Once upon a time when Healthyezsweet Life was just taking its first baby steps in self love & blogging, I made a post called, “How to Get a Body Like a Fitness Model.” Today, I think it’s time that the post get a little makeover, because it drives me crazy that something so ridiculous could be so often overlooked. No idea what I’m getting at? Don’t you worry, it’s about to get good.
#TransformationTuesday #Goals ?
Awhile back, I posted this picture (below) on my Instagram account, and I’d image many people considered it an impressive, inspiring “transformation”. But let’s get real: the only thing impressive about this “transformation” is the malleability of the human body. In other words, these two pictures were taken mere seconds apart. In the first I allowed my stomach to hang out in it’s natural, relaxed state. Before the second photo was taken I repositioned my legs slightly, arched my back, and sucked in with the force of the tornado from The Wizard of Oz. And even then, I know I don’t look anything like the IG fit chicks we’re so used to seeing on our feeds. I used to envy those women, until I read about what exactly they have to do – scratch that, what their poor bodies and mental states have to endure – to get that single photo.
The Crazy Unhealthy Things Fitness Models Do Before a Photo Shoot
It’s just an article about the fitness modeling world, but it’s also everything. Let me just show you the first line:
“Only when you’re exhausted, dehydrated, and on the verge of fainting are you ready to exemplify health. Only when you feel your worst are you able to look your best.”
I don’t know about you, but that one hit me right in the gut. It brought me back to years of restriction. More than anything, it made me mad. And you should be too. Because those bodies you’re scrolling through Instagram and idealizing? They don’t represent healthy. And they sure as hell don’t represent happy. So what exactly does photo prep look like? I’m glad you asked.
One Week to the Shoot: Dinosour’s Paradise
Channel your inner Littlefoot AND inner ravenous T-rex during this exciting stage of your prep. All your meals should consist of green, leafy vegetables and lean protein. Imagine yourself in The Land Before Time munching on dry, flavorless growth. Then switch gears and enter the mindset of a carnivorous predator: chomping down on unseasoned, bland meat and never being satisfied.
Four days to your shoot: It’s not the flu, it’s the FIT life
If you find yourself feeling drowsy, irritable, lethargic, pained, or weak don’t worry you’re not getting sick (yet). That’s your body’s way of telling you that you’re almost ready to take some “damn good” photos. You’ll be in a state of ketosis from living like Littlefoot and his buddy the T-rex with few carbohydrates, but hey, dinosaurs are tough. And so are you. Just think of how well things panned out for their species and you’ll find the motivation to keep going. Don’t forget to be drinking dandelion tea at least 4x a day so you can dehydrate yourself. Carrying a port-a-potty with you during this week is highly recommended. PS I’m not making this sh** up. (I wish I was) You can see it all for yourself HERE.
The day/night before the shoot: Depleted? definitely ready.
It may seem contradictory to ban water, without which our bodies could not function, and encourage consumption of processed, chemical laden junk foods, but remember: this is science. You don’t have to be smart enough to understand it; your friends on the internet have got you covered. …Right?
Here’s The Good News:
You don’t need to look like a fitness model, or rather, how a fitness model looks one day out of the year after a physically dangerous and mentally detonating regimen. You are enough as you are. It’s crazy how enough you are, regardless of what form your body takes now, tomorrow, or in ten years. I realize this has been a post with a heavy pour of sarcasm. But I really do need you to know that there is life beyond lusting after abs and killing yourself to get them. There is recovery, food freedom, and happiness waiting for you when you stop trying to have a body like a fitness model, and start remembering how to live your life for you again.
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