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Mariah Carey Shakes It Off


Mariah Carey is all over the place these days and she looks amazing. Recently in an interview on Oprah, she revealed that it took a lifestyle change (and a comment from a friend) to finally convince her to get healthy; but Mariah does admit that she's missin' her mac'n'cheese. Here are highlights:

Mariah says the most important part of her new, healthier lifestyle is her diet. Patricia (her nutrition and fitness coach) tries to cook Mariah's food without using oil and butter. She's also helped her stop snacking. When Patricia told Mariah to cut mac 'n' cheese out of her diet, Mariah says the news broke her heart. "That's the thing that I have difficulty letting go of because that's comfort food," she says.

Instead, Patricia incorporates lean protein and lots of veggies into Mariah's meals. On a typical night, she prepares foods like artichoke hearts with cherry tomatoes, steamed zucchini and chicken marinated with lemon and soy sauce. On occasion, Mariah allows herself to have one or two bites of her favorite foods — something she calls her "morsel diet."

She also talks about her workouts, so read more.

Mariah says her workouts typically last for 60 to 90 minutes and combine cardio with resistance training. To tone her arms, Mariah uses her own body weight and stretches to sculpt long, lean lines. She likes to hop into a pool for the cardio portion of her workout. "What's great about working out in the pool is the water acts as resistance," she says. "You're actually exercising twice as hard without feeling it."

Since making the commitment to eat healthier and get in shape, Mariah says she's gotten down to the same jean size she wore in 10th grade. "For me, it's not about a number on a scale," she says. "It's not about necessarily even a size. It's about feeling good and being comfortable in your own skin. Right now, I feel really great. I feel better than I've ever felt."

I feel Mariah on the comfort food thing — I have that problem with mashed potatoes, garlic bread, cookies . . .

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