Okay, so Tyra Banks has admitted that she had gained 30 pounds since she was on the cover of Sports Illustrated over ten years ago. But at 5’10” and 161 pounds, Tyra looks healthy and better than ever.
“If I weigh 161 pounds and have cellulite on my butt, so what! I think I’m beautiful, and if you have a problem with that, so what!” “I was raised by women who don’t believe that being super-skinny is the epitome of beauty,” says Tyra.
Tyra Banks’ diet plan Before everyone heads to the nearest fast-food joint, Tyra wants to make one thing clear: Loving yourself, and your body, doesn’t mean you should eat whatever you crave all the time. “I want everyone to eat healthy foods,” she stresses. Of course, that doesn’t mean she has always been able to follow her own advice.
During Tyra’s modeling days, she maintained a lower weight because, despite her best intentions, she often didn’t have time to eat well. “Sometimes the only thing in my kitchen when I got home at night was Tang and microwave popcorn, so that was my dinner,” she says.
Today, she eats plenty of fresh fruits (her favorites: mangos and papayas) and salads with chicken, shrimp, or other protein, and she snacks on cruditÃ©s with onion dip. She recently hired a part-time chef to help her out in the evenings. “He makes meals and leaves them for when I get home,” she says.
“I realized I needed to take better care of myself, and I knew this would be the best way to do that.” She still loves to cook, however, and tries to make some dinners herself.
Lately she’s been experimenting with recipes from her favorite cookbook, 400 Best-Ever Soups, by Anne Sheasby. “Whether it’s a big beef chili or a seafood bisque,” she says, “they’re all delicious.”
Tyra Banks’ workout Tyra Banks has a confession to make: “Whole months went by when I didn’t work out,” she admits. “Months! But then I’d get on a kick, become really motivated, and do three miles every day on the treadmill for weeks.” It was her doctor who told her she needed to make exercise a consistent priority in her life.
He actually wrote out a prescription for her: one hour of cardio every day, a “drug” she’s embracing. “Now I’m much more diligent,” she says. “I do treadmill intervals – I mix walking and running. Or I just run outside.”
Tyra’s found that taking her own advice – increasing her time at the gym, eating better, and loving herself just the way she is – has helped make her even more confident. “Hey,” she says, “I’m only human.
When I see someone running around without any cellulite, I think, Gosh, I wish my butt could be that smooth. But doing what I can to take care of myself means I don’t worry about that so much.” [via]