You might be surprised by the foods they avoid…
By Michele Foley for POPSUGAR Fitness
Through interviews and Twitter, we asked the top celebrity trainers one question: are there any food items you won’t eat and tell clients to avoid, too? What we ended up with was a wide variety of answers, and while many of these off-limit foods seemed to make everyone’s list, there were a few answers that surprised us. Keep reading to see which foods celebrity trainers like Harley Pasternak, Jackie Warner, and Tara Stiles keep out of their kitchen.
Tara Stiles: Alcohol
If you want to erase a few years from your face, then stop with the fancy cocktails, says yogini Tara Stiles: “No one wants to hear this one, but if you want your body to operate optimally and look fantastic—and younger—avoid alcohol.” If Tara’s client, Brooklyn Decker, is taking this advice, then it’s clearly working! When it comes to weight loss, giving up alcohol is a must for Tim Rich, personal trainer with Crunch gym. Rich says alcohol is nothing but “empty calories” and suggests that those looking to lose a few pounds ditch drinking for 21 days; after that, limit drinks to a few per week. Rich says he only drinks “a few beers a month.”
Harley Pasternak: Grapes and Bananas
Two foods noticeably missing from celeb trainer Harley Pasternak’s 5-Factor Diet are grapes and bananas. Harley, who counts Katy Perry and Lady Gaga as clients, says, “No one is going to live a shorter life if they have bananas or grapes.” Still, he recommends that his clients choose healthier fruits. “I tell my clients to stick to fruits that either have edible skin, edible seeds, or citrus—bananas do not have edible skin, nor do they have edible seeds really, nor are they citrus. Most of the fiber and nutrients that are in a fruit are in a fruit’s skin. A banana is just the densest piece of fruit that you can put in your body, and since it doesn’t have much fiber, it won’t keep you full.” As for grapes? “Grapes have a special sugar in them called dextrose, which is the highest glycemic sugar that you can possibly put in your body.”
Jeanette Jenkins, Jackie Warner, and Valerie Waters: Processed Foods, Especially Refined Carbs
This was a big one for celebrity trainers Jeanette Jenkins, Jackie Warner, and Valerie Waters. Waters, who has worked with Jessica Biel, sticks to the mantra, “If a food item has ingredients you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce, you probably shouldn’t eat it.” Warner says that “everyone has to understand that bread, crackers, croutons, things like that, that’s sugar. As soon as it’s in your system, it processes straight to sugar, then straight to fat.” Jenkins, trainer to Kelly Rowland, steers clear of processed foods because they “create inflammation in the body and increase the risk of disease.”
John Damon: All Soda, Even Diet
YogaTone trainer Andrea Cirignano; Stephania Greco, a personal trainer and group fitness instructor with 24 Hour Fitness; and celebrity trainer John Damon, who works with Whitney Port and Kristin Cavallari, say that everyone should eliminate soda from their diets—this includes diet soda, too. For Damon, soda just doesn’t make sense: “It has no REDEEMINGqualities.” (We couldn’t agree more.) Drinking soda has been linked to several health issues like dental decay, bone loss, and hypertension. It’s also loaded with sugar—not a good thing for any healthy diet. Diet soda doesn’t fare much better: Studies link the consumption of diet soda to both weight gain and an increased stroke risk.