What do Top Models Actually Eat?
The only thing standing between you and washboard abs and lean thighs? Just an eight-figure salary. We all know that the top models earn some serious bucks for strutting their stuff on the runway. The world’s richest model in 2018 is Kendall Jenner who is on track to earn a staggering $22 million this year. And as you can imagine, at least some of those earnings are being ploughed back into her money maker: her body. When you can afford to eat the best food money can buy, it’s no wonder you can ooze style and confidence day after day. But what if you don’t have the bank balance to pay those sky high prices? Don’t worry, we’ve got all the tips for how to bring that model diet to your desk.
The models’ big secret
The big secret is that many models outsource their food preparation to companies who promise to bring specialised diet plans direct to your door. But needless to say, this luxury comes at a cost.
Sakara Life $109/day – breakfast, lunch and dinner
Sakara Life is the meal delivery company favoured by many of the top models who walk the infamous Victoria’s Secret catwalk show. Renowned for million dollar bikinis and some of the most incredible bodies in fashion, the pressure is on for the women to look flawless. Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBois understand this pressure and offer vegan and plant-based meals that are designed to help models prepare for a big show without sapping them of energy.
What’s more, with meals delivered to their door, Sakara Life takes all the stress out of food preparation. One day’s package contains breakfast, lunch, dinner, a morning water, a night water and a detox tea.
Sakara Life promises the freshest produce and the highest quality ingredients, but at a steep $109 per day, or $1400/month, this plan is way out of most people’s price ranges. The meal plan can be supplemented with healthy snacks such as root vegetable chips for around $11 per item, or $29 for a pack of six protein bars. Cheaper options are the $130 a week lunch box programme, or you can simply buy the recipe books for a sprinkling of that Sakara life magic.
22 Days Nutrition $115/day – lunch and dinner only
Started by Beyonce’s nutritionist when the superstar couple decided to become vegan, you know this is going to be full of enough nutrients and energy to keep the world’s busiest pop star going. It is also likely to blow the budget of the average healthy eater.
Food Matters $150/day – breakfast, lunch and dinner
Models who want a personalised plan that takes into account their likes, dislikes, allergies, exercise routines and goals to Tricia Williams. Lacking energy? Struggling to sleep at night? Tricia’s personalised plan will target these issues as well as aiming for an all-round nutritious diet. But at $150/day, who can afford to sign up as well as make rent in the same month.
How to eat like a model for less
Fear not, the basic principles behind these meal plans can be recreated at home for a fraction of the cost. Focus on food that is plant-based and organic, plenty of whole foods with high water content and lots of nutrients.
Let’s start with the basics, top models are constantly focused on remaining hydrated. So grab a water bottle, fill it up and if you really want to be top of the class, infuse it with lemon juice, mint, cucumber and chia seeds. Not only will you be more likely to sip the flavourful water, but the infusion will impart healthy vitamins and the chia seeds will keep you feeling full.
Your first meal of the day should be the biggest. It’s also the easiest to plan and stick to as you can have it at home. So before you leave the house, choose a high protein meal and fill up. Scrambled eggs are a great place to start, load onto buckwheat bread with smoked salmon for an early morning omega-3 hit. Kendall Jenner swears by eggs, avocado and oatmeal, or if you fancy something a little lighter, try Greek yoghurt with some fruit.
Your midday meal needs to be light, with few carbohydrates to keep your energy levels high all afternoon. Most models will bring a chicken or vegetable salad with them to a shoot or runway day, so invest in some Tupperware and get prepared. As an alternative, grab some low-carb sushi or sashimi to enjoy at your desk.
You’re looking to dish up something that is high protein, with lots of nutrients and this time a few complex carbohydrates as your body needs these for slow-release energy. A meal that involves meat or fish, lots of leafy green vegetables with some quinoa, brown rice or sweet potato will set you up for the next day like a supermodel.
When you aren’t quaffing your new favourite water, feel free to blitz up a vegetable juice, pour yourself a glass of nut milk, or savour a green tea.
Filling your desk drawer with a selection of healthy snacks is one of the quickest ways to turn your diet around. A handful of raw nuts will give you an energy boost, or snack on a few blueberries to load up on vitamins. Dates are full of fibre and will keep you energised, or a few spoonfuls of coconut yoghurt or nut butter. All these little treats will give your body lots of healthy nutrients without making you feel sluggish or bloated.
Most models top off their exemplary diets with a few supplements to make absolutely sure they are receiving a balanced range of nutrients so that they have the energy to perform day in day out. Omega 3 is a great place to start for radiant skin, incredible hair and beautiful nails. Vitamin D is another good supplement to try, as deficiency is common particularly in the winter.
Of course, every model has her cheat day, and so should you. So don’t feel bad about a day off once a week. Otherwise, you need to minimise sugar, alcohol, coffee, bread and pasta to get those model abs.
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