Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk escorts the true star of the show — her killer set of abs — down the runway during the University of PINK segment of the 2014 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. (Tristan Fewings/Stringer/Getty Images)
There are professionally pretty people, and then there are the rest of us. If you need any proof, see exhibit A: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which aired on Tuesday evening. Even without the help of professional photo editing (and, to be fair, with the help of professional hairstylists, makeup artists, and carefully selected lighting and camera angles) the Angels’ bodies were out of this world.
The highlight of the evening probably depends on your sexual orientation and your level of Taylor Swift fandom. But for us, one thing kept coming to mind: Holy s—- look at those abs.
But what does it really take to get the toned, flat stomach of a Victoria’s Secret model? That is, if you’re not a 5’9” Brazilian like Alessandra Ambrosio, who also happens to be in the top .000000001 percent of the most gorgeous women alive? (Yes, we calculated it.)
In short: A heck of a lot of effort.
“Getting a super lean physique requires that you eat, sleep, and breathe a fairly restrictive approach,” says fat-loss coach Jill Coleman, MS, co-owner of Metabolic Effect. “Every once in a while, you’ll see the oddball who can achieve it without such an approach, but 99 percent of the people I’ve worked with would have to severely change their lifestyle to achieve the shredded look. That means cooking all meals at home, eating out of Tupperware, never missing a day at the gym, and turning down invitations to social events (or going and not eating the food).”
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It’s a big misconception that most people can make a few swaps to their diet, exercise a few times a week, and sport a super flat tummy, adds nutritionist Ryan Andrews, MS, RD, a coach with Precision Nutrition. Getting sculpted abs requires focused, consistent effort, he tells Yahoo Health. And being hungry. A lot.
“When you’re trying to get really lean — we’re talking visible abs, not just a healthy and fit body — you’re going against your body’s cues,” Andrews says. “Your body wants to maintain a state of balance, so if you want to get it to that next level of leanness, you’re going to be hungry pretty much all the time, no matter what you eat.”