Nicole Richie's Weight Loss Diet Plan & Workout Routine

Christiana Mikesch, CPT
Published by Christiana Mikesch, CPT | Senior Coach
Last updated: May 13, 2024
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Every time her pics surface online, I’ve been getting questions such as:

What’s Nicole Richie’s diet?

How to reach Nicole’s weight?

What’s the one thing that helps Nicole look so good?

I’ve been following Nicole’s career ever since the days of the reality show The Simple Life. I’ve spent countless hours scouring her and her coach’s and nutritionist’s social media pages to understand what kind of fitness regimen she endorses.

Nicole Richie's Eating Disorder

Nicole Richie smiling in front of the camera

Richie’s transition from The Simple Life reality star, where she starred with Paris Hilton, to a full-fledged fashion industry designer, The Truth About Diamonds author, and actress, has been marked by huge weight fluctuations.

Though eating disorder rumors have been following her in the press all her career, she never publicly admitted having health issues.

The daughter of Lionel Richie and Brenda Harvey has, however, talked about getting too thin at one point.

She admitted she doesn’t like what the scale shows.

Part of the problem could be that her husband, Joel Madden, who kept tight tabs on her diet, had to be away a lot because of work.

Soon after, she turned to a nutritionist who helped her get a balanced diet plan. Today, Nicole Richie is happy with her weight, and she looks better than ever.

Nicole Richie’s Diet Plan

Top view of different kinds of vegetables

On her Candidly Nicole show, Richie talked about her family and childhood and said Madden inspired her to eat healthy, nutrient-packed foods to reach her ideal weight.

Nicole’s diet tips and habits for reaching and maintaining the ideal weight are:

  • Use homegrown vegetables and herbs
  • Uses locally grown honey — It helps prevent allergies
  • Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, and vitamins
  • Portion control — Eat favorite foods in moderation
  • She cooks for her children and husband
  • No one in the family is allowed fast food
  • A frittata fan — She makes frittata once a week

Nicole is a fan of doing Pressed Juicery to regulate her weight, detoxify her body and mind from time to time.

According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a juice-based diet involves drinking fruit and/or vegetable juices. There has been some research on the impact of such diets on weight loss [1].

According to the juicery diet plan, she’s allowed to drink six different juices in one day while avoiding nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol.

What Foods She Eats

  • Fruits  
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Green Vegetables — Kale, broccoli, cucumbers
  • Nuts
  • Lean meat such as grilled chicken
  • Brown rice
  • Salads
  • Stir-fries
  • Herbs

What Foods She Doesn't Eat

  • Fast food
  • Processed foods
  • Neon colored foods
  • Refined sugar and carbs

One more thing that Nicole sticks to when it comes to having an ideal weight is calorie counting. She counts her daily calorie intake and doesn’t exceed 1,200 calories a day.

Nicole Richie’s Workout Routine

Women doing a stretch and a core power yoga

She has been an advocate of regular exercising ever since her days at the University of Arizona, which her parents encouraged her to attend.

When clients complain of losing motivation to exercise, my advice is to mix things up.

This is also what Nicole does. She combines different exercises.

Her exercising tips include:

  • Walking outside — She’s a huge fan of the outdoors and thinks this is the best way to improve your health
  • Core power yoga — For a full-body burn and to improve the connection between the mind and the body
  • Using the treadmill or the elliptical machine for 1h
  • Lift weights
  • Dancing

Nicole Richie is a huge Tracy Anderson fan, and she’s been following Tracy Anderson’s method for weight loss.

The two have become friends, and you can see them in action on Instagram, where they follow each other and post dancing clips.

Most times, Nicole goes to dance class four times a week. Initially, she believed that she wouldn’t be able to dance continuously for an hour and a half, but she had so much fun that now she feels she can dance for hours.

Something she likes to do after the grueling dance-session is hydrate with lemon juice.

"As I get older, I realize the importance of being fit and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s not about being thin but about being healthy. It’s also important for me to train my muscles and condition my body now so that all I have to worry about is maintenance rather than playing catch up later on in life."

- Nicole Richie, a celebrity

What Supplements Does She Take?

Supplement capsules on a green desk

Among other things, Nicole trusts in supplement intake to help her regulate weight, and it’s the thing she used to bounce back quickly after both of her pregnancies.


As Vogue claims, Nicole Richie is among the people who swear in chlorophyll’s success.

According to insights from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), chlorophyll binds itself to carcinogens in the body and prevents them from reaching susceptible tissues [2].

This is a secret juice ingredient everyone should know about. Based on my practical experience, its mild taste and vibrant green hue make it an excellent addition to a cold-pressed juice.


Richie is a turmeric fan. She uses it for its:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improved brain function
  • As an antioxidant

Nicole also claims nothing suits flare-ups better than turmeric.


Nicole Richie loves using probiotics because they:

  • Balance indigestion and the bacteria in the digestive system
  • Help with mental health
  • Help with hearth health
  • Help with allergies and eczema
  • Boost the immune system

Coconut Oil

Richie is a California girl who likes using coconut oil, both on her hair and skin. She likes coconut oil because it:

  • Livens up the hair strands
  • Defines the curls
  • Boosts immunity
  • Increases fat burning
  • Boosts heart health
  • Reduces appetite


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About The Author

Christiana Mikesch, CPT
Senior Coach
Christiana Mikesch, CPT is a personal trainer and author with contributions to publications like the Chicago Tribune and Yahoo. She emphasizes a holistic approach to weight loss, combining an energy-fueling diet, goal-oriented workouts, and daily habits. Her approach avoids short-term goals and fosters a lifelong commitment to health and well-being.
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Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT
Staff Writer
Lisa Lorraine Taylor, BSc, CPT holds a BSc degree in Holistic Nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health and is the owner of Taylor Made Fitness. Her philosophy centers on cutting through the hype and misinformation surrounding dietary supplements, focusing instead on practical, science-backed strategies for health and weight loss.
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2 thoughts on “Nicole Richie’s Weight Loss Diet Plan, Workout Routine & Supplements

  1. I’ve been wondering how did Nicole Richie lose weight. So, this is what she did!

  2. Nicole is my favorite. She’s lovely in my opinion. I’m delighted Nicole Richie’s diet plan has changed her life for the better. I wish her the best of luck.

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