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Exclusive interview with celebrity fitness guru Harley Pasternak

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On Dec. 11, Netflix hosted a workout session at Cedar Lake. Upon arrival guests were outfitted in fabulous New Balance clothing and sneakers. After a refreshing workout, spoke with celebrity fitness guru Harley Pasternak, who whipped us into shape. A cool component of his fitness program is he incorporates Netflix.

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What are the advantages of your exercise program?

This method makes people exercise more minutes each time, more days a week, more months a year when they are entertained and when they enjoy what they are doing, it is a scientific fact. They will notice a lower RPE (rated perceived exertion), which means that one of the main reasons people don't exercise is because it is too tough, but when you watch entertainment like Netflix, suddenly exercise becomes less difficult.There are no TV commercials! Those three minute windows can sometimes make you bored or distracted and that is an opportunity to stop and get off the treadmill. So the idea is not having any opening to loose your distraction. Zoning out is a good thing, so think of Netflix as another tool in your tool box! Another great part about it is you can watch it anywhere! Use entertainment to make yourself healthy and fit!

So Harley, tell me a little about your new book "Body Reset Diet"?

It came earlier this year and it did great. It was on a New York Times best seller list for quite a while. The book is a real departure from what I generally talk about. I realized that my message was getting lost to people getting cleanses and quick fixes because people are seeking an immediate weight lost. So here was a study that came out that showed that people who lost the most amount of weight in the first five days of an eating plan were more likely to stick to their diet. So what I wanted is to give people a rapid weight lost program, so all I did was basically masked a very healthy balance weight loss program as a quick fix rapid weight loss program. So unlike a juice fast that has no protein, no fiber, no healthy fats, it is basically sugar and water I am getting you a full complete meal in the form of a smoothie.

It is a fifteen day program, in the first five days you would have three smoothies a day and two crunchy snacks. It could be air pop popcorn, it could be chick peas, an apple with almond, scandinavian high fiber crackers, smoked salmon, cut veggies with hummus, so there are a lot of great snacks that you get to crunch…For breakfast is a white smoothie, lunch is red and for dinner is a green smoothie, very filling. The next five days you replace one of the smoothies for the solid meal. I call them S meals. They are solid, simple, single dishes and they could be salads, soups, sandwiches, stir fry, scrambled eggs. The last five days, sets you up for the rest of your life. You replace two of the smoothies with S meals. So you are only having one smoothie a day, two crunchy snacks and two standard regular meals.

What is the average weight lost?

It really depends how much weight you have to loose. Without us knowing, Women's World Magazine did an independent study where they looked at the five top selling weight loss books and they found that women lost 21 pounds over fifteen days.

Is that with the workout or without the workout?

On the program, I talk about the workouts that we are doing and are making us hungry, so that doesn't lead to weight loss. So all I have you do is get a pedometer, I use a fitbit and then take ten thousand steps a day. You may never step foot into a gym. Just be more active throughout the day, but now putting an imperial value to those. That is from an exercise prospective. I also prescribe a five minute resistance circuit to do every other day. A few simple exercises. In the first five days, there is no resistance, just walk. The second phase, I introduce circuit A you do every other day, and than the third phase I introduce circuit B. You do those on the odd days. So you alternate AB, AB, AB.

So today we worked out watching Netflix, "New Girl," is that what you practice?

Yes. I think when it comes to our fast pace lives sometimes we are unable to achieve our daily physical activity goal. You want to be as active as you can all day, but sometimes you just don't achieve that goal. When you can't I always suggest you supplement it with some kind of structured cardio. Go to the gym, hop elliptical, treadmill, do stationary running… it is boring, but by combining an entertainment factor, the question is, are you exercising and watching entertainment, or you are watching entertainment and happen to be exercising? So you have more fun and it feels easier and you do it more often. For the most part I recommend this for cardio. Mainly for steady state cardio. I like the idea of zoning out and loosing yourself in the entertainment. Netflix just help you get through it.

Tijana Ibrahimovic contributed reporting.


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