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Clean, lean, and beautiful

Clean, lean, and beautiful

She once weighed 200 lbs. Not now. Tosca Reno, Artsci’83, has transformed herself into a svelte cover girl and fitness guru, and now she’s keen to share her secrets with others.
Tosca RenoAt age 50, Tosca Reno can boast
of having a physique rivaling
many women half her age.

For Tosca (Van Diepen) Reno, Artsci’83, singing about “oil thighs” was as close as she got to worrying about body fat during her student days at Queen’s. These days, it’s a very different story.

Tosca has turned her personal transformation from everyday housewife to fitness maven into a successful business making the Mississauga, Ontario-based grad one of the Canada’s top female fitness mavens. The once-200-pound Biology major now graces magazine and book covers with a body that rivals those of most women aged half of her 50 years.

Tosca admits that getting in shape wasn’t just about looking better. She wanted to tap into her own potential. “I’d been making the lives of my kids and husband my priority and had ignored my own life,” she explains.

All that began to change for Tosca about 10 years ago. She accepted a challenge to compete in a body-building competition. “When I picked up the weights and started ‘Eating Clean,’ that’s when I experienced the biggest change,” she says.

Instead of following someone else’s nutritional plan, Tosca developed her own regimen, one that was based on what body builders were doing.

When I realized how powerful the eating-clean diet was, I thought I’d make it a mainstream way of eating and include more healthy foods.

"Bodybuilders practise an extreme version of eating clean, which is a kind of deprivation,” she says. “When I realized how powerful the eating-clean diet was, I thought I’d make it a mainstream way of eating and include more healthy foods.”

In fact, she has labeled her diet and lifestyle “Eat-Clean”. Says Tosca, “The backbone of the Eat-Clean lifestyle involves eating lean protein and complex carbohydrates. It’s the answer to the question, ‘What do I eat and when?’”

Tosca RenoPhoto courtesy of Robert Kennedy Publishing

She has a booming business based around her various Eat-Clean ventures. With a number of Eat-Clean books to her credit, including one for men, another for families and kids, and a workout book, as well as a cookbook, Tosca works as a motivational speaker, talking to corporate functions, service groups, and campus audiences. In fact, she spoke at Queen’s last spring. A regular columnist for Oxygen magazine (published by her husband Robert Kennedy), she has also appears regularly on such shows as the American entertainment show Extra and The Doctors, and she conducts personal consultations through her web site. (http://www.toscareno.com/)

The future holds a new book deal with Harlequin that will see Tosca write an inspirational health and wellness book, an update of her Eat-Clean book, and three new television shows that are in the planning stages. She is also scheduled to return to campus on May 9, 2010, for a speaking engagement, an event she’s looking forward to since she has a soft spot in her heart for Queen’s, especially now that her daughters (by a previous marriage) Kiersten Corradetti, Artsci’10, and Kelsey Lynn Corradetti, BFA’13, are students here now.

Tosca says her Eat-Clean plan gives people the chance to enjoy their lives without food controlling them. ”It isn’t about looking good,” she says. “It’s really about getting your health back, which in turn gives you your full human potential. My goal is to change the way North Americans eat, one mouthful at a time.”