Exclusive Interview With Tosca Reno
Tosca Reno is an author, professional speaker, fitness expert and swimsuit model. Currently in her late 40s, you can find Tosca gracing the covers of fitness magazines, speaking at seminars across the country, and promoting her best selling books including The Butt Book, The Eat Clean Diet, and The Eat Clean Diet Workout Journal. With more books on the way, I had a chance to speak with Tosca and learn about her amazing story.
KRIS – Thanks again, Tosca, for taking the time to speak with me. Why don’t you start by telling our readers about your life ‘before’ your transformation.
TOSCA – Sure. Like a lot of North Americans, I was overweight. At one point I weighed over 200 pounds. I wasn’t happy, I ate whatever I wanted, and I didn’t have much focus in my life. I would try a lot of different diets, and I never questioned what I ate.
K – What was the turning point for you?
T – It was 10 years ago, when I had a chance encounter with Robert Kennedy whom is the publisher of many fitness magazines including Oxygen Fitness. At the time I was a teacher, and I was working with his daughter. He saw how unhappy I was, and issued me a challenge to compete in a bodybuilding competition! As crazy as it sounded, I followed his advice, step by step, and it worked!
K – What exactly was his advice to you?
T – He basically introduced me to 2 concepts – clean eating, and weight training. Up to that point I was doing a lot of cardio. I started weight training 5 times per week, and decreased my cardio to twice per week. I learned that you can ‘cardio’ yourself to death, but it won’t shape your body. To get definition, and nice curves, you must include weight training in your program!
K – Your new books are all about ‘eating clean.’ What is the ‘Eat Clean Diet’?
T – Well, I must admit that it’s not a diet at all. It’s not about giving up one food group for another. It’s about giving your body what it needs to thrive, but eating the food that God gave us, and not the ‘food’ that humans created in a lab.
K – I’m sure there were obstacles along the way. What kept you motivated?
T – Initially, I knew that I wasn’t healthy, but I was really concerned that I had three beautiful daughters, and I wanted to take care of myself to live a long, healthy life. I wanted to leave a legacy for them so they could also take care of themselves. My biggest obstacle was my family, since I was making changes to my eating and lifestyle, which meant that they had to make changes as well. But that soon passed, and now everybody eats the same way. We all lead clean, healthy lives.
K – Describe a typical day in the life of Tosca Reno. How do you stay in shape?
T – I typically wake up around 6:30 a.m. and have coffee with my hubby. Afterwards, I’ll do 35-40 minutes of cardio on my elliptical or treadmill. Breakfast is usually at 8:15 a.m., and then I’ll eat a meal every 3 hours consisting of lean protein and complex carbs. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. with the family, and it’s always pre-planned with no distractions (like TV) so that we can spend time talking about our day. Then at 8 p.m. I’ll start my weight training – usually 2 body parts per day.
K – What is the one tip that our readers need to know?
T- I think the key is to give yourself permission to enjoy the gym, and enjoy the benefits of going to the gym. Don’t be freaked out — love the results that comes out of it.
K – Where can our readers learn more about you?
T – They can visit my websites, www.eatcleandiet.com and www.toscanreno.com. They can find my ‘Eat Clean’ books on my website, including the Workout Book and the new Training Journal. I’m also proud to be on the cover of FIRST Magazine with Eva Longoria this month.