Taylor Hill’s amazing physique is proof that a healthy, balanced diet without being restrictive is the best way to get in shape. The model shared a photo of herself wearing a one-piece black patterned swimsuit, tagging Victoria’s Secret in the gorgeous shot. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Hill stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don’t miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!
Hill likes to keep things interesting with her exercise routine. “I do mainly light weight-lifting and squats when I’m in the gym. My favorite place is Dogpound in NYC. But I also do some yoga, pilates and crossfit. It’s important to switch things up so that your body doesn’t get too used to anything.”
Hill refuses to follow any restrictive diets, but eats whatever she wants in moderation. She especially enjoys traditional Italian cuisine. “The Mediterranean “diet” is not just about food, but also about lifestyle. It encourages people to be more active, to enjoy food in the company of friends and/or family, and enjoy life,” says Kim Knipe, MBA, RD, LDN, and bariatric program coordinator at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “People that want to follow the Mediterranean eating pattern can start by substituting most of their butter for a small amount of olive oil, half their meat for beans, most of their soda for water, and a daily dessert for daily fresh fruit. These simple changes can have big health benefits.”
Hill says she eats a lot before a fashion show, to keep her energy levels up. “I eat 3,000 calories a day before the VS show. Three thousand!” she told The Sunday Times. “There’s no way you look like that and don’t eat. You would die. Victoria’s Secret girls are like athletes. We’re like Olympians. We’re strong.”
Hill loves big fresh salads, especially a delicious caprese with tomatoes and mozzarella. “Tomatoes are chock full of essential vitamins C, A, and B6, along with iron, potassium, manganese, and fiber,” says Richard Andrew Kralj, M Ed., RDN, LDN. “One cup of canned tomatoes contains only 41 calories and no fat. Recent research on their health benefits, indicates tomatoes are rich in powerful antioxidants called carotenoids that protect against certain types of cancers and slow the development of atherosclerosis (plaque associated with hardening of arteries). The most abundant type of carotenoid found in tomatoes is lycopene. Research supports that foods high in lycopene may help to reduce the risk for prostate, digestive, and pancreatic cancers. Tomato products are responsible for more than 80% of the lycopene in the US diet.”
Hill loves sandwiches on rye. “There are a couple of reasons why rye is interesting from a health perspective,” says David Seres, director of medical nutrition at Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. “One is that it retains its fiber, even after the bran has been removed and fiber is thought to be good for us in the diet. And the second is that when you eat an equal amount of rye compared to wheat, your blood rises less and more slowly.”
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