Stacy Barthe's Tips For A Healthier Lifestyle 

Life & Love | by Justin Dwayne Joseph | 08/05/2013 | 11:52 AM EDT

The Centric Certified Artist shares her top five tips for better health and fitness

For Stacy Barthe music has been a catalyst for personal evolution. The Grammy nominated songwriter and Brooklyn, NY native has written songs for the likes of Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, and Britney Spears, but in the past three years she has moved from behind the pen and into the spotlight. However that journey hasn't been met without personal struggle. When signed to Universal Records in 2007, Barthe tipped the scales at over 300 pounds---certainly not the average size of a popular singer. However, thanks in part to a string of successful extended plays and a few major celebrity co-signs (Diddy publically expressed his love of her 2010 debut EP Sincerely Yours, Stacy Barthe) she proved that her talent far outweighs her frame. Now, the talented star-on-the-rise and Centric Certified artist is gearing up for the next chapter of her career with her latest EP, PS I Love You, and a new body---she’s 150 pounds lighter.

“I was 315 pounds when I got signed,” she explains. “There wasn’t a bidding war going on for me, [because] I’m not your cookie cutter thin girl with a blond weave.”  

While she isn’t gunning to be a physical carbon copy of Beyoncé or Ciara of the world, she is dedicated to being a better and healthier Stacy. So what's her secret? She divulges her tips.

1. Make Healthier Food Choices
“70-80% of losing weight is contingent upon what you put in your body. The other 20-30% is incorporating exercise and fitness into your life.  For the longest time, I would work out every day but I would eat all the wrong things and end up with minimal results. Eating four to six small meals a day will boost your metabolism.”

2. It’s In Your Blood
“Eat according to your blood type. For an O + blood type like me, we thrive off of protein. Once you know what blood type you are, do the research on what types of foods you should be eating.”

3. Get Some Sleep! 
“Sleep. Rest your body so that it can repair itself,” shares Stacy. And she's right. In a 2008 article in Time Magazine, research shows that 6.5 hours to 7.5 hours is the ideal time for a healthy adult to sleep. Anything more or less can be detrimental to lifespan.

4. Protien Is Your Best Friend
“Increase your protein intake. Protein is one of the most important things to take when you are losing weight. It helps build lean muscle and burn fat at the same time.” According to “Protein needs depend on our age, size, and activity level. The standard method used by nutritionists to estimate our minimum daily protein requirement is to multiply the body weight in kilograms by .8, or weight in pounds by .37.” For example, a 200-pound person should get 74 grams.

5. Drink Water
“Drink plenty of water,” says Barthe. According to the Mayo Clinic, men should drink roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total water a day, while women should intake about 2.2 liters (about 9 cups).  Not to mention water is the body’s irrigation system, flushing toxins out of vital organs, carryiing nutrients to your cells, and providing a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

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