EXCLUSIVE: My Diet Is Better Than Yours New Trainer Talks About Why Her Diet Will Win

01/11/2016 at 10:17 AM ET

Jennifer Cassetta is ready to step up to the plate.

PEOPLE is exclusively revealing that the trainer and nutritionist will be the newest expert on ABC’s My Diet Is Better Than Yours. Cassetta will mentor contestant Taj Robinson after she chose to ditch expert Jovanka Ciares and try a new diet plan.

Cassetta, 39, is a third degree black belt in hapkido, a form of martial arts that focuses on self-defense, and will incorporate her background in the art while training Robinson.

“Taj loves working with weights, because she wants to feel strong,” Cassetta tells PEOPLE. “And then I’m teaching her martial arts.”

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“It’s a great core exercise, with so many mental and emotional benefits. Martial arts training is actually really like high intensity interval training because of the intensity of the workouts and the rest periods. But you’re also learning to defend yourself at the same time.”

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Cassetta says she took a hapkido class in 2000, and fell in love with the practice.

“It’s the total package, because it works your mind, body and spirit,” she says. You become not just physically stronger, but mentally stronger.”

Along with the kick-butt workouts, Cassetta is putting Robinson, 37, on a simple pescatarian and gluten-free diet.

“It’s basically a vegetable-focused diet, but with fish to get all of those great benefits, like anti-inflammatories, omega-3s and healthy fats,” she explains.

With the diet and exercise plans together, Cassetta is positive that she and Robinson will be the winning team.

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“I’m confident in this plan because it is so holistic, it brings so much to the table,” she says. “A lot of the other plans are very one-dimensional, but this covers all of the bases, mentally and physically.”

“I call it the Strong, Safe, and Sexy plan. Strong mentally and physically, safe from lifestyle related injuries, and sexy because you’ll look great doing it.”

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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I have a holistic diet, but I don’t have to give up any food groups. I have learned how to make food work for me. Number one the dairy easiest to digest is raw, number two the grains easist to digest is fermented, number three the legumes easiest to digest is sprouted, number four the meat easiest to digest is marinated and lightly cooked, number five I drink fermented drinks with my meals to aid my digestion, and eat fermented veggies to add my probiotics load. I get all of my food groups without having to give anything up, I get all of my nutritional needs met including eating lots of pasture raised animal fats which keep me full longer because fats positively influence your hunger hormones and add readily available fat soluble vitamins into my diet, and are anti-inflammatory. I think my diet is better, and far more tastier.

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