Busy Philipps has spent the past year getting herself in perfect shape but even though she’s nailed down a healthy lifestyle, she has admitted that she spent years relying on unhealthy quick fixes and fad diets in order to conquer her body confidence issues.
The 38-year-old divulged the struggles she has faced with fitness for much of her life, while confessing the worst diet she ever tried was the Hot Dog Diet, also knows as the Military Diet, in college.
Aside from trying the three-day Military diet, which consists of eating hot dogs without the buns, crackers and bland toast, the mother-of-two also dished about finally finding the perfect workout for her – LEKfit.
Fitness: Busy Philipps has spent the past year getting herself in perfect shape but even though she has a healthy lifestyle she’s tried disgusting diets like the Hot Dog Diet (pictured in March)
Dieting: The 38-year-old became obsessed with LEKfit which is a dance-inspired fitness class taught by her trainer of many years, Lauren Kleban and she goes every day
While Busy may have her life together now by focusing on maintaining a healthy lifestyle instead of quick fixes, it wasn’t always that easy she tells Coveteur.
She said the worst diet that she has ever tried was many years ago but still sticks with her saying, ‘Oh my god, when I was in college my roommate Tina and I tried to do this thing that she found called the Hot Dog Diet.’
The Hot Dog Diet
The Hot Dog Diet also known as the Military Diet is a three-day diet consisting of very simple foods with very strict meals.
Key ingredients included in the diet are: hot dogs with no buns, saltine crackers and cottage cheese.
The hot dog diet, which is also referred to as the Military Diet, is a three-day which consists of simple foods including: saltine crackers, cottage cheese, toast and hot dogs made into strict meals.
Busy explained it: ‘It was so disgusting. I don’t remember the details because this was 20 years ago but I know that it involved eating hot dogs and beets. It was so disgusting.
‘We tried to do it but I think I bailed after three days. We were supposed to lose ten pounds in a week.
‘I regret ever buying into any of those things. I think you really fall into that track in your teens and your 20s because you desire quick results,’ she continued.
She tried out the Hot Dog Diet shortly before she rose to fame at just 22-years-old in 2001 for her role as Audrey Liddell on the hit show Dawson’s Creek where she was a series regular for seasons five and six until the show ended in 2003.
Busy also confessed that she still faces days that she wants to give up and just cheat, saying: ‘I still struggle with moderation and not feeling bad.’
College: Busy tried out the Hot Dog Diet shortly before she rose to fame at 22-years-old in 2001 for her role as Audrey Liddell (left) on the show Dawson’s Creek (pictured with Katie Holmes)
Routine: The mother-of-two starts every morning with a Bulletproof coffee which also counts as her breakfast which she’s been doing for about a year and a half (pictured December 2017)
Working out: Busy admitted she loves LEKfit because it works every part of her body and she especially likes the trampoline because it doesn’t hurt her joints (pictured April 2018)
Despite her past dieting habits, Busy has managed to figure out a routine that works for her lifestyle.
She starts her day every morning with a Bulletproof coffee which also counts as her breakfast and she said she’s been doing this for about a year and a half.
If there’s ever a day that she doesn’t want that, Busy admitted she goes to Sqirl, a restaurant near her house where she gets a vegan pesto rice bowl, ‘with a ton of kale on top of it and a perfectly poached egg. That to me is the best breakfast ever.’
Aside from Busy’s nutrition, it’s her workout regimen that has truly helped transform her body besides running around with her two kids Cricket, four, and Birdie, nine.
She is a cult-follower of LEKfit which is a dance-inspired fitness class taught by her trainer of many years, Lauren Kleban.
Busy admitted that she’s obsessed with the method saying, ‘I know, it’s crazy, I do it every single day. Part of it is that Lauren is incredibly infectious in her energy and her whole vibe and I’ve known her for many years because I trained with her years ago at another gym.
‘There’s something about the trampoline, which is low-impact. Look, I’m not going to lie, I’m getting older, I used to run, I used to do indoor cycling every day, and my body just started to break down,’ she confessed.
Intense: She works out every single day and confessed, ‘I need an intense cardio endorphin rush every morning. I love it. It really gets my day straight’
Wellness: Busy shared all that matters is ‘feeling great about yourself and in your body, and doing things that help make you feel really good about yourself’
Running caused Busy a lot of pain in her hips, knees and shoulders but once she switched over to LEKfit she explained: ‘Not only did my body change in a good way, the tramp alleviated the stress on them for me. I need an intense cardio endorphin rush every morning. I love it. It really gets my day straight.’
As for the moves and exercises she’s not particularly keen on but does anyway because of the amazing results, ‘There are definitely some leg series moves because you wear ankle weights that are really, really hard.
‘I find the disc program – sliding on the discs on the floor – to be very difficult. That is always when I feel like my inner thighs, especially are just done for days.’
Explaining how she finally landed on this specific workout she said, ‘It’s like trial and error finding what works for you. That’s true of everyone in the world.
‘With me, it’s the same thing. It was trial and error for so long and then I found LEKfit, and I was like, “Oh, this is my thing. This is the thing I do.”‘
As for what wellness actually means to her: ‘It’s feeling great about yourself and in your body, and doing things that help make you feel really good about yourself.’
Body positivity plays a huge role in Busy’s life especially lately as she stars in Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty, which was co-written and directed by Busy’s husband, Marc Silverstein.
Busy explained that there are no fat jokes or jokes about Amy’s body in the movie whatsoever and lashed out on those who criticized the film based off a 20-second trailer.
‘To me personally, the specific criticism I read seemed unfair in terms of that one woman’s interpretation of what she believes is conventionally attractive is not valid for that person having their own insecurities. Which is what the movie’s about,’ she told Hello Giggles.
‘The joke is not about Amy’s looks or her body. The joke is that she doesn’t believe it, and then has all the confidence in the world all of a sudden. There’s no body jokes or fat jokes. And that’s not in the trailer, either,’ she added.