Victoria’s Secret models have one purpose when they take to the iconic VS runway each year – and that is to be desired.
This desire to look like an ‘Angel’ and wear the same lingerie as them is what keeps Victoria’s Secret at the top of its game.
So how do you get a supermodel body?
Justin Gelbrand has trained past and present Angels like Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel, Irina Shayk and Karlie Kloss. So he knows a thing or two about getting you into ‘model’ shape.
During a recent interview with Business Insider, Gelbrand revealed, “85 per cent of what you do is what you eat.”
He added: “At fashion week some models went on a juice diet and didn’t tell me. Not one lost weight, some actually gained weight.”
Instead of juicing, fasting, or any other dangerous diet, Gelbrand recommends the paleo diet. Here’s everything you need to know:
The paleo diet is certainly nothing new. It is based on what the Palaeolithic period of cavemen ate – think nuts, berries and meat. No processed foods, dairy, grains or sugar.
Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns told the Standard: “A ‘Paleo’ diet eliminates processed and refined foods and focuses on real foods. These include plenty of vegetables, fruits, tubers, nuts and seeds, fish and good-quality animal meats and organ meats, as well as traditional ingredients such as bone broth and fermented foods. These foods are all naturally nutrient-rich, and are also low in factors that can impair our digestion and absorption of nutrients, such as phytic acid and gluten found in grains.”
What are the benefits of the paleo diet?
Studies have shown it can help you lose fat, leave you strong and full of energy and help to reduce risk of conditions like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
However, the British Dietetic Association has said that while cutting out sugars and processed food is good, cutting our entire food groups can be harmful.
Is the paleo diet recommended by a nutritionist?
Barns said that a paleo diet can be beneficial to your joints as well as your health.
She explained: “A Paleo diet could be beneficial for your joints too. Excessive inflammation is a key factor in joint pain and arthritis. By eliminating processed vegetable oils, refined flours and sugars, and focusing on nutrient-rich foods, vegetables, healthy fats and oily fish, the Paleo diet is naturally anti-inflammatory.”
How should you go about introducing paleo to your diet?
Nutritionist Michela Vagninitold the Standard: “When adopting a paleo diet make sure you increase your intake of water, proteins (animal and plant based) and healthy fats from nuts seeds and avocados. By doing so you will feel fuller for longer and reduce sugar/ bread cravings.
“You will need to be careful to maintain a good source of carbohydrates. Seek out slow burning carbs from vegetable based starches, like winter squashes, and and lower glycemic fruits, such as citrus and berries. Plus dairy can be replaced by almond or other nut milks, yogurt by coconut or almond yogurt, butter by coconut oil. Remember, read the label, 90 per cent of nut milks that you find in the grocery store are full of junk you don’t want to eat, from plain old sugar to flavourings, colourings, thickeners, preservatives, and other additives.”