This Is Maria Menounos’ Everyday Routine for a Flat Belly

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Between her work as an actress, producer, best-selling author, Special Olympics ambassador, Dancing with the Stars contestant, and reality TV star—Maria Menounos is busy. So how does she stay so fit (after famously losing 40 pounds and keeping it off), and shape those amazing abs? The former Health cover star shared the details of her everyday strategies with us.

What she eats

“I do believe what people say, that abs are made in the kitchen,” Menounos says. “What you eat is going to make a big difference. Eating healthy and eating clean is the best way to reach your goals.” So what does she mean by “clean”? Here’s a typical day for her:

Breakfast: “Most mornings I start with a smoothie,” she explains. “My favorite has Greek yogurt, almonds, apple, banana, cinnamon, and a little bit of skim milk. It’s Harley Pasternak’s recipe; I’ve been doing it for years. Nine times out of 10 that’s what I’m having.”

Lunch: Usually a green salad, topped with chicken or tuna.

Snacks: “Almonds, a banana, or Greek yogurt. Or I’ll make a little parfait with Greek yogurt, chopped almonds, fresh fruit, like blueberries; I layer them.”

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She carries healthy snacks (like almonds) everywhere, even the Golden Globes. Photo: Courtesy of Maria Menounos

Dinner: “It changes all the time. Sometimes I’ll have a quinoa salad, or chicken or fish with vegetables, something like that,” she says. (Try her tasty Greek turkey burger recipe.)

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How she builds in treats

“I really do try to aim for a 75-25 rule for eating (but for me it’s really 80% clean). If I ate clean all day and I’m watching a movie later that night, I’ll have a few Kit Kat Bites or some popcorn, and I’m not going to feel bad about it. I can play a little bit.”

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How she exercises all day long

Don’t look for Menounos in the gym; she’s rarely there. Instead, she works her muscles all day. “Move with a purpose,” she advises. “Even if you’re just going from your office to the bathroom, power walk there. Get a and make sure that you’re reaching your steps-a-day goal, and that you’re always going. Take the harder way as much as possible. We’re so conditioned to take the easy way, the convenient way. I never do that; I’m always moving.”

She also fits in little bits of exercise throughout the day. “Sit-ups are always good,” Menounos says. “I have this one little routine that anyone can get through. Fifty sit-ups: 20 straight up and down, 10 to the side, 10 to the other side, another 10 straight up and down. If you do that every night, you’ll see results. I’m always contracting my abs all day. I’ll squeeze my legs in the car, squeeze my abs. I do it all the time.”

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How she fits it in, no matter what

In fact, Menounos says, “The busier you are, the more you need it. That’s why I speed walk and take the longer way to meet someone in their office and take the stairs. I sometimes work 18 hours a day, it’s insane. That’s why I’m always moving.”

Afraid you’ll get funny looks for fitting in exercise at random moments? Make sure your friends and family are on board. “You have to hang out with people who are equally motivated and have a similar goal,” she says. “Who you surround yourself with is who you’ll be.”

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Her advice for enjoying yourself…

“Make sure you’re doing what you love in the fitness and eating area,” Menounos says. “Don’t force yourself to eat eggs every morning if you hate them. Don’t force yourself to go to the gym if you hate it. You won’t stick with it. Find something you love. For breakfast, I’m not an egg-white person, I hate egg whites. So I have smoothies. I don’t love the gym most of the time, but I really enjoy hikes, and I love Krav Maga . Find those things that you love and stick to them, that’s what’s going to work.”

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…And still working it

“There are some sacrifices, and you have to be willing to make them. If you want to be fit and healthy, you have to make a commitment,” she says. “The first week and even two will suck, but I promise, after that it all changes. Your outlook, your energy—even your eyes will be clearer. Everything will be better.”

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Try Maria’s 7-move sculpting workout:

How Maria Menounos Dropped 40 Pounds

What do you serve when Kim Kardashian stops by unexpectedly? Television star and best-selling author Maria Menounos actually needs an answer for dilemmas like these. Menounos struggled with her weight in college before hitting upon a sensible eating plan that turned her into a fitness icon. Here, she explains how that eating plan informs everything she does—including last-minute entertaining—and leads to rapid weight loss.

(For even more slim-down tricks, check out Maria Menounos’ 6 Essential Rules for Weight Loss.)

ETNT: In your last book, you talked a lot about “the 50-Year Plan.” What is that, exactly, and how does it shape your relationship with food?

Maria: The 50-Year Plan is a philosophy that looks at life holistically. It was inspired by my father, Costas, whose goal is to be as healthy and vital at age 90 as he was at 40. For me, it means looking at every choice I make about food and asking, “Is this an investment that’s on my 50-year plan?”

ETNT: Does that mean everything you eat is healthy?

Maria: Not at all! I used to weigh about 40 pounds more than I do today, and I would try to stick to diets and fall off them all the time, the way most of us do. Then I developed the plan that I outline in The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness. It’s based on a 75/25 idea: 75 percent of the foods you eat should be healthy and really good for you. And 25 percent can be splurges. You have to earn your cupcake! (And get the flat belly you want with these 4 Teas That Melt Fat!)

ETNT: How does that inform the way you cook for yourself and your family?

Maria: My mother is a brilliant cook, and she and I have collaborated on literally hundreds of recipes. We use a lot of fresh vegetables, and a lot of traditional Mediterranean spices and oils. Everything we cook tastes rich and flavorful and decadent, even though it’s healthy. That’s the key for me: Use fresh ingredients, find the spices and flavors that you love, and make something wonderful. You always want to be serving food that says you care about the health of your friends and family.

ETNT: Do you have a healthy go-to recipe that you whip up for last-minute guests?

Maria: Bruschetta is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. It’s so fast, and people really appreciate when you can give them fresh, wholesome ingredients instead of standard chips and dips. I always have feta and fresh tomatoes on hand, just in case. (And keep that waistline toned and tight—in record time—with these essential 14 Ways to Lose Your Belly in 14 Days.)

MAria’s GREEK Bruschetta


1 loaf fresh Italian or French baguette bread cut into 1-inch slices
1/4 cup olive oil (for brushing)
4 medium tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon oregano
Pepper to taste
1 pound feta cheese, crumbled

● Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place bread slices on
a baking sheet and brush each slice with the oil. In a bowl,
combine tomatoes, oregano, pepper, and feta.
● Bake bread slices for 8 minutes or until bread is crispy.
● Top each slice of bread with some of the mixture.

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The Maria Menounos Workout is a “Do-Anywhere” Total Body Workout. By being able to do the workout anywhere, Maria Menounos has the ability to always get a workout in. The Extra TV host has her workouts designed by celebrity trainers Andrea “Andy” Orbeck and Harley Pasternak.

The Maria Menounos workout combines groups of simple exercises that work her entire body. By keeping her workouts short and simple, Maria Menounos says it makes her fitness plan more enjoyable. Though she is a popular television personality, Maria Menounos has many of the same fitness issues plaguing working women.

There’s simply not enough time in the day to get everything done. When she’s not starring on the TV show “Extra” with Mario Lopez (see his workout here), she is filming her reality show, Chasing Maria Menounos. She also does special appearances like wrestling at WrestleMania to ‘cutting a rug’ on Dancing with the Stars.

The Maria Menounos workout is all about getting your workout done quickly. No matter where you are, you have to get it done. Instead of going to the gym, Maria Menounos prefers a workout she can do anywhere. She even keeps a small amount of equipment in her office to get a workout in there. Her trainer, Harley Pasternak, says that everyone should have a pedometer to track their steps. Maria Menounos says:

I’m always figuring out a way to work out throughout my day so I don’t have to go . I have my yoga mat and exercise bar in my office, so I can do a full workout in 15 minutes. I actually put a pedometer on. At the base I get 10,000 steps a day, but on certain days I’m getting 18,000 steps. I’m burning everything I’m eating.

Maria Menounos Workout Routine

Here’s the Maria Menounos Workout Routine:

To do it like Maria, complete 4 Rounds. Do one set of each exercise, then move to the next. When you’ve done one set of each exercise, that’s a Round. Rest one minute between each round:

Band Squat with Overhead Press (15 Reps)
Step-Up Kickback with Reverse Lunge (12 Reps each leg)
Medicine Ball Toss (15 Reps)
Medicine Ball Buddy Twists (15 Reps)
Side Plank Oblique Raises (10 Reps each side)
Seated Ball Triceps Press (15 Reps)
Dumbbell Lunges with Bicep Curl (12 Reps each leg)
Dumbbell Bent-Over Row (15 Reps)
Plyometric Jumps (15 Reps)

Detailed Links & Videos of Each Exercise (If the pics above aren’t enough, please try the videos below):

  1. Band Squat with Overhead Press (15 Reps)
  2. Step-Up Kickback with Reverse Lunge (12 Reps each leg)
  3. Medicine Ball Toss (15 Reps)
  4. Medicine Ball Buddy Twists (15 Reps)
  5. Side Plank Oblique Raises (10 Reps each side, use medicine ball or weight. Advanced: Spread legs as Pictured)
  6. Seated Ball Triceps Press (15 Reps)
  7. Dumbbell Lunges with Bicep Curl (12 Reps each leg)
  8. Dumbbell Bent-Over Row (15 Reps)
  9. Plyometric Jumps (15 Reps)

Maria Menounos’ 6 Essential Rules for Weight Loss

We already shared the Maria Menounos weight loss story with you. Now she wants you to know more. For Maria, author of The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness, it’s all about those little changes, the ones you barely notice that slip easily into your already crazy schedule. And she has easy, effective tricks to help you make those changes with your eye on the ultimate prize: overall health for the next 50-plus years. Arm yourself with the ammunition you need to exceed your weight loss goals with her help. Here are six rules EveryGirl should keep in mind:


Being Healthy Is More Important Than Being Thin

Let’s face it, the entire diet industry as well as the messages we get from Hollywood, the media, and pretty much our entire country revolve around weight and size. Lose more pounds. Fit into smaller clothes. Get thin! I understand how and why EveryGirl would be motivated to lose pounds and inches and reduce her dress size. I admit that I really enjoy being in shape. And considering the obesity epidemic that we’re in, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying to lose weight. The main thing I want to convey, though, is that thin cannot compete with healthy. Health is the most important thing in your life.

Hey, if you can be healthy and thin (and, of course, I am going to show you how to do that!), then more power to you, but risking everything to be thin is not worth it and makes no sense in the big picture. I know more than a few thin people who are unhealthy. They smoke cigarettes, starve themselves, live on gallons of diet soda and energy drinks, or use drugs or other such unhealthy means to stay thin. As a result, some of them will not live long lives, and those who do may not live quality lives. Many, if not most, are also unhappy. Keep health your goal and it will naturally result in being trim.


It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

When I was forty pounds heavier and decided to lose the weight, I took a long-term, gradual approach. I didn’t have the willpower to go on an extreme diet and drop all the foods I loved. And with work, paying bills, my family and friends and my relationship with Kev, I certainly didn’t have the time to exercise two hours a day. It took a year or so, but I lost the forty pounds. Little did I know that slow and steady was not only the most realistic way to lose weight, but also the smartest. It’s the main reason I never gained the weight back.

But, again, it’s not just about keeping the weight off, it’s about being healthy for the duration of your life. The long-term approach is also the most logical one. Let’s face it—life in general is a marathon, not a sprint. Most of us are gonna be here for a long time—longer on average than any generation before us. Therefore, we need to address diet and fitness with that fact in mind. The good news is that marathons are run slowly. The changes you make in your lifestyle can be slow and gradual and still get you where you want to go!


Do Not Attempt a 180

Here’s a mistake I see EveryGirl make time and time again. We’re upset with the way our bodies look, and we swear it’s time to make a change. However, instead of making one change, we make a million changes. We do a complete 180-degree turnaround. In most cases, those changes are so enormous, drastic and overwhelming that we can’t possibly stick with them. Or we don’t see results fast enough and get discouraged. And even if we can maintain all those changes long enough to get in shape, sooner or later it all gets to be too much. We resume our old habits and we gain the weight back—and then some.

Why does the 180 approach generally fail? Because it’s incredibly hard to change everything about the way you eat and exercise overnight. We still have jobs, pressures, stresses, a social life and so many other factors that make it virtually impossible to overhaul everything. In my personal quest for a better body and health, I finally succeeded when I eased out of old habits and into new ones. Change—and I mean, sustainable change—takes time. Yes, I want you to make changes, but I want you to be realistic about what you can do, and I want to give you the best shot at overall success.


Eat Food That Comes from the Ground

Though I strayed from this rule in college, I mainly ate fresh fruits, whole grains and vegetables growing up. But I never knew just how important that was to health until I was introduced to Yogi Cameron. Through the experience with a rash and subsequent other medical issues, Cameron proved to me just how much the food we consume affects our overall health and well-being. When I asked Cameron for a list of the best foods to eat, his answer turned out to be the number one tip for dietary health. He smiled and said, “Just try your best to eat food that comes from the ground and you’ll be fine.”

When you opt for foods that come from the ground over processed ones, you will also avoid the energy fluctuations that cause so many of us to reach for the instant pick-me-up junk foods that inevitably lead to bigger crashes—and then leave you reaching for even more junk to give yourself a boost. Real foods will provide you with sustainable energy and contain the vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that your body needs to get and stay healthy, inside and out. They’re also a whole lot less fattening.


Drink Water for Weight Loss

When it comes to dieting, there’s no magic solution. But there is such a thing as a secret weapon: water. Experts suggest that you drink eight to ten glasses a day. It hydrates, detoxes and cleanses your body; it’s good for your skin; and it fills you up and curbs your appetite. Often when we think we are hungry, we are actually just dehydrated. However, I take what the experts say and go one step further: I don’t just drink water. I drink hot water.

Drinking hot water is one of the things I suggest up front for weight loss. Yogi Cameron taught me that hot water can give you all the benefits of drinking water, but if you drink it after a meal, it helps with digestion. Think of it as melting the food in your stomach. It also has wonderful psychological and practical advantages. It’s warm and comforting, like coffee, but cleaner. Because you’re sipping it throughout the day, it helps your stomach stay satisfied. And, to speak even more practically, it gives your hands and mouth something to do—which is one of the reasons so many of us reach for bad foods, especially when we’re stressed or crazy.


ABM—Always Be Moving

A lot of people like to think exercise has to come in large, sweat-soaked doses; believe me, I feel more accomplished when I do those kinds of workouts, too. But small, cumulative activity throughout the day is one of the main ways you burn calories, keep your metabolism stoked, and keep weight off—not to mention raise your energy levels, be more productive and reduce stress.

If you can find ways to squeeze in activity here and there, that’s where the weight-loss battle is won. Yes, structured exercise can be important, too, but it’s more important simply to be moving. On a conference call, stand up and pace. Watching your toddlers at the park? Stop sitting on the bench and walk laps around the perimeter. Meeting your girlfriends for coffee three times a week? Suggest taking a hike or going for a walk in the park on one of those days instead. At the airport, never use the moving sidewalks. At malls, forget the escalators and take the stairs. At work, walk quickly to the water cooler, bathroom, conference room, or your coworker’s office. I look at it like every bit counts and every bit of extra work I put in throughout my day means I have to spend less time at the gym. I do realize that gyms are great and have tools specifically designed to properly tone you. But don’t overlook ABM, even if you do go to a gym consistently and get yourself in shape. ABM will help keep the weight off. You’ll also find yourself accomplishing a lot more in your day, and that’s positive and empowering.

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Maria Menounos

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Maria Menounos Wiki, Bio, Age, Height, Weight, Career, Lifestyle & Net Worth:

Maria Menounos was born on June 8, 1978 in Medford, Massachusetts, United States. She is the daughter of Greek parents Costas and Litsa Menounos. Menounos attended Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville, Massachusetts. Later she attended Medford High School in Medford.

Maria Menounos is an American actress, journalist, television host and occasional professional wrestler. She is currently signed to WWE where she has served as an ambassador since 2013.

Maria began her relationship with her boyfriend, Keven in 1998. After dating for number fo years, they finally engaged on March 9, 2016.

Maria Menounos

After a year of their engagement, she got married to her husband, Keven on 31st Dec 2017, in a surprise ceremony in New York on New Year’s Eve. It was Keven who proposed to Maria by getting down on one knee and asking “Will you make me the happiest man on Earth?”.

Maria has a golf-ball-size meningioma brain tumor which was pushing on her facial nerves. However, after her complex surgery, Dr. Black was able to remove 99.9 percent of the tumor.

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Social Media

Maria Menounos is a very active user of different social media sites. She is currently active on Instagram and Twitter. She has more than 974k followers on Instagram and 1.08 followers on the Twitter account.

Social Media Followers
Instagram 974k
Twitter 1.08m
Facebook 443k

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Net Worth

According to source Maria Menounos net worth is estimated to be around $ 7 million.

2018 Net Worth: $7.0 Million
2017/2018 Salary and Earnings: Under Review
Where Can I Follow Maria Menounos?
  • Instagram
  • Twitter

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Facts About Maria Menounos

Full Name

Maria Menounos

Net Worth

$ 7 million

Date of Birth

June 8, 1978

Marital Status



Medford, Massachusetts, USA




American Actress, Journalist, Television Host, and Occasional Professional Wrestler



Active Year

1995 – Present

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Dark Brown


Keven Undergaro


5 feet 7 inches


59 Kg


Emerson College,

Online Presence

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Sun Sign


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If you had to name a celeb who’s in absolutely amazing shape, we’re guessing that Maria Menounos would be among the first people who come to mind. The Extra host has crazy-toned abs—but she didn’t always have such an incredible body. In her new book, The EveryGirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness: How I Lost 40 lbs and Kept It Off-And How You Can Too!, Maria shares how she’s struggled with her weight in the past.

Women’s Health got a chance to catch up with Maria at her book signing at the W Hotel in New York City, where she did a one-on-one meet and greet with fans (her boyfriend, Kevin Undergaro, even made an appearance!). Find out what she had to say about losing the weight, keeping it off, and finding her way to a healthier lifestyle.

WH: What can people expect from your new book?
Maria: For the woman who wants to lose weight, I obviously chronicle my 40-pound weight loss journey—exactly how I did it. So if that’s what you want to do, you can follow exactly that, down to the whole one-sheet that the trainer I hired for one workout session gave me for the workout plan that I used. And my old food journals, everything. But there’s also a phase II of what I’ve learned since, which is great for people who may have lost weight, but there are other things that you can do health-wise. The book is so full of so much information that I wanted to give everybody everything. So you may grab on to one thing—like the 40-pound weight loss—or you may gravitate toward something else. You never know what’s going to inspire someone, so I tried to put everything that I could that I believe in into it.

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When did your weight-loss journey start?
Right before I left college. It was my junior year, I was a size 14, and the jeans were getting tight—and I was not going to buy a size 16. I was really tired and depressed, and I didn’t know why. So I decided to make a change and really focused on it. It took a year almost.

Well obviously it worked because you look amazing! But how have you been able to keep it off?
If you take the time to make small changes that are not drastic—you’re not changing your diet at all. In the beginning, you’re just cutting back a little. So you’re still eating anything you want, just a little bit less. And when that gets easy, you do a little bit more and a little bit more, and that accumulates.

For me, when I did that, I lost 20 pounds in five months. I never told anyone I was on a diet, and I never told myself I was on a diet—biggest tip ever. Because that sets you up for failure. And then you’re like, “Ah, screw it, I’m just going to have this dessert.” And then you’re unhappy again. I lost the 20 pounds, and that was all the motivation I needed to go on the second phase, which was like, “Now I’m going to work out, now I’m really switching out foods for healthier options”—and you won’t do that until you’re motivated.

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For me, it was more about being healthier than it was about being skinnier—but I got the same results. So if you think about it as your health—like I talk about, think of this as your 50-year plan. I don’t want to be 40 or 50 at the doctor’s office having to hear bad things. And a lot of it is controllable—some of it isn’t, but a lot of it is. So had I not lost the weight then, I got blood work back last week, I’d be diabetic now.

It doesn’t matter how young we are. We’re all like, “Oh, we’re young! We can do whatever we want!” OK, cool, but I want you to know that you’re going to eventually have to face the facts at some point. So why get to that place? Why not start making better choices now?

I’m not telling you not to eat that stuff ever. I still have nachos, and I’m never going to be that person, I don’t think—although we continually evolve and continually get better—but as of now, I find it really hard to see myself saying, “I don’t eat processed flour, white this, and sugar that.” Maybe I’ll get there someday? But right now, I still want to eat that stuff—just in moderation and in smaller amounts. I want to put as much pure fuel into my body so that it works at its best.

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Note: This interview was edited a bit for space and clarity.

Faye Brennan Sex & Relationships Director Faye Brennan is the Sex & Relationships Director at Cosmopolitan, covering all dating, relationship, sex, and love content for the brand.

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