Kirstie Alley made all the right moves on "Dancing with the Stars" — so much so that the 60-year-old actress wowed the audience by going from a plus size to a size 4/6.
Alley did countless interviews saying eating right helped her shed 100 pounds since completing her role on the 12-week hit ABC show.
Alley’s weight loss secrets can be found on her Web site, Organic Liaison, which is her weight loss program challenging people to exercise an hour a day and to eat organic foods.
Dallas weight loss expert Carla Ferrer says there are pros and cons to Alley's approach.
"The pro? That she went the organic route, I love, because I'm about real food and natural weight loss, living realistically and sustainably," Ferrer said. "Organic is something we can all do."
Alley's program calls for eating that first organic meal shortly after awakening. It recommends six small organic meals in all. Eight-hundred meal plans are offered at the Organic Liaison site, along with Alley’s green tea product and other items that supplement the plan.
"The moment you are having to buy products in order to reach that goal tells me you are going to have to continue to buy that product to maintain that goal," Ferrer said. "The issue is, it's restrictive and limiting."
Alley's weight loss plan also calls for dieters to weigh in each morning, keep a journal of every bite, and document the calories taken in throughout the day.
"It's not realistic to think that every bite or lick of something you are going to be able to write it down and track it," Ferrer said. "Sure, can you do that for a few weeks... but forever? That's a very long time."
"Coach Carla," as she's called, has offered weight loss advice to thousands of clients for 18 years. She has her own Web site (CoachCarlaTexas.com) and has written a book called "Fat to Fan-TABULOUS" after tipping the scales at 330 pounds and losing 135 pounds in nine months by changing the way she eats and exercising.
Ferrer is credited for keeping the weight off for 18 years with no gimmicks. She believes people should ditch the strict diet plan. She doesn’t eat sugar-free or low-calorie foods, but tells clients to eat what they want -- in moderation.
She said the key is to plan for it and get back to eating sensibly and healthy the majority of the time.
Alley’s nutritionist said her program also speaks against eating low-fat and sugar-free foods; again, eating organic foods is key. Ultimately, Ferrer thinks Kirstie Alley's Organic Liaison will work for some.
"If you want to go on a diet it is probably a great program... if you are of that analytical mindset," Ferrer said, adding it is not for those who need a long-term change in diet that they can stick to for the rest of their lives.
Kirstie Alley’s weight loss plan is detailed online and her products are only offered online and are not sold in stores. The "Dancing with the Stars" star just launched an initiative for folks to pledge to dance for 100 straight days.
Ferrer said her favorite part of the Organic Liaison plan is that Alley is asking people to move while scaling back on calories. That's a win-win -- no matter what your resolution is for the New Year!