I have a book written in the 1980’s by Eileen Ford, founder of the Ford Modeling Agency. They were the sine qua non of agents. She had been a model wannabe, so always was watching her figure, as well as those of her clients. Now, since that time, we have all learned that many of her models were on the cocaine diet, despite their diet tips. I don’t know if Eileen indulged or not. However, she has some good recipes and thoughts.
One thing that always made me think was that there’s this prevailing thought that if something is low-calorie, you can eat tons and tons of it, like a horse. Ford says, no… that will only stretch your stomach. You want low calorie AND smaller portions.
She also knew that many of her models were either busy or lazy, so she invented a “no-cooking supermarket diet”. This involves common things that you can get anywhere and barely have to prepare. That’s not bad for any of our budgets!
On it, you see things like Melba toast, grapefruit, half portions of Chinese take out, sauerkraut from the salad bar, skim milked, “puffed cereal” and hard boiled eggs.
I think it's a shame that there is so much focus put on models and particularly the hype on Ford models lately. Models are still way too thin. I was looking online for a place to get some underwear and I was really annoyed that all the underwear models had bodies of a 22-year-old. I'm now in my late 30s, and I'm in great shape but these super stick thin bodies with no butts don't apply to me now. So who cares whether the models are on the cocaine diet, or lately, the "I'm illegally taking diet pills meant for seriously obese people" diet. We need to change the paradigm and have more healthy models that are a variety of ages, body types, and weights.