Hollywood Standards? Really?

1 Dec

Tuesday’s event and some recent conversations have inspired this blog. Everyone wants to look good and in desperation to live up to Hollywood’s standards, many people, both men and women, are cutting back calories so drastically that it is affecting their performance.

How? Diets that are too low in calories lead to blackouts, dizzy spells, hair loss, yellow teeth, bad breath, and dry skin. Unfortunately I have seen this first hand happen to my friends and clients.

Those are just the short term effects. The long term effects are a reduction in muscle mass, because without sufficient calories, your body will begin to break down muscle. A loss in muscle mass slows down your metabolism even more. And if you do this long enough, you may very likely wind up having thyroid issues, which could require one to be on medication for the rest of their life.

I am in no means trying to scare anyone. I just want you to think about what you eat and what standards you are trying to live by. Why? Because I need to tell you what I’ve seen in 17 years of being a fitness professional and what the real world is really like.

On average the super fit person that you see in the gym actually work out twice day, work out hard, and watch their diets very carefully. The girls who had curves who don’t anymore may have had liposuction. It’s a lot more common than you’d realize. The new technologies let you get liposuction today so you can work out tomorrow. Many super fit Moms have nannies that take care of their kids. Of course this isn’t everyone, but it’s out there.

Unfortunately today we work more and play less. Processed, fatty food is all around us. Portion sizes are out of control. So don’t expect to look perfect unless you can put in a lot of hours in the gym and keep your diet as clean as possible. On the other hand, why try to be as perfect Demi Moore who has had 1 million dollars of plastic surgery? And look at the tabloids, articles say that her husband cheated on her. Why not focus on being the perfect you?

On average, women should eat no lower that 1200 calories and the active woman should eat somewhere between 1500-1800 calories. A very active person like myself may need to eat more. Eat protein, greens, and grains, and drink plenty of water. Think of your food as your fuel, your energy for living!

So go ahead, add some greens to your lunch today. Also I’d highly recommend that if you aren’t sure about your current caloric intake, start writing down what you eat, the portion size, and the associated calories, which can usually be listed on the side of the box. If you need help or have questions, please comment to this post or feel free to email me at Madeline@madfitness.com

Be your best today and every day!

Tune of the day: Sexy and I know it by LMFAO
Can be found on Itunes and below is a listening link
http://mp3skull.com/mp3/sexy_and_i_know_it_lmfao.html

In Health and Happiness,

Madeline

2 Responses to “Hollywood Standards? Really?”

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    Great post! I agree whole heartedly.

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