Tracy Anderson has become famous for creating the Tracy Anderson Method as well as her superstar client roster. Anderson has trained and toned the bodies of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Courteney Cox, Gisele Bundchen and Julianne Hough. Now, Tracy will be focusing on taking care of her own body as she prepares to welcome a baby with her husband, Matt Mogol. Tracy and Matt were married in September and are expecting their child to be born in May. Tracy also has a 13-year old son named Sam from a previous marriage. Tracy has helped her celebrity clients get their bodies in shape for movie roles, special events and she has helped them get their bodies back after having a baby.
Fittingly, Tracy Anderson has created a post-pregnancy workout. Famous trainers like Anderson have the same sort of goals as the rest of us when it comes to pregnancy weight gain. Tracy gained 50 pounds during her first pregnancy, so she will likely be monitoring her diet and fitting in some exercise to avoid gaining too much weight this time around. Some guidelines for a healthy diet during pregnancy include eat a variety of healthy foods, increase your calorie consumption by about 100 calories per day during the last six months of pregnancy and increase key vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. Getting those key nutrients can be done through a prenatal vitamin you have discussed with your doctor along with also incorporating more foods that contain vitamins A, C, B6, B12, folate, calcium and iron.
Tracy Anderson is again shocking people with her less than responsible statements, reminiscent of what I read in her book Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method: the Weight-Loss Kick-Start That Makes Perfection. Fitperez recently published the following quote from Anderson: “After my parents divorced when I was 17 my mum worked three jobs so I could come to New York and train to be a ballet dancer. But I didn’t make it – I got too fat and couldn’t shift the weight.”
“I tried everything short of an eating disorder – which I really wanted to have, actually.” As Fitperez points out, it sounds like, even as a seemingly healthy adult, she is regretting not having an eating disorder.
One interesting point raised about this statement by Kelly Turner, a Seattle-based ACE-certified personal trainer and professional health and fitness writer, is that “this proves that you can’t just wish an eating disorder into existence, you have to be predisposed and then often times something, like stress or extreme change, brings it to a head.”
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.
When I read what was being said about the new Tracy Anderson’s 30-Day Method: the Weight-Loss Kick-Start That Makes Perfection Possible, I couldn’t believe that someone would write and someone else would publish statements such as “defies genetics to tone, trim, and reshape the body”, “no chance for anything but terrific, fast results”, ” You can have a body more beautiful than you ever dreamed”, etc. I picked up the book from my local library to read it myself. I was surprised to read that she is from the Indianapolis-area, but shocked to hear, when I asked about her theories, that her reputation is not very positive in this area. Online I found that it is not only Hoosiers that are complaining and filing lawsuits. While it might not seem that naysayers and business mistakes matter to the effectiveness of Tracy’s “Method”, the irresponsible statements in this book make more sense to me after learning about her irresponsible decisions in the past.
I believe all of us can make improvements in our bodies with focused intention and hard work. I have also watched a friend work out for over an hour every day and never gain an ounce (he was trying to beef up). Along with thousands of others, I watched Jillian Michaels‘ frustration trying to help Brittney Aberle lose weight on the Biggest Loser’s fifth season. There are many factors that influence how our bodies work, why we gain and lose weight. I do believe the “Tracy Anderson Method” may be effective and even a great solution for some people. I am concerned, however, that promising perfection is both false advertising and irresponsible treatment of her readers.
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