An LA native, Regina King began acting as a teenager in the tv series 227, followed by film roles including in Boyz n the Hood and Friday. Her breakout came in 1995 with Jerry Maguire. She won a Primetime Emmy for American Crime and a Golden Globe and Academy Award for If Beale Street Could Talk. King holds 4 Primetime Emmys, the most for an African-American performer. In 2019, King was named in Time’s 100 Most Influential People, and in 2020, she was one of People magazine’s ‘People of the Year.’ King has also done some directing on tv and film, including for Scandal and One Night in Miami. She was married to Ian Alexander from 1997-2007 and had one son with him. King has over a million followers on social media. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs about 120 lbs.
Regina King’s Diet
King doesn’t mess around when it comes to diet. She starts her day off with a huge serving of veggies and keeps eats more as the day goes on. She often has a big bowl of mixed greens and a green juice for breakfast, and a sizable salad for lunch. She isn’t into snacking either. That said, she isn’t a no-fun foods kind of gal, and she might cut loose a little at dinner. She says eating this way works for her and that’s why she does it, but she wouldn’t tell anyone else what or how they should eat.
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- Low-Medium Carb 40% 40%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
Never Say Die(t)
King doesn’t like the word ‘diet’ because it’s temporary and won’t last. She says if you want to change how you look, you need to make a life change.
Eat Your Greens
King starts her day off with veggies in every shade of green: snap peas, kale, broccoli, spinach, avocado, you name it. Then she washes it down with a green juice.
King has more greens at lunch: usually a hearty salad that includes animal protein like lamb or fish.
Food Is Medicine
Part of the reason King eats this way is to combat the hypertension, aka high blood pressure, that runs in her family.
Pass on the Snacks…Maybe
King tries very hard not to snack, but if she’s in the mood, she won’t say no to a cookie.
It’s About Balance
King has fine-tuned her diet over the years, and doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to eating. She says each person needs to find what works for them.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
King on Breakfast
‘Every morning, I have half an avocado and a big, giant bowl of mixed green vegetables.’
King on Food
‘I love food! And I love to cook.’
King on Diet
‘My overall thoughts are to pay attention to my body and my mind, and not compare myself to someone else.’
King on Treats
‘It’s OK if you want to eat a cookie.’
Regina King’s Fitness Routine
Keep It Fun
King says the first time she liked school was when she joined the track team as a freshman in high school. Her favorite kind of exercise doesn’t feel like exercise, such as dancing or racquetball.
To make sure she fits exercise into her busy life, King works with a personal trainer. She says she hates to waste money, so that motivates her not to miss sessions.
Take Care of Yourself
King gets weekly massages and uses stress-management techniques such as deep breathing to help her stay calm and energized through long work days.
King works with a trainer 3 days a week. On her own, she’ll hike the hills with her dog for a great calorie-burning cardio workout.
Stretch It Out
Even when she can’t fit in a formal routine, King makes a point to stretch so she doesn’t feel stiff.
Just Do Something
King’s routine has gone through changes over the years. She used to life weights but now prefers bodyweight exercises like push-ups, lunges, and squats.
A Regina King Routine
Bodyweight exercises: lunges, crunches, push-ups, etc.
Plyometrics: squat jumps, burpees, etc
Hike: at least 30 min.
Do anything that gets you moving.
Stress-management breathing: 8 seconds in, hold for 8 seconds, breathe out for 8 seconds.
King on Exercise
‘You know how some people get sore when they work out? I get sore if I’m not working out.’
King on Using a Trainer
‘I do well with a trainer because it makes me get up and go. I don’t like spending money and wasting it.’
King’s Advice on How to Make Exercise Part of Your Life
‘Get a dog. It’s built-in exercise.’
King on Relaxation Breathing
‘I do that all the time. All my life.’
Regina King’s Supplements
King is keeping any nutritional supplements she takes on the down-low, so below are supplements that can benefit anyone following a similar diet.
King treats food as medicine and eats a lot of green vegetables each day, but if you don’t get as many as you should, consider adding a greens supplement.
coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Regina King’s Lifestyle
Sleep: Priority #1
King’s days can run long, sometimes 16 hours. She says that while she likes exercising, it takes a backseat to sleep when she’s in a time crunch.
Watch the Pressure
King inherited the tendency toward high blood pressure. Both sides of her family have it, and her older sister died from it.
Be Vigilant About Sun
King says she always thought darker skin meant she didn’t need to use sunscreen, but she learned that anyone can get skin cancer and now wears sunblock on her face every day.
King says her son is her inspiration, and that it is due to him that she works hard and behaves as a role model. Ian Jr. calls her a ‘supermom.’
King on Relationships
‘If your woman is asleep every time you get home, she’s just really tired. Of you.’
King on Divorce
‘Divorce is the hardest obstacle I’ve had to overcome in my life.’
King on Failure
‘I don’t think something is a failure if you put your all into it. I’m a big fan of the saying, “Nothing beats a failure but a try.”’
King on How She Stays Grounded
‘I stay in tune with my family and God.’
King on Modern Mothers
‘A Modern Mom to me is not always someone that juggles a career and family. A Modern Mom is a woman who takes care of herself on the inside and the outside.’
King on Her Son
‘When he was born, it was like I was born again.’
King on How to Be Happy
‘Become friendly with the present moment, even if the present moment doesn’t feel so great.’
King on Her Stress-Buster
‘My dog…It forces me to take at least 30 minutes to release any tension I may or may not have.’