Tracy Anderson gave birth to baby girl Penelope last night with husband Matt Mogol…and it is very, very hard to resist baby food diet jokes. Penelope is her second child, and Anderson has helped several celebrity moms lose weight, so she knows all about whipping post-baby bods into shape…Which is why we’re really nervous about whether she’ll promote a healthy weight loss approach for other new moms.
Tracy Anderson’s strict approach makes us uncomfortable for the average woman; it makes us really worried for the average woman trying to lose baby weight. Many well-renowned trainers roll their eyes at her method, which promises to morph your body type and sets goals like “tighten the skin and to pull the muscles tight against the bone” (yep, that is a real quote). Some swear by her hour-long, six-day-per-week workouts to achieve a thin, toned body…but some swear that it’s ineffective at best, and dangerous at worst.
If you love the workouts and they work for you, we’re all for it (because ultimately, we’re all for anything that gets you jazzed to move), but we can’t get behind her low-calorie diet recommendations as healthy advice for the average consumer. The ”baby food cleanse” that she supposedly recommended to Jennifer Aniston may be a farce, but the diet that she’s recommended to other celebs just isn’t enough calories to sustain most women with an active lifestyle.
While pregnant, she paired with Molly Sims to promote a “pregnancy workout,” and tweeted photos of herself getting sweaty at the gym late into her pregnancy:
Thankfully, she handed out some sane advice to some of her fellow pregnant twitter followers:
…but we hope that if she breaks into the “post-pregnancy workout” biz, she promotes safe workouts and a moderate diet; lord knows we don’t need fitness experts pushing women to lose baby weight on top of cruel media headlines and bad celebrity advice.