How have you been? We are rounding out the end of the month and some of you are finishing out your Dietbet! You’re almost there. Finish strong! I’m super proud of you.
So the other day I was browsing the interwebs and ran across this peculiar article discussing the VS Supermodel Diet on Telegraph.co.uk and wanted to discuss it with you. The post was talking about how the company casts for the VS Fashion Show and Adriana Lima, one of Victoria’s Secret’s most famous models, shared her slim down secret before she hits the runway.
Adriana Lima’s Runway Slimdown Plan:
- Everyday, she drinks a gallon of water along with a a clean diet of steamed veggies and lean protein.
- Nine days before the show, she is on a “no solids” diet. She will only drink protein shakes that include powdered egg.
- Two days before the show, she will drink “normally”. Ditch the gallon of water.
- Twelve hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely.
The whole water thing is also a technique that a lot of bodybuilders and bikini competitors use to super lean out before hitting the stage. Without water, your skin will start to suck into your muscles as you dry out and you will lose quite a few pounds of water weight. Lima said that she loses up to eight pounds. Bodybuilders love it when their veins start to show – it’s called getting “vascular”. Shows how little fat you have. HOWEVER! This only works if you are already drinking a lot of water regularly. Also, just be careful when you start drinking water again normally after your event. You may find yourself bloating up after the extreme amount of water depletion. Please keep in mind that this water technique is a completely temporary solution to losing weight. You are not losing real fat or doing anything healthy for your body. It is just a quick fix and you will gain that water weight back once you start drinking normally again.
As for her workout, she trains with a personal trainer daily and works out 2x a day the last 3 weeks leading up to the show. Sophia Neophitou who is the British fashion editor and chief stylist for this year’s show says that, “It’s like they’re training for a marathon…They are athletes in this environment - it’s harder to be a Victoria’s Secret model because no one can just chuck an outfit on you, and hide your lumps and bumps.”
Hmmmmm…fierce words stated by the fashion editor huh? I think there are different challenges associated with every profession. Athletes need to be strong, quick, and have lots of stamina to outlast their competitor and win the game. Swimsuit models need to keep a slim physique in order to look great in their shoots to sell more clothes. Both are difficult and/or easy in their own ways based on your innate skills and the genes you were born with or without. It is a question of what your goals are and how you’re going about achieving them.
To be a VS Angel, you have to have a certain type of body and a certain type of look. The truth is that not everyone can be an Angel. And even once you get an Angel contract, you have to work hard to please your agency and your directors with the perfect amount of tone, leanness, and youth. Your looks dominate your career because it IS your career. The Angels work out and eat like this because it is how they maintain their job.
Modeling is such an interesting thing. Some are born thin, tall, and beautiful and don’t work out at all. Others have to constantly be dieting and dieting and dieting. All are under the pressure of someone else telling them how they need to look. I once met a male model at a fashion party who seriously had some type of body image disorder. Once he found out I was a fitness instructor, all these stories came out about how his agency told him he was too fat and then handed him a cigarette to suppress his appetite. The guy was skinnier than a size 28 pant (the smallest pant size at a department store) and had the most chiseled jawline I’d ever seen in real life. They said he was too fat for the magazines. He told me how guilty he felt for eating a protein bar in the middle of the day because his agency also told him to not get too muscly either.
And then on this other magazine shoot where I was training a model how to do Pilates poses, the girl told me that she loved to workout but her agency told her that she needed to get rid of her muscle if she wanted to do any high fashion stuff. She was unsure of what to do since she’s been athletic her whole life. The girl was gorgeous. There was nothing she needed to change. It troubled me that her beauty and her worth were being determined by someone else daily…and that her confidence seemed to be weak.
Ah! Can you imagine?
Who knew the real hardship behind being famously beautiful? It’s a job and there’s upkeep. Though I wouldn’t agree to what our media has projected as beautiful (most of the models don’t look like what they do without photoshop), I do understand why Adriana Lima does what she does before the runway show. Pressure. From everyone. There are unpleasant challenges that she needs to endure to look the way she does before posing in front of millions of people in lingerie.
I don’t suggest her method for most of us as it is not necessary to do a liquid diet for over a week to slim down. If you are looking to lose weight permanently, follow an eat-clean diet (check out my 90 day plan) and train hard (do the monthly calendar). You will get results without paying for a personal trainer and you will feel triumphant, confident, and very happy. The liquid diet will not make you happy at all. You will be very snarky, upset, and hungry. Trust me. I carb-depleted before my bikini comp and I was once a very irritated girl. There is no point in being hungry, mad, and skinny. Change your goal and work towards being healthy, happy, and STRONG. Everything else will fall into place. I promise.
The VS Fashion Show is like the Superbowl of fashion shows and while football players train to increase their speed and their strength, VS Angels will train to make their bodies look like walking works of art.
What are your thoughts on Adriana Lima’s diet plan? Does it intrigue you? Like I said in a previous post, I am developing a meal plan for you guys so that there will be no more questions asked regarding healthy eating for your perfect mind and perfect body. I gotcha covered. Don’t worry.