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We can’t deny that Alexis Ren is one of the biggest model influencer icons. Her amazing body conquered the fitness world.
She is admired by many girls and women for her look and sweet personality.
What some people don’t realize is how much work and effort she puts into her healthy lifestyle and maintaining an appropriate mindset when it goes about food.
As a model, Alexis earns a living showing off her figure. But studies shows that this kind of photos on social media can have a negative impact on how people view their own appearances rather than turning it into an inspiration. Alexis is aware of that, it was one of the reasons she decided to share with the world her story.
She openly speaks about eating disorders she used to struggle with when she was younger. She admits that her happy photos actually masked the truth – she was suffering from food guilt and she would overexercise as a way to punish herself.
It was particularly caused by death of her mum. Alexis lost her when she was just 17.
Then she went to Australia to model for several months, which, she says, helped her.
She decided to live her life to the fullest – for her and for her mum.
Over time, without even noticing, Alexis gained some weight while being abroad, which was pointed out by her modeling agency when she returned to Los Angeles.
She had never been criticized for her body look so it shook her. She began working out more and started a diet – something she had never done. Then she started to feel even more guilty. “I felt bad because I knew I was letting my mom down by doing everything that she wouldn’t have wanted me to do”. Her mother had been a health nutritionist.
Around the same time, Alexis met Jay Alvarrez. Their relation got serious quickly and the couple started travelling the world together and filming YouTube lifestyle videos in exotic locations like Greece, Spain and Hawaii. They were being booked together for many modeling jobs as well. Their fame were getting on the top. It forced Alexis to be on camera constantly and face her appearance. “I was my worst critic ever.” – she says. “The only sense of relief I had was to be able to monitor my eating and my workouts.”
The unpredictable travel lifestyle made it difficult for Alexis to find the foods she wanted to eat and keep it healthy while maintaining her strict diet. It all led to many problems with her digestive system, for example bloating. “It was a vicious cycle where when I did eat, I just felt worse, so I didn’t want to eat, and ate less and less and less, I was scared of food.”
While her Instagram profile was boosting, she was constantly struggling with acknowledging her worth. “ I felt like my body was the only reason why people liked me.”
Eventually Alexis realized that what she was doing was not working for her advantage. She decided to stay for a while at home in Los Angeles and take a break from traveling.
Her godmother, who was a life coach, introduced her to Maggie Tanielian – a certified personal trainer and health nutritional coach.
Maggie took Alexis grocery shopping and taught her coping strategies like packing food when she’s out and about, and helped her to get through food guilt.
Now Alexis works out about every other day, taking a yoga or Pilates class, or working out with her trainer.
She has put on several pounds during her recovery, but that was a change for the better. She claims she’s learnt to embrace her weight gain by accepting it as it is.
Here are a few tips that she really enjoys:
- Do drink at least 2 liters of water a day
- Do count calories religiously all day every day
- Do cardio and weight training on an alternating basis
- Don’t eat bread at any time of day
- Don’t eat large meals, split them into smaller snacks
- Don’t skip a day of training
- A cup of coffee before anything else happens
- Health smoothies blended with mixed fruits(mango, strawberries, watermelon, papaya, pineapple)
- Pancakes made with gluten-free flour and eggs without the yolk
- Simple organic chicken salad with avocado and green leafy veg
- Big bowl fruit after lunch for a boost of carbs
- Veggie burgers seem to be her top meal, but without bread buns, instead she uses lettuce
- Self-made banana ice cream- organic bananas and almond milk ice cream
- Raw vegetables like carrots, celery, and cucumber (no hummus)
- Trail mix with limited dried fruit to avoid the sugar
- Kale chips
- Rice cakes with some almond butter
- Herbal tea to help with detox
As you can see, Alexis’ Ren diet plan and fitness routine requires lots of hard work and dedication. Although it’s not always as perfect as we see it on social media.
If you or someone you know needs help, visit the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website or contact the NEDA Information and Referral Helpline at 1-800-931-2237.