Adriana Lima caught a lot of flak for her extreme pre-Victoria’s Secret fashion show diet and exercise regimen.
She admitted to the Telegraph that she worked out with a trainer every day starting in August, twice a day for the three weeks leading up to show time, and went on a liquid diet for nine days before she hit the runway on November 9. Lima was even quoted as saying she stops drinking 12 hours before the show “so you dry out” because “sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that.”
To be fair, her words may have been twisted a bit as we caught Lima eating a Starbucks muffin or scone and sipping on coffee backstage (and you know those aren’t lacking in calories).
Nevertheless, news of crazy diet sent shockwaves through the internet and now Lima’s addressing the reaction.
“I know it’s very intense but … I just have an athlete’s mind and I appreciate doing this thing,” she told E!. “It’s not that I do crazy diets throughout the year. I just do it for this particular thing. After this show, I become normal again.”
Still, she’s taking her role model status seriously and discouraging teens from mimicking her weight loss tactics.
“Those teenagers out there, don’t go starving yourself or only drinking liquids,” she told ET Canada (via People). “Don’t do that please.”
Thanks Adriana. We won’t. But we will join you for a Starbucks snack. Yum.