Linda Celeste Sims, Company Dancer, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Company
She spends every morning doing an 80 minute ballet class, followed by rehearsal from noon to 7 p.m. For lunch she’ll have a steak salad, which she enjoys because salad does a better job breaking down the meat and helps with digestion. She also enjoys eating raw summer rolls, which she claims get you a flat belly in minutes. In addition to her grueling schedule, she practices Pilates before she performs, which help strengthen her core, making her stomach look strong and ready for show time.
Mary Helen Bowers, Former New York City Ballet Dancer and Creator of Ballet Beautiful Fitness
She’s more practical about her diet and rather than thinking about what not to eat, she focuses on what she can eat to look and feel her best. For lunch she will have slow-cooked oats with fresh berries and raw nuts, for lunch she will have a green salad with grilled fish, an apple and peanut butter snack or dark chocolate and tea, and for dinner she will have baked chicken, with steamed greens and brown rice. She stays away from heavily processed foods and those foods high in sodium, which can cause her to bloat. Instead she enjoys anti-inflammatory foods, like salmon, berries, and greens without adding the extra water weight.
Now that you know how ballerinas eat to look less bloated, check out this great 15 minute video taught by actual ballerinas: