Health, Snacks

Why I ate every 4 hours doing my Victoria’s Secret Training

July 4, 2015
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Throughout my Victoria’s Secret training, I always made sure I went no longer than four hours without food.

It may seem counterintuitive but skipping meals might actually cause you to put on weight. If you skip breakfast, lunch or dinner it could increase your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease – researchers from Ohio State University have found.

Why? When insulin signals fail, the liver does not know it needs to stop producing glucose. The extra sugar in the blood is then stored as fat, causing the individual to put on weight around the belly and belly fat is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. So skipping meals to save calories sets your body up for larger fluctuations in insulin and glucose and could be setting you up for more fat gain instead of fat loss.

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My advice? Plan ahead. Take snacks with you to work which you can prepare them the night before. I love snacking on nuts, protein bars (Quest and PhD protein bars are my current favorites) and small salad pots (for example you can get great ones from Pret a Manger, like the boiled eggs and salmon or quinoa and crayfish if you haven’t time to prepare snacks).

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Protein shakes are also a great way of keeping your insulin levels stable. I recommend whey protein (if you can tolerate it – i.e. you’re not allergic) since whey is the most effective at aiding muscle growth and the more muscle you have, the better your metabolism and therefore the less likely you are to store fat. Bullseye!

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I love these delicious protein shakes (available at South Kensington Club) which I guzzled this week.

Images via Pinterest. Please see my Pinterest ‘healthy snacks’ board (click on the ‘P’ social media icon at the top of my blog) for more healthy snack inspiration.

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5 Comments

  • Reply Juliana Walters July 14, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Poppy,
    My name is Juliana. I’m a little obsessed with the VS fitness program you followed! I’m super excited for your ebook to come out! I couldn’t find a contact form on your website so I hope you don’t mind me asking you a question right here.
    When you were following the VS angel eating program you said you were eating ~1200 calories per day.
    My question to you is: We’re those actual calories taken in or were they total calories-excess calories burnt.
    For example, did you take in like 1600 actual calories but you’re calling it 1200 because you burnt 400 extra calories for that day?
    I know you’re busy. But, if you have time to answer it would be great! Thanks for your time!

    • Reply Poppy July 14, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Hey Juliana,

      Lovely to hear from you!

      I didn’t count the no of calories burned. 1200 was the amount of cals I consumed yes.

      Hope that helps! Email me poppycross.co.uk@gmail.com if you have any personal questions.

      xxx

  • Reply Juliana Walters July 15, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Thank you so much! I’m really intrigued with what you went through and am looking forward to the book!

  • Reply Veronica August 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I’m sorry but looking at the posts above and your intention to publish an e-book, why are you promoting a 1,200 calorie diet? Clearly that is an unhealthy amount of calories to be consuming with this level of exercise. It may be do-able for Victoria Secret models preparing for a show, but in the long term that kind of calorie restriction will just lead to metabolic damage and serious bad consequences for your health. You exposed the ‘sick truth’ behind the fitness industry in your recent Daily Mail article, yet you’re promoting the unhealthy pursuit of a low bodyfat yourself.

    • Reply Poppy August 21, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks for your comment Veronica – but let me explain some important issues that you have got wrong.

      Firstly, I am not publishing the diet I did for the VS challenge – just the fitness. I am advocating that people – participants and otherwise – eat a varied diet suited to their needs. I’ve also emphasised that the restrictive diet I did for the VS challenge is not meant for long-term use. Take a look at my post.

      Secondly, the pursuit of low body fat is actually healthy. Of course there are extremes and one should always aim to be in the healthy range. Too high or too low is unhealthy.

      Thanks for your interest in my blog and hope this makes more sense now!

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