What Fitness Pros Eat to Look Lean

How to Maintain a Beach Ready Body

 You don’t have to be a fitness model or professional to look like one.  

Eat Right for a Beach Ready Body

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Take a look at some of the top foods consumed to achieve a tight and toned physique and a few other tricks to always be beach body ready.  

Oats: Fat-Burning Fiber

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Oats are on the menu for almost all fitness professionals. They're a secret weapon for energy, fat burning, and contain super food nutrients.

Oats make a great pre-workout meal and are high in fiber to help with digestion and reduced bloating. Oats are a nutrient-dense food and provide satiety for hours.

It comes as no surprise that oats are on the top ten lists of fitness pros and athletes alike. Read more about why oats can help achieve that beach ready body.

Eggs: Boiled by the Dozen

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Eggs are another fit-pro favorite and great post-workout snack. They are full of protein and nutrient dense yolks. The whites are the preferred portion for fitness professionals with the yolks eaten in moderation.

Eggs help with muscle recovery and beneficial to sculpting a tight and tone physique. Abs are definitely created in the kitchen with this simple form of protein that can be cooked in many appetizing ways.

Whether boiled by the dozen for bulk cooking or whipped up in a scramble, eggs are high on the fit-pro eat list.  

Greens: Super Food for a Super Body

Veggies and Greens Maintain a Lean Physique. TS Photography Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

Fitness models putting their best body forward are eating greens on the daily. Vegetables like broccoli and spinach are nutrient dense super foods. They provide a multitude of health benefits and maintain a lean physique. 

Great bodies are created with quality foods. Vegetables and greens are highly sought-after menu items for fitness pros. Read more about why this super food is so important in achieving and maintaining your best body. 

Fruits: An Apple a Day Melts the Fat Away

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Another preferred food for a tight and tone body year round are fruits like apples. They taste fabulous, are nutrient dense and high in fiber. 

Most fitness professionals are aware apples boost metabolism and aid in fat burning. They make a great pre-workout snack and apples are nice to have any time for an energy pick-me-up. 

It is no surprise that fit-pros and athletes rank apples high on their “to eat” lists. Read more about the benefits of eating apples and how they help burn fat faster.  

Lean Proteins: Muscle Development

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Protein Helps Create Lean Muscle. Philip Wilkins Photolibrary/Getty Images

Most fitness pros keep prepared lean proteins on hand and consume daily to maintain a lean hard body.  Some will purchase commercial proteins like blended whey and whey isolates for the convenience factor of making protein shakes. 

Regardless of type, protein is on the top ten lists of food to eat for a beach-ready body.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and the body uses it to heal, recover and build beautiful lean muscle. 

Read more about protein and if you're getting enough to achieve a beach ready body.  

Healthy Fats: Fat-Burning Secret

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Healthy Fats Help Burn Fat. Robert Reiff StockFood Creative/Getty Images

Most fitness professionals know that healthy fats actually aid in burning fat. No longer a “bad rap”, fats like peanut butter, avocado and olive oil are also in the top ten foods to eat for a lean body.

Healthy fats help with digestive processes and provides satiety reducing overeating. Glowing skin is also a result of eating healthy fats and important to fitness models and professionals alike. 

Check out even more great stuff about healthy fats and how they're used to achieve a bikini ready body.  

Water: Drink Lots!

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This is probably a “no-brainer” and widely known that fit-pros, models, and athletes drink tons of water. Water keeps the body hydrated and flushes toxins. Beautiful bodies require hydration that starts from the inside out. 

Water also stimulates the metabolism and linked to burning fat more efficiently.  It also aids in proper digestive processes and reduces bloating. 

Water is a secret weapon for a beautiful physique. Read more about how you can drink yourself to a lean and healthy body. 

Olive Oil: Great Bodies Require a Healthy Heart

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Olive Oil is Great for Your Heart and Skin. TS Photography Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

Drizzling olive oil on greens and veggies has become the “in the know” popular dressing for fitness professionals. The nutrient value and benefits of olive oil rank high and it's no surprise this healthy fat is recommended to be consumed daily.

Great bodies require a healthy heart and olive oil is a healthy fat that helps make that happen. Read more info about how olive oil will create a healthier you.   

Fatty Fish: Fat-Burning Magic

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Fitness professionals and models are having their fair share of fatty fish to maintain a tight and tone body. Fatty fish like salmon contains omega-3 fats linked to burning fat more efficiently. 

The metabolism boosting magic contained within fatty fish along with other health benefits explains why it ranks high on foods to eat. 

Read more about how eating fatty fish will help you obtain a leaner physique year round. 

Treats: Smart Cheaters Maintain Hot Bodies

Smart Indulgence Maintains a Tight and Toned Body. Rita-Jane Lee Moment/Getty Images

Fitness professionals and models do indulge, but the secret is to be smart in the treating. Each person’s tastes are different ranging from sweet to savory. Therefore, “cheat” food selection will differ from one person to the next. 

Caloric intake is still the bottom line. Body conscious pros will pay attention to quality ingredient detail and total calories. Indulgence will not be taken to the extreme like eating a whole pan of fresh baked brownies versus one square. 

Read more about how the experts apply smart cheat meal strategies and create your own plan for treat days while reaching your fitness goals. 

Tips and Tricks: How Do They Do It?

Fitness models and professionals follow a few tricks to maintain their tight and tone bodies year round.  Take a look at the list of top tricks used to keep that body looking lean and mean:

  • Portion control: read labels and measure out proper portions. Don’t go back for more.
  • Smaller plates: dine on lunch size plates instead of too large dinner plates to avoid overeating.
  • Pack food to go: avoid fast food by packing a healthy cooler or snacks in your purse.
  • Cook at home:  be in control of what you eat, reduce saturated fat and high sodium food.
  • Eliminate alcohol:  will reduce that waist line and improve overall health
  • Exercise: 3-5 times per week 30 minutes to one hour for optimal fitness


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