Jackie strips down diet mumbo jumbo
“IT’S not your fault you’re fat, but it’s your fault you’re staying that way” are the tough words of US celebrity trainer Jackie Warner.
The tight and toned blonde bombshell is the star of reality programs Thintervention and Work Out, author of This is Why You’re Fat (and How to Get Thin Forever) and a trainer many celebrities turn to when they want to change the shape of their body.
Jackie’s approach may be tough but it gets results by stripping weight loss and fitness down to its simplest components. There are no quick fixes or gimmicks, just sound practical health advice.
“I’m not a person who likes to get weight off fast but a person who likes to keep it off for good,” she said when the Daily caught up with her on her Australian promotional tour.
She said the food industry largely conspired to keep people fat and was full of confusing messages and sneaky marketing tricks.
“If you follow what they tell you to do, you’ll gain weight, so it’s not your fault,” she said.
“But once you have the tools and information and are informed then it’s your fault if you don’t apply it.”
She said there was too much emphasis on the weight loss side of getting fit and healthy.
The secret to lasting weight loss, ironically is to focus less on that side of things.
“Don’t make it just about fat loss make it about fitness,” she said.
“Buy a jump rope, get moving. Set fitness goals rather than weight loss ones, make it fun.”
Looking at Jackie now she is a ball of muscle without an ounce of fat but it wasn’t always that way.
Growing up in the mid-west of America, she was always riding horses, playing sports and keeping active but when she moved to college it was a different story.
The first year of uni is notorious for weight gain for girls, it’s even been termed the Freshmen 15 (15 pounds is average weight gain of US first-year uni students).
A change of lifestyle, too many late nights partying and eating the wrong foods resulted in Jackie gaining 24kg, going from 52kg to 76 kg in about six months.
“It was a very difficult time for me and I felt very unhappy,” she said of the sudden weight gain.
“Food is an addiction like any other addiction. People use it as a coping mechanism.
“I didn’t feel fat but I felt my personality was changing. I didn’t feel confident, I felt shy and wouldn’t look people in the eye. I realised I wasn’t living my best life. You can’t achieve your dreams when you can’t love yourself.”
She decided it was time to stop what she was doing and take control of her weight and life. She stopped the fast food and started walking more.
She later started competing in body building competitions and loved changing the shape of her body.
Despite the fact some of her key clients were celebrities, she said it was unhealthy and unrealistic for everyday people to look at their bodies and want to emulate them.
“It’s just not realistic. It’s better to think ‘What is the best me? What is the best weight I’ve been and has made me the happiest?’.”
But at the same time do not concentrate too much on what the scales say.
“The scales can be your enemy. If you are working out and building muscle that won’t be reflected on the scales all the time. Don’t worry about the size of your jeans but how solid and toned you are under those jeans.”
In terms of food choices the most important thing she said was to eat healthy wholesome foods rather than simply choosing something with little calories.
“Unless a snack is nutritionally dense, it is just wasted calories. Watch out for those snacks that advertise themselves as 100 calories. An apple is often a far better choice.”
She also said it was vital to have a good support system when trying to lose weight, focus on health and set lots of little small goals rather than big unrealistic goals which often lead to disappointment.
“The only way to succeed is to have small achievable goals,” she said.
Jackie Warner’s Superstar Foods
Eggs: Fantastic for weigh loss, packed full of protein and a complete meal.
Apple: Packed with fibre which will help keep you fuller for longer.
Avocado: Full of fat-burning fat and good cholesterol.
Water: The greatest fat burning tool, can speed up metabolism by 33%.