With noth­ing to lose

Big­gest Loser trainer Tiffiny Hall urges peo­ple to look be­yond ‘ skinny’, re­ports Jade Kennedy

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

She’s young, blonde, beau­ti­ful. . . and she hates the term ‘ skinny’. Celebrity trainer, au­thor, jour­nal­ist, TV per­son­al­ity and mar­tial artist Tiffiny Hall is pas­sion­ate about health – and she says it’s not all about how thin you are.

‘‘ I hate the words ‘ thin’ and ‘ skinny’,’’ she said.

‘‘ Ev­ery­body is al­ways try­ing to be a size six and it’s this crazy men­tal­ity that peo­ple have.

‘‘ I’m not a size eight, I weigh more than a lot of girls my age be­cause I have a lot of lean mus­cle mass, but I fo­cus on fit­ness – in­creas­ing how far I can run or how long I run for – rather than how low the num­ber on the scale is.’’

Grow­ing up in a fam­ily of pro­fes­sional mar­tial artists, Hall said health and fit­ness was never her main fo­cus.

‘‘ I grew up a fighter, I didn’t re­ally have any choice in the mat­ter,’’ she said.

‘‘ Mar­tial arts is now a way of life for me, but a big fo­cus has al­ways been on my writ­ing.

‘‘ I did a de­gree in jour­nal­ism and stud­ied French in Paris, now I’m about to re­lease my sec­ond book and have been work­ing on a fic­tional ac­tion-ad­ven­ture se­ries for kids to be re­leased next year.’’

Hall’s lat­est book, Weight­loss War­rior, is a no-diet ap­proach to weight loss.

‘‘ The book is ba­si­cally about how to lose weight and have fun do­ing it,’’ she said.

‘‘ It shows you how to get mo­ti­vated and win the battle within, be­cause re­ally our worst en­emy when it comes to ex­er­cis­ing is our­selves – we all have those days where any ex­cuse will do.

‘‘ I’ve had seven phone in­ter­views this morn­ing with an hour break, so I’m ac­tu­ally talk­ing to you right now in the mid­dle of a run – it’s the last thing I felt like do­ing, but I had to force my­self to do it.’’

At 26, Hall some­times finds it dif­fi­cult to prac­tise what she preaches.

‘‘ I’m a non-drinker, so es­pe­cially at my age that makes me so­cially re­tarded,’’ she said.

‘‘ But some­thing I will al­ways tell my clients is that the worst thing you can do is drink al­co­hol.

‘‘ Not only are there a lot of calo­ries in it, al­co­hol shuts down the body’s fat-burn­ing sys­tems, and that’s not some­thing you want to do.

‘‘ Some peo­ple scoff at it, but re­ally if you take a stand for your long-term health peo­ple can also ad­mire that; some of my friends have ac­tu­ally stopped drink­ing now as well.’’

Hall has sim­ple words of ad­vice to boost self-con­fi­dence: stop com­par­ing your­self to other peo­ple.

‘‘ Fo­cus on your­self and your fit­ness, not how skinny you are com­pared to a Hol­ly­wood ac­tress or a girl in a club,’’ she said.

‘‘ It’s not all about flog­ging your­self in the gym, ei­ther – it can be try­ing a yoga class or get­ting your zen on.

‘‘ Your frame of mind is just as im­por­tant as any ex­er­cise regime, if not moreso.

‘‘ Lis­ten to your body, make good choices for your­self – at the end of the day, it’s not whether or not you can fit into that tiny dress but feel­ing fit and healthy, and that’s when you feel con­fi­dent no mat­ter what size you are.’’

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