Kristin Cavallari Doesn’t Diet, Yet She Looks Better Than Ever

Kristin Cavallari in 2006

Kristin Cavallari in 2006 | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Kristin Cavallari (if you don’t remember the name, think Laguna Beach), star of Very Cavallari, is also a fashion designer and cookbook author. The mom of three ditched cardio and dieting a long time ago … so how does she still stay so healthy?

Cavallari swears by natural living, weightlifting, and a balanced lifestyle to keep her healthy, happy, and in excellent shape.

She doesn’t believe in ‘diet food’ anymore

Experiencing high school through the lens of a reality television show may have been entertaining for MTV’s fans, but it was stressful for Cavallari and Laguna Beach‘s other stars … especially where dieting was involved.

“… As early as high school, I thought that depriving myself of certain foods (sweets and carbs) and limiting calories would result in the body of my dreams,” she wrote. Cavallari would restrict herself to 1,800-calorie diets five days a week, then go on food binges on the weekend. “I haven’t been on a diet in five years,” she admitted.

Cavallari wrote about how getting pregnant encouraged her to change her diet from processed food and low-fat snacks to more natural choices. She pays attention to the ingredient label rather than the nutrition and makes sure to avoid foods with GMOs. It’s “the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been,” she said. Cavallari uses coconut sugar over white or brown, agave syrup rather than maple, and coconut or olive oil rather than canola.

“I’m not eating gluten free, but I try to avoid refined wheat products since they’ve been shown to spike blood sugar levels faster than some candy bars,” she said.

She ditched cardio for weightlifting

Cavallari told Well + Good about her newfound love: circuit training rather than cardio. “Cardio used to be all I did before I had kids, but once I had them my lifestyle changed,” she said. “I’m a much healthier eater, and I hardly drink alcohol, so I’ve found that it’s about building and maintaining muscle rather than losing weight now.” Cavallari has worked out with a trainer for years and prefers morning workouts.

While cardio sessions are generally time-consuming, weightlifting is quicker and a more attainable workout for a mom of three with a busy day.

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She is always trying to improve her health

Cavallari doesn’t just swear by natural ingredients in her food: she keeps her cleaning supplies and beauty routine as organic as possible as well. “I wanted the best for my baby when I was pregnant and for myself, too — at first I changed the way I was eating, and I’ve maintained it ever since. It’s the best I’ve ever felt,” Cavallari wrote.

She believes her natural lifestyle gives her more energy, clear skin, and a better sleep schedule. Cavallari swears by Acure skin products like their Brightening Facial Scrub.

Still, Cavallari is trying to improve her health like the rest of us. “I wish I could say I wake up and meditate. I try to do it at night sometimes—that’s more realistic for me because the kids are in bed. But I wish I did it more than I actually do—it’s on my list of things to get better at.”


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