Have you seen Trista Sutter on the cover of the January 16th issue of US Weekly!?
Talk about a hot mama!
The Pinks & Blues Girls recently chatted with the former Bachelorette, now a mom to 6-month-old Max with husband Ryan Sutter, about reclaiming that fabulous figure after gaining 30 pregnancy pounds.
We also got the chance to talk with the owner of Revolution Lifestyle, whose products Trista used as part of her diet and exercise plan.
Read on for our chat with Trista (fittingly, the new mom started a line of Eco-conscious diaper bags!) and Revolution Lifestyle!
Pinks & Blues: We loved your feature in US Weekly and you look FABULOUS, Trista! What helped you stick to your plan?
Trista Sutter: Thank you! It was nerve-wracking having that shoot hanging over my head for a few months, but on the flip side…it was EXCELLENT motivation! There were a lot of things that helped me stick to my plan and willpower was surely one of them. I also wanted to feel healthy and fit, be able to look in the mirror and feel confident, fit into my clothes, feel sexy for my husband, and of course, have the energy I need as a new mom. I worked out with a trainer and every 1-2 weeks, I did a body composition measurement, so that also helped a lot…like studying for a test and getting a good grade every couple weeks.
P&B: What’s your fitness and nutrition plan to have enough energy to soon be chasing after a crawling and/or walking Max… all while trying to conceive again, as well!?
Trista: As soon as my doctor gave me the go-ahead to start working out, I was at the gym for hour-long sessions on average, 3-4 times/week up until the day of the shoot. I also tried keeping active at home, whether it be going on walks around my neighborhood, or doing workout videos, like Billy Blanks.
My nutrition plan wasn’t really about dieting…just eating healthier. As I’m sure you know…when you’re breastfeeding, you are actually supposed to increase your caloric intake and for me, my doctor recommended about 500 extra calories/day. That meant not really cutting out food, but just modifying it to include more balance.
I kept track of my calories at Revolution Lifestyle – their easy-to-use tool really helped me stay in check. You know, it’s really all about diet and exercise. If you eat in moderation, with a healthy balance and work on your cardiovascular and muscular fitness, you will have the energy that you need to chase after any baby. :)
P&B: This one’s from Audrey, who has three boys 3 years old and under, and is expecting her fourth boy in June(!)… When you put your bikini on in Hawaii for your US photo shoot and got to strut your stuff, what was going through your head?
Trista: First of all…kudos to Audrey!! I can’t IMAGINE!! Bless your heart!! So…to answer your question… I was actually excited. I hadn’t been in a bathing suit since my first trimester of pregnancy, and I felt really good. I still have a little toning to do, but overall, I felt proud of what I had accomplished and confident enough to walk around without always being covered up.
P&B: Has Max given you a different motivation in maintaining a healthy lifestyle? Do you feel it is important for kids to be proud of their parents?
Trista: Definitely, although I think that the most important thing is to do it for yourself. As the wife of a triathlete and active outdoorsman, our lifestyle has always been focused on health and wellness, but I have to admit that since I met him, I had slacked off. I used to dance for the Miami Heat and was a physical therapist, so I was always pretty fit, but didn’t really workout much until I was on Dancing with the Stars.
I now have a greater appreciation for my health because I want to be add to the quality of life I have with my new family. I definitely think it’s important for kids to be proud of their parents. It’s also super important to be good role models and I want to be that for Max.
P&B: So besides trying for another baby, what are your plans for 2008? Will we be seeing you and Ryan on television again in the future!?
Trista: For 2008, my priorities are… 1. Being the best mom and wife I can be (and keeping our fingers crossed for another baby blessing!). 2. Spending time expanding my new line of diaper bags. It’s called Trista Baby and it’s been a great opportunity in that it I can work from home and be here every day for Max. 3. Maintaining (and hopefully surpassing!) the health and fitness level that I’ve worked hard to achieve. 4. Working with companies to help increase awareness about fertility issues and anything baby related, as I’ve been through a lot with trying for 2 years, then developing gestational diabetes, preclampsia and HELLP syndrome, and now living the life I always dreamed of as a mom.
And now our questions for Revolution Lifestyle:
Pinks & Blues: Tell us about the Revolution Abdominal Cuts workout supplements that Trista took… what are their benefits and why did you put Trista on those particular supplements?
Revolution Lifestyle: Revolution Abdominal Cuts are designed to target that tough to reach fat in the midsection – clinically proven to reduce and prevent storage of bodyfat in the mid section (including stomach, hips, and buttocks). Trista was losing bodyfat in every area but this area. We gave her Abdominal Cuts because she wanted to target these areas while still breastfeeding. The components that make up Abdominal Cuts are derived from healthy oils that had no stimulant effect on Max.
P&B: Trista’s 2,000 calorie/day eating plan seems pretty reasonable for breastfeeding mothers. What do you suggest for moms who do not breastfeed?
RL: On the website you will find a basal metabolic rate calculator. This is designed to calculate each persons daily need of calories, then breaks up the calories into a meal plan. Revolution Lifestyle did a survey and found that 86% of women had no idea how many calories a day they needed. It is vital that we educate ourselves as we all need a different number.
Actually, we will soon be running an educational campaign called “Know Your Number” encouraging people to understand this very point. Eating just 500 extra calories per day can result in one pound of weight GAIN in a week. The calculation will aid in educating people how to control portion size through watching calories. If a persons daily BMR (basal metabolic rate) is 1500 calories, eating a piece of cheesecake after dinner wouldn’t be wise as it contains almost 750 calories per ounce – that is half of your DAILY recommended amount and will put you over your allowed number.
P&B: Snacking seems to be the downfall for a lot of people looking to lose weight/get healthy. What are some of the snacks you recommend for sticking to a healthy diet? *Note: Breast feeding moms should add 500 calories to their number.
RL: We believe that people make losing weight an annual trend instead of a lifestyle, so we encourage realistic snacking. If we make our lives too complicated we wont stick with a plan, so keep it simple and just watch the number of calories you are eating. Examples of healthy snacks can be found on our website at http://www.revolutionlifestyle.com/bmr.html
P&B: We’re all looking for energy, especially moms chasing after kids. What are some great tips and strategies for quick energy boosts throughout the day?
RL: A great way to prevent mid afternoon energy crashes is to snack on lean proteins. Protein drinks and bars are an excellent snack, as most of them do not contain simple sugars. Keep the sugar out of your afternoon snacks and you will be better at keeping up with those little ones! Weight loss is a short-term goal, healthy living is a lifelong goal. Moderation can be applied to everything in life, especially when you are talking about food!
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