Vanna White Workout And Diet
Vanna White grew up in South Carolina. After graduating high school, she attended the Atlanta School of Fashion and Design and worked as a model. In 1979, White moved to LA to give acting a try. She struggled to find work at first, but landed the role of hostess on Wheel of Fortune in 1982. White has also appeared on the big screen, including in the film Goddess of Love. Her 1987 autobiography Vanna Speaks was a bestseller. White has a line of yarn called Vanna’s Choice and endorses kitting and crochet books. She has 2 children and was formerly married to restauranteur George Sant Pietro. White supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She has over a 100K followers on social media. White is 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 115 lbs.
Vanna White’s Diet
Well into her 60s and still looking fab, it’s hard to believe White wasn’t always the svelte model she is today. With her acting career slow to take off in her 20s, she struggled with depression and was 25 lbs. overweight. She would eat compulsively, and could down a whole meatloaf or pie in one sitting. After a couple of years of unhealthy dietary habits, she embarked on a clean eating program and never looked back. Today, she eats whole, natural foods like fruit, veggies, eggs, and meat, and watches her portion size. She doesn’t feel the need to restrict herself or avoid whole food groups, so if she’s in the mood for pancakes, she’ll have them. She also takes care to stay hydrated so she doesn’t mistake thirst for hunger.
- Medium Carb 30% 30%
- Medium Fat 40% 40%
- Medium Protein 40% 40%
White eats based on how hungry she feels. Breakfast is often just a cup of coffee. She says that eating based on actual hunger rather than cravings can help you maintain a healthy weight naturally.
Skip the Sugar
White learned long ago that junk food and sugar in particular made her feel bad and did nothing for her waistline.
White fills up with a rainbow of fruits and veggies each day which help her look and feel good. One of her favorite foods: prunes.
White drinks a quart of bottled water daily, along with a cup of tea, 2 cups of coffee, a 6 oz. serving of fresh apple or carrot juice and 1 diet soda.
White’s Achilles heel has always been sweets, but once she realized that bingeing on sugar wasn’t doing her body or mental health any favors, she cut way back. Her favorite splurge is ice cream.
What to Eat
Ice Cream (treat)
What to Avoid
White on The Effect of Depression on Weight
‘When I first moved to Los Angeles, with the change of environment, food and everything, I got extremely depressed and became 25 pounds overweight.’
White on Her Change of Heart
‘After 2 years of living like that, I realized I had to make a drastic change in my life. I decided to try a good diet and exercise program.’
White on Her Healthy Diet
‘I was eating more fruits and vegetables and getting into more balanced food groups. I lost…15 pounds by eating right, and I started feeling good about myself.’
White on The Effect of Food on Mood
‘I know how bad I felt physically and mentally when I was eating lots of cakes and desserts, so eating the healthy way gave me more energy and a nicer figure.’
White’s Philosophy on Eating
‘My philosophy is eat when I’m hungry. Don’t just eat to eat.’
White on Sugar
‘I do have a sweet tooth.’
Vanna White’s Fitness Routine
A K.I.S.S. Exercise Routine
When White was young, overweight, and out of shape, she made the decision to take charge of her health by putting on her sneakers and going for a run.
White says she didn’t make it far with running at first, but she built up over time and dropped 10 lbs. just through exercise.
White does certain exercises every day. They don’t take long, but they keep her toned and strong.
Reduce Stress With Exercise
White says exercise is her release valve for stress, and that movement calms and relaxes her.
White also makes sure to stretch every day for 10 minutes, right before she heads out to work.
Get That Heart Pumpin’
White is a huge fan of spin class and does it 5 days a week. At least two days a week, she’ll run a couple of miles, which she says really energizes her.
Move Every Day
White says even when she can’t run, she’ll walk, hike, or meditate while listening to soothing music.
A Vanna White Routine
Push-ups: 100 (20 reps x 5 sets)
Leg lifts: 50
Side leg lifts: 50/side
Arm curls with 10 lb. dumbbells: 50
Stretching: 10 min
Run: at least 2x/week
White on Her Fitness Routine
‘I watch my diet and do some good at-home exercises to keep in shape and to stay toned.’
White on Weight Loss
‘If you really want to lose that weight, you can.’
White on How To Be Successful With a Fitness Program
‘The thing to do is start out slowly and don’t demand too much from yourself, and make sure you exercise often.’
White on Weight
‘My advice is to feel good about yourself. Don’t be obsessed with weight. you don’t have to be thin, just be healthy.’
Vanna White’s Supplements
Also included in White’s daily supplement selection is iron, essential for healthy red blood cells, strong muscles, good immune function and brain health. Iron is essential for preventing anemia.
Vanna White’s Lifestyle
Sleep = A Pillar of Health
White says good health doesn’t have to be complicated. Eating right, exercising, getting sufficient sleep and a positive attitude go a long way toward looking and feeling good.
Not Always Easy
Many people envy White’s plum job of dressing up to flip letters. But being famous has its drawbacks. Her first pregnancy was revealed on Wheel of Fortune with the puzzle ‘Vanna’s Pregnant,’ only to miscarry shortly after the episode aired.
Don’t Try Steal Her Gig
White took Samsung to court for airing a commercial with robot spinning letters similar to her job, and won over $400K in damages.
House Flipper Extraordinaire
White likes to flip properties, and watches a lot of house renovations shows.
World Record Holder
White is in the Guinness Book of World Records for ‘Most Claps on TV’. Estimated number of claps is in the millions.
White learned to crochet from her grandmother. She had to relearn the skill as an adult, but she loves to knit and crochet for relaxation and she knits a baby blanket for anyone on Wheel staff who is expecting. She has a line of yarn and crafting books in her name.
Choose Your Addiction Wisely
White says she traded in emotional eating for shopping, and nothing gets her more excited than finding a bargain dress.
White doesn’t get to keep her work outfits, but she has bought a few. In nearly 30 years of Wheel, she has never worn the same dress twice, adding up to almost 7,000 different gowns.
Paying It Forward
White is a longtime supporter of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. She donates half the proceeds from the sale of her yarn line to the charity, to date almost $2 million.
White on Eating vs. Shopping
‘I don’t turn to food for emotional reasons anymore. Instead I shop. Nothing lifts my spirits better than finding a $10 dress and matching it with a $100 belt!’
White on The Importance of a Form-Fitting Work Wardrobe
‘Having those fittings keeps me in check.’
White on Weight & Her Job
‘If I gained 10 pounds, it’s not that big of a deal. I’m definitely not obsessed with my weight, but I do want to fit into those dresses.’
White on Her Public Image
‘I try to be a good role model for people who watch our show.’