It has been nearly 10 years since American Idol winner Jordin Sparks’ name was announced to the world that she had won. Since then, the 2007 American Idol winner has made top-selling albums, her Broadway debut in In the Heights, starred in the movie remake of Sparkle, and even lost 50 pounds–yes 50.
When Jordin decided to lose the weight, the first thing she did was take a hard look at what she ate during a typical day and began cutting out all of the obviously bad things. She first cut out sugary drinks, like coffees from Starbucks, as well as late night dinners to when staying at hotels and she stopped eating 2 hours before going to bed. She also replaced bad snacks with healthier options, like Smartfood popcorn, pickles (one of her favs) and apples.
Jordin has made a huge commitment to her health recently, switching up her diet and exercise routine without resorting to rigid diets or excessive calorie counting. “I changed the way I thought about food and exercising,” she says. “I listen to my body to tell me that I’m full.”
And alongside that great attitude to healthy living, Jordin voices some excellent stuff about self acceptance. “I’m good with my thighs touching,” she comments. “I grew up in a family where we have meat on our bones. I just want to be healthy.”
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One of the biggest aspects of Jordin’s diet is how she incorporated strict portion control by always making sure her meals fit onto a normal sized plate. By following these guidelines, Jordin was able to eat pretty much whatever she liked, just in smaller amounts. If she wanted a brownie, she would reach for one, believing limiting herself wasn’t good for long-term success.
In a typical day with Jordin’s healthier way of eating, she consumed about 1440 calories a day. For breakfast, Jordin likez to eat yogurt and granola. She is a huge fan of berries. As for the protein she ate, it was generally lean protein, such as chicken, with barbecue chicken being one of her favorite foods. And to satiate her sugar tooth, Jordin would reach for her favorite – Toblerone chocolate.
While Jordin’s diet certainly isn’t perfect, she still consumes plenty of carbohydrates, which for a lot of people isn’t the most ideal way to lose weight, it is a low calorie diet with plenty of nutrients, and has proven highly successful with Jordin‘s 26 year old body.
Jordin isn’t down with editing her photos either to make her seem slimmer or “better” than she really is. No hidden shadows or picture tricks for this young lady. “For the most part, I don’t put a filter on at all,” she says. “I post a lot of pictures without makeup and in sweats. I feel like sometimes people can really overkill on the [filters]. There are all these apps out there where you can photoshop your body and take away everything. I feel like it’s too much.”
Jordin Sparks Workout
While it was relatively easy for Jordin to change her diet, it was much harder for her to start exercising. She hired a trainer that she brought on tour, who had her do a wide range of exercises that would change each day to “shock” her body and keep it guessing what is next. He would have her do everything from running and boxing to lunges and sprints up stairs. He also would have her do 1 hour circuit routines.
And to really get her body moving, Jordin fell in love with Zumba and she also stays active in other areas of her life, like taking her dog outside for a walk or going hiking in the mountains by her home.