The Detriments of Crash Dieting
By Olivia Amourgis | Images by Dallas Olsen | Model: Nina Silic | Hair and make-up by Lisa Lee
Cover girl Nina Silic spent years yo-yo dieting in a bid to look ‘thin’ as she pursued a dancing career followed by the focus of becoming a pro bikini model. At 25 years of age the damage she had done to her body through crash dieting and excess cardio caught up with her: she was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and discovered her three-year hip pain was a prolonged case of tendonitis and bursitis. Following Nina’s history of crash dieting and six months off of training to rest her hip, her metabolism shut down.
Over the course of a year, Nina worked hard to repair her body. She utilised reverse dieting to heal her metabolism, changed her diet to restore her hormone balance, modified her training to accommodate her hip recovery and made over her mind to ensure a lasting recovery.
Today she still finds it a battle to balance her hormones and manage her hypothyroidism and PCOS, but she has none-the-less found a way to continue competing as a bikini model. Discover her diet and training that allows her to look amazing while maintaining her health all year round.
COVER MODEL DIET
I eat different foods each day and really love to change it up. But here are some of my more frequent favourites:
Pumpkin Pancakes: 200g baked pumpkin, 3 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1 tbsp cottage cheese (or fat-free Greek yoghurt), 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp coconut flour and cinnamon. Whisked together and cooked in the pan – my absolute favourite!
½ cup grilled green vegetables, 1 kangaroo burger patty, ¼ avocado or drizzle of olive oil, and 1 wholegrain tortilla
Meal 3 (usually pre-workout)
1/3 cup oats (dry weight) cooked with water and cinnamon, and 1 serving Chobani non-fat Greek yoghurt
Meal 4 (usually post-workout)
Protein smoothie: 1 scoop PHD Pharmapure whey isolate, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, ½ cup blueberries or strawberries (frozen), and 1 cup ice blended together.
2 cups sautéed greens, 100g grilled chicken tenderloins, 1/3 cup Mexican chilli rice and ¼ avocado mashed with cottage cheese
COVER MODEL TRAINING
Monday: Back, shoulders and arm strength day
Tuesday: Leg strength day
Wednesday: HIIT and abs
Thursday: Chest and shoulders
Saturday: Back and arms
Sunday: HIIT or rest
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