At 48, Cindy Crawford doesn't need Photoshop, and to prove it, an image from a Marie Claire magazine photo shoot, that has not been retouched, has become a viral sensation. Wearing only black lingerie, Crawford proves that 40 can be the new 20, reported MSN.
But Cindy contends that looking fabulous on the outside requires feeling good about yourself on the inside.
"I really think - at any age - it's learning to be comfortable in your own skin. If women would treat themselves with the same kind of love they give to their friends, that would be such a great gift we could give ourselves. What makes you the most attractive is self-confidence. That's what people see."The popular photo also reflects Crawford's devotion to a healthy diet and fitness plan, which she discussed with Elle. Through the years, Cindy has refined what works for her to keep the pounds off.
"You can't fight the march of time. To balance that out, each year you should develop one more good habit," suggests the supermodel.
But don't assume that Crawford grew up eating right and eating right.
"Neither one of my parents exercised. My dad worked outside but my mom never belonged to a gym. We had vegetables with Velveeta cheese, Wonder Bread, Doritos, Twinkies. What my mother put in my lunch bag was not good. That's how I grew up."When she moved to New York, Crawford had a wake-up call that to succeed, she had to diet and work out. And for Cindy, eating protein and cutting carbohydrates is critical for weight loss success, she said.
"I start out with a protein shake. That gets me through with very even energy," Crawford revealed. "Have a salad for lunch. I feel better with protein so I like a salad with fish or chicken."
You can even eat out, but she recommends being cautious about those carbohydrates.
"I want to go out for dinner, but don't let them bring the bread to the table and don't go totally hungry. Keep your blood sugar level all day. That allows you to make better decisions."
Her daughter, Kaia Gerger, can benefit from Cindy's new knowledge as she enters the modeling business herself, as shown below.Cindy is even starting a new business with Urban Remedy founder Neka Pasquale called "Cindy's Essentials." The company provides options for clean-eating diets, but they emphasize that it isn't a cleanse.
"If you're eating a lot of processed foods, then I would call this clean eating," said Neka. "For some people it's giving their body a break from foods that cause inflammation in their body constantly."
You can enjoy raw snacks, meals, and even cold-pressed juices as part of the diet. Cindy emphasizes that it's just as simple as grabbing a fast meal from a vending machine - only it's healthy.
Among the organic choices are low-glycemic options, many plant-based, such as Zucchini Fettuccine Pesto, Zucchini Fettuccine Marinara, Quinoa bowls and kale chips.
Crawford isn't the only celebrity to start a company that focuses on healthy diets. As the Inquisitr reported, Beyonce has launched a vegan meal service based on the diet that helped her shed weight. It's called the 22 Days Nutrition service.
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