Professor Joann Thompson
Dec. 1, 09
Achieving an extreme level of fitness takes more than an imagination; it requires time consuming workouts and rigorous diets as well. Male fitness models or body builders take their knowledge about nutrition and fitness and reflect it with their body’s overall appearance, making extreme fitness their career. Seeing these body builders on television and in magazines and other media, the average person could have some misconceptions. Such misconceptions could include that fitness models and body builders are utilizing steroids or living an unhealthy lifestyle. How ever, if it wasn’t for these fitness gods, the public wouldn’t be witnesses to what a workout and a diet can do to the human body and most of these men should be looked up to because they are a walking, picture perfect example of health. Despite these misconceptions, male fitness models and bodybuilders practice a healthy lifestyle by dieting, using supplements, and by consistently working out.
We all know how impatient people can get when they are trying to maintain a steady diet, excuses and excessive cheat days causing the diet to turn into another bad habit. Dieting takes practice, its not something one can learn and be successful at over night. Eating habits are something that people learn as they are growing, and what a person eats in their formative years can easily determine the kind of lifestyle they will be living later down the road says Dr.Oz in his Men’s Health article Essential foods for Dieting. There are an incredible amount of diets available for the public, making it difficult to choose which one actually works, or which one narrows everything down in terms of making it successful. according to Chris Aceto from bodybuilding diet mistakes, “ many of the bodybuilders and fitness models jump from one diet to the next with out giving the initial program enough time to work”. Although this may be true, if one were to look at pictures of male fitness models, they would get a pretty good example of what a diet can do for them (as seen in the picture on the right), bouncing around or not, its still dieting. Most fitness models go through phases in their diet. For example, they have a relaxed phase, a lean phase, and a ripped phase all adding up to a total of eight weeks. The relaxed phase lets the person pick and choose what they want to eat for a total time of a week, the lean phase is a diet that allows the person to have one cheat night, the rest being nutrition foods, lasting five weeks. Finally the ripped phase lasting two weeks, this phase is a strict low carbohydrate food program. So in reality, these bodybuilders in fitness are not just jumping around, they are going through pre-planned diets and experimenting with the do’s and the do not’s that the public needs to know about. When it comes to fitness, bodybuilders and fitness models know what they are talking about, and if it wasn’t for them to test run the diets, then the public could still be oblivious to what works and what doesn’t. in todays society there are a lot of bad habits when it comes to food, in the mens health article, Eat This Not That, it clearly states that if a person on a diet finds it hard to maintain, then its constantly going to be an uphill battle resulting in no signs of gaining or losing anything. This is another reason why we should leave it up to the pros of fitness to create the most successful but laid back dieting plan.
According to Gregg Avedon, the author of Muscle Chow, a trip to the gym is a concentrated event with a beginning, middle, and end, helping to stay focused during a workout. On the other hand, eating foods that are more nutritionally sound is an all-day every-day event that’s constantly In your face, making it harder to stay committed to a solid diet(3). What is seen in magazines isnt what you see or...
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