Victoria's Secret models don't just waltz onto the runway looking fabulous. These beautiful angels train hard and eat certain foods to keep them taut and toned for the show. What would happen to your body if you followed Victoria's Secret model requirements for four months? Thanks to fitness blogger Poppy Cross, we now know! She documented her entire journey for the world to see.
At 5 ft 9 in. tall, Poppy had an atheletic body to start with and was undoubtedly gorgeous, but with her height, she made the minimum requirement in order to be a VS model.
Last year, the Perfect Body campaign angered woman of all shapes and sizes. Woman everywhere argued that their bodies were unattainable and unrealistic.
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It was then that Poppy decided to take on the challenge and squash the ad's theory by following the same exact exercise and diet regime of the Angels.
Here are the Victoria's Secret requirements:
- Be at least 5 ft. 9 in. tall
- Have a 24 inch waist
- Have a below 18% fat percentage
Before Poppy started she was a size 8 with a 26 inch waist and had 22% body fat. However, this would not cut it in the VS world. Pretty disgusting, right?
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The Workout Plan
The workout of a Victoria's Secret model focuses on weight training and includes squats, deadlifts, weighted lunges, bicep curls, tricep dips and press-ups. Weight training is also accompanied by interval sprinting, Pilates and boxing. As a runner, Poppy found weights hard to ease into and her first session resulted in a back injury! She also stated that she caught three colds in the first month and was left mentally and physically exhausted from her workouts.
The Diet Plan
To mimmick the Angels, Poppy is put on a 1,300 calorie high-fat, high-protein, and low-carb diet plan. This included protein at every meal and no sugar, even from fruit. For the first month, Poppy was allowed veggies, but then she was to graduate to the "pre-catwalk diet" including only proteins and fats. For energy, since there are no carbs, Poppy states she has two tablespoons of oil or butter with every meal. As for training, she is allowed whey protein shakes after her workout, but is to train on an empty stomach. Poppy states, "I never feel starved, just unfulfilled before bed. I also find I’m not quite so, er, regular due to the lack of fibre in my diet."
The Results Are In
Although her weight didn't change due to all of the weight training, everything else decreased including her body fat percentage, her waist, and dress size. Poppy says that this program is very unrealistic to follow if you have a job and want a social life, too. The doctor warned her that no-carb diets shouldn't be a long term thing, as many VS models admit that is not how they live their lives on off-season.
Poppy was proud to reach her goal, but she is much happier with not having to worry about what she looks like in underwear.
Source: The Daily Mail
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