Fuller House's Lori Loughlin details her food philosophy and workouts, and keeps a food diary for a day

By Julie Mazziotta
Updated November 15, 2016 12:33 PM
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As much as Lori Loughlin would love to fill her diet with white breads and sugary treats, she knows it doesn’t work for her body.

So the 5’5″ star of Hallmark’s Every Christmas Has a Story relies on healthier alternatives.

“I like quinoa and brown rice, and I try to do that over a lot of white flour bread even though I love that kind of bread. Like, I LOVE it. But I try to stay away from it,” Loughlin, 52, says.

“I notice a difference in my body, in my energy and physically in how I look. When I do have the white bread, the white flour, I just feel puffier and doughier. So I do try to be mindful of having protein and vegetables and a clean diet, really for my energy.”

Instead, she follows a clean diet most of the time, with occasional treats.

“I try everything in moderation, but listen, if I’m at some great Italian restaurant and they bring out the wonderful bread and butter I’m the first one to dive in the basket,” Loughlin says. “I do believe life is too short, but I don’t do it every day.”

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And when it comes to her workouts, Loughlin is a Body by Simone devotee. When she can, the Fuller House star heads to classes at home in L.A., and when she’s off shooting a film, Loughlin sets up the Body by Simone DVDs for a quick workout.

“I’m not great at just getting on a treadmill or an elliptical or even going to like a SoulCycle type class,” she admits. “But going to Body by Simone for me, I get my cardio in and you do some fun dance routines.”

Check out Loughlin’s daily food log below, and for more on her diet and workouts, pick up a copy of PEOPLE, on stands now.


6-8 glasses of water a day


Oatmeal with cinnamon and chopped walnuts

1 cup of green tea


A small apple

A handful of almonds


Small grilled chicken breast

Salad greens dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar


Grilled white fish

Brown rice


Total Calories:


The Verdict:

Loughlin’s breakfast is an “excellent” way to start the day, thanks to the antioxidants in green tea and the long-lasting energy she gets from oatmeal, says dietitian Keri Glassman of nutritiouslife.com. The same goes for her snack, “a perfect 10 of a combo for fiber, healthy fat and protein.” Loughlin’s lunch is another great dose of those nutrients, but Glassman recommends adding chickpeas to “up the calories a bit.” The same goes for her dinner, which adds important whole grains with the brown rice, but “she should add a little fat to help absorb fat soluble nutrients, and boost her calories,” says Glassman.

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