To keep Valerie's metabolism high, she stays fit by running along Manhattan's East River and playing basketball and other sports. Every model knows that the best way to improve your metabolism is to increase your muscle mass. That way you can burn more calories even when at rest.
Over the year portions have increased, but so have the size of plates. Valerie uses appetizer-sized plates to eat her main meals. This really is the size everyone should be using.
Valerie lives in NYC and is always on the go so has to eat out often. She always starts her meal with a broth-based soup or a salad with a low-calorie dressing. This way she gets full and eats less over the course of the meal.
Valerie bans all junk food 99% percent of the time but once in a while, when that craving for dairy milk arises, she fully enjoys it and doesn't feel guilty.
Valerie's Beauty TipsAs a model based in New York, Valerie knows the importance of having perfect skin at castings and shoots. She keeps her complexion clean and blemish-free by exfoliating twice a week.
Valerie makes sure to drink lots of water, to keep her skin fresh and youthful. She also swears by Ambi foam cleansing facewash every day.
Valerie's RecipeLow Fat Hummus
1 can of chick peas
1 tablespoon low-fat peanut butter
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 to 2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup finely minced parsley leaves
1 teaspoon Sesame Seed Oil
1 tablespoon paprika
This is a great, low fat, hummus snack that substitutes peanut butter and sesame oil for the more traditional tahini. Just take all the above ingredients (except the parsley and sesame oil) and blend until pureed.
Then take out of the blender and mix in the parsley leaves and sesame oil, and leave in the refrigerator for a few hours. Lastly, add the paprika as a garnish and serve with chopped vegetables like carrots or celery.