When it comes to the routines of Victoria’s Secret Angels, we love to play fly on the wall. From the pre-runway workouts they swear by, to their exact breakfast routine, we’re always curious. So when Bravo reported that there’s a certain diet trend that has actually led Angels to gain weight, well, our interest was piqued. And if you can believe it, it gets juicier from there.
According to Victoria’s Secret trainer Justin Gelband, who counts runway regulars like Miranda Kerr and Karlie Kloss as clients, the popular, albeit controversial, juice cleanses has landed him in some hot water in the past. “At Fashion Week, some models went on a juice diet and didn’t tell me. Not one lost weight,” he told Business Insider. “Some actually gained weight.”
Surprised? Us, too. Well, kind of. Though for a while a bottle of emerald-green liquid seemed to be Hollywood’s accessory of choice, the juicing trend has come under fire recently for some of its less-than-fruitful consequences, namely its sky-high sugar content. As celebrity nutritionist Kelly LeVeque explained to us, “When you’re juicing, you’re loading your body with sugar—primarily fructose (a kind of sugar). Fructose turns to fat faster than any other form of carbohydrate.” And according to Gelband’s claim, LeVeque’s statement holds water—even for human anomalies like models. She even cited a recent study that compares the metabolically damaging effect of sugar to the physical stressors of alcohol, i.e., inflammation and harm to the liver.
While juice companies like to tout the detoxifying benefits of a juice cleanse, and some studies even showed a temporary decrease in LDL cholesterol and triacylglycerol levels, the benefits are typically just that—temporary. Plus, according to science, any weight loss one experiences will typically be due to the body’s decrease in water weight—not legitimate fat burn.
So if Gebland doesn’t recommend juicing to his model clientele, what type of diet does he endorse? Apparently, real food—especially clean, Paleo-friendly options like meat, seafood, fruits, and vegetables.
Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? What was your experience like? Next up, see what happened when one editor ate nothing but fruit for a week.
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