Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Real Model's Diet - the Inside Skinny!



The Supermodel Diet … 
It’s not all about cutting carbs, starving or cabbage soup.


Many people ask me how models stay skinny? Convinced of some supermodel secret to dieting, everyone wants the short cut. Truth is, there is none. Some women, believe it or not, really don’t have to obsess over their weight. However, I have noticed some commonalities to the way my model friends eat that I want to share with you because models aren’t the only ones who like to look thin. 

Adhere to a Routine. Models tend to eat the same thing every day for breakfast. One of my best skinny model friends has a bowl of hot oatmeal, raisins and skim milk … EVERY SINGLE MORNING! This makes choosing what to eat a no-brainer and takes the variable of adding in extra calories out of the equation.

Brown bag your lunch. If you are grabbing something on the go, when ordering out do it the model way:
  • Linda Evangelista has been quoted saying, “ I don’t diet. I just don’t eat as much as I’d like to.”  Order an appetizer as your entrée. Portion control is KEY and this method does it for you. If you’re with a friend order 2 apps and split them for variety.

  • Skip the sauces and choose tomato or oil and vinegar in place of mayo, cream or butter sauces. Better yet, order all topping on the side and use sparingly.

  • Use spices! According to a Forbes article, models that make the most money often eat fibrous foods with spices to speed up their metabolism. So reach for the red pepper flakes and hot sauce girls!

  • What keeps me skinny is that I only eat food I really like. If something is on my plate that is just so-so, I leave it. It's important to be mindful of what you're eating and why.
Eat Green and Only White if it's protien . This is an easy trick we can all use. When you are making choices remember to load up on green leafy vegetables and keep away from any white processed carbs (bread, pasta, cookies, rice) Eating white only for protein  - egg whites, chicken, turkey, pork or fish.

Get Moving. Most models don’t aspire to have that hardcore, muscle-bound bodybuilder figure, but when interviewed you will hear ALL of them talk about doing some sort of regular exercise like yoga, pilates, or jogging ... several days a week – No Excuses!

Snack. At runway shows, it is common practice for the producers to bring in food platters. What is interesting is that the fruit and veggies trays are always empty, while the sandwich plates and chip bowls remain full. Models know that it’s important to snack on healthy low calorie foods. They are careful to never arrive anywhere feeling ravenous. I always carry a granola bar or nuts in my model tote when I show up for a job. Eating a banana and drinking a bottle of water before dinner will  help you eat less and pass on the bread basket or seconds because you already feel full. By the way, models are always drinking water and staying well hydrated!

Supplement. The Aussie supermodel, Elle Macpherson is reportedly a fan of dietary fish oil and makes foods like makerel and salmon, which coincidentally are good for glowing skin, a beauty staple. Emergen C and vitamins are also on a model’s list.


Work a Party. VIP invitations are always coming to models via their agency, promoters and social networks. Many believe that most models exist strictly on cigarettes, caffeine and alcohol, but lots of supermodels, like Heidi Klum, avoid alcohol. Most people realize that alcohol is filled with empty calories so drink sparkling water from a wine glass or a Diet Coke in between your cocktails. Also, carry a purse so you can’t snack as easily with your hands free.

Contrary to popular belief, not all supermodels have an eating disorder or believe in dieting, but they are motivated to keep a disciplined routine when it comes to eating. The secret comes from finding the sweet spot … a happy weight and an achievable way to maintain it.

Once you have the diet down pat, check out my other post on how to Make your Legs Look Longer or The Dream Diet: How to Lose Weight While you Sleep


To learn more model's secrets to looking your best and taking your best photos check out my new book Face This: Real advice from real models, photographers and makeup artists on how to become Picture Perfect! Available for just $7.99 on Kindle, Nook and iTunes. Also as paperback from Amazon.com

 







53 comments:

  1. can a 13 year old that is 5'8 tall and 115lbs make it as a ford model.

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    1. once they get older, yes as long as they're pretty too.

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    2. There is no magic guarantee but you have the right stuff - height and weight ... which is a step ahead of many, now work it, learn, practice and stay determined.

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    3. You might want to check out CH 16 Model Talk in my book about the ins and outs of getting into modeling - plus all the other basic tips you'll need to know in front of the camera. It's just $7.99 as a download that you can read on your e-reader or on your computer with the Free kindle app.

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    4. You're severely underweight. Gain 15 lbs. You're the same weight as me, but I'm 5'3, and that is healthy, according to BMI. But you are not healthy!

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  2. I am with ford models and they love height so if u grow a little and have a pretty face your set!

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    1. is 6' too tall?

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    2. No.....actually you usually have to be over 5'8 to be a model

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  3. My weight is 153 and I want to lose the fat in my stomach and legs and arms how can I lose the weight FAST ...

    Please tell me a diet

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    1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

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    2. Here's the thing - you cannot lose weight in only one place. It takes a 3500 calorie deficit to lose one pound, and there is no special way to do that. A calorie is a calorie really so if you cut say 500 calories from your daily regular diet You will lose 1 pound each week. It's not fast but it's real weight. Yes you could lose 5 pounds of water weight in a couple days but it is not a real loss. Stay steady it's worth the wait.

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  4. What's the best advice for a model-wannabe teenager?
    Modeling and acting are my dream jobs:]

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    1. Go onto model agency websites and have a look at the hight and measurements of their models and if you are similar go into some genuine agencies and take it from there! If they like you and your personality they will take you on!

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  5. I used to have an eating disorder but i got through it ,i put on some weight since then and i really want to lose it but dont want to go back to the way things were
    please help

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  6. I'm 13 at the moment and I really want to be a model when I'm older, I'm very skinny and have a healthy diet. The only thing is I'm quite small, will that stop me from becoming a model?

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    1. Modeling agencies do require women to be 5'9" minimum for Print but there are lots of commercial, lifestyle and acting options open without that height restriction. Follow your dreams and if that's this business find the place that works for you. 13 is an amazing place to be and your options in life are limitless and will change with every decade - be the best YOU always!!

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  7. I'm 34 and really pretty. Do modelling agencies hire "older" women?

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    1. uhhh YES I am 48 and working! Read my other posts too - it's about being photogenic which comes from the inside out!!! GO GIRL!

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  8. Angela! Just saw your site - and I love what you are doing! Are you modeling in Europe/Amsterdam? Best of luck in all your future endeavors and I will be dropping in to see what's new with you! XO

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  9. I am 23 and just had my second child, would the model diet work for me to get back into my 5'5" 115lbs body?

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  10. I'm 16 almost 17.. I'm 5'11 and 143 pounds.. a lot of people think im super pretty.. would i make a good model? how would i go about looking for a contract or whatever?

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    1. I have a whole chapter in my book (CH 16 Model Talk) about the ins and outs of getting into modeling - plus all the other basic tips you'll need to know in front of the camera. It's just $7.99 as a download that you can read on your e-reader or on your computer with the Free kindle app.

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  11. I'm 14 and 5'll, only 120 pounds. I'd really like to become a model, and soooo many people I know say I should, but I honestly don't know how to get started... So how do I?

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    1. I have a whole chapter in my book (CH 16 Model Talk) about the ins and outs of getting into modeling - plus all the other basic tips you'll need to know in front of the camera. It's just $7.99 as a download that you can read on your e-reader or on your computer with the Free Kindle app.

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  12. I'm 14 and all my friends and family say I should model, but I am concerned because I am only 5'2 and 120 pounds, but I look at all the models in magazines and they are all almost 6 foot?

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    1. 5'8 or 5'9 is generally the requirement. you could do commercial modeling but print and runway is pretty much out of the picture

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  13. I'm an attractive red-headed female and ex-performer, and i'd love to do commercials etc. The only problem- I have a few moles on my face. Would that illiminate me from the running for acting/modeling?

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    1. No! Look at Cindy Crawford!

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  14. it says not ot eat white pasta , white rice..etc.But could you eat whole grain or multigrain rice and whole grain pasta? or are they the same .. :/ x

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    1. I know i shouldn't worry about what people think about me how fat they all say i am, but everybody wants to know how it feels to be skinny like a model and super pretty. And boys/men normally only want a girl who looks like a model. I know these girls are gonna come and attack me saying "people shouldn't care about what i look like they should only care about what is on the inside!" but that's not the kind of world we live in [sorry]! and aparently you do care or else you wouldn't be on this website.period.

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  15. im sick of my wieght and i want to lose 20 at least and im 13 i only way 50 but i get alot of shit about how i look and i want to be perfect please help

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    1. no way, you should even need a bit more weight, you have to be healthy also <3, don't let the others bring you down, be strong.. x

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  16. I want to get stick thin thighs how do you get them or what is the diet to get those thighs and also a skinny body I am skinny fat and I want to lose weight. Please I need help.I weigh 113 pounds and I'm 13yrs.old and Im practically fat and skinny

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  17. im 13 and my belly sticks out a little bit. I want to have a completely flat belly, how can I do that? thanx

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  18. I see all these comments about girls my age (14) thinking they're fat because the number on the scale is higher than what they would like it to be, but I am 5'8'' and 154lbs. Even though the number seems high, I am skinny and perfectly happy with the way I look. Stop stressing about the number, and just look in the mirror and try to be happy with the way you look, ladies!!<3

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  19. Iam 13 and I wanna be a model when i grow up but Iam really short right now my sister and my brother are really tall like 5'8 and maybe 6'1 but iam just exact 5 or maybe less. my siblings were almost 5'3 at the age of 13 and 12 whats wrong with me? But iam thinner than both of em and than anyone in my family Iam 38 kg and I wanna get tall any tips?

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  20. how old do you have to be to become a ford model?

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  21. what do you model for when you are a ford model and does it help you become a famous model?

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  22. I'm 13 , I'm 5'7 and 143 lbs. Every1 says I'm thin but I don't think so my biggest problem is my legs their so chubby and I'd love to be a model but I don't have the body do u know how I can lose 30-40 pounds as a fast as possible ( I don't have much time for exercising )? Please help me

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  23. Izzy Garrett, I'm 18 and way 118 lbs. All my friends say I have the body and a good personality, in order fore to be a model. I just don't know where to start.

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    1. The easiest way to begin is very simple. Go to an open call at a local modeling agencies. Most agency websites will post the day and time or call to ask. If you have any photos take them, but only if they showcase you in a flattering way and not photo-shopped. Agents want to see you in your natural beauty with little makeup and if they believe you can make some money in this business for them they will direct you to good photographers to get you started and exactly what you need to make it in the industry. Don't waste too much money before, most of the time any images you have will not be what they want because they will develop a style and plan just for you to market you best in their demographic.

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  24. Okay so I am 17 5'7 and 125lbs. Am i too heavy to be a model?? I am a variety of races mostly puerto rican and I have long dark brown thick hair. I have large green eyes but one flaw. My nose isn't a little barbie nose. But my facial features are all larger including my large eyes, lips, cheakbones and a square jaw. Could i be a model?

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    1. I get asked this question many times .. Do I have what it takes to be a model? For high fashion and runway contracts, modeling agencies look for girls over 5'8" usually size 4-6, but there are many other avenues of modeling where clients want people that can represent their target audience - all shapes and sizes, plus commercial acting. No matter what your stats, this is a competitive business so be ready!

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  25. Thank you for this article. I don't want to be a model, but I want to lose weight in order to feel better about myself and hopefully I can use this list to improve who I am. I really would like to look better and get that confidence. I'm really overweight right now.

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  26. are there any age requirements to be a ford model i'm 15 years old and 5'9 and i really want to know because i'm almost done with my female modeling class

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  27. Shelley-
    I am 18 and do not want to model. Never have, never will. I will be a teacher for the rest of my life. However- I would like to commend you on your responses to all the girls who WOULD like to model. You are supportive and happy despite the repetition of questions.
    Thank you.

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  28. I'm 11 and I'm 5'3 and I weigh 112 pounds and I wanna loose weight in my thighs because they're HUGE!! Any suggestions on how I can shed those pounds? I also wanna be a model.

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  29. Thank you so much, i want to go on a diet, strting monday, and i wanted to do it the way i know it, but i just wanted to make sure i do this diet right. so i checked up models diet and the diet is exactly the way i wanted to do mine. Drink water, do yoga, go for a jog... I can't wait until i am nice and slim. Thank you xx♥

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  30. YOU ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL WOMEN AND YOUNG GIRLS. STOP TORTURING YOURSELVES. LOSE WEIGHT THE HEALTHY WAY.

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  31. im 14 and 5'3. can i be a model? i heard that they had to be 5'10. is that true?

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  32. My boyfriend tells me models have to do shady stuff behind the scènes to make it to the top in the modelling world... What do you know about this, how do you feel about it? Currently i'm in college, did grammar school, so it would only be a fun side job for me, not planning to be that serious.

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  33. Thank you for this article. I don't want to be a model, but I want to lose weight in order to feel better about myself and hopefully I can use this list to improve who I am. I really would like to look better and get that confidence. I'm really overweight right now.

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