Monday 21 October 2019

Macpherson criticised for 'miss meals to get beach ready' video

Supermodel and TV personality Elle Macpherson
Supermodel and TV personality Elle Macpherson

Rachel Hosie

Elle Macpherson has come under fire for advising people to replace meals with protein shakes and "cut carbs" in order to get "beach body ready".

The supermodel (54), who became known as 'The Body', made the comments in a segment titled 'Elle Macpherson's Beach Body Secrets' on 'This Morning'.

However, her remarks have been criticised for suggesting men and women need to lose weight for summer.

To "beat the bloat", Macpherson explained how she not only drinks more water but also swims and takes mineral salts baths because she thinks "water is a great diuretic".

The most controversial section of her video, however, was titled "cut the carbs".

"Coming up to summer, I will limit the bread intake, rice, cream… anything white," Macpherson said, going on to explain how she sometimes skips dinner in favour of a shake.

"I have my protein shakes. I use them as a healthy snack and sometimes as a meal-replacement in the evenings. If I've had a really strong breakfast or a strong lunch, I can get away with having a protein shake for dinner - for a short period of time."

She recommended using a dry skin brush over the body in the morning and evening before showering, exercising in the morning and making sure you get enough sleep.

"There's nothing worse than leading up to summer and thinking 'Why didn't I make a bit of effort?' because I was lazy or I was too tired or I didn't think it would work," she said. "It's just making an effort to say 'You know what, I'm really going to be happy in six weeks' time when I've done this work, I'll see a difference'."

But viewers have criticised her comments for reinforcing the notion that you have to have a certain physique to wear a bikini when on holiday.

"Why does a woman have to lose weight to look good in a swimsuit? Lovely body shaming moment there by putting pressure on women to worry about their appearance," tweeted viewer Annie Dwyer. (© Independent News Service)

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