Transitioning from a teen to an adult is not easy for anyone. Add the pressures of being constantly in the public eye, and that transition becomes nearly overwhelming. Miley Cyrus is no stranger to paparazzi flashbulbs and constant attacks on her body image. How does she cope? With a personal trainer and a serious dedication to keeping in shape.
Miley Cyrus swears by (and sometimes at) Pilates for keeping toned. Specifically, she follows Mari Winsor, a personal trainer and creator of Pilates instructional videos. Miley has six training sessions a week when at home, and insists that she takes Winsor’s DVD with her when on the road.
Most of her Pilates work is focused on her abs. Think leg stretches, leg lifts, core balance exercises and the like. Nearly every Pilates exercise affects the abs, called the Powerhouse in Pilates-speak, so Miley is spared the pain of deciding which exercise to do next.
Miley also believes in eating a gluten-free and lactose-free diet. She is not lactose intolerant, nor does she have Celiac disease or a wheat allergy. This is strictly personal choice that she credits with her recent weight loss.
Eating gluten free is getting easier, given all of the celebrity endorsements. It means avoiding wheat, barley, oats and hops. You can still eat rice, potatoes, lentils and beans, most of which are ground up and synthesized into flour substitutes. People with Celiac disease have immediate and dramatic lower bowel reactions to eating gluten. Not the best way to lose weight, but lose weight they do! So for a celiac, eating gluten free actually lead to weight gain, since their body can finally digest food and extract nutrition from it. For Miley and the countless gluten-free fans without the disease, it is a way to reduce carb intake in a trendy and easily described way.
Can an hour a day at the Pilates gym plus a gluten-free and lactose-free diet lead to washboard abs? It is much more complicated than that. At least for Miley Cyrus, at her young age it seems to be enough.