How do supermodels prepare for a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, especially if they’ve just had a baby eight weeks ago? For Adriana Lima, the answer is to turn to a completely liquid diet for a solid week and a half and work out twice a day.
The mother of Valentina, 3, and Sienna, born in September, earned $7 million in 2011, giving her ranking on Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100 list. Her biggest earnings come from being a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but she appears in a diverse listing of modeling ads, television commercials, and acting spots. She likens her career’s required runway preparations to athletes training for a marathon.
Lima, 31, shared her training regimen with The Telegraph UK before last year’s show. She said she works out daily with a personal trainer, then twice a day for the three weeks leading up to the show. Lima does a variety of exercises like boxing, lifting weights, and jump rope she described as “really intense.”
After the birth of her first child, Lima said “it was easy” to lose her baby weight by hitting the gym once or twice daily for one to two hours, along with a portion-controlled diet of four ounce meals.
Lima works closely with a nutritionist to monitor her food intake. Along with a strict diet consisting of almost no fat or carbs, “He prescribes protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to keep Lima’s energy levels up during this training period. Lima drinks a gallon of water a day. For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes – ‘no solids’. The concoctions include powdered egg,” reported the Telegraph.
Immediately leading up to the show, Lima limits and then completely abstains from drinking water to cut all water weight, similar to what bodybuilders do before competitions to show their muscles’ definition.
“No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that,” she said.
These comments garnered criticism from the media, including in a segment on Anderson Cooper 360, but Lima defended the diet, saying she ate normally when she wasn’t preparing for the catwalk. She also warned teenagers at home not to try her regimen, as they do not have professionals monitoring their health as she does.
This year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs December 4. It features Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars along with forty of the world’s leading supermodels.
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