Twice a year, the world’s most acclaimed international designers showcase their new collections to an audience of style insiders. This is one of the fashion industry’s biggest events of the year, the culmination of months of planning, organizing, schmoozing … and dieting?
Disordered Eating has become a regular feature before the New York Fashion Week reported by CNN. According to them “There’s a new trend on Twitter and it’s as dumb as it sounds: #NYFW Diet, which invites participants throughout the industry to share their sad, maybe-disordered crash diets in preparation for fashion week.” Models aren’t the only ones looking to drop a few pounds before hitting the tents. Some publicists, bloggers and fashion editors have been counting calories for weeks in anticipation of the week-long event, where to some, networking and being seen are just as important as the collections debuting on the runways.
In spite of innumerable warnings by nutritionists that limiting caloric intake in a compressed time frame can lead to nutrient deficiencies, cause decreased immune function, dry skin and loss of muscle or bone density. Models are willing to pay the price.
Fashion stylist Elizabeth Tran tweeted yesterday, “So my one-cube-of-cheese-every-hour diet starts tomorrow”. Public relations specialist Keisha McCotry, who began her Fashion Week diet in July, recently posted picture of her #NYFW diet dinner on August 16: a bowl of broccoli.
Here we have health tips to survive the exciting New York Fashion Week:
Start your day with breakfast: A steaming coffee in the morning without a good breakfast, can be followed by an energy nose-dive. Take charge and choose from a variety of fruits, vegetable juices, hearty whole grains, which are full of vitamins and minerals. If not coffee, start your day with a glass of warm water with the juice of one lemon to take a load off your lymphatic system, and cleanse your system and detoxify your liver cells.
Add protein at lunch, e.g. hard boiled egg and healthy snacks like nuts, seeds and avocados to your diet. Protein is a building block of cells throughout the body. It is necessary for healthy skin, nails, muscles, cartilage and blood. Protein helps to build and repair bodily tissues, and it is used to produce hormones and enzymes. When you eat protein , you will feel more energized and ready to take on your day. Nuts give you fiber and antioxidants.
Opt for protein and energy bar as a snack: Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar, Banana Oat Energy Bar, Coconut, Cherry, Chocolate Chip Bar, Granola energy Bar are some examples. If your ideal bar is oaty, peanutty, chocolate chip- and pumpkin seed-filled, that’s exactly what you can make (there are tons of other ingredients, too: flaxseed, honey, Sundrops, soynuts…).
Stay Hydrated, coconut milk is equally good. Drink 2 litres which is 6-8 glasses a day. Don’t drink all of the water you need per day all at once. Divide the amount you need and drink several glasses of water throughout the day. Water intake helps in flushing out toxins from the fat cells, which are stored in fat tissue and released into the bloodstream. In order to burn fat cells, the fat cells first will have to be free of excess water and toxins. The body will hold on to excess water for survival if adequate amounts of water is not supplied. Water is a critical nutrient for many bodily processes.
Stay away from alcohol. Don’t mix alcohol with work. Alcohol has a direct effect on aggression by disenabling brain centers important in maintaining inhibitory control over behavior
Stock up fruit in your bag: A dedicated and fit workmate always had 3 pieces of fruit sitting in her bag. The fruit can be consumed by the end of the day. Never look back on this. Try out Apples, pears, bananas, oranges and cherry tomatoes. Tuck a bag of raisins in your purse for an easy snack. Single serving packs of apple sauce or fruit cups that don’t need refrigeration can also be kept.
Ten minute workout to beat the stress. Walk briskly at an intensity equaling about 75 percent of your maximum heart rate for 10 minutes once during the day. You could even try a spinner or 10 min ab workout on a stability ball.
Back off from packs of cigarettes, laxatives, Phentermine diet pills, Adderal, prescription drugs. Say no to HCG injections and T3 thyroid injections to boost metabolism.
Do Not Suppress your Appetite. Starving yourself will do you no good, embrace a little fat two tablespoons of natural peanut butter, an ounce of nuts, or a quarter of an avocado. Oleic acid, an unsaturated fat found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados, helps quash hunger, according to a study in the journal Cell Metabolism.
Breathe deeply, often. Breathe air deeply, slowly, properly for 10 times wherever you are not on stage. Do it for every 2-3 hours and you will feel relaxed.
Take note that the lettuce soup diet, the lemon juice diet, extreme diet pills etc, working out three times a day is insane. The best way to lose weight is to make friends with food. Eat real food.
Earlier this year, Diane von Furstenberg, the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, released model health guidelines to ensure models stay healthy during fashion week. These pointers included models showing ID on the day of show to affirm they are at least 16 years old, supplying healthy meals and snacks backstage, educating the industry to identify the early warning signs in an individual at risk of developing an eating disorder, and encouraging models who may have an eating disorder to seek professional help while prohibiting any model from continuing in the profession without first being approved by a medical professional.