Lima at the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show via Getty

Here at TheGloss, we like to send earth-shattering eyerolls in the direction of famous (and famously svelte) women who’d expect you to believe that they eat whatever they want and never work out and roll out of bed with loose, beachy waves. Most (not all) of them are lying and we find it more than a little insulting to our intelligence.

…However, we also find it kind of astounding–if not a little distressing–when a model steps forward and tells us what it actually takes: Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima recently shared the details of her grueling pre-show routine. Her fitness makes sense–intense cardio like jumping rope and boxing, with some weight lifting–but it’s her diet that gets a bit jaw-dropping…

She sees a nutritionist, who has measured her body’s muscle mass, fat ratio and levels of water retention. He prescribes protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to keep Lima’s energy levels up during this training period. Lima drinks a gallon of water a day. For nine days before the show, she will drink only protein shakes – “no solids”. The concoctions include powdered egg. Two days before the show, she will abstain from the daily gallon of water, and “just drink normally”.[tagbox tag=”Victoria’s Secret”]

Wait, though! Unfathomably, it gets worse:

Then, 12 hours before the show, she will stop drinking entirely. “No liquids at all so you dry out, sometimes you can lose up to eight pounds just from that,” she says.

We respect Lima’s candor, especially when it seems that entire armies of publicists exist solely to muzzle famous models/actresses and keep them from describing how hard they work to look a certain way. What isn’t respectable, though, is that Victoria’s Secret continues to be the gold standard for sexually attractive women (in pop culture anyway), and when an actual female must abstain from the bloating effects of water to conform to that standard, one should do well to dismiss it entirely.

(UPDATE: On the opposite end of the spectrum, fellow Victoria’s Secret angel Chanel Iman‘s pre-show diet involves barbecue and gaining fifteen pounds)

(via The Telegraph)