Christina Milian’s Food Diary: What I Eat in a Day

11/12/2015 at 01:07 PM ET

Christina Milian
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Christina Milian‘s fitness philosophy is simple.

“When your stomach feels full, do not eat past that,” she says.

The Grandfathered star, 34, keeps her calorie intake down with “a salad a day” and meals like a cheeseburger, minus the bun.

“I try to only have a certain amount of calories per day but eat right so I can keep my energy up,” she says. The 5’2″ actress also sticks to a low-dairy diet “to avoid cellulite” and makes sure to drink plenty of water.

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“I try to drink as close to a gallon of water a day,” she says. “Hydration is how I keep my skin clear and my body energized throughout the day.”

Check out her daily food log below, and pick up the new issue of PEOPLE (on newsstands now) to read more about her diet.

Hydration
7 bottles of water a day

Breakfast
Bustelo espresso
Egg white breakfast burrito with spinach, tomatoes and turkey bacon

Snack
Handful of almonds

Lunch
Chicken salad with cranberries, tomatoes and a light champagne dressing

Dinner
Two pieces each of yellowtail, jalapeño salmon and albacore sushi

Total Calories
1,190

The Verdict: “At breakfast, Christina should go for whole eggs over turkey bacon,” says dietitian Keri Glassman of NutritiousLife.com, who gives Milian props for her lunch filled with good lean protein. “But many ‘salads’ like this one can be loaded with mayo,” says Glassman. “And no need for a light dressing, that usually just means more sugar.” As for Milian’s dinner: “Sushi is also an excellent source of protein,” she says, “but this meal is missing veggies and could use a little healthy fat.”

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NOTE: It is recommended that women eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men eat at least 1,800 calories per day.

—Janine Rayford Rubenstein and Ana Calderone

FILED UNDER: Christina Milian , Fitness , Food , Health

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Hk on

Hey people. How about you talk to some normal people who are eating the recommended daily intake for a woman, and not below what it takes to run your body? This is ridiculous. Every article i have seen like this has a reported intake of below 1200 calories. Guess what? I ate that when I was anorexic and did a lot of harm to my body. Three years of recovery later and I am still having to heal. Articles like this are irresponsible and no, having a nutritionist weigh in doesn’t make it better, especially when the first thing she should say is that this is equivalent to a starvation diet!

Lilly on

Who is this girl & why is she in the news today?

Erica Schneider on

Young girls look up to these women and if they see that they’re eating under 1200 calories a day, they might start doing that as well. While I don’t have an issue with the articles that promote healthy eating and well-balanced diets, I would suggest eliminating all articles that have an intake of under 1200 calories. It doesn’t promote a healthy relationship with food or nutrition.

Eat-a-holic on

What the hell is “yellowtail”????
And why does she not eat after dinner???

Cee on

I’m with you hk!!! I never understand these ‘what I was in a day’ barely anything diets that are then critiqued negatively by a so called nutritionist. I’m surprised they still get their periods. And yes they still have personal training sessions on top of this.

Libbie on

Another one of these articles which promotes unhealthy eating habits. Yeah she’s a petite girl but where are her slow release carbs? Whole grains? Potatoes?
I feel so sorry for the young girls who see this in the media and believe this is acceptable and normal. 1200 calories is not enough if you are going to exercise and train either.
A well balanced diet with the bad things like a brownie or cheeseburger in moderation is all that is needed to be healthy and happy.

Kate Bennett on

You should be ashamed for promoting eating such a small amount of calories that it could be considered starving. The little note at the bottom does not counteract you praising her for her body and her “healthy diet”.

Reed Smurthwaite on

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