Miranda's secrets to getting a supermodel body

Kimberly Gillan
Thursday, November 29, 2012

If you want skin that glows and a rock hard body, take a leaf out of Miranda Kerr's book and start downing green smoothies and protein shakes.

The supermodel mum bounced back into shape after giving birth to son Flynn 22 months ago and has revealed how she got in shape for the recent Victoria's Secret runway show, which airs in the US next week.

"I amped up my training, doing a lot of Pilates, yoga, boxing and working my core, butt and legs," she told People magazine.

"I also drink healthy green juices everyday, and protein shakes."

It's hardly surprising she gets such great results, according to Melbourne naturopath Andrea Hepner.

How to make the right juices

"Green leafy vegetables are high in folate and other phytonutrients," she said.

"Juicing is great because it gets a lot of nutrients into the body quickly and it can be absorbed quite easily. It's minimal work for the digestive system."

Hepner recommends using 95 percent vegetables and five percent fruit so you're getting a bit of sweetness.

"If you put in too much fruit you will get too much sugar," she said.

"Look for a variety of organic vegetables –– the more different vegies you use, the more nutrients you'll absorb. I like using broccoli, kale, baby spinach, tomatoes, a whole lemon and ginger."

Masticating juicers do minimal damage to the vegetables so you get maximum nutrients, but if a basic juicer is all you've got, Hepner said it's still worth using a couple of times a week.

"There's also a product called Nano Greens that is great for people who don't want to make a mess," Hepner said.

"You just add a scoop and water and it's done."

The big bonus of green juices is that they balance the body's pH levels and also detoxify the body to clear your skin and your eyes.

"It works as a blood cleanser and helps with lymphatic system flow as well," Hepner said.

"If somebody has a poor digestive system and is getting bloated after food, juices can be a way of getting their nutrients quickly and easily. But anyone who has high blood pressure needs to see their doctor before juicing."

Why protein shakes

With Miranda's busy work-out schedule, Hepner said it's no surprise she's added protein shakes to her routine.

"If you're doing a lot of extra activity it's really good for building your muscles," she said.

"When you are exercising, your muscle breaks and it uses all those amino acids from the protein shake to grow more."

However Hepner warned protein shakes are really only necessary for people with intense workout regimens.

"It's really for people doing a lot of exercise," she said.

"Avoid ones with caffeine or guarana in them. They can have an impact on the adrenal gland, which is your stress organ. When your body becomes stressed, it can get high cortisol levels which can stop you from fat burning and can mess up your metabolism long-term."

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