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The Supermodel Diet and Exercise Plan

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Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
The Supermodel Diet and Exercise Plan
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Former model and star of "Real Housewives of New York" Kelly Killoren Bensimon created the supermodel diet after experiencing her own struggles and successes with dieting. The diet involves cycles of seven days, each of which has certain eating and exercise requirements, all designed to help you shed excess weight and achieve optimal health and wellness.

Supermodel Diet Explained

The supermodel diet claims to help you lose between 3 and 5 pounds in just three days. Bensimon suggests that this is possible if you're willing to eat reduced portion sizes and eliminate unhealthy and high-calorie foods. After these first three days, participants will eat a well-balanced diet, as well as take Sunday off by eating whatever they want. The diet also offers a series of tips, such as brushing your teeth to help cut down on how much you eat and using smaller plates to make it seem like you're eating more than you are. Another key component of the diet is preparing foods that you enjoy, which will help you stick to the eating plan without feeling deprived.

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What to Eat

Before making your menu and eating plan, Bensimon highly recommends making a list and not shopping when you're hungry. A variety of nutritious foods are permitted on the diet, but most of them are only allowed after the first three days. For example, nuts, seeds, dehydrated fruit, kale chips, whole-wheat cereal, whole-wheat pasta, cheese, yogurt, canned tuna, fruits and vegetables are encouraged after those first three days.

What's Off-Limits

During the first three days, you won't be able to have any foods or drinks that contain sugar, oil, nuts, salt, caffeine or alcohol. After the first three days, you can reintroduce nutritious foods back into your diet. The only rule that Bensimon recommends is eating all your carbs for breakfast and lunch because your body doesn't need the energy that carbs provide in the evening as you wind down and prepare for bed.

Exercise on the Diet

You must exercise on the supermodel diet. Bensimon notes that, in addition to burning calories, exercise can also improve your mood, boost your overall health and build muscle. You should aim to exercise for 20 to 30 minutes every day, doing such exercises as running, cycling, yoga, Pilates, weightlifting, jumping rope, doing squats and stretching.

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