Between acting roles, two recently-launched businesses, and parenting her one-year-old daughter, Shay Mitchell has an undeniably jam-packed schedule. However, despite her myriad commitments, Mitchell managed to find time to transform her body and improve her overall well-being with a simple change to her fitness routine—and the positive results only took one month for the actor to see and feel.
Read on to discover how Mitchell reshaped her body and got healthier in just four weeks. And for more celebrity transformations, check out Ciara Reveals Her Plan for Losing 10 Pounds in 5 Weeks.
She started working out five days a week.
To jumpstart her weight loss and health transformation, Mitchell kicked things off with a five-day-a-week workout plan for four weeks using the Openfit training program.
"It changed everything," Mitchell told Women's Health of her transformation in a new interview. "I had way more energy; I don't have five cups of coffee anymore. I can sound preachy when I'm talking about it, but it totally altered my year."
She combines cardio and strength training.
To help Mitchell tone up, trainer Kelsey Heenan designed a program that combined strength training, cardio, and HIIT workouts.
"For me, it was always about a deadlift," Mitchell admitted. "Getting up to 50 pounds was a boss move. I was really proud of myself."
She makes stretching part of her regular routine
One of the biggest changes to Mitchell's health and fitness routine was incorporating stretching into her daily practice. Mitchell told Women's Health that her go-to stretches include arm sweeps, spidermans, and thoracic rotations, calling her stretching practice "life-changing."
She doesn't deprive herself.
While Mitchell's body may have changed dramatically over the past year, she hasn't been spartan about her diet.
"I wish I could say it was all quinoa, salmon, and asparagus, but it's not," she admitted to Women's Health. Instead, she says she eats an egg, spinach, and cheese quesadilla for breakfast, soup for lunch, and a mixture of vegetables and carbs for dinner. Throughout the day, she snacks on fruit, cheese, vegetables, and treats herself with wine, Lily's chocolate-covered almonds, or caramel-chocolate cookies.
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