Whether she’s on stage or filming a music video, it’s pretty obvious that Shakira loves to show off her body and amazing belly dancing skills. Now, after her smash album El Dorado, she is gearing up for a new world tour.
Shakira is hitting the gym more than ever, juggling two little kids and spending time with her longtime partner, Spanish soccer player Gerard Pique, but no matter how busy she is, the Colombian singer always finds time to eat healthy, according to her personal trainer Anna Kaiser.
Speaking to E! news, Kaiser revealed all the work that goes into making Shakira, Shakira (spoiler alert: it’s a lot) and she revealed one simple secret behind her regimen that keeps her so healthy. As we all know, Shakira’s hips don’t lie and it would be cool to find out why.
Kaiser said: “Shakira eats three meals a day (“breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a protein in every meal and fresh veggies or small amounts of low glycemic fruit”), and for a snack mid-afternoon, she reaches for . . . soup.”
All fairly normal, right? You don’t need to pay for a trainer to know that this is the best way to lose weight and live healthily. But Kaiser reveals that soup helps the superstar stick to what is admittedly a difficult regimen to follow.
Kaiser continues, “Instead of grabbing a sugary snack, Shakira has some broth. At the four o’clock hour, when people are craving caffeine and a cookie, soup is a really great option because it fills you up and feels like a meal so it can keep you going until dinner, but it’s not hugely caloric.”
This isn’t to say the singer doesn’t indulge every once in a while, but she’s definitely not grabbing processed foods. “We would do a cacao topped rice cake or half of a protein bar, or I got her some chocolate tea which kind of feels like a treat with some dehydrated fruit,” Kaiser said. “So it’s about allowing yourself to have a lot of different things in small quantities and keep it as fresh as possible.”
Again, this is by far nothing revolutionary, just the perfect example of what hard work and dedication can lead to: great body and being able to go on tour on top of a hectic home life. The key is nutrition!
The Colombian also works out about five days a week, and all of her workout goals are based around her heart monitor. This is what Kaiser says “keeps her the most focused”. The singer loves having a concrete goal, and focusing on individual body parts and form, so she can concentrate on what she’s doing and how she’s doing it. This ensures she has the endurance to do both a two-hour show and a five-month tour.
So the 40-year-old doesn’t get bored, Kaiser comes up with a colorful and varied meal plan, and works with Shakira’s chef to cook it. “We do some protein shakes, protein pancakes, and I would peel a couple of oranges and slice them up and top them with turmeric and cinnamon. It is pretty much about making it fun and different and also the presentation.”
Well, there you have it: evidence that Shakira puts in the work! Now you know the process (and see how easy it is), we can all try to follow it too. Unfortunately, I can’t promise to make your hips move like hers do.