If Mattel were ever going to design a Persian Barbie doll, they wouldn’t have to look much further than Lilly Ghalichi for inspiration. This Beverly Hills bombshell (who co-founded the luxe swimwear line Have Faith – Swimgerie, along with another G Girl, Jennifer Stano-David) has turned mirror pics into a fine art with her perfectly tousled hair, towering Louboutins & all-out glam style.
We asked the bronzed beauty to share in her own words all her stay skinny secrets!
“I know what I’m about to say is going to make every girl despise me, but the real reason I’m so skinny is honestly due to my genetics. I have the smallest bones on Earth, my wrist literally look like that of a 6 year old’s. As a result, I will naturally always look super, duper tiny.
Everyone in my family is ultra-thin. Great for my sister and I, maybe not so great for my brother! Lol. We’re all blessed with something amazing- great hair, beautiful eyes, long legs- for me, it’s being skinny! I HATED it when I was younger. Kids would make fun of me and call me Olive Oil, and I had to wear sweat pants under my jeans (sometimes 2 pairs!) because even the size 0 was WAY too big. I cried all the time and even saw doctors to try and gain weight.
Now that I’m an adult, I love it
With that said, I do give a little effort to keep my body looking skinny-tight rather than skinny-fat (and, yes “skinny fat” exists, skinny girls get cellulite too!). I’d love to share my skinny secrets with you and your readers.
Diet. As far as dieting goes. That entire term is really a foreign concept to me. I eat whatever I want, and I am a sugar queen- desserts are my weakness. However, diet is the NUMBER ONE factor for me on how my body will look. If I eat poorly, it shows. Although I’m still skinny, I get a little gut, and my butt/thighs look soft also. When I eat clean, it really shows as well- definition in my abs and all.
When I have to be beach or photo shoot ready, or maybe if I have a new crush I want to impress, I follow a few diet guidelines:
1. No sugar (unless is natural sugar such as in a piece of fruit)
2. No Carbs with Dinner, and
3. No food at all after 8pm.
These 3 simple rules will turn my body from flab to fab in about a week. No exercise required. They say that diet is 75% of how your body will look, from experience, I absolutely agree. Although I don’t “diet”, I do have a few very healthy habits naturally, they definitely contribute to why I’m so thin.
For example, I DESPISE alcohol. You cannot pay me to have a drink. It tastes disgusting, and the way it makes people act is even more repulsive to me. I know that alcohol is full of empty calories, so by not drinking, I’m likely sparing myself of tons of unnecessary pounds (and morning regrets!). Also, I don’t drink soda. Carbonation burns my nose and esophagus. I have always hated soda, or any carbonated drink, even as a kid. Sodas are full of sugar and liquid calories, so again, another step I naturally do that I’m sure helps contribute to my skinniness.
Workout. I LOVE to workout. Cardio is a huge stress reliever for me, and sweating makes me feel alive. When I was in law-school I had the BEST body. I used to run about 3 miles-4 times a week because I was so stressed out. Too bad I was too busy with school to show off my beautiful body!
These days, I don’t have a lot of time to squeeze in exercise. My partner Jennifer Stano and I run a swimsuit company together (Have Faith – Swimgerie, www.HaveFaith.com), and summer is our busiest season. When I do find the time to squeeze in a workout, I love to Spin, and I have recently become obsessed with Pilates.
For anyone that hasn’t tried spinning, it is the most incredible cardio workout. You can easily shed 1000 calories in 1 hour if you give the class your all (in fact where I spin (Cycle House in West Hollywood) they offer a class called “The 1000 Calorie Ride”, no one leaves until the calorie counter hits 1000!). When I walk out of a spin class, I’m completely drenched in sweat. The only downfall to spinning is that I actually get too skinny if I go too much! Although skinny is sexy, women need curves too.
Pilates is the second type of workout I do when I have the time. It’s low impact, and it creates long, lean muscles rather than bulking you up. Pilates is definitely a great way to be skinny, yet still have a perky butt, and definition in your legs and torso. My class is always filled with models, so clearly it’s working for a lot of girls!
When I’m preparing for something, I will spin 3 times a week, and do pilates 3 times a week (usually on the same day, back to back!). During busy season at work (like right now..) I will maybe find the time to spin once a week. I need motivation- a trip/shoot, or boy!”