Celebrity Diets: Rihanna

Rihanna’s weight loss has been making headlines recently, with her dad even crediting himself for the changes, boasting that he told her she was looking a little fat last year.

Of course Rihanna was never fat, but there’s no denying that the 24-year-old is looking amazing at the moment. She recently tweeted a picture of herself on the cross trainer in her bikini (as you do), so that may be a key player in her fitness regime, but what else does she do to keep in shape?

Rihanna tweeted this picture of herself working out recently
Rihanna tweeted this picture of herself working out recently

Rihanna is thought to follow celebrity fitness trainer Harley Pasternak’s 5 Factor Diet where you are instructed to eat five small meals a day, that contain five ingredients and should only take five minutes to prepare. Workouts are carried out five times a week, with rotations of five different five minute workouts. It’s clear to see where the name comes from!

Each meal should include five elements – healthy fat, protein, complex carbohydrates, fluid and fibre. One cheat day is allowed per week where you can eat whatever you want, guilt free.

Here is an idea of a typical day on the 5-Factor Diet:


Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Frittata


Nonfat cottage cheese and an apple


Curried chicken salad with one-slice of wheat-free bread


Veggie Salami, nonfat cheese and one brown rice cake


Lemon Salmon with quinoa and side salad

While the idea of five small meals a day can be beneficial, helping people to graze instead of gorge, the recurring theme of five ingredients etc seems a little too controlled and this may be difficult to follow long term. That being said, the meals do seem to offer a good balance of essential carbs, fats, protein, fibre and fluids.

Rihanna could still maintain her figure and have enough energy for her performances and busy schedule without having to stick to such a structured diet. If she concentrated on eating a plant-based diet with lots of fruit and vegetables balanced with low GL carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats she would have a truly nutritious and satiating diet.

What do you think of Rihanna’s diet and new figure?


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