Personal trainer Louise Parker is the secret weapon of Hollywood stars, international sportsmen and even royalty. To train personally with her team costs £4,500 for six weeks, to train with Louise herself is by application only – and she only takes three clients at a time, so you’ll find there’s a queue.


Well, until now that is. With the publication of her first book Lean For Life, it’s now possible for anyone to shape up the Louise Parker way. With her toned arms and elfin looks, you would never have thought Louise had ever had an issue with her weight (or that she is 41 and has three children, Sophie, Milly and CoCo, with husband Paul).


‘But I’ve done it all – Atkins, juicing, gone off to Thailand to stay in a bungalow and have tubes put up my bottom – that’s how I know none of it works,’ she tells me in the straight- talking style she’s famed for. ‘I qualified as a trainer in my last year of doing a drama degree.


'I’d been dieting since I was 14, losing and gaining the same 10 pounds for years – I was frustrated that I could reach any goal I set myself except losing a couple of dress sizes, so decided I needed to educate myself about the science of health and wellbeing.’


That education and 12 years of training saw her dumping the drama career and led her to create what she now calls The Method – a six-week programme of sensible eating, daily exercise and positive thinking that clients can’t believe can be so painless.


The figure magician, aka Louise Parker, is transforming the bodies and minds of everyone from Oscar nominees to oil riggers – and now you


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‘One rang me recently and said, “I think I’m doing something wrong, it can’t be this easy.” But the habits we help clients adopt have to be realistic as I want them to keep them up for good. I don’t have time to spend hours in the gym or give up a day a week to prepare next week’s food that I then have to eat out of Tupperware – and I don’t ask my clients to do it either.


“Everyone’s struggle is the same whether you’re on the cover of a magazine or not”


‘On top of this, as a mum of three girls, everything we teach our clients is also what I want my daughters to do later in life – I don’t want them to learn the hard way as I did because I know how frustrating, pointless and painful it was.’


Those clients now number over 10,000 in 28 countries around the world. Beyond the fact that women aged over 45 make up the majority of them, she says there is no typical client profile.


‘We’ve recently finished a 12-week remote-training programme for an engineer on an oil rig in the Congo who lost 40lb,’ she laughs.


‘But the one thing they do all have in common is a frustration with everything they’ve tried in the past. We hear one phrase every single day from new clients, “This time I want to do it properly.” And that’s what I think is the real difference between this programme and everything else: we teach something sustainable, that’s easy to do and that will last forever.


‘My favourite mantra is “start once and just don’t stop” – I ask clients to immerse themselves in the four pillars of the programme totally for six weeks, and that’s not easy, but if you do, incredible things happen. Your body fat levels plummet, you maintain a healthy metabolism and you feel amazing.’ Clients also regularly lose an average of 10lb.


Louise is the secret weapon for a number of famous names and while she won’t name any celebrity clients (‘everyone’s struggle is the same whether you’re on the cover of Tatler or not’) details do slip out. As she talks about how people don’t realise how simply their body can lose weight, she explains the story of ‘one man who was shocked to discover he had the same metabolic rate as the Premiership footballer who’d come in before him…’


The first time I met Louise, she’d been woken by a phone call from an Oscar nominee who needed some help deciding what to order in an LA restaurant. And she’s also well connected enough to tweet from the Royal Enclosure at Ascot.


Speaking of her Twitter account, it’s called @figuremagician – a name that’s now commonly used to describe her. When I ask if she’s proud of the title, she says, ‘I was in labour with my youngest daughter CoCo when I set it up. Sophie, Milly, my husband, Paul, and I all made it up on a hospital bed. It must have been the gas and air.’ Straight talking as ever.


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