When I Grow Up I’m Gonna Be Just Like You

12 Dec

For your friend who is fond of saying “I’m just going to diet until I look like a victoria’s secret model.”

Go ahead, but just wondering, do you have time in your life for this?

  • For months before the show, she works out every day with a personal trainer; for the three weeks before, she works out twice a day.
  • A nutritionist gives her protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to help her body cope with the work out schedule.
  • She drinks a gallon of water a day.
  • For the final nine days before the show, she consumes only protein shakes.
  • Two days before the show, she begins drinking water at a normal rate; for the final 12 hours, she drinks no water at all.  She loses up to eight pounds during this time.

Of course all women have time for this and solving the worlds problems, having a career, and a family.

For reference this is a man with a similar diet and exercise regimen.

Bodybuilders often have extreme and rigid exercise and diet plans in the months preceding a contest.  In those months, a bodybuilder’s goal is to make himself appear as strong as possible. He must balance his body’s functional needs with his aesthetic goals, and sometimes the latter wins over the former.

Congratulations, that perfect body type you’re trying to achieve can be achieved by putting your aesthetic goals in front of your body’s functional needs.  Worth the price?

Thanks Sociological Images.

2 Responses to “When I Grow Up I’m Gonna Be Just Like You”

  1. RL December 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    If body builders seem too “extreme” male models go through a very similar regimen:
    http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/175179

    originally posted on http://www.thetimes.co.uk, but now it’s not available for free.

    • Female Gazing December 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

      Great comment R! Just another example of how patriarchy hurts men as well as women.

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