Supermodel Elle Macpherson said her anti-aging fitness and beauty secrets at 51 are a low-carb alkaline diet and daily workouts that include yoga and strength-training. Elle believes so strongly in maintaining an alkaline diet she carries a pH balance urine tester kit in her bag wherever she goes.
“I believe that most ailments come from having an acidic body,” Macpherson told the Evening Standard. “I don’t worry about wrinkles. I tackle internal aging by nourishing my cells from the inside, and the welcome by-product is looking and feeling good.”
Elle also avoids red meat, wheat and dairy on her low-carb alkaline diet, which includes plenty of fresh green vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, spices, seeds and nuts.
The theory is that eating a diet high in alkaline-producing foods minimizes inflammation by reducing acid buildup in our bodies (inflammation fuels aging and weight gain). Foods to avoid include sugar, coffee, alcohol, processed foods and dairy.
Elle said her health improved dramatically shortly after she switched to a low-carb alkaline diet. “I noticed changes in just two weeks,” said Macpherson. “I stopped craving sugar, my mood stabilized, everything became more balanced. A welcome byproduct was losing weight around my middle.”
Elle’s meals are usually high-protein, low-carb and feature plenty of fresh vegetables such as kale or spinach. Macpherson’s preferred protein sources are eggs and fish, and she loves to snack on coconuts, almond butter and dark chocolate.
Low carb diets such as the ketogenic, Paleo and Atkins diets fuel rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, said obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman, co-author of Keto Clarity.
Elle, who was nicknamed “The Body” during her modeling heyday, is a longtime exercise fanatic who works out every day, usually for 45 minutes.
“I move my body for at least 45 minutes every day,” said Macpherson, who does yoga, lifts weights, hikes, water-skis, swims and runs on the beach. “And I drink lots of water – 3 liters a day.”
Macpherson is comfortable with getting older and has no desire to be young again. Elle, who has not gone overboard with plastic surgery or Botox, said she prefers to age naturally. She said maintaining a positive attitude is critical for successful aging.
“I prefer to ‘think well,’ embrace life and enjoy the ebbs and flows,” said Elle. “Find beauty in everyday things, write a list of accomplishments and laugh a lot! Humor defuses everything.”