04 Sep Trying to Lose Weight? 9 Tips to Eat Like a Pro Ballerina
Ballerinas are enviably slender yet strong and energetic. Behind their graceful performances is rigorous preparation and careful attention to diet. Even though professional ballerinas live on a strict diet, they also enjoy good flavor and the occasional treat (all this is consumed in moderation, of course).
A Ballerina Breakfast
Ballerinas generally don’t skip breakfast. Breakfast wakes up your body, giving you the energy for early morning practice as well as difficult rehearsals. Some ballerinas may engage in intermittent fasting or skip meals, but they have to eat enough to supply their bodies with the strength to work out.
Lunching like a Ballerina
A ballerina will typically have vegetables for lunch, accompanied by protein and carbohydrate in smaller quantities. Here you can choose green vegetables of your liking and eat them with a meat of your choosing, such as chicken (half a portion). For carbs, you want to go whole grain. Think oatmeal or quinoa. This provides your body with the energy that it needs without adding too much unnecessary calories. Ballerinas are like many athletes who eat a lean diet that makes it easy to maintain an ideal weight.
Ballerinas dine sparingly because by dinner time, they don’t need energy for performances or rehearsals. Dinner is a time to wind down, and the meal can be hearty. Think of proteins like egg, lean pork, or chicken; and a vegetable salad. Some carbs will round up the balanced dinner. On a day off, ballerinas still follow the same dietary rules to keep on giving their bodies the right nutrition without overloading on carbs, fat, or protein.
How Ballerina’s Snack
We all get hungry. Most people sometimes experience hunger between meals. For a ballerina, small snacks of fruit, protein bars, or trail mix give them an extra boost of energy. Protein rich snacks fill up the tummy faster.
Fuller with Less
Ballerinas favor smaller, yet filling portions. This is because they need to remain light on their feet and not feel too full. Any extra weight on their tummies will make them less light on their feet. All meals and snacks on a ballerina diet come in smaller portions, which certainly helps with weight loss.
One of the best ways to curb hunger is by consuming tea. Ballerinas, just like anyone else, are prone to unwelcome bouts of appetite. This is one of the best ways of getting around snack time. Instead of eating a snack, have some herbal tea which provides nutrition and keeps the appetite at bay while you await the next meal. When taking tea however, be careful not to consume too much sugar.
Like everyone else, ballerinas appreciate a cup of coffee. But coffee does have its challenges. As a diuretic, coffee can cause a steep rise in bathroom breaks. But coffees diuretic properties are not the only problem. Coffee also dehydrates your body. You have to drink water to balance the effect of the coffee. Foods like fruits and vegetables that are full of water are also good to balance the effect of the coffee.
Even with a balanced diet, it is sometimes necessary to use supplements to boost your body’s supply of Vitamin D, turmeric, and Omega-3 fish oils. Take vitamins in the morning to prepare your body for the day’s activities. They should give you antioxidants, oil your joints, and reduce inflammation.
Ballerinas do consume sugar as part of their diet. But this sugar is more likely to come from fruits: apples, strawberries, peaches, blueberries, than from candy, chocolate, or sweet cereals. If a sweetener is absolutely necessary, use honey or a natural sweetener.