Northern-Irish and New Zealand model Stella Maxwell is a dream. She’s a Victoria’s Secret Angel, but she’s also modeled for brands like ASOS, H&M, Urban Outfitters, and Topshop. In 2016, she was named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Maxim Magazine.
The 29-year-old has been successful for a while now (she first walked in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2014), and she works hard to stay in amazing shape.
Here’s how she eats and exercises to keep her amazing, lean figure!
THE STELLA MAXWELL DIET
Stella follows a semi-vegetarian diet. She will occasionally eat chicken, fish, or other lean meat products, but she tries to keep her animal proteins to a minimum.
Instead, she likes to focus on making sure she eats plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
This means that her diet is naturally high in fiber. People who eat plenty of fiber tend to feel fuller for longer, so they don’t need to eat as much.
STELLA’S GO-TO BREAKFAST
Stella likes to keep her breakfast simple. In the morning she enjoys avocado or eggs with whole-wheat toast. This is a great option if you want to keep your energy levels high throughout the whole
Sometimes she’ll have cereal instead of avocado or eggs. Many kinds of cereal are full of fiber, but they also tend to be high in simple carbohydrates. If you choose to eat cereal, I suggest you pick whole grain options that don’t have much sugar. :)
Here are a few healthy cereal options:
- Whole wheat oats
- Quinoa breakfast cereal
- Granola with plain yogurt
Also, I know that some of you don’t like cereal because you struggle to drink the milk that comes with it. If you’re lactose intolerant (or simply don’t eat dairy products), I suggest you try one of these milk alternatives instead!
STELLA’S FAVOURITE LUNCH MEALS
For lunch, Stella likes to prepare simple salads with chicken, fish, or a vegetarian protein. She always tries to have greens plus protein for lunch.
Sometimes she’ll include a whole-wheat grain, like rice, in her meal. But it depends on her mood. Grains can make her feel sluggish, so she avoids them when she has a busy work day ahead.
CHICKEN NOODLE SALAD
On her Instagram story, Stella shared a chicken noodle salad that looked delicious! I have a salad that looks similar to what she’s eating. Here are the basic ingredients in my Vietnamese Style Chicken Noodle Salad:
- 4 free-range skinless chicken thighs
- 1 x 225 g packet of brown rice vermicelli
- 2 large shallots
- 2 spring onions
- ½ a bunch of fresh coriander
- ½ a bunch of fresh mint
- 3 tablespoons peanut oil
- 100 g frozen edamame beans
- 200 g baby spinach
- 150g sugar snap peas
Read the rest of the recipe here.
WHAT STELLA EATS FOR DINNER
Stella tries to eat more greens, protein, and whole grains at dinner time too. Sometimes, she likes to cook at home, but she’s more likely to eat out in the evening.
One of her favorite restaurants is a New York City spot called Blossom. One of their many healthy, vegan options includes this curried sweet potato. Here’s what it includes:
- Walnut-lentil-eggplant stuffing
- Coconut peanut curry
- Grilled collard greens
- Parsnip chips
- Horseradish créme
Sounds delicious to me!
I appreciate that Stella is still able to eat healthy when she goes out to restaurants. Eating out can always be tricky. Here’s what I do to stay healthy when eating out.
SHE’S A SNACKER
Stella likes to eat small snacks throughout her day to keep her energy up. She enjoys eating nuts, fruit, and carrots when she’s feeling hungry in between meals.
You can always find nuts, fruit, and nut bars in her bag.
DOES SHE EVER HAVE CHEAT DAYS?
Not really! Stella prefers to say that she treats herself, not “cheats” herself. She tries to follow the 80/20 rule which means she eats healthy 80% of the time.
Stella admits that she isn’t one to gain weight easily since she’s an ectomorph body type. But still, she says she doesn’t feel or look as good if she doesn’t eat well. She tries to avoid lots of added sugar because it makes her lethargic.
When she’s treating herself, she likes to try the cuisine of the country she’s visiting.
STELLA MAXWELL’S FITNESS ROUTINE
SHE FOCUSES ON LEAN MUSCLES
Stella tries to keep her body always looking lean and tight. To do this, she works with two trainers (one in Los Angeles and one in New York City). With them, she does lots of jump rope, stretching, and low weights.
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SHE LOVES KICKBOXING
Stella doesn’t like her workout routine to become boring! Over the years, she’s tried different types of workout classes and routines.
She likes taking advice from her fellow Victoria’s Secret models. Like many of the other models, Stella enjoys boxing and kickboxing.
Both of these are a great overall body workout. They get her heart rate going and help to tone her body all over. Stella says she’s never aware of how many muscles she’s actually using during a kickboxing class!
Kickboxing also helps her destress and release her energy. She says she loves the stress-release she feels after an hour of kickboxing.
HIKING FOR LOW TO MODERATE CARDIO
Stella loves to go to long hikes with her friend and fellow VS model Elsa Hosk.
Walking is a great low to moderate cardio workout that will help you burn fat. And it’s especially great for leaning out your legs!
SHE PRIORITIZES WORKING OUT
Stella is the first to admit that squeezing in a workout can be challenging. It can be hard for her to get it done when she’s traveling, but she still makes it a priority.
She will sometimes FaceTime her trainers when she’s on the road, and she’s willing to do workouts in her hotel room if necessary.
If she’s staying at a hotel with a gym, she hits the treadmill or lifts some light weights. She likes to do what she needs to do to squeeze any workout into her schedule!
YOGA IS STELLA MAXWELL’S FAVORITE TYPE OF WORKOUT
Even though Stella likes different types of workouts, she says her favourite is yoga. She loves how yoga can be strengthening, calming, or energizing.
She goes to yoga classes 4-5 times a week, and she tries to schedule the rest of her workouts around her yoga classes. Stella works with trainer and yoga instructor Beth Cooke, and together they focus on tightening the core and lengthening the body. If her trainer is not available, she’s more than happy to do partner yoga with her friend and fellow Angel, Jasmine Tookes :)
DOES YOGA MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Yoga has helped Stella become more balanced, more flexible, and stronger. When she first started doing yoga, she struggled to find her flow. Now, she’s able to do handstands, and she says the practice has helped to improve her focus.
Stella has been modeling with Victoria’s Secret for many years, but she said she started doing yoga in 2018 to help her prepare for that year’s Fashion Show.
She noticed a difference in her energy levels right away!
STELLA DOES WHAT’S RIGHT FOR HER
I love how Stella has adjusted her workout and fitness routine over the years to be right for her. She’s been a major supermodel for a long time now, and I love seeing her try new things!
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed learning about this incredible woman!
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