Former supermodel Carol Alt is in fantastic shape at 52, thanks to a raw-food diet and regular strength-training and yoga workouts.
"People think it’s just raw carrots, but I also eat ice cream, granola, cakes," Alt told the NYPost.
Alt has followed the raw-food diet for over 17 years and credits it for her age-defying good looks. Carol, who has written three books on the raw-food diet, became a raw foodie in 1996 because she started gaining weight in her thirties.
To combat her weight problem, Carol consulted a health expert, who advised her to eat as much raw vegetables, fruits, seared fish, cold-pressed oils and nuts as she wanted as long as it wasn't heated over 115 degrees.
The advice transformed her life. The slender 5-foot-11 Alt, who used to starve herself during her modeling days, not only is able to stay reed-thin, but has barely aged (compare above photos from 1982 and 2013), feels healthier and rarely gets sick.
“People are hungry because their food isn’t nutritious," said Alt, who has graced over 700 magazine covers. "Because raw food is so nutritionally dense, you eat it and it’ll feed your body."
Carol, who notes that she is not vegan, says the raw-food diet is not limited just to vegetables. "I'm not vegan," she said. "I eat raw milk and cheeses. They're unpasteurized. I eat meat if I want to: carpaccio, tartar, or even a seared steak."
While Alt is thrilled that she found a diet that keeps her thin, vibrant and youthful, the brunette beauty says enjoying good health is the best part of her eating plan. "If you're not healthy, how long do you think you're going to be around to enjoy those things that you've earned?" she asked. "I feel better than I did in my twenties."