During the first few weeks of the enhanced community quarantine in the Philippines, everything public was restricted-church services, mall operations, food chain orders, all services but my diet. You will need special or necessary passes to move around the community. Initially, I thought that it was a vacation so I got a free pass for my diet too- beers, wine, peanut and strawberry jam sandwiches every meal topped with layers of cream and parmesan cheese. I woke up from the epiphany of weight gain just as March was about to end. I am dutifully doing my workout routine each day but it just wasn’t enough. I packed a ton of weight.
I had the opportunity to work as a virtual assistant of a model agent, who is now working at Elite Model Management NYC, when I failed and got delayed in University. One benefit of working with him is I got insider tips in the world of fashion and modeling. Topics to say are my favorite, is an understatement.
The most helpful knowledge that I got from him includes both the diet and workout routine of the models that he has been handling.
Basically, these are the ‘principles’ of the model diet:
- Every morning, after waking up, drink warm water to wake the body up and clear the stomach.
- Have your first meal 20-30 minutes after awakening to avoid feeling bloated.
- Drink only water. Only. Water. No tea or coffee or caffeine containing beverages because it packs a lot of sugar. An immediate surge of sugar in our body may make you feel energized but it’s going to wear you out in the long run- so you’d crave more of it.
- You can eat 3 times per day and the last meal should be 4 hours before bedtime.
- A single meal cannot exceed 150 grams
- Drink 1.5 liters of water per day
- You can eat carbohydrates until 2:00 pm, proteins until 6:00 pm and after those times, you can just eat vegetables and drink vitamins.
Here’s a list of foods that you can’t eat:
- Fast food and sodas
- White flour products such as noodles, paste, bread and cakes
- Starchy foods like potatoes, corn, bananas and grapes
- Sweets like candies and chocolates
- Foods that are fried or smoked
- Skip on your sauces! Like oils, ketchups, mayonnaise, butter and sour cream
- Packed juices, energy drinks, colas and milkshakes
- Skip on your sugar and salt
- Dairy products that have a fat content greater than .5%
You can eat:
- Eggs, lean fish like cod, milkfish, tuna and sardines
- Fresh vegetables that are raw and steamed
- Fruits such as apple, grapefruit, kiwi
- Low-fat yoghurt with no sugar
- 0% cottage cheese
- Whole wheat bread- maximum of 2 times per week
The diet may seem restrictive but it just removes the junk foods that are bad for you in the long run. The principles may look simple and easy, but the difficulty lies in the execution.
I suggest that when doing groceries, be wise with the food or ingredients that you source out, because it takes a lot of willpower to skimp the cheesecake and the white-chocolate chip muffin when it is already in front of you.
Until you read from me again.