Exclusive: Molly Sims on Resolutions, Smart Snacking, and Ditching the Scale
If you needed further proof that the “vapid supermodel” stereotype is completely untrue, just spend five minutes with Molly Sims. Not only is she totally down-to-earth, the model, actress, and now author—her new book, The Everyday Supermodel, hit shelves last week—is also a fount of fitness knowledge. “Use a straw to help yourself drink more water. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry. Follow the three-bite rule when it comes to dessert. Never say you’re on a diet,” she spouts off, when we ask her for her healthy eating advice. Needless to say, we asked her for more. From why she doesn’t use a scale to her homemade gluten-free blueberry muffin recipe, keep scrolling for Molly Sims’ best healthy-living advice!
Since it’s January, we have to ask—did you make any fitness resolutions this year?
Sims: Yes—I can’t cancel working out. I just can’t cancel it. We get so busy, but it has to be a priority. Last night, I got to bed at 2a.m. and the thought of doing Pilates in a few hours was horrible. But you have to treat it like a job.
How do you motivate yourself to do it when you’re feeling so tired?
Sims: I’m not the girl who does the same thing every single day at the same time. I’ve found that I get bored. My body also gets used to certain things. That’s why I switch it up—hot yoga, Tracey Anderson, SoulCycle. The one thing you have to do is sweat. That’s what I love the most. I work out with a lot of clothes on because I want to sweat more!
Also, I think the best motivator is keeping a calendar or journal—not an iPod or computer, but a real, physical calendar where you can actually cross out the number of days a month you work out. Try to go three days in a row of doing something, whatever it is. Find a partner and try working out with someone, whether it’s for a hike, to use the treadmill or take a class. Anytime you actually have to meet someone, it’s harder to cancel. Then you end up talking and gabbing about something, and it ends up being more fun anyway.
You’re seven months pregnant—congrats! How has your fitness routine changed since you found out?
Sims: Right now, I’m still doing stretching, Pilates, low impact cardio. I’m still spinning at SoulCycle and I’m still doing Tracy Anderson. I’m just not doing it at the same level. For example, you have to watch being on your back, watch your heart rate, make sure you don’t get too hot for too long. You have to listen to your body. But also remember that just because you’re pregnant, that doesn’t mean you have an excuse to not work out. I gained 80 pounds in my first pregnancy because of a thyroid issue, but even when I was so nauseous for the first four months, being active really made me feel better.
Let’s talk food—what are some of your favorite healthy snacks?
Sims: Almonds are good, though you have to be careful not to eat the entire bag. I love grapefruits and oranges, I eat a lot of those fiber crackers, which don’t taste that great, but are good for you. I talk a lot about fiber in my book and how important it is that you get enough of it. You want to keep the sugar low, so don’t get too caught up in the smoothie craze—if you’re going to drink smoothies, keep them as green as possible.
Any healthy eating tips you’d like to share?
Sims: Never say you’re on a diet. Also, I don’t believe in snacking all day—it works for some people, but not for me. Here’s some good advice: If you’re trying to lose, say, 20 or 30 pounds, don’t tell yourself, “I’m going to lose 20 pounds.” Tell yourself, “I’m going to lose five pounds.” Then after you lose that, tell yourself you’re going to lose five more. Do not weigh yourself on a scale—instead, use a pair of jeans or a dress that you’re dying to get into to measure your progress. That’s what I did in my first pregnancy.
Love that idea. Anything else?
Sims: Schlep everything! Bag your snacks, pre-pack almonds, celery, yogurt. All of it. I do it, and so many models and actresses do it. Because you don’t ever want to be in a situation where you’re hungry, but don’t have anything healthy to eat. Also, use the three-bite rule when it comes to desserts. If you’re dying to try it, try it! But take no more than three bites. You get to taste it, you get to enjoy it, you’re not sitting there craving it, but it’s not going to weigh on you.
What about eating out? Any tips on how to navigate a restaurant menu?
Sims: Yes—ask for everything on the side. Don’t be afraid of being the “bitchy” one. If you’re embarrassed to make requests at the table, just excuse yourself and find the waiter afterwards and ask for the veggies steamed instead of fried, or the dressing on the side. Just be nice when you’re doing it—and don’t be the girl who doesn’t order anything but eats everyone else’s food.
Oh, yeah—that girl sucks. When you don’t eat out, do you like to cook?
Sims: I’m not the best cook, but I’m an excellent baker. Today, I made gluten-free, wheat-free blueberry muffins! I used gluten-free flour, almond milk instead of dairy, blueberries, a quarter cup of sunflower oil…if you want them sweeter, you can use honey or agave, or a couple drops of almond extract. They’re very simple and easy, anyone can make them!
What about guilty pleasures—what’s your #1 vice?
Sims: I freakin’ love M&Ms like nobody’s business. I love anything with icing. I love brownies—I’m not a huge chocolate person, but I love a brownie. Or that chocolate fondue that’s so good you want to kill yourself. Dark chocolate is actually great for you though—I don’t love it, but it’s good!
We feel like we’ve learned so much even in this short conversation—you clearly know your stuff. Is this the type of advice readers will get in your book?
Sims: Definitely! We wanted it to be a guide, but a guide that women can actually do. It’s simple, achievable things and very straightforward: “Here’s what you can do, and here’s what works.” I wanted it to be accessible and I worked with really great people on it. I learned a lot just from writing it!
Any final advice for our readers?
Sims: Know that there’s no “perfect body.” Don’t look at a picture of yourself and say, “I look horrible!” Because two years from now, you’ll look at it and be like, “God, I look hot.” Try to embrace the now. Don’t put off trying to wear that skirt or dress or jacket because you “want to lose five pounds.” Wear it, and feel good, or do something that will make you feel good in it. The better you take care of yourself, the better you’ll feel.
Keep scrolling to shop Sims' book, and if you’re in LA, stop by one of Sims’ book signings below to meet her in person!
Thursday, Jan. 15
7:00p.m. at Barnes & Noble Santa Monica
1201 3rd St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Wednesday, Jan. 21
7:00Pp.m. at Book Soup
8818 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069