Lady Gaga is the professional name of Stefani Germanotta. Born in New York City, she began piano lessons at age 4 but she always preferred to play by ear rather than reading sheet music. Gaga acted in high school plays, played at open mic nights, and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre for 10 years. She auditioned for acting roles but, other than a small role in the The Sopranos, her attempts were unsuccessful. In 2003, Gaga was admitted to NYU’s music school called Collaborative Arts Project 21, but withdrew as a sophomore to focus on her career. Gaga was eventually hired to write songs for Sony and stars like Britney Spears and New Kids on the Block. In 2008, she moved to LA and recorded her debut album which went #1 in other countries and made top 5 in the US. She has gone on to sell 124 million records, win 11 Grammys, an Oscar, a BAFTA and 2 Golden Globes, along with various other awards and Guinness World Records. In 2011, Gaga was named the Queen of Pop by Rolling Stone magazine. She is considered a trailblazer on various issues. Gaga launched the youth empowerment charity Born This Way Foundation, and supports other charities including the Red Cross and relief for the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Gaga also supports LGBT rights. She is one of the most followed people on social media. Gaga is 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 108 lbs.
Lady Gaga’s Diet
Gaga knows that there is no way she can keep up with an intense schedule by eating junk food. She fuels her long days with nutrient-dense foods, and when she’s in the mood for an indulgence, she has what might be called a ‘half-cheat,’ meaning a healthier version of the item, such as using whole wheat bread rather than white for French toast. She is an adventurous eater and likes to try exotic foods as she travels around the world. She drinks lots of tea and coconut water, and if she’s going to have juice, it’ll be fresh-pressed and made from veggies.
- Low-Medium Carb 40% 40%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
Lots of Veggies
Gaga starts her day off strong, usually with eggs and veggies. She’ll often have a salad with lunch and dinner will include more nutrient-packed vegetables.
It’s In the Blood
Gaga loves to eat Italian food, and regularly have pasta with red sauce. Her pasta is usually a healthier gluten-free version, perhaps made from quinoa.
Nix the White Flour
If Gaga is in the mood for a nibble, she’ll have whole grain pretzels or bread. She avoids processed foods and white flour.
Hydration is Key
Gaga’s performances demand a lot of energy, and that means staying hydrated. She downs plenty of tea, fresh coconut water and fresh green juices.
Gaga is human, and sometimes gets a hankering for a treat. When she does, she has things like baked chips, almond butter, or dark chocolate.
What to Eat
Whole Grain Pretzels
Fresh Coconut Water
Fresh Green Juice
What to Avoid
Gaga on Her Health Plan
‘I do yoga, I run, and I eat really healthy.’
Gaga’s Chef on Eating her Greens
‘She definitely will always have a salad throughout the day, whether it’s for lunch or dinner.’
Gaga’s Chef on Her Meals
‘We want it to be healthy, tasty, filling, nutritious and full of fiber.’
Gaga’s Chef on her Favorite Foods
‘At home, with her hair down, whether I’m cooking or we’re going out, she’ll usually pick Italian.’
Gaga’s Friend and Personal Chef on her Cooking Skills
‘She’s a really good cook! She’s a way better cook than I am a singer, that’s for sure!’
Lady Gaga’s Fitness Routine
It takes a lot of energy to dance around for hours wearing platform stilettos. Gaga works out hard so that when it’s show time, she makes it look easy.
Mix It Up
Gaga likes to keep things interesting by changing up her routine. In addition to standard weight training, she might do yoga, Pilates, swim or go horseback riding.
Gaga has been working with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak for years. His list of elite client includes Rihanna, Adam Levine, Ariana Grande and Katy Perry.
Whether dancing on stage, hitting the gym or going for a horseback ride, Gaga gets a workout in most days. She tries to do a 35-minute strength training routine 5 days a week.
Before going on stage, Gaga likes to hit the water and do some laps in the pool, a great way to do cardio without tiring herself out.
Like Kaley Cuoco and Mary Kate Olsen, Gaga loves to ride horses, a form of exercises that strengthens your core and legs, as well as giving a major adrenaline rush as she gallops through the canyons.
Gaga also does Pilates regularly with her instructor, Lisa Marie Goodwin. Pilates is a go-to for lots of dancers because it builds a strong core and flexibility. She does a lot of core work, period, including 6 sets of bicycle crunches each day.
A Lady Gaga Routine
Resistance training: 35 min x 5 days/week, including targeted abs work.
Bicycle crunches: 20 reps x 6 sets daily.
Ice baths for recovery
Gaga on her Fitness Routine
‘I work out a lot.’
Gaga on her Concerts
‘It’s cardio while singing.’
Gaga’s Trainer on Bicycle Crunches
‘They train…abs from every direction.’
Lady Gaga’s Supplements
Another ingredient in Gaga’s health beverage is. Turmeric has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine because it fights inflammation. Turmeric can also help reduce depression and contribute to clearer skin.
is another healthful component in Gaga’s recovery drink. Lemongrass aids with digestion, is anti-inflammatory and reduces pain.
To stay hydrated during her hours-long concerts, Gaga drinkswhich is rich in electrolytes. It boosts energy and athletic performance, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and can help you lose weight.
Lady Gaga’s Lifestyle
Gaga’s recovery system following a show is 5-10 minutes in an ice bath, then a 20-minute hot bath, followed by a compression suit with ice packs for another 20 minutes.
Gaga’s name was inspired by the Queen song, ‘Radio Gaga.’
Aristocratic School Chums
Gaga attended the same private Manhattan high school as Nicky and Paris Hilton.
Cuts Both Ways
The meat dress Gaga wore to the MTV Video Music Awards to show her disapproval of the US military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy was condemned by animal rights activists. It was also determined that the dress was made of cheap cuts of meat, no filet mignon anywhere to be seen. After being preserved like jerky, the dress was archived in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
Donald Duck It
Gaga is famous for her outrageous outfits, but one thing you won’t see her in is pants (hot pants excepted). Yet her favorite cartoon character is Bugs Bunny. She says her partially-blind grandma can only see her on TV when she shows some skin.
Gaga on Her Life
‘I’m half-living my life between reality and fantasy at all times.’
Gaga on Her Goals
‘I am a walking piece of art every day, with my dreams and my ambitions forward at all times in an effort to inspire my fans to lead their life in the same way.’
Gaga on Music
‘Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer…It has the power to unite us.’
Gaga on Failure
‘I allow myself to fail. I allow myself to break. I’m not afraid of my flaws.’
Gaga on Healing
‘I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.’
Gaga on the Real Gaga
‘Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside.’