Why the star's dance-induced slim down is so inspiring.
Following in the Dancing With the Stars footsteps of actress Kirstie Alley, Ricki Lake is the latest star to follow suit with a dramatic post-dancing slim-down. Reportedly losing more than 20 pounds and several dress sizes, Lake, who made it to the competition’s finals, was also preparing for her walk down the aisle.
Lake reportedly credits a food delivery service (with only 1400 calories a day), getting 8 hours of sleep per night, and hours upon hours of dance training with helping her shed the pounds. While we may not choose such a strict plan for our lives, there are a few things we can learn from her fab new figure.
We spoke to several celebrity trainers to find out the top five lessons we can learn from Lake’s weight-loss success.
While most of us don’t have the time to work out several hours a day, it’s staying active that really matters. "If you really can’t get yourself to the gym that often, grab some friends and go skiing, take a hike, or go ice skating. The point is, stay away from happy hour and partake in social activities that will benefit you!"
John Nies, former NFL player turned personal trainer who now works Jon Bon Jovi, agrees. "Dancing is a great workout, not just something you do at weddings. Whatever activity you choose, doing something you love can elevate your spirit and change your life."
"Make better health your priority goal and do everything you can to attain it," Matthews says. "You’ll be richly rewarded with increased energy, stamina, and a higher self esteem."
While Lake didn’t walk away with the Mirror Ball trophy, feeling better mentally and physically was her true prize. "She walks away with a smaller waistline, a new sense of pride, likely a better sex life, and the list goes on and on," Matthews says.
"Having support is key in achieving goals," Nies says. "It helps you become more accountable. [Lake’s] dance partner Derek Hough pushed her every day and never let her quit. Make yourself accountable by putting yourself out there, share your diet goals, and don't be afraid to ask for support to stay committed!"