Health & Fitness

The Healthy Diet Tips Models Use To Stay Thin, According to an Expert

New York Smash Magazine  

While many of us experience weight fluctuations or struggle to lose weight, models are somehow able to stay thin perpetually. How do they do it? Starvation, perhaps? Is it drug use? Or, as Good Morning America reported, do they resort to frighteningly dangerous tactics, like consuming cotton balls dipped in orange juice to feel full?

Dale Noelle, president of TRUE Model Management in New York, promotes healthy eating and physical activity to her clients. Noelle, who was a successful model for 20 years and a health coach, has worked with hundreds of models.

“I completely oppose starvation or drugs as methods to lose weight,” Noelle told New York Smash. “I fully support healthy eating and exercise. I do not believe everyone is born to be super skinny. I encourage models to enjoy an active lifestyle and maintain a physique that they are healthy and happy maintaining long-term.”

According to Noelle, many models graze on snacks during the day to keep energy levels up, weight consistent and blood sugar levels stable. For snacking, she recommends nuts, dried fruit, apple or banana with single-serve packets of almond or peanut butter, Lara Bars or Kind Bars.

Those of us who enjoy happy hour or a nice glass of wine may be relieved to know that alcohol is okay in moderation; according to Noelle, we should stick to two drinks or less. The most diet-friendly alcoholic beverages are wine (preferably red), flavored vodka with club soda or other liquor with seltzer or tonic and lemon, lime or orange slices, Noelle suggests.


Read on for the dos and don’ts of the healthy model diet:




  • Eat more greens
  • Take the stairs instead of elevators
  • Take slow, deep breaths
  • Stand tall with stomach and gluteus muscles engaged
  • Keep even weight on feet with hips and shoulders level, tighten all muscles as much as you can and then release and repeat while standing still, waiting on a lines, etc.
  • Walk home from the office/grocery/shopping and lift and lower bags to tone your arms and back
  • Squats while washing/conditioning your hair and cleaning the shower with a squeegee
  • Sit on a ball at your desk instead of a chair
  • Stretch before you get out of bed every morning and before you go to bed at night
  • Park farther from building entrances and walk briskly to your destination
  • Carry a refillable glass bottle of water with fruit or herbs inside (add a spring of rosemary, mint leaves, cinnamon stick, lemon or orange slices, etc.)
  • Join a sports team for fun (even if you never played the sport before, most organized athletic leagues offer beginner options)
  • Carry at least one healthy snack in your bag (nuts, apple)
  • Choose exercises that are easy on your joints and strengthen without causing bulk; yoga is a great option


  • Eat if you are not hungry
  • Sit if you can stand
  • Impulsively grab empty calorie and/or sugary snacks
  • Deny yourself of your favorite fattening foods (but do limit portions and/or only eat them once a week)
  • Eat too much pasta, bread, sugar, red meat and dairy

To contact Dale Noelle for more tips or to learn about TRUE Model Management, go to or e-mail