When we sat down with nutrition coach, fitness entrepreneur, and model Allegra Paris, we expected to hear wellness tips typical of the industry: lemon water, gratitude journals and a healthy dose of athleisure recs. Instead, we chatted with the swimsuit model, podcast host and Bikini Body app founder about her routine, which doesn’t include scales, supplements or snacks. (Yes, we gasped at all three). Let in on a world of wellness that Paris only shares with high-profile clientele, we learned about her most frequently asked question as a trainer, how she encourages clients to measure their progress in a positive way, and more. Ahead, we reveal Paris’s tips for looking and feeling our best during the holiday season.
No Scales, Supplements or Snacks: Inside Model and Trainer Allegra Paris’ Wellness Routine
On Ditching the Scale
“Personally, I don’t even own a scale! Here’s why: Muscle weighs more than fat. So, if you are on a weight loss journey and see the number on the scale increasing, you might feel discouraged, when in reality, that number isn’t an accurate representation of your progress. Being fixated on a number can also be harmful to our mental health and our relationship to our bodies, so instead, I like to measure healthy weight loss three different ways: progress pictures, measuring tape and clothes—you’ll know how to adjust your routine based on how your favorite jeans fit.”
On Her Go-To Breakfast
“I wake up every morning around 7 a.m. I typically train in the morning, check in with my clients and record for my podcast, Bikini Body. I drink two cups of coffee a day, and I put a serving of this delicious almond milk creamer in it. It’s not the healthiest choice of all, but my coffee is something I enjoy and look forward to everyday, and this is the way I like it—sorry, not sorry! Breakfast for me is more like brunch, and I eat the same thing pretty much every day: eggs. They are super high-protein, which is best for me and my macronutrient goals, and keeps me full so I don't end up snacking on junk food throughout the day.”
On Her Most Frequently Asked Question as a Trainer
“The biggest question I get from my clients is about macronutrients. Everyone wants to know their personal macronutrient breakdown, as they should! It’s something that is a bit tedious to learn in the beginning, but once you understand the concept of nutrients in this way, you are armed with that information for life. Your ideal macronutrient ratio—aka how many grams of carbs, proteins and fat you’re consuming each day—is dependent on your age, weight, height, activity level, etc. A quick Google search can bring you to a macronutrient calculator to break down this info, and depending on your goals like building muscle or losing weight, you can play around with the ratio. I typically go high-protein, medium-carb, low-fat.”
On Choosing Food Over Supplements
“This may be an unpopular opinion, but I don’t really believe in supplements. You lose most of the benefits when you urinate, anyway. Try and get your vitamins and micronutrients through food. And if you have a specific goal in mind, like stronger hair and nails, a high-protein diet is great for that. Since candy is my vice, if I do take a vitamin or probiotic from time to time, it has to be in gummy form!"