Supermodel Paulina Porizkova, 56, shares dieting secrets: 'I eat whatever I want for 8 hours'

Model Paulina Porizkova attends "The Bloomberg 50" Celebration at Gotham Hall
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Paulina Porizkova has opened up about how she maintains her supermodel physique.

On Wednesday, the 56-year-old model revealed in an Instagram video that she follows the 16/8 diet, which involves intermittent fasting for most of the day.

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“You don’t eat for 16 hours and then you eat for eight,” she said in the clip. “I generally take it as I eat whatever I want for eight hours because I like food, but I also kind of tend to like more healthy food.”

But the catwalk queen also admitted she has her indulgences.

“If I need a fried chicken, then I need a fried chicken.  That’s just the way it is,” the model explained.

She insisted that the diet is very easy to follow.

"It's actually really easy," she stated. "I did get hungry at first when I first started doing this diet. I'd kind of obsess about food, but then it sort of evens out. Now, I don't even think about it. In fact, I'm not at all hungry until 16 hours later when I do get hungry."

Lately, Porizkova has been open with fans about her mental health journey and struggles with self-acceptance.

Earlier this month, she shared a video of her completing “tapping therapy” a process where she taps the top of her head, cheeks, temple, lips, chest and armpit to improve her mental health.

“I’m feeling sad. I’m feeling hurt. I’m feeling rejected. I feel dumped,” Porizkova says in the video while fighting back tears to a remote therapist.

The former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model has also been embracing her true self by posting various make-up free photos on Instagram. She later shared about an encounter she had with a fan who was inspired by her mission to destroy the stigma against aging in women.

“I was recently in a restaurant, and as I came back from the ladies room to go back to my table, a young woman at the bar stopped me. ‘Are you- are you…’ she was fumbling around for a name. I wanted to get back to my table, so I decided to make it easy on her. I smiled and nodded ‘yes, I am’ as I tried to walk past," the mother of two said.

Porizkova added that the young woman then thanked her for “being honest and sharing painful stuff, because it freed her to do the same.”

“It released her shame of feeling guilty for having a range of emotions, and for not having to pretend,” she wrote. Porizkova said it was the “best compliment” she had gotten in years.

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