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Celebrity Diet Lowdown: JLo's $455 Meal Plan

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9/14/2008 9:12 PM   :  147 comments

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In its Sept. 8 issue, Woman's World magazine details how Jennifer Lopez got her figure back just four months after giving birth to twins.
Part of her slim-down plan was training for a triathlon (she'll compete for charity in one next month), and she likely had some help on the nutrition front, too.
She is rumored to be using a meal-delivery service called Freshology, which has several specialized (and pricey) meal plans, including a plan called "Fresh Mommy." (That one costs $65 a day!)
According to Freshology, the Fresh Mommy plan includes:
  • 28 days
  • 5 meals a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack & dessert)
  • Calorie correct for stage of life (pre-natal, breast-feeding or weight loss)
  • Premium ingredients
  • Featuring all-natural, organic and sustainable ingredients wherever possible
  • Partner's dinner & dessert available for only $10.00

Now back to her size 6 figure, Lopez lost more than 50 pounds in just four months. While Jenny from the Block's results are far beyond average and her $455 a week plan is beyond our means, her plan does offer some tips that everyday people can use.

  • She's eating five mini meals a day.

    Eating smaller meals throughout the day helps prevent those "crashes" that come when blood sugar dips. Frequent meals also help ward off hunger and keep you from overeating later.

    dailySpark tip: Try adding low-calorie snacks in the afternoon if you tend to overeat at lunch. If you're starving by lunchtime, maybe you need a midmorning snack.

  • She's getting 25% of her calories from protein.

    Protein takes longer to digest and therefore keeps you feeling fuller longer. Many people trying to lose weight steer clear of meats, eggs and nuts because they can be high in fat, but there are plenty of sources of lean protein to add to every meal. SparkPeople recommends you get 10%-35% of your calories from protein.

    dailySpark tip: Make sure you're eating lean protein at every meal. Cook up some egg whites, grab a handful of nuts for a snack, and throw some lean turkey on your salad. You'll quiet that rumbling tummy for hours.

  • She's eating more than 1,200 calories a day.

    Eating fewer than 1,200 calories (for women) puts you in what SparkPeople calls "starvation mode." To compensate, your metabolism will slow down considerably, making it very difficult (or impossible) for you to lose weight. In this state, your body will preferentially burn everything but your stored body fat.

    dailySpark tip: Though it sounds counterintuitive, eating fewer calories can adversely affect your weight loss. Making sure you're eating enough calories is as important as making sure you're not eating too many.


If money were no object, would you try an at-home meal service? Have you?


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  • 147
    If money were no object I would try a meal plan service. And like some others have stated I would in the mean time learn to create my own plan. I would also use the plan as needed, like on weeks when I have a lot of work to do and not have a lot of time. Because as it stands when I don't have a lot of time I eat out and it is sometimes not the healthiest choice.

    - 6/9/2011   6:48:58 PM
  • KUJANSUU1
    146
    if i would have the money i would get a lepo section. - 4/25/2011   11:44:01 AM
  • 145
    I think if I work at it I can learn to provide myself with the same beneficial diet for life. - 4/24/2011   2:51:00 AM
  • HONEYBUNS09
    144
    Since when was dessert considered a meal? - 5/14/2009   12:28:05 PM
  • 143
    Heck yea! She's got the money and she can do whatever she wants. - 3/2/2009   10:11:06 AM
  • 142
    Sure would if I had the funds, that way I'd make sure the calorie count is up to par,and that would make more time for other things that I enjoy but cannot seem to find the time to do. Bring on the $$$ lol - 12/7/2008   9:43:58 PM
  • 141
    I wouldn't want this everyday because I like to cook and take personal responsibility for my results. To slim down after a baby though- heck yeah I would! The less a new mother has to worry about the better and it ensures proper nutrition for different stages and goals too. - 12/5/2008   9:59:12 PM
  • 140
    heck yeah i'd try it. I do like to cook, but that would be great to not think about it every day!
    - 11/28/2008   5:30:02 PM
  • 139
    If money were no object... Yes! I would try a food program. I think I would learn how to eat right druing the period, then be able to make my own meals by what I learned thru the program! - 11/24/2008   5:23:41 PM
  • 138
    I hate to go shopping. Be it for clothes or food or anything. I don't mind cooking, but I do get tired of always having to come up with something healthful to eat. I guess I am still a little lazy where taking care of myself is concerned. - 11/20/2008   3:40:40 PM
  • 137
    With serious planning I think one can create their own "delivery" service of healthy meals. It would take discipline and commitment, but it can be done. - 10/27/2008   9:45:08 PM
  • 136
    I would love to do it for a while especially if it was all healthy food already portionally correct. I would do it long enough to reach my weight goals then learn from it to do on my own. - 10/27/2008   11:02:41 AM
  • 135
    No. I lost 60lbs in 4 1/2 months without a meal plan or personal trainer. - 10/27/2008   1:47:39 AM
  • KARMINBAY
    134
    If I could afford it I would try it for a while, but I would definitely want to learn from it and use it as a kick start for creating my own healthy diet - 10/16/2008   2:25:50 AM
  • DOVER_GAL
    133
    I just lost 8 lbs using simple common sense (learned here.) I eat 4 meals (can't find time for five.) I use low fat triscuits and low fat cheese or cottage cheese for one snack, or raw veggies plus the protein, a hardboiled egg for breakfast with some fruit (half banana) or a low fat triscuit or a piece of whole wheat toast and low sugar jam. Lunch is a chicken sammidge without mayo or a chicken grill salad, limit dressing, and dinner is yogurt with vegetables or a grilled meat or small pasta with veg and a bit of meat. The key is low starch, low sugar, and low fat. I don't pay much for this at all.

    It WOULD be nice to have meals delivered as I work 11 hour days, but it all can be done other ways. - 9/28/2008   6:55:03 AM
  • 132
    I would love to try this diet. It would help me get a jump start! - 9/27/2008   10:06:30 PM
  • 131
    If money was no object of course I would....please... Thats a problem I have with the celebrity diets all over is that normal people can not afford a personal chef, motivator, and trainer we have jobs, where there job is to look good. - 9/21/2008   2:35:29 PM
  • AMBERMINTY
    130
    Sure! I'd use a service like this. It would allow me to focus on other things like fitness. - 9/20/2008   11:50:27 PM
  • 129
    I am eating a prepared meal program, Seattle Sutton. It's great! www.seattlesutton.com - 9/19/2008   10:22:24 PM
  • SOLVANGSHERRIE
    128
    If I could afford it I would have a personal chef to always cook me healthy meals with fresh ingredients AND personal trainer to kick my butt into "celebrity" shape! But, alas, unlike the wealthy beautiful people, I have to do it on my own. Oh well. At least it's working!!! - 9/19/2008   3:34:34 PM
  • SCCHERY
    127
    I would love to have someone shop for me; because i hate that task, but i would do the cooking for myself. - 9/19/2008   10:43:36 AM
  • SKINNYINSIDE08
    126
    Well, I put on the weight due to stress. It came on VERY quickly (about 50 pounds in two years) even though I was still active and eating correctly. I was away from home and was homesick and stressed because of the new situations. I'm still PRETTY healthy and relatively active (walks in the evening with hubby, cleaning the house every week, mowing the lawn, things like that.)

    If I could get some help losing these 50 pounds I know that I'd be able to maintain that loss for the long haul. - 9/19/2008   9:49:50 AM
  • 125
    that was supposed to be 'busy' not 'bust' - 9/19/2008   4:03:04 AM
  • 124
    I'd give it a go alright if money was no object and i was a bust new mum, how convienient! - 9/19/2008   4:00:29 AM
  • 123
    Actually, no! I get enjoyment of of getting good deals, picking out produce, making healthy meals for myslef and my family, and I am frugal! If rolling in money, there are many worthy causes that I would rather support than so over-paying for food. - 9/18/2008   4:37:51 PM
  • GRAMMYAMR
    122
    If I can find someone to cook for me. Yahoo! - 9/18/2008   1:14:35 PM
  • 121
    Absolutely I would!! And I'm sure if she's using this service the food is probably great, I mean she can afford to settle for no less. - 9/18/2008   11:41:33 AM
  • FITANDHEALTHY67
    120
    Sure would. I could learn from the experience by making notes and trying to copy the recipes. I would also have more time to enjoy other things. - 9/18/2008   9:57:45 AM
  • 119
    My husband and I enjoy cooking too much to let someone else do ALL the work. However, I would definitely like having someone else come in to do the dishes regularly.

    I'm a little leery of pre-packaged meals, even from diet companies, because it seems like there would have to be a lot of preservatives or just other ingredients that the consumer doesn't necessarily want in there. For example, I really don't like sweet spaghetti sauce. I intentionally buy Classico because it's the only one I've found with no added sugar. Yet practically every "diet" frozen meal with spaghetti sauce I've ever seen has sugar or corn syrup in it. Yuck! - 9/18/2008   9:46:24 AM
  • 118
    Absolutely! I do not enjoy cooking and have no creativity in the kitchen. I would love to have someone do the thinking for me as far as making sure the calories and nutrition counts are all in their proper range. - 9/18/2008   9:23:06 AM
  • 117
    Heck Yeah!! I would have a maid too, then I could devote all my time to doing the things I love and just have to stop to eat what was brought...Bring it on!! - 9/18/2008   8:10:45 AM
  • SHEIKEY
    116
    what is this. - 9/17/2008   6:04:29 PM
  • 115
    like Iluv2bake, I also used ediets home delivery. It was much more affordable then the plan JLo did. I loved it. The food was wonderful. I figured it out and at the time with all the eating out I had been doing, the ediets plan was only a little bit more then I had been spending on food.

    However, they had problems with regular delivery, so I switched to Jenny Craig were I can go get the food myself so I know it will be a regular thing. Jenny is less expensive then ediets, the food is ok, some of it is good even. Ediets food is fresh and superior in taste/quality though.

    I prefer having prepackaged foods but I am a picky eater. Ediets allowed me to pick and choose what foods I bought. Jenny Criag is the same thing. But Jenny is even more flexible in that I can have more meals that I do on my own. Jenny also offers more support. - 9/17/2008   2:50:11 PM
  • 114
    I think I'd prefer to hire a personal chef/nutritionist if I were wealthy. $65 a day is sure more than _I_ make! - 9/17/2008   2:43:52 PM
  • AMEDMONDSON
    113
    Sign me up! If I had tons of extra money to spare, I would definitely use a personal chef. I know how to make healthy choices, but there just aren't enough hours in the day. It's like a full time job, shopping, planning, cooking, washing dishes. I'd use the spare time outdoors riding my bike or running, or crossing a million other things off my to-do list. - 9/17/2008   2:40:43 PM
  • 112
    I used EDiets for the first two months I was on SparkPeople. I entered all the nutritional information for my meals and still kept a log, so I could see if I was keeping up with everything. It was a great jumpstart to my lifestyle change, and I found it was easy to step out on my own after that. - 9/17/2008   1:51:03 PM
  • 111
    If money were no object I would love to have someone deliver healthy meals to me, at least for a month. Then I would take what I learned from that experience and incorporate it into my real life. What I'd like even more than having the meals delivered is to be able to afford the personal trainer! - 9/17/2008   1:33:54 PM
  • BACKLOG
    110
    Who wouldn't love a catered meal prepared especially for you? I'd try it in a heartbeat - but not at those prices. - 9/17/2008   11:58:50 AM
  • 109
    I would eat the foods I like, the difficulty would be the frequency, I work a crazy schedule so frequency would be an issue. - 9/17/2008   9:47:26 AM
  • 108
    If the cost wasn't an issue, I would definitely try this plan! - 9/17/2008   9:39:18 AM
  • 107
    If money was no matter heck yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaa I'd have my meals deliveried, or prepared in home, and everything else that would make this journey easier. I'd even have someone go in and record everything in my tracker....lol - 9/17/2008   9:27:30 AM
  • FAUNAROSE
    106
    Ah, to be rich and famous. - 9/17/2008   7:08:01 AM
  • 105
    It is just not sensible to spend that much money when there is other ways. Is J-LO not able to get Jenny Craig or someone to sponsor her recovery? At least Sparkpeople is free for those of us who don't have that kind of money to throw away. - 9/17/2008   1:08:55 AM
  • 104
    Hills8: I love your response :D "date a chef"... if only I were so lucky. (Though the guy I'm currently corresponding with does love cooking....)

    If I had enough $ that spending $ on such a thing wouldn't phase me? Then sure, I'd love to, at least to try it. - 9/17/2008   12:23:38 AM
  • 103
    I would love to be able to do that, but then again like many others I would and could think of other things to do with that amount of money :) My personal quest is abusive prevention for animals. - 9/16/2008   8:04:16 PM
  • 102
    Oh yeah, it would be nice to have someone cook for me, especially if they cleaned up the kitchen afterwards! - 9/16/2008   7:58:05 PM
  • 101
    I'd love to have healthy meals delivered, but I'd still cook once in a while : ) maybe - 9/16/2008   7:53:51 PM
  • HILLS8
    100
    Date a chef... all the benifits at no cost! - 9/16/2008   5:54:31 PM
  • LORENEK1
    99
    Anything that works to help lose those extra pounds, I am all for. Someone to do the cooking and cleaning would be a real help. - 9/16/2008   4:12:05 PM
  • CRICKETRO
    98
    If money were no object I'd already have a trainer and a cook! Don't get me wrong, I love to cook but sometimes it takes too much time to plan everything and when I rush it, I mess it...bllleahh - 9/16/2008   4:03:58 PM

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