Trainer Autumn Calabrese Reveals How To Live Your 'Best Life' While Eating Healthy

[Autumn Calabrese] Reveals How To Live Your Best Life While Eating Healthy
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Oct. 17 2020, Updated 12:10 p.m. ET

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Beachbody trainer Autumn Calabrese knows it’s not always easy to work out every day and keep up healthy habits. Now, the fitness guru — who just released her new book, Lose Weight Like Crazy: Even If You Have a Crazy Life is revealing her secrets on how to find the balance during these unpredictable times

"The biggest thing I hope people take away from reading is that they can do this, they can live their healthiest, best life no matter what — even if life is crazy, that they can do it and it can be fun and really rewarding," she exclusively tells OK!. "That is the biggest thing I want them to take away — that it’s not as hard as we make it out to be. That is what I want: I want people to look at fitness and nutrition not as a punishment or a chore, I want it to be something they want to do."

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Calabrese — who previously wrote two cookbooks — wanted to write a book about her previous experiences so she could "let people into my life a little bit" and get a glimpse at "some of the struggles" she has gone through. "So, what I really did was I tried to pick a life lesson from every chapter of the first half of the book," she explains. 


"It’s here is my story, here is the lesson that I hope you take from it and then here is a little exercise that you can do in terms of self-reflection that could help you overcome fear," she adds. "So, I wanted to give people an actual tool that they could use to help them move forward in their journey on health and wellness."

Despite making it in the fitness industry — she used to train Tom Bergeron and worked with Brooke Burke — success didn’t always come easy for Calabrese. In fact, the brunette beauty was passed on as a trainer for The Biggest Loser multiple times. "I think that was probably my favorite chapter to write because it’s such a powerful message," she says. "I don’t believe in failures, I truly mean that, I do believe 100 percent in redirect — we don’t fail, we just get redirected on our course and that is what happened to me."

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Calabrese would "get so close" to getting hired on The Bigger Loser, but they would eventually go with someone else. "I thought I was being passed up for my bigger platform, but in reality, I was being redirected to Beachbody, and I say all the time — that show is amazing and God bless everybody that has their opportunity and their shot on it, but I am so grateful that I ended up where I am, that I had an opportunity to put out 10 fitness programs," she gushes. 

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As a result, Calabrese "has been able to put out my nutrition program, travel around the world and meet, help and speak to people" in the past few years. "That day I got the phone call that I didn’t get The Biggest Loser, that I wasn’t going to be the new trainer on that show, it crushed me in the moment, but I picked myself up and I kept going and I am so glad that I did because had I let that deter me, had I let that end my drive and my passion, I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today," she says. 

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These days, the mom of one enjoys working out — it’s her "therapy" — and makes sure to incorporate a lot of plants into her diet. However, the 21 Day Fix creator isn’t opposed to indulging every once in a while. "I think there is this misconception that I eat perfectly all the time, like, I don’t ever enjoy a donut or a cookie or ice cream — that is not true," she admits. "If I want a donut, I am going to have a donut."

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The best-selling author says writing about her past was "definitely cathartic" and she was able to see what she has accomplished in such a short amount of time. "I am very goal-oriented and very driven, so a lot of times it’s achieve one goal, go onto the next, go onto the next, so getting to stop and look back and say, ‘Oh wow, I have overcome quite a bit to get to where I am today' — that was very powerful for me to be able to look back and feel that sense of pride for how far I have come and overcome the obstacles that I have come up against," she adds. 


For now, Calabrese is gearing up to release her new program called 9-Week Control Freak. "This is completely different than anything anybody has seen from me fitness wise, so I am beyond excited," she shares.

We can’t wait to see what Calabrese has up her sleeve next!


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