Gisele Bündchen

Model
Born: 1980

Brazilian Gisele Bündchenis one of the world’s best-known models and was the highest paid model for 10 consecutive years. As a teenager, her mother encouraged her and two of her sisters to take a modeling course, and the class paid off because Bünchen was discovered by the Elite Modeling Agency at a shopping mall at age 14. She then moved to Sāo Paolo to begin her career. Her big break came in London when she was selected for the Alexander McQueen spring collection in 1998 because she could walk in tall heels on the slippery runway. Bünchen was also a Victoria’s Secret model, and part of the ‘heroine chic’ modeling trend in the 90s. She has done some acting and was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for her supporting role in Taxi. Bündchen is also the executive producer for an environmental cartoon called Gisele & the Green Team. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme and is involved with many charities, including Doctors Without Borders and Save the Children. She is married to the NFL quarterback Tom Brady. Bündchen is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 126 lbs.

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giele bundchen’s Diet

Summary

Although models are famous for starving themselves, this is not true in Bünchen’s case. Her diet has undergone a complete transformation over the course of her career, no surprise, considering she started modeling when she was just a teen. While she once lived on cigarettes, Frappucinos and burgers, she now only eats the highest quality foods: all organic fruits, vegetables eggs, and wild fish. She’ll even eat dessert, although it is usually just a little bit of dark chocolate. Bündchen engages in intermittent fasting twice a week, holding off on eating until lunchtime. When on vacation, she and hubby Tom Brady follow a raw foods diet called 80/20, meaning they eat raw foods 80% of the time (the other 20% are cooked). A raw foods diet is plant-based, meaning mostly made up of fresh fruit and vegetables. Bünchen’s biggest meal of the day is typically lunch, giving her time to burn off the carbs and calories throughout the rest of the day.

Estimated Macros

  • Low Medium Protein 20% 20%
  • Medium Fat 30% 30%
  • Medium Carb 60% 60%

Diet Details

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Smooth Morning Routine

Bündchen will often have a green juice consisting of lemon juice, ginger, celery, cucumbers and half an apple while she packs her kids’ school lunches. On days she’s planning a hard workout, she’ll mix up a smoothie with hemp, flax and chia seeds, coconut milk, berries and cacao powder. 

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Portion Control

Bündchen eats small meals and snacks in moderation to keep her energy steady throughout the day.

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Soup Or Salad

Bündchen’s lunch go-to is a salad with avocado and seed crackers or a vegetable soup with chickpeas

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Pinpoint the Power

Bündchen takes a bunch of vitamin supplements, including B, C and D, as well as an intravenous shot. She also does acupuncture. 

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Regular Fasts

Two times a week, Bündchen will intentionally not eat until lunchtime, even if she has a workout planned.

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Naturally Sweet Treat

Bündchen avoids refined sugar, but she says she can’t give up all desserts and so she’ll have fresh honey from her own hives or dates. She also has dark chocolate every day, although sometimes it’s just a single bite.

What to Eat

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Organic Vegetables

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Organic Fruit

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Wild Fish

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Fresh-Pressed Juices

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Lemons

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Organic Eggs

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Flaxseed

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Chia Seeds

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Hemp Seeds

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Coconut Milk

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Hummus

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Dark Chocolate

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Raw (unpasteurized) dairy

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Fresh, Natural Foods

What to Avoid

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Processed Food

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Fried Food

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Sugar

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Refined Food

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Additives

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Artificial Ingredients

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Chemically-Altered Ingredients

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GMO Foods

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Caffeine (In Moderation)

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Bündchen On Intermittent Fasting

‘Twice a week, I make a point not to eat anything until lunchtime, even if I am working out. I always feel incredibly energized from this mini fast.’

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Bündchen On Taking Care Of Herself

You have to fill your glass so that everyone can drink from it.’

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Bündchen On Portion Size

‘I serve small portions that I know will satisfy me, without leaving me feeling overfed or tired. I also feel lighter, more vital, and ready to tackle the day.’

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Bündchen On Her Lifestyle Overhaul

‘I had been smoking cigarettes, drinking a bottle of wine a day and 3 mocha Frappucinos…I gave up everything in 1 day. I thought, if this stuff is in any way the cause of this pain in my life, it’s gotta go.’

giele bundchen’s Fitness Routine

Weekly Routine

Pro Tips

Bündchen works with personal trainer Tracy Anderson for her cardio workouts, and Amy Lombardo for yoga. She also does kung fu under the guidance of Yao Li.

Fresh Air Focus

Bündchen prefers to get her exercise out of doors whenever possible. She enjoys horseback riding when at her vacation home in Costa Rica where she says she can be “fully integrated and present in nature.” She also enjoys skiing and surfing

Adrenaline Rush

Bündchen is a Bruce Lee fan. She did kung fu 5 days a week for 7 years, even when she was pregnant. She loves kicking and punching, as well other types of intense exercise.

Non-Stop Mom

Bündchen always sticks to her routine, and worked out through pregnancy, right up to when both her children were born.

Rise And Shine

Bündchen exercises daily in the morning. She looks forward to her workout, but also says she doesn’t stress if she has to miss a day here and there.

Variety Is the Spice

Bündchen does cardio 5 days a week for an hour. She loves water and in addition to swimming, she does water polo aerobics and body surfing. She often runs for 45 minutes a day.

Model Yogini

Bündchen began meditating and doing yoga after she started suffering from panic attacks in her 20s. Hatha yoga is her go-to and she usually does it twice a week

Hit the Gym

When she’s in Boston, she’ll go to her husband’s gym, TB12, twice a week and use resistance bands. She’ll also take a dance class or do Pilates.

Exercise Style

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Cardio

5 days/week. Run, surf, kickbox, dance, Tracy Anderson Method, whatever gets your heart pumping.

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Strength & Flexibility

2 days/week. Pilates, resistance bands, etc.

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Yoga

For the mind/body connection, Bündchen does yoga 2 days/week. She prefers Hatha yoga because it contrasts with her hectic lifestyle, but if power yoga is more your speed, go for it.

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Bündchen On Adrenaline

‘I’m one of these people that likes adrenaline and new things, like extreme sports. It makes me feel alive.

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Bündchen On Being Sporty

I’ve always played a sport, ever since I was little…I believe sport teaches you a lot, such as teamwork, respect and discipline.’

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Bündchen On Yoga

A gentle practice works best for me since I do everything else in my life with intensity.

giele bundchen’s Supplements

vitamin c

Vitamin C

Bündchen takes vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that boosts immunity, protects your heart, and supports healthy, lush hair.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D

Although vitamin D is often called the ‘sunshine vitamin,’ few people get enough through sun exposure alone. Also, very few foods contain vitamin D naturally, and must be fortified with it. Since Bündchen eats almost exclusively natural foods, it can be difficult to get enough of this essential vitamin that helps with calcium absorption, immunity, and weight control, amongst other things.

B-Complex

B-Complex

B vitamins do so much for the body, from brain health to strong muscles. Vitamin B-12 in particular can be difficult to get through a plant-based diet like the one Bünchen follows.

giele bundchen’s Lifestyle

Moat, Anyone?

Bündchen and her husband once owned a $20 million mansion in LA that had a moat and a chicken coop so they could always have fresh eggs on hand. (Dr. Dre took it off their hands for a cool $40 mil.)

Not Always Picture Perfect

Bündchen has been very honest about her struggle with panic attacks and contemplating suicide. She saw a doctor for help, but eventually chose to revamp her life rather than be dependent on prescription medication

Not Just A Pretty Face

Bündchen donated $1.5 million to the relief effort in the 2009 Haiti earthquake. She supports other many charities including Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the World Wildlife Fund, and part of her line of sandals’ sales goes to protect the Amazon rainforest.

All In the Family

Bünchen has 5 sisters, including a fraternal twin named Patricia who also worked as a model

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Bündchen On Herself

‘I’m not a sexy girl. I’m very tomboyish.

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Bündchen On Bullies

Other people’s words have almost nothing to do with you and almost everything to do with them.’

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Bündchen On Attitude

My approach has less to do with wanting to be the best and more with wanting to give my best.’

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Bündchen On Her ‘Perfect’ Life

Things can be looking perfect on the outside, but you have no idea what’s really going on.’

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Bündchen On Her Ideal Life

If I could choose, I’d be bare feet with animals all around me and living in a tree house.’

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