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Diet Tips From Dancing With the Stars

If you're following this season of Dancing With the Stars, you've probably noticed the dancers' amazingly toned and strong bodies in their sexy and revealing costumes. If you're wondering how they stay fit and lean, here are some of the dieting secrets they shared in a recent issue of Us Weekly.
Melissa Rycroft says, "I eat what I like in moderation and try to have a few small meals throughout the day."

Julianne Hough says, "I eat only until I'm full." She eats five small meals throughout the day, and during the show she tries to cut out carbs and sweets. She doesn't restrict herself entirely, though, and says, "If I want to have dessert, I'll have it. I know I'll work it off."

Shawn Johnson loads up on fruit and protein, but if she has an urge for chocolate she says, "I'll satisfy my craving and move on." She stays slim and muscular by dancing eight hours a day.

Denise Richards trained with her partner Makism Chmerkovsky and got her abs back after having two kids. She went from a size 26 waist to a 24 from all that training, and was still eating pizza and ice cream.

To see how the other dancers stay trim,


Kym Johnson spends a lot of time doing core work to get her rock-hard abs. She also limits her carbs because she says, "I love fries and bread, but I see a real difference in my body when I don't eat them after 5 p.m." She'll still enjoy dessert when out to dinner with her boyfriend, but just a small portion.

Lil' Kim gets her meals and snacks from Freshology, a food delivery service. She eats a total of 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day, avoids heavy foods, and drinks a lot of water.

Lacey Schwimmer shed 10 pounds by ditching fatty foods and soda, and instead enjoys grilled chicken, steamed veggies, yogurt, and fruit. She recommends eating within an hour after working out.

Cheryl Burke dropped 10 pounds as well, by rehearsing eight hours a day, five days a week. She eats egg whites, whole grains, veggies, and lots of water. She also tries to avoid salt, and keeps snacks with her to avoid temptation.

Karina Smirnoff avoids meat but eats egg whites, fish, and salad. She has a tablespoon of olive oil on an empty stomach to help with digestion.

Holly Madison avoids liquid calories and drinks water instead.

Edyta Sliwinska sticks to 1,500 calories a day, eating foods such as cottage cheese, ground oats, berries, chicken salad, and cereal. She avoids pasta, bread, rice, and candy. She gets her toned legs from dancing in heels.


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lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
For most women, BMR is between 1200 and 1500 calories, so add onto that daily activity and HOURS of dancing, and, unless they are trying to lose a lot of weight fast, I would say they're not eating enough. Of course, Lil Kim is really short, so maybe her BMR is smaller.
Advah Advah 8 years
Agreed, Wmoonw! Exercising even 20 mins every two days makes a big difference in how I look, so you have no excuse if you don't look toned after exercising 8 hours a day! :o And I'd def. need more calories than that with such a workout!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
wmoonw...THANK YOU! My thoughts EXACTLY. I think 1200 to 1500 calories a day while working out 8 hours is NOT enough in my opinion.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 8 years
ew a tablespoon of olive oil on an empty stomach?
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
well duh, this isn't realistic for the rest of us!!!! I know my body would be bangin' too if I got paid to dance!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Wow, that's insane...they are eating only 1200-1500 calories a day and they're dancing 8+ hours a day. Yeah, it'd be pretty tough to keep any weight on doing that. I agree: it's not healthy. Who cares if you're that skinny; it sounds like a pretty miserable quality of life. I'd rather enjoy a piece of cake or a handful of jelly beans every once in a while and be at a normal weight.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
tiabia tiabia 8 years
8 hour workouts + limited eating = not my style!
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Jennie Garth had that big story about how dwts made her skinny. Seems like a good deal!
gabi29 gabi29 8 years
Maybe if they ate more there wouldn't be so many injuries on the show.
komler komler 8 years
Taking away carbs when you're exercising that much, doesn't sound all that smart to me.
cassedy04 cassedy04 8 years
esp lil kim... 1200-1400 cals a day is hardly enough for a sedentary person, let alone someone dancing 8 hours a day
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Working/dancing 8 hours a day? Granted, that's what they get paid to do, but still. Holy cow. No wonder they are so fit.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
They sure don't eat a lot do they... considering they work out 8 hours a day. This seems almost unhealthy to me.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
wmoonw, I was thinking the same thing. Reminds me a little of the whole Michael Phelps thing and how he can usually eat what he wants because he trains like 12 hours a day. I mean I would probably look like this too if I was sweating my butt off dancing 9 hours daily. They do have great bodies though.
laellavita laellavita 8 years
with the amount of time they rehearse and work out, it doesn't sound like they eat enough at all! and since when was a size 26 waist (AFTER KIDS!) not teeny tiny enough?
wmoonw wmoonw 8 years
I'm thinking the biggest take-away is that exercising for 8 hours a day makes you look fit ^_^"
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