Holiday Rx – Drop a Few LBS FAST!
Tracy Anderson – Fitness Diva Shares Her “Quick Loss” Secrets……..
Ok, it’s that time of year and we are all “sampling” more cookies, cakes and cocktails (see what I did there with the 3 C’s?!), am I right? If you are like me the old pants (ok…skirts, yoga pants, etc.) are mysteriously shrinking…..
Tracy Anderson has been a fixture in LA & NY for decades….her studios are not only stunning to look at but they offer cutting edge technology and workouts for any body and fitness level.
Here is her CHEAT Rx for Holiday gain:
How do we jump-start weight loss? Do you get a lot of clients attempting it now, during beach season?
Yes, I do. The best way to jump-start weight loss is to work out every single day until you actually crave the workout. Plus, get off gluten and go very low carb. You are how you move, you are how you eat. Ideally, you want to be regular and strategic with the design of your body and your weight management all year. If you’re looking to slim down/keep your weight at a healthy, comfortable place this summer, I’d say avoid eating really large portions and overloading your digestive system. If you’re hungry between meals, have, say one poached egg, and wait a few hours to see how you feel, then have another little something light if you’re still hungry.
What about people who are stuck and can’t budge past a certain weight or size despite what they’re doing?
This can be really difficult and frustrating, and it’s very individual. Sometimes, it’s a matter of being honest with yourself and/or re-thinking what and how you’re eating and moving. It might be that you need a new routine—dance cardio is great at helping you push past boundaries—but even small adjustments (like cutting almond milk from your coffee) can make a difference if you need it.
For those with sluggish metabolisms, whose emotional taste buds were brought up on packaged cookies, candy bars, muffins, and chips—the “journey to balance” can be a real mountain that just doesn’t even look possible to climb. One of the most effective ways to get off of addictive processed foods that do not serve you is to always be prepared with a healthy option.
Is that how you came to develop your new organic bars?
Around one-third of adults in the U.S. are obese, and some estimates suggest that 500,000 people that will die this year in the US from an obesity-related illness. If we want to help reverse the dysfunctional state of moving less and eating more that we’re in, we need to include everyone, at every price point, at every level of food. Processed convenience foods can be better if we carefully craft the ingredients.
Most of our lives move too fast to make certain we have fresh, whole foods always available to us—we don’t all have organic salads at our disposal. I have had a lot of success over the years helping people to get rid of unhealthy, debilitating weight, in part by eating meal-replacement bars. As I learned more about nutrition and the body, and my work evolved, though, I found I couldn’t recommend the same products anymore because of the toxic ingredients in them. I believe in protein bars as meal replacements for weight loss and weight management, but while the options out there might work for managing weight, they aren’t good for the totality of your health.
When I dug into the back end of the protein bar market, I realized it was even worse than I thought: really healthy-looking marketing packaged with ingredients worse for you than an actual candy bar. I wanted a bar that would be good for the brain and body, and sit on that convenient shelf with other affordable options.
In the first round of CLEAR bars, I got the bars to 70 percent organic; now, I am thrilled to offer two 100-percent organic Ultimate CLEAR bars: Sport Cherry Pie (my personal favorite) and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. They are meant to be a healthy combination of protein, energy, and flavor that will satisfy you, and support your weight management or weight loss journey if you’re on one. (I am also happy that my teenager can enjoy them before a game as a healthy snack that provides actual energy instead of a sugared-up sports bar.)
Obviously, this isn’t ideal, but it is a reality: What do you suggest when clients tell you they have a big event coming up, and they want to shed weight fast? What’s possible in a month, and what do you recommend?
If you have weight to lose, you can effectively do a fourteen-pound weight loss in four weeks. This requires focus and physical, mental, and emotional willpower. You will experience short-term stress (particularly during your cycle if you’re a woman)—but this can end up being less stressful than living with the stress of excess weight. Please keep in mind that these menus are meant for people who have unhealthy weight on them and/or are in need of weight management.
For breakfast, choose one of the following:
- 10 ounces of chilled Yogi peach detox tea with two scoops of vanilla ResTArt protein powder
- 2 poached eggs with a sprinkle of rosemary sea salt; side of sautéed chopped kale and cherry tomatoes in rice wine vinegar
- 1 TA organic Ultimate CLEAR bar
- 10 ounces chilled Yogi cinnamon vanilla tea with 2 scoops of vanilla ResTArt protein powder
- 1 cup of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
For lunch, choose one of the following:
- Salad: chopped romaine, spinach, scallions, raw broccoli tops (shave the top off), cucumbers, yellow onion, sauerkraut (I like Garlic Dill Pickle from Farmhouse Culture), rice wine vinegar; plus 1 snack pack of Eden’s organic tamari almonds
- Second salad option: chopped spinach, red onion, parsley, cheese (I do 2 ounces of Midnight Moon cut into chunks). For dressing, I recommend Paul Newman’s organic Italian.
- Sautéed chicken: Sauté 1 chicken breast with garlic. In a separate skillet, put 1 cup organic tomato sauce with a little red pepper. Sauté ½ yellow onion and ½ zucchini. Shred chicken and add in with garlic.
- Grilled chicken: Have a grilled chicken breast with a side salad of chopped organic iceberg and butter lettuce, chopped scallions and cucumbers, with rice wine vinegar and lemon.
- Bone broth mix: Put bone broth in a pot to simmer (I do two cartons of lemongrass chicken bone broth from Pacific). Chop 1 cooked chicken breast and add to the broth along with scallions, celery, carrot. Once vegetables are cooked, add chopped curly kale to only slightly soften.
- Taco take: Fill 2 gluten-free corn tortillas with Bethmale cheese or mozzarella, chopped tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and sea salt
- Fish: Get 1 can of tuna in water and add mustard and capers. Eat on sliced cucumber.
Any of the following fish (wild-caught), or an organic chicken breast simply grilled or steamed:
- Rainbow trout
- Arctic char
- Wild Chilean sea bass
- Alaskan cod
- Black sea bass
With any of the following vegetables, steamed or sautéed:
- Cherry tomatoes and onions
- Zucchini and onions
- Sweet peas with rosemary and pearl onions
- Spinach with lemon and capers
- Collard greens (try sautéing in rice wine vinegar)
- Aim for a half bar of Alter Eco’s Dark Velvet chocolate. [You can see the goop guide to good-for-you chocolate here.] Full bar is okay, too. But if you can do without the chocolate bar some days, that’s great.
Other suggested guidelines
- Try to eat all/as much organic as possible
- Drink plenty of water
- Opt for zero-calorie, fresh-brewed tea (as opposed to be pre-made); can have flavor and/or be caffeinated, but no additives
- You can add one Nuun tablet to water during exercise if you’re looking for a boost
- Don’t eat eggs twice in a day
- May have 1 to 2 glasses of wine per day. If you are drinking, it is best to have a glass before you go into a hungry time. For people that tend to crave carbs or sugar, go for a crispy, cold white. If the wine can be organic as well, that’s great. An organic red will have more health benefits than white, but the white is better for curbing cravings if you’re looking to lose weight.
Movement is key; you really want to get a solid sweat in for one hour, every day. If you’re in for TA, but not able to come to the studio, check out the streaming options. You could stream a master class each day, or even do the beginners version twice a day. Ideal is to exercise in a room with space heaters and humidifiers for a greater sweat.
CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF
Weigh yourself on the same scale every morning so you can know how much weight you are losing. If you are on a four-week plan, you’re likely to drop a bit of weight, hold that weight for a while, and then drop again—that’s normal. Regardless: You should make the choices that you need based on what your body is telling you. If you need a day off, or to eat something else, do.
What if you only have two weeks, or one?
Follow the above plan for just two weeks, or one. If you go no carb, people can generally lose around eight pounds in this timeframe.
If you only have 48 hours, I would go with the leanest eating options. For example: the tea with protein powder at breakfast, a poached egg and small salad with rice wine vinegar for lunch, half of the chocolate bar for a snack, and steamed/grilled plain fish with steamed spinach or asparagus for dinner. With this eating plan, plus a sweaty muscular structure and cardio workout, you could be down four pounds, but most likely two, unless you are a really good physical performer and you have the heat and humidity perfect in your workout environment.