Jordin Sparks Has Been Able To Keep Those 50 Pounds Off By Eating Two Lunches A Day
When singer Jordin Sparks first decided that she was going to lose weight, poor health is what motivated her.
“I had gotten really sick,” the 27-year-old told TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager in 2014 about the motivations behind her 50 pound weight loss, which started in 2012. “And I was about to celebrate my birthday and I was like, ‘I should be in the prime of my life right now. I shouldn’t be feeling like this. I really need to make my health a priority.’ And that’s what I did.”
Fast forward to nearly three years after that conversation and Sparks has continued to make her health a priority and stay lean at the same time by focusing on good nutrition. In a new interview with PEOPLE, the singer and actress shared her normal daily diet.
“To me, health is wealth!” she said. “We can enrich our lives in so many ways when we are fueled by the proper nutrition and feeling good from the inside out.”
Sparks starts off by preparing herself to drink a gallon of water throughout the day. For breakfast, she logs in a protein shake, specifically Herbalife’s Vanilla Alternative protein shake. While that’s filling, she follows her breakfast up with a snack of 1/4 cup of mixed nuts to keep herself full.
Breakfast sounds simple enough, but it’s when lunchtime hits that things get interesting for Sparks. She actually eats two lunches a day to help quell any hunger pangs. Of course, the meals are small.
“I wanted to try eating smaller meals throughout the day instead of three big meals,” Sparks said. “I like it a lot better and I don’t feel like I’m starving at any time. Just ‘grazing’ and fueling my body.”
For her first lunch, Sparks usually enjoys grilled chicken with brown rice and some asparagus. As for her second lunch, she has homemade turkey and beef meatballs (four), as well as two hard-boiled eggs. Post-lunch snacks following such filling protein-packed meals include some celery sticks with peanut butter.
By the time dinner rolls around, things are relatively light since Sparks is still digesting one or both of her lunches from earlier in the day. But when she has her last big meal, she usually enjoys grilled salmon with some Caesar salad. For dessert, she likes to indulge in some original frozen yogurt with strawberries and mango, which she picks up from Pinkberry.
All in all, Sparks’s caloric intake for the day is 1,780. And such balanced meals (though a dietitian told PEOPLE she could use a tad more veggie in her meals) are how the singer continues to look this fabulous:
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One more! 😄 The face you make when you know your future is brighter than anything you could've imagined. I'm clearer than I've ever been! I'll just be over here living my life, content & happy. 💚💚💚 'She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.' -Proverbs 31:25 #Iammadeofmorethanmyyesterdays #thisismynow #peace #joy
Just recently, Sparks shared a throwback of the bikini photo heard ’round the world from 2011. She said that it’s been “constant work” to stay healthy since then, but it’s been worthwhile:
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#FBF 2011 **PROGRESS** Talk about a flashback! 😱😱😱 I consider this my 'bikini pic heard around the world.' Lol It was just a couple months into my fitness journey. I had just finished my meds for walking pneumonia & I'd been consistently making progress on both my exercise & food choices. (Around this time, I was introduced to the #herbalife products. But I wasn't on a consistent plan. Lol but the shakes tasted so good!) I was taking control of my health and, needless to say, I was feeling pretty elated about everything! ••• I want to say this was around April/May. I was living at the residences at The W in Hollywood, the sun was shining and I wanted be outside! I'm an AZ girl to the core, so the sun and I have an amazing relationship. I'm solar powered. lol I threw on my two piece & headed to the bathroom for sunscreen. When I walked in, I was shocked when I looked in the mirror. I was actually SEEING the results of my healthier choices instead of just feeling them. I had to take a few pictures to make sure I wasn't imagining things. 😄 ••• I was feeling good after looking at them & thought, 'I've never posted something like this soooo I'm just going do it!' I did and it went EVERYWHERE. I had no idea that it would turn into another awesome way that I could encourage and inspire others. I hope I have! I look at this photo and I am so proud that I made the decision to take control of my health. The years since this photo have been a rollercoaster. If I didn't start taking care of myself then, I know things would be much harder now. My fitness journey is a constant work in progress and I'm happy to share it with you! Be encouraged, give yourself some TLC and look how far you've come! ♥️ #healthiswealth #fueledbyherbalife #getitrightgetittight #itsybitsyteenyweenyblueandwhiteandorangebikini
Keep up the fantastic work, Jordin!
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