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Joan Smalls in Bathing Suit Says "Capture the Fantasy"

Here is how the supermodel stays fit. 

Joan Smalls is showing off her fabulous figure on vacation! The supermodel rocks a pink swimsuit in her latest Instagram post, standing on top of two guys on a boat. "Try to capture the fantasy," she captioned the series of snaps. How does the Puerto Rican born catwalk queen keep herself fit? Read on to see 9 ways Joan Smalls stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!



She Does a Lot of Cardio

Joan once told E! Online, that "Cardio is important." "I've been doing 45 minutes [a day]—it's mostly resistance training with my own body. I'll do planks, I'll do different types of sit-ups, anything that's for my core because I have scoliosis," she added to The Daily. "I do a lot of glute work: kickbacks, squats, fire hydrants. Cardio, I'll do maybe three times a week. When I was in Puerto Rico, I'd run outside because it gave me a nice view to be outdoors and running in between palm trees. I haven't done Muay Thai in over a year now, and I'm starting to miss it. I believe a girl should always be able to throw a good punch. It's a good self-defense." 


She Eats Her Veggies

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Joan's diet is very plant focused. "Eat veggies, lots and lots of veggies," she told E! Online. "A good tip is to substitute some of the larger portions of what you love, and that's not always best for you, with more veggies." "Sauté cherry tomatoes, asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, onion and other vegetables. Toss with whole-wheat pasta and a splash of olive oil. Top with grated Parmesan cheese," says the Mayo Clinic.


She Doesn't Diet

"I don't believe in dieting because I'm Puerto Rican, and it's really hard to not eat what you love," she told E! Online. "It's in my blood to eat rice and beans, so I've learned to manage portions because you get to eat a little bit of what you absolutely love and crave." "It may take practice to become a better judge of serving sizes and portions, especially as you put entire meals together. But the more you practice, the more control you'll have over how much you eat — and that's key to weight loss," says the Mayo Clinic.


She Eats Chocolate for "Instant Energy"

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Smalls revealed to Harper's Bazaar what she grabs when she needs "instant energy" – and it might surprise you. "Chocolate. From a Snickers to Twix to Oreo cookies to fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, brownies—anything! I do not discriminate," she said.


She Only Stays At Hotels with a Gym

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Joan travels a lot, and she has a trick for sticking with her fitness routine on-the-go. "I always make sure whatever hotel I'm staying in has a gym. And then I work out for 30 minutes or an hour with a little bit of cardio and core work, and I hit my glutes and legs," she told Harper's Bazaar. 


She Drinks Warm Water with Lemon

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Joan revealed to Vogue France that she starts her day with a particular hot beverage. "I start my day with a glass of warm water and lemon because it's so good for your digestion, your skin, and even for your metabolism," she says. 


She Works Out A LOT

Joan eats a lot of food. "I just workout a lot to compensate!" she told Vogue France, on average she works out five times a week for one hour. 


She Eats a Big Breakfast

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Joan fuels up in the AM. "I'll do oatmeal," she told The Daily. "Other times I'll do scrambled eggs, turkey bacon and a piece of toast, slice of avocado. Other days it's fruit. Before I eat, I tend to drink water."


She Takes Supplements

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Joan is all about supplements. In her rotation? "Zinc, probiotics, vitamin D, a complex of vitamin Bs, a  powder called MSM [methylsulfonylmethane], and vitamin C." "Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a nutrient your body needs to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bones. Vitamin C is also vital to your body's healing process," says the Mayo Clinic.

Leah Groth
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