Fitness Expert Tracy Anderson: Being ‘Hot Is Not Defined by Height or Weight’

04/14/2015 at 10:23 AM ET

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Though she’s shaped the bodies of some of Hollywood’s hottest stars, Tracy Anderson says women should focus less on emulating their figures and more on achieving your healthiest self.

“To blow up their importance to the level of obsession takes away from our own beauty and our own gifts,” the fitness expert tells Health in their May cover story. “There’s a disease here—the disease is vanity, insecurity and the lengths of unhealthy behaviors people go to to achieve what they think is beautiful. The disease of ‘I’m not worth anything unless I look like that person over there.’ ”

To move beyond the traditional standard of beauty, Anderson, 40—who works with stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Dunham—stresses not all our shapes are created equal.

“I want to get away from ‘Tracy Anderson is going to make you teeny-tiny.’ I’m not trying to make everyone the same,” she says. “To me, ‘hot’ is not defined by a height or weight or measurement; hot is going to the root of who you are.”

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And even though the workout guru started creating the Tracy Anderson Method at 21-years-old, she hasn’t always been as diligent when it came to her diet.

“I was in London, dunking cookies in frosting. And [Gwyneth Paltrow] looked at me and was like, ‘What are you doing?’ And I was like, ‘What do you mean? It’s so good!’ And she’s like, ‘Do you know how toxic that is?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ And she’s like, ‘And you’re still eating it.’ I was like, ‘You know what? She’s so right,’ ” she says. “That was almost nine years ago. That was the last cookie dunked in frosting I ever had.”

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Calm In Your Heart on

I’m glad my lifestyle is not so rigid that I forbid myself eating something I really like for NINE years. Presumably, she wasn’t eating cookies dunked in frosting every day, so what’s the harm? Live a little.

button on

Yuck who wants to look like a scarecrow and never eat cookies? I’m happy with my 130 lbs and my daily treats. Could I be 105 like Tracy? Sure, but that’s not a way to live!!

Rain on

First of all, if you listen to Gwyneth Paltrow, that’s your first problem. Dunk cookies in frosting, who cares!!

Secondly, hypocrite much? “the disease is vanity, insecurity and the lengths of unhealthy behaviors people go to to achieve what they think is beautiful” — coming from someone with FAKE BOOBS and who looks like an anorexic lollipop.

arabrabbra on

Says the thin, gorgeous woman

weirdlooking on

Why does she look like a dwarf?

Jennifer on

After she attacked women who are pregnant or recently gave birth for letting their bodies go, she obviously judges based on weight.

SamIam on

Daily glass of wine? While nursing? NOT healthy for mom or baby

peoplefan on

She looks like a troll

maggs on

is it just me or….does her face look odd? Maybe it’s because her body is “teeny-tiny” and her head looks like a loli-pop or??

bill on

Youn better tell that to the actors and male athletes who only date, marry and boink slender women. PC is a joke.

Nicole on

The irony is her obviously photoshopped magazine cover. Look at her upper inner thigh on the right side.

Kim on

her body is perfect 🙂 no?

Laura Mendoza on

Is it just me or is her head WAY too big for her body?

Lee on

She doesn’t look relaxed nor happy. At least she understand that photoshopping is easier when you pose in front of a white background.

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