The Internet's Fittest Woman Just Shared Her Food and Fitness Diary

There are two types of abs in the world: six-pack abs and Paige Hathaway abs. As well as owning one extremely ripped stomach, Hathaway is a fitness guru and Instagram influencer. In 2011 she started dabbling in fitness for the first time and in less than a year went from having 300 followers on Instagram to more than 500,000 followers.

Today, she shares fitness tips and a truckload of motivation with more than four million devoted followers while also working as an ambassador for brands like F45 Training. Curious (and a little awestruck if we're honest) about what it takes to sculpt a body like Paige's, we asked her to spill exactly what her weekly food and fitness diary looks like. It's truly not what we expected. 

Keep scrolling to find out Paige Hathaway's diet and exercise routine.

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For breakfast I have…

"A black bean burrito or a plant-based protein shake with plant protein, mixed berries, flax milk, probiotics, and two scoops of greens."

For lunch I have…

"Lunch is usually a protein, carb, and veggies. Often I'll have a veggie protein patty, sweet potato, and vegetables or white fish tacos with mixed greens."

My favorite healthy snacks are…

"I have about six meals a day consisting of three or four full meals and two or three snack meals. I typically snack on something like peanut butter banana wraps (tortilla, banana, and peanut butter), hummus and veggies, or homemade tzatziki sauce with Greek yogurt, or a protein shake with nut butter and fruit. If I'm craving something sweet, I make chia pudding by mixing 1/3 cup of white chia seeds, 1 1/2 cups of nut milk (I like almond or coconut), 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and a scoop of protein powder."

When I cook at home, I make…

"Fish tacos. I blend 1/2 cup of dairy-free or Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro, 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, and 1 jalapeño in a food processor. Then I combine the following over a low-heat skillet: 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika, 1 1/2 teaspoons of organic sugar, 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, 3/4 teaspoon of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1/2 teaspoon of chipotle chili pepper. The fish (tilapia fillets) take 3 minutes on each side. I serve with gluten-free tortillas (or wrapped in lettuce for a low-carb option), homemade guacamole, and tomatoes."

My go-to workout is…

"I work out at F45! F45 Training is a team-based, functional training facility that places a huge emphasis on the three key factors: motivation, innovation, and results. At F45 (the F stands for functional), no program is ever repeated, making every workout a unique experience."

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My weekly fitness routine involves…

"I work out at least five days a week consistently at F45. It's a completely different style of workout to any class you'll find out there; the principle is to maximize your output with the most efficient and effective workout possible. The Tabata/HIIT/interval style of training paired with functional movements continuously with “max on” periods (generally around 30 to 40 seconds) interspersed with rest periods (between 10 and 20 seconds) is what really makes me sweat and see phenomenal results!"

The fitness apps I'm using right now are…

"I use calorie-counter apps. My two favorite are MyFitnessPal (free) and Nutritionist+ (free)."

I recover from my workouts by…

"I take a full day—stretch and foam roll followed up by light cardio to push the lactic acid out of my muscle that was just broken down from stretch! This process is just as important as working out."

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The best way to boost results after a workout is to…

"Eat a post-workout meal with both protein and carbs that will enhance glycogen storage and muscle protein synthesis. Consuming a ratio of 3:1 (carbs to protein) is a practical way to achieve this."

My biggest post-workout beauty tip is…

"I always keep face cleanser wipes in my gym bag—something as simple as Neutrogena face wipes ($5) that you can get from Target."

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I spot the healthiest options on any menu by…

"Following just a few rules: no dairy (mainly cheese), asking for dressings and sauces on the side, ordering the dish baked (not fried), requesting sautéed instead of steamed, and drinking water or unsweetened drinks."

My top smoothie ingredients are…

"I only do plant protein for my powder protein source, but it can be tricky because unlike animal protein, not all plant proteins are a complete protein. Soy protein is one plant-based source of high-quality, complete protein. Grains that contain all essential amino acids and are complete proteins include quinoa and amaranth. I like to mix a plant-based protein powder, carob powder, almond butter, and flax milk."

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My go-to alternative health guru is…

"I see a chiropractor on a weekly basis because good spine health is what keeps your body functioning properly! I go in for some corrective scoliosis work paired with some spine rejuvenation. I also think it's very important for active people to get a deep tissue massage at least once a month. Massages decrease acute inflammation caused by overuse of muscles and are helpful in decreasing stiffness, pain, and inflammation."

Next up: a day in the life of a badass triathlete.


This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.

Jasmine Garnsworthy
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