Chelsea Handler Workout and Diet

Born: 1975

Chelsea Handler tried beauty pageants in her home state of New Jersey before moving to LA to give acting a go. She decided to get into comedy after telling a story in her DUI class that got everyone laughing. She hosted a late-night talk show from 2007-2014 on E! As well as one on Netflix in 2016-2017. She is the author of 6 New York Times #1 best-selling books including ‘Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea’ and ‘Life Will Be the Death of Me.’ Handler still performs as a stand-up comedian. She has millions of followers on social media. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 125 lbs.

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Chelsea Handler’s Diet


Handler didn’t have a good diet when she was young. She would eat junk and then starve herself to lose weight. After years of yo-yo dieting, she hired a nutritionist and learned how to eat, which involves healthier food choices and eating more throughout the day. Handler now avoids processed food as much as possible and eats whole foods, such as oatmeal, sushi, grilled fish and salads. Handler did not want to give up alcohol because having a cocktail with her friends is how she relaxes, so her nutritionist showed her how to keep the calories reined in by having vodka with club soda rather than sugary additives.

Estimated Macros

  • Medium Carb 40% 40%
  • Medium Protein 40% 40%
  • Medium Fat 30% 30%

Diet Details


AM Fill-Up

Breakfast is often oatmeal with a scoop of protein powder and ground flaxseed. Her mid-morning snack might be an arugula salad with shaved Parmesan and turkey (but no dressing).


Light Lunch

Sushi is a Handler standard for lunch.


Dinner Is On Bro

Handler’s brother is a chef and often makes her grilled sea bass or chicken with a salad or turkey meatloaf.


Necessary Cheats

Handler of course has her vodka. Food-wise, she loves Doritos but says she’ll only have a couple then throw the (snack-size) bag away. Her true indulgence is steak fries smothered with mozzarella and dipped in gravy, but luckily this treat is located 3,000 miles from LA at a diner in New Jersey.

What to Eat




Protein Powder


Ground Flax Seed






Shaved Parmesan




Grilled Sea Bass






Turkey Meatloaf

What to Avoid


Processed Foods


Junk Food


Diet Soda


Refined Foods


Hydrogenated Fats


Artificial Ingredients


Handler on Her Diet Growing Up

‘I was born with a French fry in my mouth.’


Handler on Eating Healthfully

‘I love food. I need to eat! I could never do juice cleanses or not cheat once in while!’


Handler on Alcohol

‘It’s my diet and I’ll drink if I want to!’

Chelsea Handler’s Workout Routine

Weekly Routine

Find Something You Like

And do it. Handler says she never stuck with any exercise until she found Pilates. But she’s not saying it’s for everyone. Just figure out what you can stand and then stick with it.

Move Your Body

Handler says it’s important to move especially when you are feeling down or upset.


A flat belly is one of the benefits of intense core exercise like Pilates. Better posture and body control are two others. Handler says Pilates makes her feel strong mentally as well.

Exercise Style


A Chelsea Handler Pilates Routine

The core principals of the Joseph Pilates method involve: Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath and Flow. Pilates are a mind/body type of exercise, and your full attention to the exercise is required to do the moves correctly.

There are a few basic moves that must be mastered in order to do the Pilates exercises, including finding your neutral spine, finding your C-curve, and lateral breathing. After learning these, there are over 600 exercises in the classic Pilates method, including the Hundred, the Roll-Up, and Teasers. Handler recommends watching a video or taking a class live to learn how to perform them correctly.


Handler on Finding the Right Fit for an Exercise Regimen

‘I’ve tried them all, but I’d usually end up quitting because I’d get bored.’


Handler on Exercise

‘I was a fitness fiasco — until I found Pilates…It’s changed my body and my life.’


Handler on the Herd Mentality at the Gym

‘…Doing cardio at the gym can be so annoying! I hate it when there are 50 treadmills and I’m the only one there, but then someone just hops on the machine right next to me!’

Chelsea Handler’s Supplements

Protein Powder

Protein Powder

Handler has protein powder with her breakfast to help her feel fuller, longer.

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Chelsea Handler’s Lifestyle

Edibles For Sleep

Handler says she’d rather take edible cannabis rather than a sleeping pill to help her sleep. She is a proponent of cannabis for medicinal (and recreational) use. She has invested in a cannabis lifestyle company.

Getting It Together

Handler took a year off from performing to undergo psychotherapy, and come to grips with the death of her brother and mother.

Making Changes

Handler says the election of Trump spurred her to make major life changes, from becoming more self-sufficient to becoming a political activist.


Handler on Not Taking Things Too Seriously

‘Laugh loudly, laugh often, and most important, laugh at yourself.’


Handler on Friendship

‘I never say the things I really want to. If I did, I’d have no friends.’


Handler on Taking Risks

‘Don’t think about anything for too long. Even if it’s off-the-wall, go for it. You’ll have a lot more fun in life.’


Handler on Encouragement

‘I’m very much about letting other people shine, because it makes us all shine brighter.’

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