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Victoria’s Secret Model Adriana Lima’s Dieting Hell: A Doctor’s Opinion

Victoria’s Secret Model Adriana Lima’s Dieting Hell: A Doctor’s Opinion

November 16, 2011

Do not try this at home!

I just came across this article about Adriana Lima’s diet and exercise regime and it’s mind-bogglingly stupid. And unfortunately this sort of thing always makes the headlines and could even influence some people into trying it themselves.

So if you’re tempted into trying this sort of thing then think again. Losing weight is easy if you are sensible. You want to lose weight to be healthy as well as to look good. There’s no point doing it if you’re going to put your health in serious danger.

Here’s the article:A angel da Adriana

The Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which features a parade of hopelessly beautiful women wearing only underwear (and giant wings) airs November 29 on CBS. The hype is much like that for the Super Bowl — million-dollar commercials, merchandise tie-ins (even if you can’t look like an angel, you can smell like one), and celebrity appearances that you rarely see outside professional sports. The models are stunning, with long legs and seemingly perfect bodies. Perfection, it seems, comes at a price.

In a recent interview with The Daily Telegraph, model Adriana Lima shared her diet and exercise regime, which includes high intensity workouts twice a day, and protein shakes prescribed by a nutritionist. More worrisome is the period right before the show, when her diet turns to near-fasting. According to the article, “For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes – “no solids”. The concoctions include powdered egg. Two days before the show, she will abstain from the daily gallon of water, and “just drink normally”. Then, 12 hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely.”

We asked Dr. Juan Jose Rivera, a Miami Beach cardiologist and health correspondent on Telemundo, whether Lima’s diet strategy is healthy. Absolutely not, he replied.

“She’s trying to lose weight quickly. Carbs are the main source of energy and when you restrict them your body has to get glucose somewhere, so you start creating ketones and ketones are toxic. That places a lot of stress on the kidneys, which work overtime. You lose a lot of water and that’s why she’s drinking a gallon of water a day. Both of those things can throw her kidneys into renal failure.”

Besides renal failure, Dr. Rivera listed a host of other potential side effects from this high protein, low carb diet, some of them not befitting an angel including constipation, low blood pressure, dizziness, leg cramps, and bad breath.

In addition to dieting, Rivera was concerned about her extreme exercise routine. “The other thing that she does is that she ramps up her exercise to two sessions a day. she’s not allowing her muscles to rest and recover from the exercise that she’s doing every time you over train that could lead to injuries because your muscles are overworked”, he said.

So what does the doctor, who shares his practice with South Beach Diet creator Dr. Arthur Agatston, recommend? We’ve heard it before. Quick fixes don’t work, says Rivera.

“We see a lot of women who are at the ideal weight and want to lose more weight we call that the Cosmo effect. As a physician I do not recommend that diet. Every time you lose a lot of weight in a short period of time it will not be healthy or sustainable. You’ve got to have a healthy diet combined with exercise. I do not recommend the high protein low carb, basically starvation, diet.”

Rivera also remarked on the consequences that publishing this diet may have on readers and people who want to emulate models. “Victoria’s Secret is an entity that a lot of women look up to. This model is dieting for a particular goal, but she can’t forget the fact that she’s got a lot of people out there that that don’t have her resources. It’s another example of how far models will go to achieve success. In my opinion, these types of extreme diets could be the beginning of eating disorders. This is not sustainable. What’s going to happen when you gain weight again. Are you going to get depressed? It’s a slippery slope.”

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