Adriana Lima defends Victoria's Secret liquid diet plan
Adriana Lima has been defending the liquid diet and twice-daily workouts she uses to gear up for the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
The supermodel recently made headlines after admitting that she sticks to liquids for nine days before the runway show and stops drinking water 12 hours prior, in order to purge water weight.
The liquids include protein shakes made with powdered eggs and a gallon of water daily, according to The Telegraph.
The 30-year-old model and mother has also worked out with a trainer since August and for three weeks leading up to the show, worked out twice daily.
"Everybody is talking about my crazy diet," Lima told E! News on Wednesday. "I know it's very intense but...I just have an athlete's mind and I appreciate doing this thing."
During the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, models walk the runway in bras, underwear and bikinis, often with very little coverage. They often don feathers or angel wings.
This year, the top lingerie brand's event featured performances from Nicki Minaj, Adam Levine, Jay-Z and Kanye West, while Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio and other models walked the runway. The 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show airs on CBS on November 29. (See photos from the 2011 Fashion Show).
Last year, Lima wore a $2 million diamond-encrusted bra on the runway and appeared very muscular (Pictured above on the right). At Wednesday's show, she sported black angel wings with a purple and black bustier garter (Pictured above on the left).
"It's not that I do crazy diets throughout the year. I just do it for this particular thing. After this show, I become normal again," Lima continued. "This year, even though my diet was intense, I took it a little bit easier on the working out so I won't be as muscular."
Fellow angel Miranda Kerr wore a new $2 million diamond-encrusted bra at Wednesday's show. Kerr famously walked a runway in a swimsuit five months after giving birth. Kerr and 34-year-old actor Orlando Bloom, who married in July 2010, welcomed their son Flynn in January.
Earlier in the year, Victoria's Secret angel Candice Swanepoel came under fire after being dubbed "too thin" by several news outlets. At an event promoting push-up bikinis, she appeared slimmer than fellow angels Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio.