What woman wouldn’t want the body of a supermodel. I know what your thinking, I could never achieve a body like that! You keep telling yourself that a diet of lettuce leaves and carrot sticks is just not for you.
I’ve had a child, i love my food too much and i cant afford a personal trainer. These are just some of the excuses you tell yourself everyday. But you know what the body of a supermodel isn’t all that difficult to achieve. Yeah right i hear you say. But STOP no more excuses, I’m telling you it really is possible for you to have the body of a supermodel.
It’s all about consistency, NOT diets. You need to create a daily regime that will help you eat more healthily. Claudia Schiffer says “Dieting destroys your metabolism. I eat three meals a day and try not to eat in between.”
So what should you be eating and when. Here are some simple tips from the supermodels that you should incorporate into your daily regime. No one’s saying this is a miracle cure and that one day you will wake up, look in the mirror and see Elle Macpherson staring back at you. But it should help you lead a more healthy lifestyle and have a body that you’re happy with.
1. You need to eat breakfast every morning, The slow-release carbs, protein and fibre help to get your day started. Sarah Doukas, of the Storm Model Agency, says, “Not eating breakfast can make models sluggish and hypoglycemic.” Eat complex carbs such as wholegrain bread and cereal or muesli with no added sugar, and include protein from eggs, milk, yogurt or lean meat to prolong the energy release.
2. Eat a balanced diet, a balanced diet helps your body produce serotonin, a natural feel-good chemical. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity and cravings. Serotonin is mostly produced in the morning, so a good breakfast is vital. ‘After nine days of feeding your brain cells well in the mornings, your tastes begin to change – and healthy food starts to taste fantastic,’ says Victoria Nixon, author of new book, Supermodels’ Diet Secrets.
3. Exercise. Choose something you enjoy so it doesn’t feel like a chore. Jodie Kidd plays golf and rides to keep active, while Catherine Hurley walks. ‘Your endorphins react to sunlight – walking in the fresh air is very good for the brain cells,’ she says.
4. Forget about high protein. Atkins works in the short term, but most nutritionists agree you’re more likely to stick to a more balanced, less restrictive eating plan. Jodie Kidd says, ‘Doing Atkins was horrendous. My PA and I said, “No more chocolate”, but I love chocolate. We lasted three days!’
5. If you leave out the foods you love you will only crave them more. Helena Christensen says, “Moderation is the key. Eat enough of your favourite foods to enjoy the taste, but don’t overdo it.”
6. Watch your portion sizes, Just look at your portion sizes and work out if you really need that much. ‘Always leave something on your plate. This tells your brain you’re breaking old eating patterns,’ Victoria says.
7. Forget about low fat alternatives. Low fat foods tend to leave you feeling unfulfilled and unsatisfied this means you will tend to eat more. It’s better to eat the real thing but in moderation. Catherine Hurley says, “I think small amounts of full-fat food are more beneficial and taste better. They register more swiftly with the taste buds and you feel fuller faster.”
8. Learn to deal with cravings. PMS, alcohol, thirst, boredom and depression can all make you want to binge. But if you can work out your triggers, you can control them by distracting yourself. Victoria says, “A craving rarely lasts more than 20 minutes. Clean your teeth, then do something you enjoy – phone a friend or have a relaxing bath.’”
9. Eat organic. Organic food has more vitamins in it and is likely to be sweeter from natural sugars, so you’re probably going to enjoy it more and crave sugar less. Elle Macpherson says, “I try to eat organic as much as possible”, while Claudia Schiffer goes one better: “All the food I eat is organic.”
10. Fresh not Processed. Eat food that is freshly picked, gathered, caught or milked. The further along a production line it goes, the unhealthier and harder it can be for your body to cope with. Jodie Kidd says, “When I’m at home, I always shop at markets and the local butcher instead of supermarkets.” This helps to avoid ready meals and packaged food, and means produce will be fresher – supermarket food may have been stored for months.