Dieting can be tricky at the best of times, but as two health and fitness-focused YouTubers, some strict food plans are a lot worse than others.
Online wellness gurus Michelle Khare and Candace Lowry have tried their fair share of diets in the past, but their recent attempt at following two Victoria’s Secret models incredibly strict pre-catwalk show plan may well have been the toughest yet.
The 25-year-old documented their week-long diet, which was created by New York-based trainer and nutritionist Stephen Pasterino for two of this year’s VS stars, Blanca Padilla and Nadine Leopold, in a video shared on Michelle’s YouTube channel.
Diet: Michelle Khare and Candace Lowry tried out the 2017 Victoria’s Secret model diet making it their second runway diet after getting 4,168,406 views on their first video back in May 2017
Models: For a week, the 25-year-old YouTubers tried the 2017 model diet created by Stephen Pasterino, trainer and nutritionist, to models, Blanca Padilla (right) and Nadine Leopold (left)
Ironically, it’s not the first time that the two women have braved such a strict healthy-eating regime, with the duo braving an alternative pre-Victoria’s Secret Show diet back in May 2017 which left them both in a state of total misery, with Michelle even admitting that she wouldn’t wish the experience ‘on my worst enemies’.
Yet despite their somewhat dreadful experience the first time around, the ladies couldn’t resist the chance to test out an alternative VS diet, with Michelle admitting that much of their motivation came from seeing just how incredible the models looked on the runway at this year’s catwalk event in Shanghai.
‘After seeing the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Runway show and how amazing all the models looked, we wanted to give their unique and specialized diet a try… the 2017 edition,’ she explained in the video description .
Sitting down alongside Candace to introduce the clip, the YouTube star said: ‘Potentially don’t try this at home… it could be dangerous!’
Before day one, the duo headed to the grocery store to pick up everything they would need for the week; unsurprisingly there are certain things you can and cannot have for all three meals, and other aspects of the diet which must be adhered to every day, including a shot of apple cider vinegar each morning.
Breakfast also consists of an ‘avocado, a grapefruit with cinnamon, and either a quinoa bowl with berries or a smoothie with greens’.
Breakfast: The girls get a bit nervous when they hear they have to take shots of apple cider vinegar every morning
Apple cider vinegar: At first, Michelle said ‘it looks like apple juice,’ about the vinegar, until she actually tried to drink it
Grocery: The diet requires that all food be cooked without salt, using only olive oil and vinegar for flavor, while a surplus of lean protein such as white meat chicken and fish is encouraged
Then lunch should be a ‘green salad with vegetables and lean protein (white meat chicken, lean fish).
Dinner, meanwhile, must consist of ‘healthy carbs, side of vegetables, and a lean protein’.
The diet also ‘requires that all food be cooked without salt, using only olive oil and vinegar for flavor’.
At right out of the starting gate, the ladies ran into some trouble, with both expressing total horror and disgust after trying their apple cider vinegar shots for the first time.
Michelle noted in the clip that ‘it looks like apple juice’, appearing fairly unphased by the liquid – until she drank it for the first time and almost spit it up saying, ‘That’s worse than alcohol.
‘I feel like I just swallowed Clorox. Whatever that does I hope it works.’
Candace, meanwhile, was incredibly apprehensive from the start, and had to get herself prepared to take the shot by saying to herself, ‘I don’t want to take this apple cider vinegar shot.
‘Be strong. It smells like salad dressing.’
When she finally took it, she simply said, ‘It’s like my whole body just experienced a shock.’
Gross: After drinking the vinegar, Michelle said ‘that’s worse than alcohol. I feel like I just swallowed Clorox’
Lunch: Michelle said she doesn’t want to eat out anymore because it’s too hard to explain her simple orders to waiters
Home: Candace went home to Texas and said, ‘I had to really make good choices. So I got the saddest salad, at the airport, and it was $17’
While the girls continued on with the diet trying to manage, Candace expressed how she was feeling.
‘So, the most difficult thing I noticed so far is that the lack of salt has been very hard to deal with because salt is notorious for being in foods at restaurants,’ she explained. ‘Even grilled chicken has salt on it.’
She continued, saying that it’s not too bad and she showed off what she was eating for lunch during the week, which was some seared tuna, vegetables, and rice.
Michelle agreed, saying, ‘I honestly have gotten to the point where I don’t even want to eat out anymore. Of course part of it is due to the fact that I’m nervous that the restaurant won’t offer salt-free, super clean options for whatever I need to eat at that meal.
‘Even more so, it’s just really embarrassing from a social perspective to have to kind of like explain to a waiter why I can’t eat chicken with salt on it,’ she continued.
Michelle explained the two big differences she saw between the first diet they did and the current diet.
‘In the old diet there was dairy allowed, albeit it was healthy diet,’ she noted. ‘The cottage cheese, the high protein yogurt, but this time, this nutritionist says to absolutely cut out all dairy.’
Tough: ‘The most difficult thing I noticed so far is the lack of salt,’ Candace said about salt being on every food in ever restaurant
Similar: Michelle said the one thing similar about both diets is that she’s still hungry on this diet versus the last one
Thoughts: Candace didn’t think the diet was too bad but said it requires a lot of work and dedication
She added that ‘another big difference is the apple cider vinegar hell every morning’.
As for any common factors between the diets, Michelle admits, ‘The biggest similarity I’m finding is that I’m still hungry on this diet versus the last one.
‘I end up having to take breakfast and spread it out as far as I can until lunch so that I at least have something to nibble on throughout the day.’
On the other hand, Candace went home to Texas for a couple of days and found it tough to stick to the regimen for different reasons.
She said about going home, ‘It wasn’t just anywhere, it was like Texas barbecue, soul food home and in those couple of days I had to really make good choices. So I got the saddest salad, at the airport, and it was $17.’
As for the day before the show, the Angels follow a different diet than the one leading up to the main event.
The day before the show diet consists of dandelion tea, tons of water, a lunch of a smoothie with berries, spinach, flax seed, lemon and a dinner of tuna, with steamed asparagus. Also, there is no eating three hours before sleep.
Both girls were at their wits end towards the end of the diet. Michelle confessed, ‘Honestly I’m really excited for this to be over. I feel a constant frustration doing these Victoria’s Secret diets that I have to find and accept peace with being uncomfortable and being hungry.
Frustrated: Both girls wanted the whole thing to be over and done with towards the end
Over it: Candace was completely done with thew diet, saying, ‘I’m ready to have some fat’
Obviously I’m not going on a runway after this. I’m motivated by wanting to look good but I don’t know if I want to feel hungry all the time in order to do that. It feels fake.’
Candace shared her side, ‘So I finished the week and to be honest it wasn’t too bad. It just shows that this requires a lot of work and a lot of dedication to weeks leading up. You really are on lockdown and there’s no room to kind of wiggle out of it.
‘It kind of just felt like that episode of SpongeBob where Squidward goes to that neighborhood and every day is the same. These models work very hard for what they have to look like and it’s their job to look good.’
All in all, the girls didn’t think the 2017 diet was too bad. ‘I actually enjoyed this diet more than the last diet because overall it felt like a nice reset button,’ Michelle confessed.
‘I was eating really clean. I didn’t like how few calories it was and therefore I wouldn’t recommend it for prolonged use. The hardest part about this for me was dealing with this unnecessary pressure that I needed to look a certain way and that is why I was putting myself through the pain,’ Michelle continued.
As for Candace’s final thoughts, she admitted she probably didn’t lose much weight, but she said, ‘I definitely debloated because of the low sodium. I’m ready to have some fat.’
What these girls endured and put themselves through for the sake of both their Victoria’s Secret model diet videos is admirable and seriously impressive.