Diet secrets and work-out regimens of runway models
Crash diets, diet pills and extremely low calorie intakes are naughty and dangerous diet no-no’s that have cast a dark shadow on the modeling industry. Those unsafe techniques are the nemesis of your metabolism and can cause malnutrition, depression and make it difficult to concentrate.
We’ve found it tremendously refreshing to hear from super-models about their smart and safe diet and fitness regiments.
Just in time for the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, we’re dishing some of our favorite models’ tips and tricks that are do-able and safe.
• Jessica Hart: You know her as the Australian model with an adorable and unique gap between her two front teeth. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s coveted Swimsuit edition in 2009.
Her tricks: Basketball and running on treadmills.
In her words: “I played basketball back in Australia, but when I moved across to New York I started training at the YMCA about five times a week … I run a lot, normally on the treadmill. It’s how I maintain my pace and keep going.” – Hart said in a Harper’s Bazaar interview in 2009.
Steal her secrets: Join a pick-up basketball game, shoot hoops on the driveway or at a local park or get involved with a league at your rec center. Basketball is a great cardiovascular and agility workout. If you’re playing indoors, invest in a leather basketball, like this Spalding women’s size ball from Basketball Express. For outside games, use a cheaper rubber basketball.
• Kate Moss: She’s known internationally, tops Forbes list for the highest paid models and has represented brands like Calvin Klein, Gucci, Chanel and other big name designers. We do tsk-tsk at the “heroin chic” model movement that defined the early-1990s.
Chickpea obsession? The world wide web — which is known to spread some rumors — tells tales that Kate Moss has an addiction to hummus. Fact or fiction, we’re not sure. But we can reference a New York Times piece from a few months back that makes special note about Kate Moss ordering a hummus plate and getting wide-eyed when it arrived at the table.
Steal her secrets: Dip veggies like snap peas, carrots, celery and tomatoes in hummus for a healthy and satisfying snack. Or, cut out mayo and other high-fat sandwich and wrap spreads and use a little bit of hummus instead. Hummus is a Middle Eastern spread made of ground chickpeas, tahini paste, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Here’s why it’s good for you: Chickpeas pack protein, fiber and potassium.
You’ll need a food processor if you plan to make your own hummus. KitchenAid is our go-to spot for high-quality kitchen accessories that you plan to use frequently. Or, if you buy hummus store-bought, invest in some good Tupperware so that you can tote your hummus snack pack to work. We like these divided lunch-to-go containers from The Container Store.
• Heidi Klum: You know her as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, the “official ambassador” for Barbie and may have seen her when she made appearances on the hit show “How I Met your Mother.”
Sweet dreams: She told Fitsugar that she likes to run and thinks women should have a little meat on their bones. But here’s our favorite quote: “I get up at 5:30, so I’m exhausted early. I go to bed at 8:30 most nights.”
Steal her secrets: A good night’s rest can actually help you lose weight, according to a study from the University of Chicago Medical Center that found those who sleep seven to eight hours a night burn twice as much fat compared to those who only get five to six hours of shut-eye.
Invest in an alarm clock. Set it 30 minutes before you go to bed as a reminder that it’s time to unwind. Then, set it again for the next morning, making sure you get a sound eight hours. We like this “Rise & Shine Wake Up” alarm from Brookstone that has artificial sunlight that will grow brighter when it’s time to wake up, as well as nature sounds.
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