Cheryl Burke, 30, first rose to fame after she participated in the seventeenth season of Dancing with the Stars. At that time, Burke weighed an astonishing 135 lbs. She was criticized for the extra flab that she had put on and thus, realized the importance of quickly losing weight. She made some drastic changes with her life and soon enough, she lost a whopping 15 lbs. in no time at all! (See Cheryl Burke’s dramatic 15 lbs weight loss before and after photos below!)
Posing for PEOPLE magazine’s Most Discussed Bodies’ special production, she confessed that she her weight has excited her since she can easily see her abs now.
Read on to get access to the secrets of her success and her top 6 weight loss tips:
1. Tiring practice sessions
Burke has confessed that her dance reality show really helps her shed weight every season. She said that the rehearsals and practice sessions, that last about eight to ten hours a day, are so tiring that one automatically loses about five to seven lbs. every time the show starts. Dancing with the Stars is a complete workout session in itself.
Burke says she makes sure that she does not sprawl out on her couch when she is on a break during the gap that comes between the reality show’s two seasons. She actually went holidaying in Hawaii and worked out vigorously.
3. Diet Control
Burke basically ate whatever she felt like eating – meat, cream, cheese and the like – but reduced the amount of food she consumed every day, bringing it down to half of what she would normally have.
4. Her motivational friends
While working on the show’s last season, she became good friends with fellow contestant Leah Remini and found her to be a great motivator. The two shared a special bong with each other and the fact that they live close-by was an added bonus. They would get up every morning and work out together. Burke feels that since she had made a commitment, she could not bail out and so, her morning workout regime became pretty regular.
5. Private trainer
Her personal trainer, Brendan Johnson has been a great motivator too. He used to circuit-train them frequently.
His greatest strength, according to Burke, is the fact that he focuses on many different forms of exercises instead of just focusing one treadmill for three hours. They would do triceps, biceps, abs and the like.
6. Maintaining a vigorous lifestyle
Even though Burke has to work harder to be as strong and as active as she was when she started initially, she is willing to put in the extra effort in order to gain a healthy and active body. She was twenty when she first began and at thirty, she is trying to be just as energetic.