In Step 1, she walks readers through what she calls an emotional "dive inward," traversing thorny terrain such as the real reasons we turn to food for emotional comfort and how to break those destructive habits.Step 2 urges readers to identify just two or three "hidden foods" — trigger foods that we binge on in secret."In my experience, it's not a dozen foods that keep us from losing weight, but one, two or three old standbys," Reno says.
It was very exciting to see how changes could be made so dramatically.
I remember trying on a skirt and it actually fell down and off of my hips, and I thought, 'This is because I put the lid on the peanut butter!
'"While the book goes on to encourage a meal plan, there is no calorie counting or dictated menus.
Reno says there's nothing remarkable about her transformation, except that she consistently took the small, persistent steps toward health and wellness that she outlines in her latest book, "The Start Here Diet.""I didn't come from a fitness world. She is also author of the "Eat Clean Diet" franchise, which includes more than a dozen bestselling wellness books and counts Angelina Jolie as a fan.
(Reno is also behind the glute workout bible, "The Butt Book." But she says she realized that the "Clean Diet" approach and its emphasis on exercising and eating like a body builder — six small meals a day, eliminating all processed foods in favor of lean proteins, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables — was too intimidating for some."Women would come up to me at a book signing and say, 'I love your book, but I don't know how to get started,'" Reno said.
"So I thought, 'Ah, I really need to go back to the beginning.'""The Start Here Diet" begins with Reno detailing the shambles of her life when she made the decision to put down the peanut butter, cheese and ice cream — her "drugs" of choice — and leave her husband.
(She would go on to meet and marry the late fitness magazine publisher Robert Kennedy, who brought Reno into the pages of Oxygen and often pointed to his wife as proof that it's never too late to get in shape.)Reno's book outlines the three-step process she says she took after her life reached a turning point.
(Doriane Raiman/ Los Angeles Times) Hers is the Cinderella story of the fitness world.
But I knew I had to begin somewhere," says Tosca Reno, who overcame personal trauma and is now a bestselling fitness guru.
At age 40, Tosca Reno says she was nearly 80 pounds overweight, depressed and clinging to a bad marriage because, as a stay-at-home mother, she feared she couldn't raise her three young girls on her own.
Today, at 53, she is one of the most recognized celebrities in the fitness world — and not only because she recently posed for the cover of Oxygen magazine in a blue bikini that showed off trim, tight abs and a brilliant smile. I would get winded walking up a single flight of stairs. I remember thinking, 'If I don't do something about this, I won't see my girls grow up to be young ladies.'"Reno says "The Start Here Diet" is her most revealing book to date, and there's no doubt it's her most accessible. She writes a monthly column in Oxygen magazine, one of the few mainstream fitness magazines aimed at women who are not afraid to hit the weight room at the gym.