Emily Skye is from Australia. She began modeling as a teen, but the pressures of being skinny led to depression, unhealthy habits and an attempted suicide. She switched to bikini body competitions and won her first title in 2011. Skye met her partner Declan Redmond and began focusing on healthy eating and exercise and experienced a big change in her health and outlook. She pivoted to posting videos of herself working out on social media and her popularity skyrocketed. Skye has 2 children with Redmond. She has millions of followers on social media. Skye is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 130 lbs.
Emily Skye’s Diet
Skye has engaged in intermittent fasting for a long time. This means she only eats during certain hours each day and fasts the rest of the time. While she doesn’t follow any particular diet, she does believe in clean eating. To avoid temptation, she doesn’t keep junk food in the house. Her staples are simple foods with few ingredients, like grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish and fresh veggies. She eats organic whenever possible. She says she eats intuitively, basing her meals on how they make her feel. Carb-y foods often don’t agree with her. She is strict with her diet when she has a photoshoot on the calendar, but otherwise she has a more relaxed approach and enjoys an indulgence a few times a week.
- Low-Medium Carb 25% 25%
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- High Protein 50% 50%
Skye has followed the habit of only eating during an 8-hour window each day for many years.
Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer
Skye says a Paleo-style diet of unprocessed foods found in nature works for her, but she is not extremely strict about the concept.
Let the Tummy Talk
Skye says she mainly bases her food choices on how her previous meal made her feel.
Skye says she doesn’t like to call anything a ‘cheat’ because it has a negative connotation. She eats a ‘treat’ meal 2-3 times a week, and her favorite indulgences are chips and chocolate.
What to Eat
Fresh, Whole Foods
What to Avoid
Skye on her Diet
‘It’s always about what my gut will tolerate.’
Skye on her Ideal Meal
‘My ideal meal is a piece of protein with salad.’
Skye on Paleo
‘I like the hunter-gatherer diet, organic meats, fish, nuts and seeds.’
Skye on Eating Clean
‘I like to eat basics: unprocessed and organic food wherever and whenever it’s possible.’
Skye on Carbs
‘I don’t have much in the way of bread or pasta because it just doesn’t agree with my tummy.’
Skye on Treats
‘You’re not cheating yourself. I think we all deserve to have something that we enjoy and not worry about what it’s doing to our bodies.’
Skye on Health
‘Cooking healthy meals using fresh and organic ingredients is the key to feeling good.’
Emily Skye’s Fitness Routine
Define Your Goal
Skye says knowing what you want and why is already a big step toward achieving those goals.
You Are Worth It
Skye struggled for years with low self-esteem and feeling unworthy. She wants to help people believe in themselves and achieve what they are passionate about, and that often starts with getting a good grip on health.
Make Time to Celebrate
Skye says it’s important to celebrate even the smallest wins, and that constantly working without acknowledgement can be draining and make you feel like you’ll never succeed.
Skye works out on average 4 days per week. She’ll hit the gym anywhere from a quick 30-minute routine up to an hour and a half.
Strength Training Rules
Skye’s exercise of choice is weightlifting. She likes to max out while still maintaining proper form.
Not Hot for Cardio
Skye says she isn’t big on cardio. The most she does is some high-intensity kettle bell swings or snatches.
An Emily Skye Core Routine
Do each of the following for 30 sec
Lying leg crossovers
Burpees: 15 reps
Mountain climbers: 30 reps
Alternating spider climber: 30 reps
Leg lowers: 10 reps
Skye on Regular Exercise
‘When I’m being consistent with my training and eating food my body loves, I feel much better.’
Skye on her Workout Regimen
‘I usually do strength training, lifting as much as I can with good form.’
Skye on her Favorite Exercises
‘I love including in my workouts hip thrusts, deadlifts and lunges.’
Skye on Cardio
‘I don’t do a lot of cardio.’
Emily Skye’s Supplements
Amino & Energy Drink
Skye says she often cooks with vegan protein, making protein muffins for a quick and easy post-workout snack.
Emily Skye’s Lifestyle
Skye is busy with babies right now, but she tries her best to get 7 hours’ sleep at night.
Sharing Is Caring
Skye has been candid about allowing time to heal her diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles) and pelvic floor muscles. She says moms often only worry about how things look on the outside, and forget the all-important repair that is going on internally.
Not Just the Baby Blues
Skye suffered from postpartum depression (PPD) following her first child’s birth, and was very open about her struggles to get back on track.
Keep On Going
Skye says her goal is to continue to reach as many people as possible and have a positive impact on their life through health and fitness.
Tough Teen Years
Skye was already taking anti-depressant medication at age 11. When she was 19 she attempted suicide, but managed to turn things around by changing her focus from being thin to being healthy.
Skye spent years building her following in Australia, but after being named in a 2015 study about the unhealthy messages fitness influencers were making on young people, she started to take less-than-perfect shots of herself, including things like stretch marks. After that, her pictures and videos started going viral internationally.
Keeping It Real
Skye isn’t shy about sharing pregnancy and post-pregnancy pictures, rumpled tummy and all. She says she hopes when young people see real images of imperfection, it will help them feel more comfortable in their own skin.
Skye on her Attempted Suicide
‘Waking up from that was a turning point…I thought, I am worth it. Why would I waste my life like that?’
Skye on Social Media
‘I was inspired to use these social media platforms to reach more people and share my message. I thought it was a great way to…provide good-quality fitness content which is easily accessible.’
Skye’s Advice to New Moms
‘Please don’t overlook [abdominal & pelvic floor muscles] and rush back into exercising.’
Skye on Self-care
‘It’s not a selfish thing to put yourself and your health first.’
Skye on Being Honest About her Depression
‘I think the last thing they [my mostly female audience] wants to see is another person who’s just breezing through it all without a problem in the world.’
Emily Skye 30 Day Shred