Katharine McPhee Smashes Her Eating Disorder and Trades It In For Healthy Weight Loss


    Previous contestant on American Idol, Katharine McPhee, captivated audiences in the premier of the tv series “Smash.”  While she didn’t win idol, ,she did win her fight with her very public eating disorder.  Plagued with bulimia since the age of 17, she traded in her negative thoughts associated with food for a healthy out look on body image and a trainer.

   When asked what Katharine does for her workout routine, she gives credit to her trainer for always changing things up and keeping her interested. She performs jumping lunges and other heart pounding exercises as part of her routine.

“We do a lot of circuit stuff. Every day is new so i never get bored. I sometimes go hiking [or] running. I live in the LA in the hills so we’ll go up there.”

   Katharine works out with her trainer 3-4 times per week.  On the in between days she loves to hit the gym to add in some extra cardio.  She also credits her high energy level to exercising.

“I definitely feel like I have more energy just being at the gym consistently.”

   When her gym routine is lacking she feels as though her metabolism responds by slowing down.

Katharine McPhee’s Diet

Since beating her eating disorder, Katharine has adopted a different relationship with food and credits the intuitive eating program.  This program helps to create a healthy outlook  and thought process.

“When I made it onto American Idol, I knew that food – my eating disorder – was the one thing really holding me back, I was binging mywhole life away for days at a time. So when I got on the show, I said, ‘You know what? I can do well in this competition. Let me give myself a chance and just get a hold of this thing. “

“I knew I had put off going to a treatment center long enough – I’d been struggling with bulimia since I was 17,” she says. “Growing up in Los Angeles and spending all those years in dance class, I’d been conscious of body image at a young age, and I went through phases of exercising compulsively and starving myself. … Food was my crutch; it was how I dealt with emotions and uncomfortable situations.”

“I learned that there’s no such thing as a bad food,” she says. “If you look at a doughnut, people think it’s a fattening food – why? Because if you eat it you’ll get fat? No, you’ll get fat if you eat 10 doughnuts (source).”


She is now “at peace” with food.  Katharine McPhee’s workout routine and healthy eating have not only changed her appearance they’ve changed her perception of herself and life as a whole.  Fitness tips like these have the ability to alter how people view the true meaning of health.

Adria Ali



  1. vitobonespur says

    I am totally in love with Katharine McPhee and if I can’t have her I’ll eat myself to death. Hahaha…

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