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‘Extra’ host Maria Menounos appears on the cover of Ladies’ Home Journal this month, sharing a few of her healthy eating tips that helped the star lose 40 pounds and maintain her fit figure. Check out more below…

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STEP 4: WRITE DOWN ALL THAT YOU EAT IN A WEEK

Before you change your diet, spend a week recording everything that you eat — and when you ate it — in a weight-loss journal. And I mean everything. If you snag a few spoonfuls of your husband’s ice cream, write it down. You don’t realize how much you’re eating until you actually see it all on paper. Carry your journal with you and fill it out right after you eat. Don’t wait until the end of the day when you might (conveniently) forget. Looking back at your journal can help you spot patterns. This may seem like a big pain but studies show that women who keep food journals lose six pounds more than women who don’t.

At the end of the week, take a closer look at your diet. What are your problem areas? Are you eating too much sugar? Are you eating late at night? I didn’t have to be a dietician to know my biggest issue was carbs. So cutting them became my focus.

STEP 5: CUT BACK SLOWLY

Now that you know what you’re eating, it’s time to deal with some of those problem areas. I used to be able to eat seven slices of pizza in one sitting. I decided to make this one of the first things I cut back on. So instead of seven slices I would eat six. A week later I cut back to five slices. When I was finally down to three slices, I incorporated a healthy salad. By cutting back slowly, it was easier!

Please find a link to the story here on lhj.com!

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