Secrets Of A Perfect Swimsuit Body

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Friday - April 21, 2010
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Cassie Sumimoto

Eighteen-year-old Cassie Sumimoto has a lot on her mind these days. A senior at Kalani High School, she recently received acceptance letters to the University of Hawaii and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

She also has two more months as Miss Teen United States-World, a title she received last month after former Miss Teen United States-World Michelle Leonardo was dethroned.

Sumimoto was first runner-up at the national pageant and winner of the swimsuit phase.

At 5 feet 5 inches tall and 117 pounds, Sumimoto got into her winning swimsuit body with the help of personal trainer Matt Jones. She worked out with him three times a week for about three months, and followed a “pretty strict” diet.


“I had to measure my food,” she explains. “In the morning it was a protein shake, and for snacks it would be nuts or soybeans. Then for lunch it would be chicken breast and some nuts with it, and for dinner lean steak or salmon with 1 cup of vegetables. The salmon or meat for lunch was around 3 ounces and dinner about 4 ounces.

“I also would have one cheat day, where for one meal of the day I could eat whatever I wanted. I like Jimbo’s, that’s one of my favorite restaurants, or sometimes I’d go to Taco Bell. Pretty much I would eat whatever I was craving at that moment.”

Now that the pageant competitions are over, Sumimoto plans to focus her time and energy on her college education, aiming for a double major in communications and English, with the goal of becoming a news anchor.

She continues to maintain her figure by exercising and watching what she eats. She runs on the treadmill for about 30 minutes three times a week, and walks her Pomeranian Sachi every day.

She’s no longer on that “strict” diet, but tries to limit her starch and soda intake.

“Sometimes if I’m really craving a brownie, I’ll get a brownie but I won’t eat it all,” she says. “Also, when I get full, I stop because I notice that if I keep eating, I’ll feel really sluggish and really tired.”

For breakfast, Sumimoto continues to drink a whey protein shake, and for a snack she likes the Special K shake. She also drinks “a lot” of water and likes to take the Lipton To Go packs with her when she’s out.

“When I was 15 or 16, I gained about 10 pounds and I just noticed that my self-esteem was really down,” says Sumimoto, who also serves as a host for Brown Bags to Stardom on OC-16. “I didn’t feel good inside and I decided to make me feel better I was going to slowly get the weight off. That’s also when I decided to enter pageants.

“As teenagers, we always think we need to be skinny because in the media we always see skinny celebrities. But I would have to say that it’s important to just be yourself. Don’t change yourself to fit someone else’s idea of what you should be because when you do that, you’re not being your true self and you’re not happy with yourself. You know yourself the best.”

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