How Fitness Pros Eat to Look Lean

You don’t have to be a fitness model or professional to look like one. All it takes is eating a ​wide variety of nutrient-dense foods combined with regular exercise for a beach-ready body.

Eat Right for a Beach Ready Body

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Eating right to achieve the body you want doesn't have to be complicated. Fitness professionals don't eat anything special or magic to achieve a lean body. The following is a basic list of common healthy foods and nutrition tips that will have you beach ready year-round.



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Oats are on the menu for almost all fitness professionals. They're a secret weapon for energy, fat burning, and contain many nutrients.

Oats make a great pre-workout meal and are high in fiber to help with digestion and reduced bloating. Oats are a nutrient-dense food and provide satiety for hours.

It comes as no surprise that oats are on the top ten lists of fitness pros and athletes alike.



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Eggs are another fit-pro favorite and great post-workout snack. They are full of protein and nutrient dense yolks. The whites are the preferred portion for fitness professionals with the yolks eaten in moderation.

Eggs help with muscle recovery and beneficial to sculpting a tight and tone physique.

Abs are definitely created in the kitchen with this simple form of protein that can be cooked in many appetizing ways.

Whether boiled by the dozen for bulk cooking or whipped up in a scramble, eggs are high on the fit-pro eat list.



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Fitness models putting their best body forward are eating greens on the daily. Vegetables like broccoli and spinach are nutrient-dense. They provide a multitude of health benefits and help maintain a lean physique.

Great bodies are created with quality foods. Vegetables and greens are highly sought-after menu items for fitness pros. Greens are one of the superior foods for achieving and maintaining your best body. 



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Another preferred food to maintain a toned body year round are fruits like apples. They taste fabulous, are nutrient dense and high in fiber.

Most fitness professionals are aware apples boost metabolism and aid in fat burning. They make a great pre-workout snack and apples are nice to have any time for an energy pick-me-up.

Lean Proteins


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Most fitness pros keep prepared lean proteins like chicken or turkey on hand and consume daily to maintain lean mass.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein the body uses to heal, recover and build beautiful lean muscle.

Some will purchase commercial proteins like blended whey and whey isolates for the convenience factor of making protein shakes. Regardless of type, protein is on the top ten lists of food to eat for a beach-ready body. 

Healthy Fats

Peanut butter

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Most fitness professionals know that healthy fats actually aid in burning fat. No longer a bad rap, fats like peanut butter, avocado and olive oil are among the top ten foods to eat for a lean body.

Healthy fats help with digestive processes and promote satiety reducing overeating. Glowing skin is also a result of eating healthy fats and important to fitness models and professionals alike.


glass of water

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This is probably a no-brainer and widely known that fitness professionals, models, and athletes drink tons of water.​

Water keeps the body hydrated and flushed of toxins. Beautiful bodies require hydration that starts from the inside out.

Water also stimulates our metabolism and linked to burning fat more efficiently. It also aids in proper digestive processes and reduces bloating.

Water is a secret weapon for a beautiful and healthy body.

Olive Oil

Olive oil

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Drizzling olive oil on greens and veggies has become the salad dressing for fitness professionals. The nutrient value and benefits of olive oil rank high and it's no surprise this healthy fat is recommended to be consumed daily.

Great bodies require a healthy heart and olive oil is a healthy fat to help make that happen.

Fatty Fish


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Fitness professionals and models are having their fair share of fatty fish to maintain a beach-ready body. Fatty fish like salmon contains omega-3 fats shown to burn fat more efficiently.

Fatty fish is indicated to boost our metabolism and stimulate more efficient fat burning. It also contains numerous other health benefits explaining why eating fish is a must for a lean and healthy body.

"Cheat Meals"

Fitness professionals and models do indulge, but the secret remains to be smart about it. Each person’s tastes are different ranging from sweet to savory.

Caloric intake is still the bottom line. Body-conscious pros will pay attention to quality ingredient detail and total calories.

Indulgence will not be taken to the extreme. A good example is eating one fresh-baked brownie instead of the whole pan.

Cheat meals are said to be helpful to keep us on track and enjoy balance in life.

Tips and Tricks

Fitness models and professionals follow a few tricks to maintain their toned bodies year-round. The following top ten list of tips and tricks will be helpful:

  • Portion control: read labels and measure out proper portions. Don’t go back for more.
  • Smaller plates: dine on lunch size plates instead of large dinner plates to avoid overeating.
  • Pack food to go: avoid fast food by packing a healthy cooler or snacks in your purse.
  • Cook at home: be in control of what you eat, reduce saturated fat and high sodium food.
  • Eliminate alcohol: reducing or eliminating alcohol will reduce that waistline and improve overall health.
  • Exercise: 3-5 times per week and for 30-minutes to one hour for optimal fitness.
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