Even her supporters grumble about the meal plan, especially readers of her new book, "Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method: The Weight-Loss Kick-Start that Makes Perfection Possible" (Grand Central Life & Style, 2010). Besides being too little to eat, they complain that the ingredients are expensive, hard to find and oddly specific, especially because they aren't supposed to make any substitutions. Apparently it's all too much for even Anderson herself -- she admits in the book that her personal chef whips up all the recipes and does her food shopping.
But it's the "teeny tiny" mantra that brings the most wrath, especially from other fitness professionals.
"Tiny is not a fitness goal! It's a mind game and the least empowering words I think I've ever heard from another woman in the fitness industry," rails Terri Walsh, owner of TW TRAINING NYC personal training, located blocks away from Anderson's Manhattan studio. She trains several former Anderson clients.
Walsh thinks it's dangerous and cruel to disparage women for not trying to be as small as they possibly can and she questions the motivation behind calling them lazy for getting cellulite as they age or not bouncing right back after pregnancy. "It's irresponsible and screams dysfunction," she says.
Anderson counters, "By 'teeny tiny' body, I have always meant that my method makes you strong but will not bulk up your muscles or add to your frame. The workout is designed to create long, lean muscles that will look great on strong yet feminine figures of any age. It's about having a workout which gets you to your strongest point but won't create bulge or give you a bulky, muscular look."
But even many of her super fans don't always buy it.
"Oh, I don't take the teeny, tiny thing seriously at all," Dunkin says with a laugh. "I know it's not the healthiest. It's just a gimmick and some of the girls find it motivating."
She says realizes the idea is to exercise in order to stay in shape, and that she knows making your body suffer is never a good idea. Still, despite her satisfaction with her lean, toned frame, she admits she wouldn't mind shedding another five pounds.
What do you think? Have you ever tried Anderson's workouts or diets? Do you think she works miracles or is she pedaling snake oil? Please post your comments below.