One of the most controversial things about models is how young they are and how thin they are. These topics have created endless debate within the press and the modeling community. We are going to concentrate on the second controversial topic; how thin they are.
It’s no secret that models are known for their bodies, their skin tone and beautiful complexion. The question is, do they have genetics that made them this way? There is a stereotype that models don’t eat. Well, I am here to tell you that this is a big misconception which has caused countless problems. Firstly, they eat. Secondly, models don’t just eat anything they want; they have a nutritional regimen.
If you’ve set out to slim and trim as the people you see on fashion magazines, then you need to have a diet and fitness routine. Here are a few things you can do to be as thin as a model.
- Don’t count Calories: It’s not about how many calories you eat, but how you eat them. I want to point out that being like a model does not mean starving yourself. The body requires at least 1,000 calories to function properly, less than this and your body enters into starvation and you will be left tired and drained out. Therefore, your meals need to be full of nutrition and free of cholesterol. The perfect diet may consist of a healthy breakfast, a satisfying lunch and a light dinner. When combining food, try to avoid mixing proteins and carbohydrates in the same meal. Doing so will cause bloating, gas, constipation and restrict proper digestion.
The goal is to satisfy hunger without adding too many calories to your diet routine. Focus on eating real meals with an emphasis on protein, vegetables and a good source of healthy fat.
- Light meals early, heavier meals later in the day: It is advisable that you start your day with warm water and lemon followed by a juice or smoothie. This will help boost alkalinity (for cells to thrive your body need the best natural pH balance), give you energy, and will hydrate you and prep you for the day ahead. Your lunch should consist of something light. Dinner should be the heaviest meal of the day.
- Drink a ton of water: It is essential that your body is kept hydrated. Water can help you maintain a healthy diet and help you in avoiding certain intakes. Sometimes thirst is misunderstood for hunger – the signals feel and seem the same. The right amount of water in a diet helps ward off hunger and helps eliminate wastes and toxins. However, adequate hydration can also help you lose weight.
Eight glasses to 13 glasses of water is recommended. However, different people will need different amounts of water based on their age and activity level.
- Snacks aren’t that bad: Our body responds better to a good meal, but sometimes it is impossible to get hold of a good meal. The reason might be because you are always on the move or at work. Packing some good snacks are allowed in such a situation.
Your diet might include an evening snack to appease food cravings. A protein shake may be included with lunch as this also helps to reduce food cravings. Light and healthy foods such as steamed fish may be included in your dinner. Avoid snacks that are high on the digestive system and very dehydrating. Snacks that consist of low carb can help you maintain a good shape.
- Avoid bloat offenders: It is advisable that you avoid carbonated beverages. They can make you gassy and bloated. Diary is very mucus-producing and can cause bloat and constipation for those that don’t digest it properly. Stay clear of fried foods irrespective of the date or season.
- Engage in physical activity: Models take care of their body and exercise frequently. So should you. Not only should you consume good nutrients to stay healthy, you should also engage in physical activities. Exercise is an essential part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Exercising will help you increase your calorie burn rate, and maintain your weight and health. The more physical activities the more calories you burn throughout the day. 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio activity each week is what I recommend. Some good options are; jogging, biking, swimming and lifting weights. If you are on the fatter than the average model then you need to increase your daily physical activities to become healthy and eventually lose weight.
- Sleep more: Sleep is the first thing that takes a hit when you have a busy lifestyle. But if you want to have a body like a model, you’d have to take sleep as a top priority. Let’s face it, it isn’t easy to have a busy lifestyle and still get a good night rest. Skipping or getting a less than adequate amount of sleep and you will increase cortisol (a hormone that suppresses physical activity and fat burning processes in the body). Try to get at least six hours of good sleep every day. It will help your body lose weight and reduce your appetite for high-calorie foods.
- Manage stress: stress management is something models work on for their emotional health and also to help support weight loss. It becomes harder to manage cravings in time of high stress. When stressed you feel hungrier and it becomes difficult to lose weight. This is how your body responds to stress.
Try listening to music, journaling, going on a walk or talking to a friend for relief to help keep stress in check. Yoga and meditation can also go a long way to help calm your nerves and quiet your mind.
If you are not getting desirable results from home remedies or if you feel you require additional help, try seeking the help of a behavioral specialist or therapist. These experts may be capable of giving you additional guidance on how to manage your stress.
- Take it slow: Rome was not built in a day. So, models that have successfully lost weight and keep it off long term took it slow and steady. Rapid weight loss isn’t sustainable long tern and it’s easier to gain the weight back. Losing 1-2 pounds a week should be your aim. This is a safe and healthy way to lose weight and it can easily be maintained.
A slow and steady weight loss usually requires you to make some lifestyle and diet changes. Sudden weight loss or following a crash diet as a lifestyle cannot be followed long-term and you’ll soon find yourself worse off than before.
- Spoil yourself once in a while: Despite models tending to stick to the same foods day in and day out, they rarely eliminate their favorite foods from the menu. If it’s something that they crave, they enjoy a little taste. Eliminating food you love will only set you up to fail when the temptation is too great. It’s okay if you indulge in your favorite food once in a while.