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Actress Emma Stone Speaks Out Against The Tracy Anderson Method

There are lots of celebrity fitness gurus these days. Many people become famous because of their famous clients. For celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, it may have been her clients that made her famous, but now it seems her questionable methods are what’s making headlines.

Up and coming star, Emma Stone, was recently interviewed giving her negative opinion about Anderson. The co-star of 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man spoke to US Magazine in June.

“That diet, have you seen it?” Stone says of Anderson’s suggestions. “It’s like: Eat this diet, which is a palm-size piece of chicken and some beans, and work out two hours a day for the rest of your life.”

Is this statement factual? Is the raving success of the Tracy Anderson Method simply due to an amazingly low calorie intake and an incredibly high daily caloric burn? These rules would gain results, for a short time, but not necessarily health or long term success.


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Obese Body Chemistry Makes Dieting Harder

Life isn’t fair and nowhere is that more evident than the findings from a new study. It appears that obese people who begin a diet with drastic changes will often do more harm than good.

“When obese persons reduce their food intake too drastically, their bodies appear to resist their weight loss efforts. They may have to work harder and go slower in order to outsmart their brain chemistry,” said Gregory G. Freund, a professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a member of University’s Division of Nutritional Sciences.

Freund makes a point of telling people to not start their dieting with a cleansing day, since this seems to trigger changes in the immune system that counter weight loss efforts. The fast-start approach to dieting may also bring on brain chemistry changes that significantly alter mood and motivation levels.
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Can You Follow the Baby Food Diet in a Healthy Way?

The Baby Food Diet has taken Hollywood by storm but as more Americans who want to lose weight are jumping on the jarred, pureed food bandwagon, nutrition experts and parents are questioning whether the diet is safe and effective.

“Meeting adequate nutritional needs while following a diet that promotes eating small portions of low calorie pureed foods isn’t so easy,” said Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, nutrition expert for FoodNetwork.com and mother of three. “Jars of baby food vary from 15 to 100 calories so it can really be up to the dieter to mix and match various food groups to meet dietary needs.”

While eating baby food alone can put a person at risk for certain vitamin and nutritional deficiencies, there are variations to the diet that can make it healthier, more accessible and more sustainable.


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The 411 on Extreme Calorie-Restricted and Fasting Diets

If there’s one sure-fire way to lose weight, it’s cutting calories, eating healthy foods and working out. But what happens when you don’t just cut calories by a little bit, but instead periodically don’t eat or dramatically cut calories by 500 or more? While most health professionals and nutritionists wouldn’t tell the everyday average person to dip below getting 1,200 calories a day, there is a small group of people who follow low-calorie diets because they believe it keeps them healthy and prolongs their lives.

While severe calorie restriction (CR) has been shown to increase lifespan in animals, there hasn’t been much research on the practice in humans until now. Although much more research is needed on the quality of life while restricting calories, according to recent research from Washington University, people who drastic cut calories have lower core body temperatures than those who eat more. Having a lower core body temperature better allows your body to operate at maximum efficiency, according to a story on U.S. News and World Report. So what does this research mean to you, and should you try calorie restriction? The pros and cons are below!


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Ultimate New York Body Plan Gets Results, but Not the Healthy Way

by Descygna Webb

Finding a diet that gets real results in a short amount of time can be a difficult and often unrealistic task. Many everyday people look to celebrities for their diet advice and seek to have those coveted movie star bodies. One diet that has been used by several celebrities is the Ultimate New York Body Plan by trainer David Kirsch. This diet offers a hardcore workout routine to whip you into shape quickly. This plan is only two weeks long and it includes both diet and fitness components. The Ultimate New York Body Plan will help you lose weight, increase your energy, tone muscles, and give you real results. Some of the celebrity clientele that have used this program include Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, James King and Liv Tyler.

The program has been proven and you start off by taking a fitness assessment to see your starting fitness level. If your fitness level is not high enough, you won’t be able to start the two week program. There is a pre-plan program for those that need to build up their fitness for the actual program. During the two week program, you do customized workouts everyday based on your fitness level. Many of Kirsch’s celebrity clients have spoken about the difficulty of the fitness component. You may be exercising for up to 90 minutes each day and both cardio and weight training are included.


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