One and a half months before each VS show, she kicks her diet and workout routine into overdrive. “I’m doing a combination of different protein shakes — it’s called Metagenics. And also, I only can eat green vegetables, everything grilled or steamed, or four ounces of any type of protein,” Lima tells us in her slightly accented English. “And usually that’s what I have for lunch and dinner, and every three hours in between I have a protein shake or cereal bar.” Indeed, when it’s Lima’s turn to order her meal, she speaks to the waiter at length, finally telling him, “Whatever you can do.” Her entrée, which is not on the menu, is the last to be brought out: a piece of chicken including bone and skin set atop green vegetables and carrots. She pushes the carrots aside and eats the rest.
So her diet is very low-carb. “Definitely zero carbs for sure,” she says. How does that feel? “Better actually. I feel healthier, I feel much healthier.” The Cut noted that we would pass out without a simple sugar here and there. “Because everybody’s different — that’s why I have a nutritionist. I go there, and he checks my blood, my breathing, everything to make sure what’s going to work for your body, you know? For me, for example, if I eat chocolate or have dairy I will feel puffy. Sometimes carbs make me feel puffy — it makes me swollen.” Lima naturally looked the opposite of puffy. “Because I haven’t been eating them! But you have to know — you have to pay attention, usually, to how you feel when you eat something. And I’m really liking it, the diets that I do now. Plus the workouts that I do.” Lima spends two hours in the gym every day in the six weeks before the show. Her routine consists of jumping rope and boxing. “And I don’t lift weights, I don’t like machines — everything I do is with my body weight,” she explains. “Every day’s a challenge, every day you’re stepping out and learning something new. So it’s wonderful — I like it a lot. It’s very intense, but I like it.”
Lima, who is down-to-earth despite her practically inhuman physical gifts, is rare for a model mom in that she is so vocal about the great amount of effort she put into maintaining her post-baby figure. She doesn’t just say she did yoga here and there, and that was enough. “I wanted to do it healthy,” she says. “I’m really looking to my future. When I get older, I want to really be in shape. And also working out is a great source of detox, you know? You sweat out all the toxins, the impurities come out. Also it helps with your mood, you look great, it helps with your skin, and also it helps with my immune system too. I never get sick when I work out. I have actually more energy. Working out should be a part of everybody’s routine. I know sometimes you don’t have time — that’s why I love jumping rope, because you can take it with you anywhere and you don’t need to do it, like, one hour. You can do it ten minutes and it’s like 45 minutes of running. So take your pace, you don’t need to do it fast, double turns and all that, you don’t need that.” Right: Most of us aren’t walking down a runway on national television with $2 million glitter boobs.
The prep Adriana undertakes ahead of each Victoria’s Secret fashion show is really strict and its made up of a rigid diet and gruelling workouts. She trains every day and for the last three weeks before the show, even twice a day.
Before every fashion show, she drinks protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to keep her energy levels up, adding a gallon of water a day to her diet routine.
“It is really intense, it’s not really the amount of time you spend working out, it’s the intensity” Adriana admits. Before you read her final countdown to the Victoria Secret’s Angels fashion show, remember that one, Adriana has already received many criticisms about her routine, and two, reality is not always pleasant. Adriana’s candor about her pre fashion show routine is much more believable than all those models who say they have hamburgers before a fashions show. In addition, Adriana is followed by trustworthy medical staff, therefore she is doing all this in the healthiest way possible. If you choose to follow in her footsteps and attempt a juice cleanse or similar (which at the moment are very popular), make sure you’ve spoken to your health practitioner before hand.
Here is Adriana Lima’s beauty countdown before the fashion show:
9 days left
For nine days before the show, she only drinks protein shakes (absolutely no solids). These delicious concoctions also include powdered eggs.
2 days left
Two days before the show, she abstains from the daily gallon of water, and “just drink normally”.
12 hours left
Finally, 12 hours before, she stops drinking. “No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that,” she says.
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But don’t worry she’s human (after all) and when she’s not preparing herself for a Victoria’s Secret Show, do you know which is her favourite cheat meal?
“Cupcakes! I love cupcakes – it’s crazy! My favourite place in the whole world is run by a friend of mine in Miami, The Baking Girl. She makes the best cupcakes.”
As you know, every diet has to be combined with a regular workout. So, what about her training secrets?
Boxing is a real passion for Adriana and ten years of training with Michael Olajide, Jr., at New York City’s Aerospace, have assured her an athletic and well toned body. She usually works out twice a week at least for a 90-minute session.
“I tried many different things: spinning, aerobics, step, yoga. And then I tried boxing and I loved it; it became my passion. I love that it’s an intense workout, and it’s the best form of cardio. You get toned but not bulky.“
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Adriana begins her workouts with five to ten minutes of exercises designed to sharpen her mental concentration, including jumping jacks and shadowboxing. Then there is the jump rope for up to 30 minutes of double unders (rotating the rope around your body twice within one jump), cross overs (crossing the rope in front of your body), and side-to-sides.
Then she puts her gloves on and takes to the speed bag for a rhythmic, high frequency ten minutes of throwing punches, followed by ten minutes of double-end bag work. Finally, Adriana and her personal trainer head into the ring to spar for up to 40 minutes.