She says she’s eating healthier, so why the weight gain? In recent weeks, pop princess Christina Aguilera, 22, has been full of surprises. First she dyed her platinum blond hair a deep shade of brown, then the formerly reed-thin star revealed a new, curvier look. Many assumed that Christina’s well-known love of junk food was to blame for the extra weight. After all, depsite being naturally thin, she is a french fry addict whose contract insisted she have Oreos in her dressing room. During interviews she even chowed down on chicken tenders or nachos dipped in cheese, sour cream and salsa. But the truth is Christina is deliberately carbo-loading – in a healthy way – to boost her stamina for a grueling summer tour she’s heading on with Justin Timberlake.
Christina’s New Diet
Performing intensely on stage night after night takes endless energy. A star who signs and dances while on tour can burn off between 2,000 and 4,000 calories a night. Christina was “underfed” before her recent diet
changes says trainer Ashley Borden, who oversees her diet and exercise regime. “This is the first time in her life she’s considered nutrition,” Borden adds. “We started incorporating better nutrition so Christina has more stamina when she’s dancing.”
Now, Christina is eating more than usual, but she’s eating healthily. She’s even cut her fast-food fixes down to once a week. And a private chef creates healthier versions of all her favorite food, which have helped her give her the stamina and energy she’ll need on tour.
Christina herself is happy with the changes, saying, “I like being thick.” She has also described how, when she looks in the mirror, “I see myself, a girl who is more comfortable in her skin than ever before.” And that’s got to be a good thing.
On her last tour, Christina “just wasn’t getting enough nutrition,” says her trainer, Ashley Borden. “Some people think being skinny, is all that matters, but tours are like an athletic competition.”
“Christina likes having a tush; she likes having legs,” says Borden. “If you’re pencil thin, at some point your body’s going to change, and everyone’s going to notice.”