For Christina Aguilera, fitness is not just a mantra; it is a way of life. The 39-year-old has been portrayed as a sex symbol, and her image revolves around her ability to be provocative and risqué- sometimes baring it all on camera.
So you can imagine the immense pressure the 5-time Grammy Award winner must face on a daily basis to look good on camera- digital touch-up can only get you so far. Aguilera's body has gone from lean to curvy, but her most jaw-dropping transformation happened in 2013 when she lost a reported 49 pounds.
There are some speculations that her weight loss was surgically achieved, but her lifestyle change helped, nonetheless.
We detail the diet and exercise regimen that the actress and singer followed to achieve her radical weight loss.
Christina was going through a rough patch, circa 2012. She had come off of divorce with her then-husband Jordan Bratman and was frequenting clubs, drinking, and being a public nuisance with boyfriend, Matthew Rutler.
On the professional front, she was called on as the judge for the American singing competition, The Voice, which proved to be the final straw. The strain of being a regular TV fixture took a toll on her body, and she started gaining weight.
Stress triggers the hormone cortisol and makes the host hungry for comfort food- these are usually of the fattening variety. Coupled with her unhealthy lifestyle, Aguilera became noticeably heavier in a matter of months. Her weight loss added to her stress, thereby becoming a vicious cycle.
When Christina realized the vicious cycle of stress and weight that taking a toll on her body and health, she took matters into her own hands.
She started by de-stressing. Foregoing her TV commitments, she took time off to relax and be with loved ones. She was replaced by Shakira on The Voice for a season. This was the first step towards her weight loss journey.
When she returned on season 5 of the singing competition, she looked noticeably better physically and looked to be in a healthier mental space.
Christina also committed to eating healthy. She supplemented with a low-carb meal that was rich in vitamins. She subscribed to the food delivery service, The Fresh Diet, which delivered her healthy meals.
She also reportedly adopted the quirky 7-Day Color Diet. The diet is based around a color scheme, during which the participant eats a different color food each day based on the color of the day.
The color scheme for each day of the week is as follows: white, red, green, orange, purple, yellow, and rainbow. The idea is that each color contains its unique blend of healthy food groups. Furthermore, proteins like eggs, chicken, milk, and cheese can be incorporated into the diet as "core foods."
According to AOL.com, Christina's diet looks like this:
Apart from her dietary routine, Christina also works out religiously. She became obsessed with working out after her 2010 movie, Burlesque, required her to become svelte.
She warms up on the treadmill, after which; she performs a full-body workout. She never skips on lifting weights and does abs exercise every chance she gets.