We’re thrilled to feature this interview with Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead, the original FitBottomed Girls. They just published the book The FitBottomed Girls Anti-Diet: 10-Minute Fixes to Get the Body You Want and a Life You’ll Love. It’s a storehouse of doable, spot-on advice for everything from healthy to happy and all the in-between.
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You’ve got a very popular website that offers a ton of useful information for those looking for a sustainable approach to health and fitness. Why did you feel the need to write a book?
Our book basically takes our philosophy and breaks it down into concrete steps (our 10-Minute Fixes) that readers can easily fit into their lives to get healthier. It’s not our website’s content repurposed — it’s more of a how-to guide and tips and advice that we wish we’d heard from a fit friend years ago.
We talk daily on our website about doing activities you love and eating healthy foods that you love and our everything-in-moderation and exercise-shouldn’t-be-torture philosophies, but we had never distilled it into a more concrete plan.
The book was a way to really break down what being a Fit Bottomed Girl is all about. Each chapter is dedicated to one of our principles, like ditching the diet drama, listening to your hunger, and getting out of your comfort zone. Each chapter then has 10-Minute Fixes to help you get there!
Many experts working in the field of weight management describe their approach as “non-diet.” Why did you choose the term “anti-diet”?
We are strongly against dieting — we always say it’s a four-letter word — and “anti-diet” just really fit our philosophy! It’s something you go “on” and “off” and we’re more interested in helping people find their healthy living jam that they can live throughout their life. We’re a bit of a how-to on finding the healthy things you love and sticking with what works for you that’s sustainable for the long haul.
Describe your 10-Minute Fixes concept. Do you think there’s one that is more important than the others? Which one is your favorite?
People tend to get overwhelmed with the idea of getting fit and healthy. It can seem like a monumental task, particularly if you’ve got pounds to lose or it’s been since first grade since you worked out. The 10-Minute Fixes are designed to be manageable, fun ways to fit healthy activities and habits into your life that over time add up to a better, healthier you.
Some of them are habits you might adopt permanently, like taking 10 minutes once a week to chop veggies for snacks and salads or taking the time to find out what it really is that you’re hungry for before heading to the kitchen to graze on everything.
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Others are meant as a one-time practice to flip your thinking or teach a lesson, like our fix on breaking up with the scale, which is meant to break you of the daily weigh-in habit if seeing weight fluctuations puts you in a funk. I think the great thing about the fixes is that you can focus on the ones you love and that speak to you.
Some of them are serious, some of them are silly — and they are all in the book for a reason! One of my favorites is “Bust out of the comparison trap,” which helps you stop comparing yourself to others and appreciate your own strengths.
What is the biggest eating challenge you see among visitors to your site and what is your #1 strategy for helping them?
Can we pick two? 🙂 It’s a pretty even split between cravings for sugar and emotional eating. (And a lot of times those go hand in hand!) Our best advice for that oh-so common situation is three-fold. First — and we recommend this in our book — is to begin eating in a balanced way.
Nothing is ever off limits, but try to make sure each meal and snack you have has a little bit of protein and healthy fat. This helps to naturally balance your hunger hormones and reduce cravings. Second, you’ve gotta become very mindful about your hunger and your fullness levels. We recommend checking in with yourself before, during and after every meal.
This simple awareness can help your mind shift to being more intuitive and therefore slowing down and savoring and enjoying your food more. Third, if you feel like eating and you know you’re not hungry, don’t beat yourself up. Take a second to ask yourself what you’re really hungry for and honor the answer by meeting it.
Sometimes we’re actually eating because we’re bored, tired, procrastinating or just wanting to avoid feelings. It takes practice to make it a habit, but you can do it! (And never, ever beat yourself up for eating too much or not out of hunger. Try to learn from it and move on!)
What about other healthy living challenges? What do you think ranks at the top for women in general and what do you advise to help manage it?
A lot of our readers and people say that they struggle finding the time to work out. The truth is though that we all have the same number of hours in a day. Heck, even the president finds time to be active! The key is picking activities (not just “workouts”) that you love.
I always ask people: have you ever had trouble squeezing in your favorite TV show? Most likely not! It’s easy for us to make time for the things we want to do. So pick something you want to do!
Do you think the scale helps or hurts when you’re working to reach a healthy weight?
We think that the scale is one of many tools to measure our bodies. Problem is, so many of us have such a love-hate relationship with it and the number on it is so closely tied to our self esteem and self worth that it’s much, much more than just an “objective” tool.
“If you’re someone who steps on the scale and it influences how you feel, we recommend ditching it!”
Seeing that everyone’s weight fluctuates due to many natural factors and that it doesn’t take other health factors into account, the scale is a flawed indicator of our overall wellbeing, but one that we as a society seem to be obsessed with. If you’re someone who steps on the scale and it influences how you feel, we recommend ditching it!
Occasional weigh-ins are fine to track progress (especially with good positive self talk about how you’re more than a silly number!), but we much prefer women measure their success by other indicators like how they feel, energy levels, quality of sleep, mood, blood pressure, fitness gains, etc.!
How do you describe a healthy weight?
One that you feel great in and one that can help you to do the things in life you want to do. It’s not about what you look like. It’s about how you FEEL! 🙂
And we can say amen to that!
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