Tracy Anderson Diet Deemed Unhealthy By UK Physicians - "Raises Risk of Anorexia"
Back at the end 2012, The NY Times ran an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow's trainer, Tracy Anderson. In this interview she discussed her "Method":
Ms. Anderson described her own philosophy as “the method,” and talked passionately about the science behind it, tossing around terms like “proprioception perception,” “strength of synapses” and “muscle confusion.”
“I move across the large muscles in a way like when you were a kid you got an Indian burn, building collective strength between muscle groups,” she explained with a smile.
Ms. Anderson has not sought certification in fields like exercise physiology or teaching, she said, because, “I am so hard on myself with not deviating the amount of time that I have for research and development of the method.”
As for coming up with moves to slim problem areas where women are predisposed to store fat (“disproportionate struggle,” in Ms. Andersonspeak), she painted a vivid picture.
“I’m completely focused on how can I get forces to travel from opposing directions and end up creating a contraction in a muscle that’s going to then pull in,” she said. “And then as we lose the fat the muscular structure will be vibrating so well that it will have the connective tissues pull the skin back to it.”
So what does this mean? Scientifically, and in terms of how exercise really works, it is meaningless. Of course, she is NOT a certified fitness professional, so what do we expect? And why would you trust a trainer who refuses to study for a fitness certification exam? Would you trust a lawyer who wouldn't take the bar exam? A physician who never passed the Boards?
And now Ms. Anderson has a diet program, that involves eating 500-1000 calories a day for up to 90 days. While, of course, doing 1-2 hours of her high intensity exercises.
Normally a woman should eat about 2000 calories a day at the minimum.
According to the Daily Mail,
Yesterday the British Dietetic Association and eating disorder charity Beat both voiced concern over the regime, and said Miss Anderson may be particularly popular with impressionable teenagers because of her celebrity status.
Dr Frankie Phillips, of the BDA, said of the plan: ‘It’s extremely low in essential fats, low calorie and low in carbohydrates other than from fruit and vegetables. It also looks to be very time consuming. You would need to spend a lot of time preparing and shopping for the different meal plans.
‘It just means that [followers] might be more at risk of an eating disorder, of developing a disordered eating pattern.’
And if you look closely at the condition of Anderson's hair and skin in the article photos, as well as that of her clients, you can see that they are in poor condition. Dry, brittle, not great.
That is what happens when you eat no fat for way too long. Your hair, skin, and nails will show the damage first. And then your bone density also starts to weaken.
I for one am tired of listening to Tracy Anderson giving unhealthy advice to keep women "super-skinny" with no concern about health maintenance over the longer term.
I wish US physicians would start to call her out as much as UK people are. Her method is unscientific, dangerous, expensive, and promotes an unhealthy and unrealistic body image for women.