This is just a short love note about a piece I wrote for PhillyVoice, regarding the 1,200-calorie (starvation) diet endorsed by former Olympic figure skating champion Tara Lipinski in People magazine.
The Cliff Notes: 1,200-1,500 calories is not enough fuel for any active young woman. It is especially not enough fuel for a female athlete. I personally need to consume between 2,000 and 3,000 calories a day to support the relatively low milage I run (compared to other runners, who need even more fuel).
I do hope you’ll read (and share!) the whole story. I believe it’s critically important to debunk potentially deadly celebrity dieting advice. Girls, especially active girls, need to hear that athletes must consume more, not less.