Bar Refaeli: I don’t diet, except for all of those times I only eat salads

After breaking up with Leonardo DiCaprio earlier this summer, Bar Refaeli, 24, has been seen out and about with Teddy Sagi, one of Israeli’s 30 richest men. He’s also one of Gisele Bundchen’s exes, but never mind about the whiff of Single White Female in the air. Bar Refaeli has given an interview to Hello Magazine about what she looks for in a man, how she doesn’t diet, and how she gets bored easily. In one part of the interview (that I didn’t transcribe), she goes on and on about her contract with Reebok, so I think that was the point of the interview – a little promotional duties. She’s trying to convince us that her figure comes from working out (wearing Reebok!) and not dieting herself into oblivion:

Bar Refaeli’s ideal man is “someone who has family values, has a sense of humor, loves life, is intelligent, giving and understanding”.

“I don’t feel the need to be super skinny, but being in shape is important. But even if I wasn’t in this industry I would still want to look after myself and be healthy and keep my body in good condition,” Bar says.

On working out before the Sports Illustrated shoot: “I always want to look my best on a shoot, or for a fashion show, so I do an extra couple of sit-ups the night before and I drink hot water with lemon to get my metabolism kick-started in the morning and to cleanse my system, but I don’t do anything crazy.”

“There’s nothing worse than forcing yourself to spend hours in the gym when you don’t enjoy it, so I do all sorts of things to work out because I get bored easily.

“I don’t diet and I don’t have an eating plan, but I like to eat healthily. I don’t deny myself anything and there’s nothing I wouldn’t eat. I like desserts – I like food full-stop, but I exercise and I’m young, so everything keeps in check.”

Bar denies dieting before a swimsuit shoot or Victoria’s Secret catwalk show, saying “I guess every girl has days where she feels good and days where she feels she could lose a couple of pounds, and it’s the same for me, I’m generally in pretty good shape, but if I have a major shoot or fashion show coming up and I want to look my best, then I’ll spend a little extra time working out or I’ll stick to eating salads and chicken for a few days. I would never go on some crazy fad diet or eat anything weird to get thinner – it’s just not good for your body.”

On Leonardo DiCaprio split: “I am enjoying everything in my life right now, whether I happen to be in a relationship or not. I’m very busy and work’s great.”

[From Hello Magazine, print edition September 9 2009]

Meh. If it was another model, I would be tempted to think she was lying, but my guess is that Bar is probably telling the truth about not doing crash diets. She has a healthy-looking, athletic figure, so I’ll buy that she can probably eat what she wants and then just burn it off through work outs. That being said, did you notice that she seems to differentiate between just eating salads for a week and going on a “fad” diet? Seems like she does go on targeted diets for specific photo shoots, she just doesn’t call it a diet.

Bar Refaeli is shown in a bikini in St. Tropez on 7/13/08. Credit: ANG/Fame Pictures

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  1. Marie says:

    And my mother-in-law always told me about the hot water and lemmon and I thought it was BS…

  2. Len says:

    ‘eating salad for a few days’ in model-language can be translated as ‘starving myself for two or three months straight’.

  3. BWeaves says:

    When I was in my teens and twenties, I was skinny as hell, I didn’t work out, and I ate whatever I wanted. I don’t think she’s lying. She just has a lucky metabolism. I found it easy to do a light fast for one day and drop a couple of pounds instantly.

    However, now that I’m 50, it’s a completely different story. Just wait until menopause kicks in, Bar, and then we’ll talk.

  4. Texas Gal says:

    I drink at least 5 cups of hot green tea w/lemon a day. I dont know if it really helps or not but I find it to be delicous & a good way to get your daily water intake 😉

  5. Hieronymus Grex says:

    That’s a lovely ocean setting Bar Rafeli, I bet there’s a lot of larger women who are trying to lose weight ( or otherwise ) who’d like to take you out into it and hold you under until the bubbles and thrashing stopped. You’re so thin, I doubt you’d be able to put up much of a fight.

  6. RubyKaur says:

    God, her body is smoking hot. She looks amazing.

  7. Granger says:

    She’s incredibly young, so her metabolism is revving; but she’s also very obviously a naturally slender person who has never had to worry about gaining much weight.

    But her comment “I don’t feel the need to be super skinny” kills me. Ummm — you’re a MODEL. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Honey, you’ll feel the need in a few years when your metabolism starts to slow down and designers don’t want to hire you anymore.

  8. fizXgirl314 says:

    Don’t models usually use cocaine to stay thin?

  9. Steve says:

    I feel she isn’t going to age well at all. And her face really isn’t all that great. The only thing keeping her afloat right now are those boobs.

  10. mollination says:

    Her body is perfect. dang.

  11. Ana says:

    She pretty much has perfect breasts.

  12. laura says:

    the biggest thing for now? heh-loooo….she’s TWENTY FOUR!

  13. Allie says:

    She has a fantastic figure that can be attributed to 90% youth and genetics and 10% healthy lifestyle.