Anna Kournikova tells you how it's done on 'Biggest Loser'
The crew of "The Biggest Loser" (8 p.m. Tuesdays) includes, from left, Dolvett Quince, Alison Sweeney, Bob Harper and Anna Kournikova. (Chris Haston/NBC, courtesy / June 7, 2011)
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City of residence: Miami Beach
Height/Weight: 5 feet, 9 inches; 130 pounds
Occupation: Personal trainer; coach on TV's "The Biggest Loser;" retired tennis pro
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Q: What's your typical daily diet?
A: I believe in eating five small meals. It's hard to sustain, but the key is planning and preparing. Most of the time we make bad food decisions when stressed or in a rush.
I love eating two, three days really clean — veggies, chicken, fish, lean meat — then splurge with pizza or cheeseburgers or ice cream. I don't mind having a Snickers bar every other day. I don't want that as a forbidden fruit. The key is finding what works with you and being in moderation. I love pizza, but in moderation.
It's about having the right kind of nutrition: fruits, vegetables, avocados, olive oil.
First thing when I wake up is freshly squeezed grapefruit with lemon inside. Twenty minutes later, granola cereal, yogurt with berries, maybe eggs.
Five meals are really difficult. I walk around with … snacks in my purse: carrots, almonds. Ten almonds have 100 calories and are a great, healthy snack. Sometimes I eat a power bar or berries. Or banana.
Q: What do you drink typically?
A: I know you're supposed to drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water each day. Sometimes I get it, sometimes I don't.
I drink soda, water, Champagne, whatever. I don't drink a lot, a glass of Champagne or a cocktail occasionally. I do realize soda is not that great for you supposedly, but I'll have a Diet Coke.
Q: Do you take any vitamins or sports supplements?
A: I don't like to swallow pills so I add multi-vitamin powder, Emergen-C, into my water. Doctors say if you have proper nutrition and diet, you should be getting everything you need [without supplements].
Q: Any advice for South Florida residents looking to get fit?
A: Start taking care of your health, so you can be around for your kids. It's not about shape or size. It's about feeling good, having energy, adding years to your life.
Most important is to treat your body with respect. We have one body. Yeah, it's great to look good, but I want my bones, joints, organs to be OK.
A lot of it starts from childhood. That starts with the parents.