I’m not gonna lie…I have always enjoyed watching reality TV. And one of my guilty pleasures is hands-down Made in Chelsea. The reality show has been putting out new episodes for more than 17 years. And though it’s been a while since she was on, Millie Mackintosh is one of my favourite reality TV stars in the UK.
Arguably, she has one of the best bodies in the industry, but she does a lot to maintain it. Let’s take a look.
THE MILLIE MACKINTOSH DIET
Millie Mackintosh eats a mostly plant-based diet. She doesn’t consider herself to be vegan but she definitely eats more plant-based than she didi before
Also, she takes a lot of care to watch what she eats. But that doesn’t mean she’s counting every calorie and weighing each ounce of fat she eats. Instead, she does what works for her.
SHE EATS TWO BREAKFASTS
You read that right. Millie eats two breakfasts – one before and one after her morning workout.
She starts the day with a smoothie made from almond milk, ice, vegan protein powder, and berries. And on days when she’s struggling to wake up, she adds some matcha powder for an added energy boost.
And after she’s done working out, she usually makes some eggs to boost her protein intake.
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SHE ALWAYS TRIES TO COOK HER OWN LUNCH
And what about her lunch? Unless she’s having a meeting at a restaurant, she tries to bring lunch with her from home. This means she focuses on meal prep each week.
By cooking her own meals, she knows exactly what’s going into each one. This helps her control sodium and protein intake, and reduce unwanted sugars in each dish.
Every lunch is packed with protein from lean meats like chicken, turkey or fish and with plenty of green veggies.
But that doesn’t mean she avoids other foods. For Millie, it’s about balance. And balance means eating the full range of healthy foods that make her body feel good.
DINNER IS ALSO MOSTLY HOMEMADE
Most often, Millie’s dinner consists of chicken breast with a side of rice or sweet potato. Or if she doesn’t feel like eating meat, she’ll make a veg stew.
She tries to make foods that reheat well as she often eats the same thing for lunch the next day.
Millie embraces the cheat day. Since she’s very strict with her diet during the week, she feels like it’s OK to be a little less disciplined from time to time.
On the weekend, she eats whatever she feels like. If she wants a pizza or pasta, she orders it. If she wants to eat something a bit healthier, she makes it herself. And she doesn’t feel guilty indulging in a bit of junk food occasionally.
The key is moderation. She tries not to binge eat or overindulge in the things she’s craving. Instead, she eats enough to satisfy the craving and goes back to eating healthy foods that fuel her body.
I’m not the biggest fan of having a cheat day (they just don’t work for me) but it seems this approach works great for Millie.
She also avoids refined sugars, caffeine, and alcohol throughout the week but she sometimes drinks coffee or wine during the weekend.
MILLIE WORKS OUT AT LEAST FOUR TIMES A WEEK
Millie knows that she needs to stay in shape and on top of her game at all times. This means she works out regularly to stay slim, toned and healthy.
To keep her body lean and toned, Millie does bodyweight exercises 3-5 times a week.
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MILLIE’S RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSIONS
Millie currently works out with two personal trainers, Natalie Hayward and Jayde Roberts.
With Natalie, she does pilates style workouts (lighter resistance training) at the studio or at home. And with Jayde, she’s more likely to exercise at the gym.
MILLIE MACKINTOSH ABS AND GLUTES WORKOUT
Millie’s favourite workouts are abs and lower body exercises. So here’s a couple of her regular routines.
BURNER AB AND GLUTES WORKOUTS
To do these workouts, you’ll just need a resistance band and sliders :)
- SIDE LEG EXTENSIONS WITH RESISTANCE BAND – 1 minute on each side
- PIKE+KNEE TUCK ON SLIDERS – 1 minute
- CROSS BODY PIKE – 30 seconds on each side
Aim to do 3-4 rounds to really feel the burn!
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- MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS ON SLIDERS – 1 minute
- CROSS BODY PIKE – 30 seconds on each side
- RESISTANCE BAND BRIDGE WITH KNEE PULSES – 20 reps knee pulses and 20 reps bridge pulses
Do 3-4 rounds with 30 seconds rests between sets if you need it.
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Here is another work out I did at home with @nathalie_hayward. Great for glutes, abs, upper body and cardio! – 3-4 sets, 30 seconds rest between sets if you need it! – EXERCISE ONE: 60 seconds glider mountain climbers (Keep belly button lifted towards the spine, hips level with shoulders). EXERCISE TWO: 30 seconds each side cross body pike (keep lower back down legs out a diagonal and reach for the opposite ankle). EXERCISE THREE: 20 reps bridge hold with banded knee pulses then 20 reps Glute pulses (keep the knees pushed right out to the side the whole time) what other work outs do you want to see? Would you try this at home?
ABS AND GLUTES GYM WORKOUT
- MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS (use a resistance band to make it more challenging)
- RENEGADE PLANKS WITH DUMBBELLS
- TRX AB PULL IN (do it on the Bosu ball to make it more challenging)
- PLANK TOE TAPS (do on the Bosu ball to make it more challenging)
Keep your number of reps high (15-20 reps) and do 3 rounds.
CARDIO WORKOUTS ARE A PRIORITY
With her ab workouts being so intense, it seems like her cardio routines would be just as tough. But they’re not—they’re more centred on doing what makes her feel good and suits her mood at the time.
For Millie, this includes hiking with friends, taking spin classes, going for a power walk and boxing.
One of the most interesting and fun exercises she’s done recently is boxing. Boxing is a really great cardio workout and it’s amazing for arms toning without adding too much muscle. I always notice how much more toned my upper body is when I include boxing in my workout routine.
SHOULD YOU INCORPORATE MILLIE’S ROUTINES INTO YOUR LIFE?
What works for Millie may not be the best for you and your body type.
Take a moment to think about what makes you feel your best and what are your fitness goals. Do you prefer to look really lean and slim or do you maybe like to have a bit more muscle? Whatever your personal preferences are, if you just keep doing what helps you feel your best, you’ll be on the right track.
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