An Australian Victoria's Secret model has revealed why she stopped snacking

Bridget Malcolm is the Australian Victoria’s Secret model known on the runway for her youthful glow and slim figure.

But it seems it doesn’t come without some hard work, as the 26-year-old revealed in her latest blog post.  

‘I certainly used to be a big snacker, and once I cut it out I found my energy and digestion was so much better,’ she wrote.

Bridget added that she believes in ‘letting herself get hungry between meals’ and clarified that ‘what worked for me may not be what works for you, and I am also not a doctor’.

Bridget Malcolm is the Australian Victoria's Secret model known on the runway for her youthful glow and slim figure as well as her blog where she shares health and beauty advice (pictured)

Bridget Malcolm is the Australian Victoria's Secret model known on the runway for her youthful glow and slim figure as well as her blog where she shares health and beauty advice (pictured)

Bridget Malcolm is the Australian Victoria’s Secret model known on the runway for her youthful glow and slim figure as well as her blog where she shares health and beauty advice (pictured)

Bridget’s post was in response to a woman who messaged her who said she was a ‘big snacker’ who tended to only eat rubbish.

The Victoria’s Secret model acknowledged that grazing may work for other people, but she noticed that when she stopped doing so her health seemed to improve.

‘I dedicated a month to changing my eating habits, and every single day, no matter the craving I stuck it out,’ she said.

This meant regular spacing of meals and no snacks, except for an avocado between lunch and dinner.  

In her latest blog post the 26-year-old has shared why she has stopped snacking entirely and how others can do it too

In her latest blog post the 26-year-old has shared why she has stopped snacking entirely and how others can do it too

In her latest blog post the 26-year-old has shared why she has stopped snacking entirely and how others can do it too

Bridget's post was in response to a woman who messaged her who said she was a 'big snacker' who tended to only eat rubbish

Bridget's post was in response to a woman who messaged her who said she was a 'big snacker' who tended to only eat rubbish

Bridget’s post was in response to a woman who messaged her who said she was a ‘big snacker’ who tended to only eat rubbish

‘At the end of the month I felt more balanced, and I looked forward to my meals. I learned that I was never actually hungry when I was going for food, it was always emotional,’ Bridget explained.

‘When I was snacking I was constantly a little bit hungry, but never really hungry enough to truly enjoy my meals.

‘Then you add in the guilt and worry over how much you are consuming – and I was getting caught in that bad cycle around food of guilt.’ 

The Victoria's Secret model acknowledged that grazing may work for other people but she noticed that when she stopped doing so her health seemed to improve

The Victoria's Secret model acknowledged that grazing may work for other people but she noticed that when she stopped doing so her health seemed to improve

The Victoria’s Secret model acknowledged that grazing may work for other people but she noticed that when she stopped doing so her health seemed to improve

'I learned that I was never actually hungry when I was going for food, it was always emotional,' Bridget explained

'I learned that I was never actually hungry when I was going for food, it was always emotional,' Bridget explained

'When I was snacking I was constantly a little bit hungry, but never really hungry enough to truly enjoy my meals,' she said

'When I was snacking I was constantly a little bit hungry, but never really hungry enough to truly enjoy my meals,' she said

‘I learned that I was never actually hungry when I was going for food, it was always emotional,’ Bridget explained 

For those who think that grazing works better for them she said that you need to make sure you have healthy snacks at hand

For those who think that grazing works better for them she said that you need to make sure you have healthy snacks at hand

For those who think that grazing works better for them she said that you need to make sure you have healthy snacks at hand

For those who think that grazing works better for them she said that you need to make sure you have healthy snacks at hand. 

BRIDGET’S SNACKS IDEAS 

  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Hummus
  • Air popped popcorn
  • Hard boiled eggs

Bridget recommended foods like fruit, cut vegetables, nuts, hummus, air popped popcorn and hard boiled eggs and said to make sure everything is pre-packaged to serving sizes. 

‘I used to snack because I wasn’t eating enough at meal times. I would consciously try to limit my food, and restrict my fat intake, and would never feel full after eating,’ she said.

‘So an hour later I would start picking. Focus on your meals, and make sure they are well balanced with protein, fat and carbohydrates.

‘Try eating a little more at mealtimes and see how that works out for you.’

For those who think that grazing works better for them she said that you need to make sure you have healthy snacks at hand

For those who think that grazing works better for them she said that you need to make sure you have healthy snacks at hand

For those who think that grazing works better for them she said that you need to make sure you have healthy snacks at hand

Bridget recommended foods like fruit, cut vegetables, nuts, hummus, air popped popcorn and hard boiled eggs for snacks

Bridget recommended foods like fruit, cut vegetables, nuts, hummus, air popped popcorn and hard boiled eggs for snacks

Bridget recommended foods like fruit, cut vegetables, nuts, hummus, air popped popcorn and hard boiled eggs for snacks

LYNDI COHEN’S SNACK TIPS 

  • Bliss balls can be really easy to overeat. Opt for fresh fruit instead.
  • Drink water and herbal teas.
  • Opt for snacking on pickles or a punnet of cherry tomatoes to help add in more vegetables.

Bridget believes that it’s important to not override our bodies’ natural rhythms and feed your body what it wants, when it wants it.

‘Don’t diet at mealtime – eat enough of what you want and then let yourself get hungry between meals,’ she wrote.

‘It won’t kill you, and it will help you truly enjoy your meals when you do eat. Focus on fat and protein; they are both more satiating and stay in your stomach longer.’   

Australian nutritionist, Lyndi Cohen, agreed that whether you should snack or not depends on what your body responds to. 

Bridget believes that it's important to not override our bodies natural rhythms and feed your body what it wants, when it wants it

Bridget believes that it's important to not override our bodies natural rhythms and feed your body what it wants, when it wants it

Bridget believes that it’s important to not override our bodies natural rhythms and feed your body what it wants, when it wants it

‘Since it was recommended that eating six times a day can boost your metabolism, dieters have been adopting this advice. However, constantly snacking isn’t a good idea for everyone,’ she told FEMAIL.

Australian nutritionist, Lyndi Cohen, said you should snack if your body responds to it

Australian nutritionist, Lyndi Cohen, said you should snack if your body responds to it

Australian nutritionist, Lyndi Cohen, said you should snack if your body responds to it

‘While some people need snacks to keep their energy levels up, many people report, like Bridget, that snacking makes you feel obsessed with food, because you’re always having to think of your next meal.’

Lyndi believes that it is important to allow yourself to become hungry between meals as hunger is the best indicator of when you should be eating. 

‘So many people eat because they’re bored or because it’s ‘meal time’ instead of waiting for their natural appetite cues, and it’s not a good idea if you’re wanting to lose weight,’ she said.

‘Feeling comfortably hungry between meals is a good indicator that you’re body is dipping into your fat stores for more energy.’

Lyndi believes that it is important to allow yourself to become hungry between meals as hunger is the best indicator of when you should be eating

Lyndi believes that it is important to allow yourself to become hungry between meals as hunger is the best indicator of when you should be eating

Lyndi believes that it is important to allow yourself to become hungry between meals as hunger is the best indicator of when you should be eating

Although Bridget recommends that people keep a food diary to see how often they’re snacking, Lyndi said it can make you more obsessed with what you’re eating. 

‘Instead, I’d recommend keeping a hunger diary to become more aware of your natural appetite,’ she said. 

To know that you have eaten enough at meal times Lyndi said you should feel comfortably satisfied when you’re finished. 

Although Bridget recommends that people keep a food diary to see how often they're snacking, Lyndi said it can make you more obsessed with what you're eating

Although Bridget recommends that people keep a food diary to see how often they're snacking, Lyndi said it can make you more obsessed with what you're eating

Although Bridget recommends that people keep a food diary to see how often they’re snacking, Lyndi said it can make you more obsessed with what you’re eating

‘Many dieters undereat during main meal times and then become so ravenous that they end up binge eating,’ she explained.

‘By letting go of set meal times and listening to your hunger instead, you may find that you eat less because you’re not always thinking about food.’

This being said, Lyndi did reiterate that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to eating.

‘Some people thrive with snacks whilst others are better sticking to main meals,’ she said.

‘Personally, If I snack, I never feel hungry so I tend to eat three meals a day and one snack in the afternoon to avoid getting home from work ravenous.’ 

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