Counting Calories with a Ballerina


[Music] when I’m dancing ballet I’m completely mentally consumed in it it requires so much focus it’s mentally and physically consuming but I think that’s really part of what I love about it that you’re completely in the zone so am i an athlete yes but the athleticism is a means to an end for the ultimate artistic goal [Music] [Music] I’m a dancer with the corps de ballet of American contemporary ballet I’m in the process of preparing for this season so I’ve been training to get back to my performance weight I am going to eat a pre breakfast so I like to have a corn dog first thing in the morning that I’ll eat while I do my stretches these are actually really delicious and really filling and I don’t think it’s actually that unhealthy it’s a turkey corn dog music elicits it will depend on my mood sometimes I’ll wake up and put on classical and do a slow warmup out here and then other times I’ll either listen to Taylor Swift or like an 80s mix so right now I’m rolling out my muscles I’m sore I’m so I’m rolling out kind of the sides of my hips which are tight and then I’ll roll out my IT bands and my quads sometimes I roll out my back to this next thing I do looks a little bit silly but balancing on one foot with your eyes closed is surprisingly hard and supposedly this helps build your ankles ability to correct itself I injured this foot and so it has a lot more difficulty okay I’m gonna need some more so I get these stuffed peppers with Turkey and rice so it’s 240 for one of them isn’t this what everyone needs for breakfast so many people ask me what I eat and people ask me how to lose weight sometimes I don’t like it when I say I’ve just counted I started dancing when I was 8 years old and I knew for absolute certain I wanted to be a ballet dancer by the time I was 14 I remember seeing a ballet by balancing and it was balancing who brought ballet really to America I’d seen many of his ballets but I just remember sitting there in the audience and thinking I have to do this and that’s why I eventually went away to boarding school for ballet so that my academics could be worked around my ballet training and I could be around and training with other dancers that this was their real focus and life as well so I am 115 and a half pounds and I feel I dance my strongest at 114 pounds because I think I’ve heard this with cyclists you want as much lean muscle as you can so you can propel up the hill as quickly as possible so it’s that balance between being really strong and being able to lift the leg with as much ease as possible if there’s five extra pounds on the leg it’s a lot more work so I feel that that balance right there for me and I am just that far from that and one and two and one the amount of hours I’ll dance in a day varies greatly depending where we are in this season when we’re in full season the day is 11 to 6 this sweat is real huh everyday when I dance especially bar everything goes away except that but there’s also so much to focus on you can’t possibly think of anything else there’s a million things I could have done better and I was thinking of all those things I think it’s just as exhausting mentally as it is physically these are brows six seven straight me on the bottom eight I sometimes get caught in the athletic demands and the technical demands and and can forget about the presentation and ultimately this is a visual art you’re lifting your leg out there you kind of want to tense your shoulders or your face what you can’t keep all of that that out of emotion that’s hard for me and one two and three okay take five minutes to stretch yeah so now I’m going to have a snack and then and then we’ll rehearse for a little while I think this is a cutie those little oranges maybe it’s a Clementine no I usually have oranges on my break a woman my size just to maintain on a normal day is roughly eighteen fifty calories so it’s interesting to know that the two thousand calorie diets for a slightly larger size than I am so to lose half a pound a week I do a two hundred and fifty calorie deficit a day which has me consuming sixteen hundred and four calories a day so I’ll be there in three weeks so what I do is I will just remember what I ate all day and then at night I have this little notebook that I put it all into so we had the three lemon tines are estimating that at 70 I have half of a smoothie so it’s 185 often times people seem to not like the idea of counting calories but for me it’s so much easier because otherwise you’re always wondering are you thinking I should have seen a result by now but if it’s just the math then you just know what’s happening and you don’t have to wonder right before I came here head great chicken 250 on bread which is 130 and ah pasta and 134 chicken so it had 1025 so far and so now now I’ll have something like this you know burn old are just 200 calories I believe yep so I’ll have a big dinner [Applause] so now I’m going to ice my feet well I put my dinner in the microwave you know depending on how much I danced will influence a lot how hungry I am since I work out so much I’ll eat over 2,000 calories but it’ll still bring me in the 1600 range so so far today I’ve eaten 12 25 in calories and so I’m going to put in my exercise because that’s going to subtract even more off of that for want to figure out how much I can eat so I did two and a half hours of dancing and then two hours of stretching so that means I burned 804 calories so I’m going to make a chicken piccata and that’s 380 so I’m going to have it with a Cobb salad which is also 380 so at that point my caloric intake will be in 1985 – the 804 and exercise that’s 1181 so I’ll probably have a big bowl of cereal which is around 300 calories I eat prepackaged food because I don’t have much time it’s really easy to know what’s in it and I’m not a very good cook I think that people often assume that ballerinas or maybe hungry and they don’t realize that what exercising so much that you can actually eat a lot of food if you choose healthy things ok so what I do now is I’ll eat this while I ice my feet to distract me from how uncomfortable that is it might be a small population that eat dinner with their feet in an ice bucket I know it looks a little sad right here but hello watch TV and so I go back and forth between my feet in my knees I have my picado my salad to get loaves with Magatha up over the tub in a minute just wind down [Music] I’ve heard doctors say that you can put heat on something making good ice on something so if you could you goes I guess the typical career track for a ballet dancer is between the ages of 18 and 22 you begin dancing professionally getting jobs in a professional company and I’d say a lot of dancers retire around 35 but of course you know an injury can come along and cut your career short we’re gonna have a bowl of cereal and then I’m going to fall asleep one thing perhaps of note about my diet is that I do eat from all the food groups I know there’s a lot of diets that say exclude carbs or exclude dairy but I eat from all of the food groups so I’m having one serving of this which is 2 ounces and 200 calories and oldest way it because this is one of those things that it takes a little while to know what a serving size really is and then a cup of skim milk is 90 calories we’ll just sit in bed and eat this and then fall asleep and get up and do it all again tomorrow no 6 a.m. and I’m about to go on a hike I love LA the city here there’s obviously a lot of arts but you can also just go get in your car and go on a hike and then you can go to the ballet or the symphony at night so you have both I like to do a pretty quick hike so that I can keep my cardio up for a while but I don’t run because I’ve always been told that ballet dancers shouldn’t run I think because it hurts your knees I like to do a long hike on the weekends so a lot of times I’ll do like a 10-mile hike on Saturday and then a lot of the repertory dance here at the company is really intense so when I’m building up to a new ballet that’s going to be cardio intensive I’ll often do a hike in the morning as well also hiking really clears my head dad you just let your mind wander [Music] so after hiking for about an hour and a half then then I’ll have an orange and then I’ll maybe go and pick up a salad this is what I would eat on a day that I go for a two-hour hike and do two hours of stretching brings me to a total of two thousand two hundred and seventy-five calories and so and I’ve exercised just under 700 calories so if I eat like this an exercise like this all it was a half a pound a week I think that it’s a lot more food than people expect people often say to me oh you hardly eat don’t you hardly eat and I say no I eat a lot of vegetables and chicken and steak fruit high-fiber this is a very straightforward approach and it does make it feel very easy you’re not you’re not limited I’ll go out to a restaurant and be able to easily choose I’m not confined to needing to bring something along all the time I’m starving so we want to do the wild arugula and can we get the dressing on the side the octopus and then do you want to do like sort of me yes that sounds good where do you in the mood for me to I am fan of me if it doesn’t have meat to me it feels like a snack if I don’t eat meat I just feel that I can’t focus and I feel tired and probably a little Moody thank you I get dressing on the side so that I can know how much I’m using the dressings very calorie dense so this is a tablespoon so one of these with olive oil is 120 calories so if you saw that steak I put on the scale that was a hundred and thirty three calories for that whole big piece of steak versus 1 tablespoon of olive oil so when you’re thinking about what’s going to keep you full all day and if you also think to lose half a pound a week you only have to cut out 250 calories you basically have to just cut out two spoonfuls of olive oil which seems simple trivial okay good people often joke about how much more I eat than they expect I’ll go out to dinner cuz I’ll get a big piece of fish and a big plate of vegetables and I just won’t eat a lot of olive oil and bread and that sort of thing right now I’m trying to do vegetables with every meal just because it kind of helps me to get more full again this tablespoon of olive oil how much kale would you eat for 120 calories would be this much kale you’d be human completely stuffed versus something like that so really I think that the key is figuring out how to not be hungry and that’s actually what the counting helps me do it helps me think ahead so often I’ll talk to a friend that’s on some new diet or something and it becomes such a big part of your focus where this I feel like you can just run in the background I need my body to be like an instrument so I’m not limited to just one note but a number of different dynamics the speeds in which I can dance the ability I have to stop quickly or hold something is my ability to express the athleticism is what makes the expression possible if I get tired quickly I can’t say what I want to say with my body can’t speak for anyone else but for myself I feel that if you’re not getting the nutrition you need you can’t keep up with the mental and physical demands of ballet [Music] you

100 Replies to “Counting Calories with a Ballerina”

  1. Why is it that when a Ballerina counts her calories to maintain her Career she’s an inspiration. But when a model counts calories to maintain her career she’s a bad influence on younger girls and not an inspiration?

  2. Why counting calories when you can use MyFitnessPal. I control exactly how much I weight. It's actually scary how precise it is.

  3. Just wondering how to count calories with Chinese food. For lunch today I had a bowl of white rice with some mar’po tofu, stir fried loafers flowers, spicy fish (maybe 6 ounces), two table spoon wooden ear (soaked in oil), some long stream beans, two very thin sliced double fried pork. Someone tell me how much calories here?

  4. I immediately paused this video and did that eyes closed, balance on one foot thing…my ankles are apparently made of glass. But I'm gonna keep trying!

  5. I absolutely loved this video thank you very much it has opened my mind completely seeing her so patient about something and taking care of her mind and body soo good and so effortlessly .loved it ❤️

  6. Maybe it's not the point of the video and I respect the discipline that comes with this sport but even without an eating disorder this was massively triggering: please make no illusions about the fact that this girl is underweight according to BMI standards. For reference I am at her exact hight, I weigh almost a full 10kg more so you could say I fit in the 'healthy weight' section but in the normal world even I get comments that I look unhealthy and should gain some weight. To think that there's a younger girl out there watching this thinking she could accomplish these numbers and become a ballerina without any coaching or counselling makes me sick to my stomach.

  7. I like how she understands power to weight ratio. Like a pro boxer, she wants to be at her fighting weight. When the season opens, she will do battle every night, except Sunday. She knows the score. Quality Woman. 🙂 🙂

  8. Can anyone explain to me how does one lose weight by counting calories? I really dont get her calculations. Does it mean that if i cut only 200cals per day i will lose weight

  9. Can anyone explain to me how does one lose weight by counting calories? I really dont get her calculations. Does it mean that if i cut only 200cals per day i will lose weight? I really dont know how much calories im eating for a fish and a soup its not pre packaged 🙁

  10. this girl needs to marry a guy chef you’ll be suprised how less expensive it is and taste so much better.

  11. the amount of control this woman has effortlessly shows her mental and body is so in tune…i am in love with this mind

  12. Counting calories is cute and certainly a way to “have control”. But don’t think calories are such a precise tool and that she’s doing the way she does only because she is counting it. She might as well stop counting and do as good as she is doing. Metabolism changes as your calories intake, exercise and food “quality”. Genetics have big role too. I think it’s nice the way she cares, but it’s like seem someone taking homeopathy, getting better and believing on it. 😂

  13. Wow….a corn dog every morning. Meanwhile i'm eating oats and eggs for breakfast and still heavier than her. lol

  14. Recovered anorexic here. This is very far from an eating disorder. She's eating more calories than people eat on other mainstream diet plans. I'm surprised and impressed.

  15. 4:36 Interesting, attention to details and 100% focus it's same for martial arts except for every time you miss that cue you get choked out.
    I will count my calories, no guessing with math makes sense. Thank you!

  16. Counting calories is the best technique, I've lost a lot of weight by simply being disciplined and counting my caloric intake. I cut my calories in half and the weight just fell off. The great thing is you can still eat and drink anything you want. I've always felt breakfast, lunch, and dinner is way too much. Unfortunately our bodies get used too a lot calories leading to over eating.

  17. She eats corn dogs in the morning, drives stick, does ballet, eats cereal in bed and goes on hikes. She is the epitome of what the quirky personality that everyone on youtube aspires to have, however she is so natural and seems like an amazing person. I can wholeheartedly say she has inspired basically everyone in the comments/whoever has watched this video.

  18. Ballerinas are strong athletes! Remember this before you judge their food intake, they need to not only be strong but also light and agile enough to be lifted. Kudos to these women for being straight up bad asses in their sport! ❤️💯👏🏾💪🏾🙌🏾

  19. She says that she eats a lot, but I eat like ten times more than this. Maybe that's because I'm a weightlifter, though. I'm 5'7" and 157 pounds. What she's eating for a day looks like my breakfast :/

  20. This video encouraged me to try calorie counting and to do it in a sustainable way. She actually has such a healthy mentality towards food and I'm still working on that.

  21. Hate when people assume counting calories=eating disorder. Counting calories is literally the only way to control your weight. It should be completely normal.

  22. Shocked. Ballet dancer with such an unhealthy diet… was expecting sort of clean eating this video, but instead saw corn dog, ketchup, frozen prepared meals such as turkey and rice stuffed peppers, energy drinks, sugar-loaded granola bars… Wow.

  23. This doesn't make any sense omg… So if you eat an avocado and two nuts you're fucked? I can't wait for people to understand what calories mean

  24. 'It just runs in the background." Says the person with amazing focus. This sounds salty. It's not. It's admiration.

  25. Homegirl got stuck on the tablespoon of olive oil. Girl just put that olive oil all over yourself and we can burn those 120 calories in a partner workout that truly puts your flexibility to use.

  26. Whenever i need motivation to eat healthily and exercise more, i will come back and watch this video. She’s just so inspiring ❤️

  27. Americans just simply lost any connection to food. A ballerina eating a corndog for bf and thinks: "It is not even that unhealthy" Only in the states. Disgusting

  28. Considering she's a ballerina, she looked really clumsy at that hike, haha. All legs and arms. Not meant as a nasty comment, just thought it was charming, because she was so graceful when she danced. I also wonder if she counted the calories from the wine?

  29. For a 5ft 7 woman, medically speaking she's underweight at 114lbs, but?? She eats so much and is so much more healthy than most?? Damn I wish I kept up ballet

  30. Thats dog food. By any measure thats awful food. Bad advert for healthy eating. I would NEVER eat that shit.

  31. An interesting approach: She's always snacking, she eats out too, but she's smart and know what can make her feel better, what is tasty AND helps her with her goal. That is smart. It's a good method.

  32. Don't think I've ever been so attracted to a woman. Beauty, brains & loves corndogs & meat! What more is there?

  33. Remember Kids!! If you count your Calories then stay within the recommended amount then You get to eat WHATEVER YOU WANT.

  34. As someone with an eating disorder she's nothing like the sort,she's feuling her body athletes have to be strict and careful with their food intake

  35. This is a self congratulatory piece… I love ballet… this is focusing on "I'm skinny… don't you wish you were?" She's awful

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