A model diet can mean so many different things. There are so many fitness fads out there—so many eating habits to adopt and exercise regimens to try out—and different techniques will work for different people. A model diet isn’t a singular recipe for what you should or should not eat. Rather, it’s a multitude of approaches to staying as fit and healthy as possible in an industry that demands its subjects are “camera ready” at all times. Generally speaking, models stay in camera ready shape by listening to what their bodies need and providing them with nutrition without overindulging their sweet tooth. However, everyone’s body is different, which is why every model has a different model diet that fits their individual lifestyle.
What is a Model Diet?
Here are some examples of how top models eat and drink:
This Victoria’s Secret model knows how unhealthy it is to go on crazy fad diets. Instead, she eats in moderation and practices portion control. For breakfast, she likes to eat scrambled eggs, avocado, oatmeal, granola, or yogurt. For lunch she likes to eat fish—usually salmon—with a salad on the side. For snacks, she eats nuts and dried peas.
Karlie used to eat unhealthy as a teenager, but her body felt much better after she started cutting down on sugar and eating more vegetables. Now, she eats egg-white omelets with almond milk for breakfast. She eats kale salads and avocado toast for lunch. She carries almonds, apples, and oatmeal packs with her everywhere she goes. Then, when it’s time for dessert, she likes to indulge in dark chocolate.
Even though you might imagine models starving themselves before an important show, Martha Hunt actually eats more than usual right before her shows. She has some form of protein in every one of her meals, keeping her fridge stocked with yogurt, eggs, sushi, salmon, and chicken. Whenever she reaches for a snack, she tries to stick to peanut butter or almond butter instead of candy or chips.
Some models are born with faster metabolisms, which means they convert food into energy at a faster pace. Other models work out often enough to make up for all of the junk food they are eating. No matter what her secret may be, Bella claims she eats grilled cheese sandwiches and French fries every single day.
Kendall knows the importance of eating three meals per day. Since it’s important to never skip breakfast, she commonly starts her day with eggs, avocado, and oatmeal. For lunch and dinner, she eats a lot of lean chicken and brown rice. However, she also gives herself cheat days where she enjoys pizza and fried chicken.
Kate Upton’s diet consists of a lot of lean protein. She limits her sugar intake and the amount of processed foods she consumes. However, she believes it’s perfectly fine to splurge every once in a while, as long as you maintain balance. As she explained in an interview, “Rather than having wine and doughnuts, you can have wine or doughnuts.”
This Victoria’s Secret model does not follow any fitness fads or follow a specific diet. Instead she focuses on eating healthy foods like salmon, kale salad, and sweet potatoes. She also likes yogurt, English breakfast tea, and organic roasted chicken. When it comes time for a snack, she usually reaches for chia pods with almond butter.
This male model has a diet that mostly consists of lean protein and vegetables. He eats less red meat than he used to and has limited the amount of sugar and processed foods that he takes into his body in order to keep it feeling healthy and energized.
Josephine eats a lot of protein and vegetables. She needs carbs in order to keep her energy up so she eats the healthiest versions like brown rice and sweet potatoes. For breakfast (which she sometimes has twice per day) she prefers scrambled eggs, spinach, and a cup of brown rice. She also eats a lot of fruit, carrots, and nuts. She doesn’t eat junk food every single day but she doesn’t cut out any food groups completely either. She has ‘treat days’ where she lets herself eat freely.
This male model does not believe in counting calories. Instead, he tries to create balanced meals for himself. He eats protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good fats on a daily basis. However, he considers himself a foodie and occasionally loves smoothies and stir fry.
If you’re interested in adopting a model diet, think carefully about it. You aren’t going to get in camera ready shape by starving yourself or by refusing to eat your favorite dessert ever again. Diets are not going to help you. Lifestyle changes are going to help you, and the most successful model diets are founded on healthy lifestyles. You have to develop healthier eating habits if you want to see model-like results.