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Elyse Knowles is a jack of all trades, from reality TV renovator on The Block, to swimsuit model and Myer face, to ambassador for worthy initiatives like WaterAid Australia's tote bag project.

One of the many things she juggles within her busy schedule is a rigorous diet and exercise routine, in order to maintain her svelte figure for the numerous bikini and fashion shoots that see her travelling around the country and the globe.

The 25-year-old is a self-confessed gym junkie, but manages to find balance in her life thanks to a sweet tooth and the occasional 'lazy' week.

To figure out exactly how she maintains her healthy glow and those abs (honestly, they rival J.Lo's), we asked the Byron Bay-based model to break down her daily eating and exercise habits.

Keep reading to see Elyse Knowles' full diet and fitness regimen.


My day on a plate is... 

Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled in a pan with spinach, dill and pepper. I top this off with half an avocado, some pesto and goat's cheese. 

Lunch: A smoothie bowl is my favourite go-to. Protein powder, a frozen banana, ice, cocoa, maca powder, collagen powder, almond milk, hemp oil, chai seed & hemp seeds. When it's all whipped up, I top it off with almonds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon and a teaspoon of peanut butter. 

Afternoon Snacks: Raw nuts or crackers with dip. 

Dinner: Salmon with a roast veggie salad. When it comes to cooking the salmon, I bake it in foil with crushed ginger, garlic, chilli and tamari. For the salad, I roast my veggies and mix them with spinach, almonds and tahini dressing (tahini, a squeeze of lemon, honey and sesame seed oil).

"I've never had a coffee in my life. Fact! But I am obsessed with chai. I have an almond milk chai every morning with my eggs. And usually I'll have a smoothie bowl for lunch with peanut butter … I'm a little obsessed with peanut butter at the moment."

"I don't really enjoy drinking alcohol, so I don't drink often at all. I've never been a 'casual' drinker, so avoiding it is quite easy for me. If we are out for a social dinner and they're serving amazing cocktails, I'll occasionally have one or two. But to be honest, I'd much rather enjoy a yummy dessert. The best thing about not drinking often is waking up on Sunday morning feeling amazing. If I drink, I see the effects in my belly almost instantly. I get a big hard bloated belly, which makes me feel really uncomfortable."

"I am trying to eat less meat these days and I only buy from organic farmers. I'd really love to give it up one day, but before then it's important that I make sure I can get enough protein and iron from other sources. [My boyfriend] Josh loves meat so I am constantly cooking it for him… which can make me feel guilty! Meat is a tricky one."