Adriana Lima is a mom-of-two who just happens to make a very nice living modeling lingerie – not just any lingerie, but the world-famous Victoria’s Secret super-sheer and ultra-sexy stuff.
So, how does this Brazilian-born bombshell defy nature like this? She hits the gym often. And once there, she often hits the boxing workout circuit.
“Adriana does what she has to in the gym. Her work ethic is out of control! When she gets in her mind she wants to get something done, she does it,” said Michael Olajide Jr., a former champion boxer who has helped whip Adriana into tip-top shape.
It took just five weeks for exotic Adriana to get back into her skimpy skivvies and strut her stuff at the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
She worked out twice a day, seven days a week before hitting the runway. Routines included jump rope, boxing and a specialized series of sculpting moves.
“The workouts are on another planet—they are killer! There were also specialized sculpting maneuvers and all-over bodywork. I really trained her like a fighter. It’s so important to work on both the mental and physical aspect of training. Adriana knows her strengths and weaknesses, and she goes after it!” said Olajide.
Adriana, 32, fits in a little extra exercise by cavorting with her little girls, Valentina, 3, and Sienna, 1.
But 5-foot-10 Adriana knows that lingerie models don’t live by workouts alone.
"It's important to watch what you eat – protein, a little bit of carbs and vegetables," she recently told ABC News.
A typical menu may look something like this: an omelet or oatmeal in the morning, and grilled meats, grilled vegetables, rice and beans for lunch and dinner.
Sporting a world-famous body isn’t all work and no play.
"Sometimes I'll do a pancake [for breakfast]," said Adriana. "And I love chocolate and coconut cake. I'm crazy for coconut."
Her trainer says portion control is key for Adriana.
“Adriana is an extremely healthy eater. She had steamed meats, nothing fried. Everything was really plain with no sauces. She held back on sodium especially so her body wouldn’t retain water,” said Olajide.
“That’s one of the many areas we can make a quick visible impact because new moms retain water more. Water intake was also very important. She had steamed veggies like broccoli, spinach, very dark greens, and chicken. She stayed away from sugars and really ate how we’re originally supposed to eat—food the way it was intended—to eat for a necessity and a purpose, not for taste or a social situation.”
eDiets Chief Editor John McGran has an extensive background in online dieting and tabloid news. He covers the celebrity beat for eDiets.