically tacos, she’s taking a break from them for now as she trains.

“I used to eat a lot of tacos, but not anymore,” Williams told the publication. “I’m cutting out corn for this month. Too much of it will kind of bloat you up, and I want to be svelte for the fall.”

Every now and then, Williams has to eat a larger meal than she usually would to prepare for matches. But she said that she has to give up certain foods and ways of consuming them as part of a bigger picture: In order to dominate her sport, she has to focus on eating for nourishment and energy, not for the pleasure of it.

“It sucks because I love tacos, but my motto is: I eat to live. I don’t live to eat,” she said. “In my sport you have to eat to have energy.”

When it’s time to cook, Williams said that her favorite healthy foods and ingredients to work with help her get energy — but they also remind her of her taco obsession. “I can’t live without ground turkey, I also always try to keep cumin and paprika on hand, which are all taco ingredients,” she laughed.

No matter how disciplined, Williams has her cravings just like the rest of us — and hers come in the form of a nice, hot taco:

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