Written by Ally Sutton, July 31, 2016
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Mac and cheese, French toast, burgers – Chrissy Teigen’s new cookbook Cravings is full of drool-inducing indulgences.

Which makes it all the more baffling that, a week after giving birth to her daughter Luna in April, Chrissy stepped out looking as fit as ever! What?!

But don’t worry, apart from the occasional guilt-free splurge every week, the new mum actually worked for it, training five days a week during and after her pregnancy.

What’s more, she’s long boasted of her five-day slimdown trick of eating super clean, low carb and Paleo – well, sort of – before allowing herself splurges when she really wants them.

“I love meat and vegetables,” the model, 30, says. “If I did a diet, I would do Paleo, except they have no cheese, which is very upsetting. I’m going to start my own Chrissy diet that’s like Paleo, plus cheese. Plus late Saturday night drive-through.”


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What is Paleo?

Paleo dieters try to eat like cavemen, consuming only foods our ancestors would have eaten – so no bread, lots of good fats, moderate protein and carbs, with experts saying it can help boost weight loss, clear skin and control blood sugar.

Plus, there’s no strict portion control or kilojoule counting. Sticking to the plan means by the time cravings hit, Chrissy’s able to have her tacos and eat them – guilt-free – too!

What does she eat?

Over her strict days, Chrissy fills up on good fats, such as those found in nuts, oils, avocado, and even her beloved cheese, along with protein such as lamb, beef and seafood.

When it comes to carbs, she has non-starchy veg like eggplant, zucchini, greens and capsicum along with low-sugar fruits like berries.

What’s off the menu?

The Paleo diet sees users avoid most dairy, except butter – and in Chrissy’s case cheese – grains and homogenated oils.

“You can literally look at a photo and know if I ate carbs. My face isn’t the most forgiving of them,” she says.

But she has ways of filling the pasta-shaped hole in her tummy, adding, “I am so used to using chicken thighs and drums so I get that yummy, juicy fattiness that replaces the rice, pasta or potatoes I so very much miss.”

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