Disclaimer: If you are a big fan of modeling (Victoria’s Secret, anyone?), I suggest you go find another blog to read. I’m going to state my honest opinion here and I won’t apologize for it but if it offends you, I’d ask you to either go rethink your position or read something else.
Fact: It ain’t skinny that’s pretty.
That’s right, I said it. I will even repeat it because I really believe it’s true – it ain’t skinny that’s pretty. Now hold on and let me explain myself. Being skinny means having minimal fat or largeness to your body. That concept is based entirely on how you look and completely disregards what you can do. It limits your worth to how you look. It’s a flat-out lie. I mean really, what has society come to when we idolize celebrities, actresses, and models who literally starve themselves to fit the so-called “perfect body” mold? How is that healthy or even beautiful? Sure, if you paint someone with enough makeup and cover them in cool clothes that might be appealing, but it isn’t real beauty. Worse, the women who live that lifestyle sacrifice their identity and worth for something that doesn’t last and is built on deceit.
Being bigger than a size 0 isn’t unhealthy. Women naturally carry a little extra weight (often in the hips, but everyone is different) and that is OK – good for you, even. I’m not talking obesity here – just a few extra pounds. In fact, you’ll find that some of the fittest, most beautiful, inspiring female athletes are by no means stick figures. They have a healthy amount of lean muscle and are at a healthy percentage of body fat. It’s called curves, ladies. They work hard, their performance is amazing, they look fabulous, and they are far from supermodel skinny. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below.
See, I really don’t understand what’s so great and appealing about looking like a pencil. There is nothing fun or beautiful about starving yourself, doing endless cardio and ending up looking malnourished and not able to function under physical pressure.
I believe fitness is first and foremost about what your body can do. But honestly, if you want to develop a strong, healthy physique, the best way to get there is to lift, strength train, interval train, and eat a ton of good food. That’s right. Work out hard and eat a lot. What could be better, right?
I’m definitely not saying it’s easy – it takes a lot of hard work to get there. But the next year is going to pass anyway, so why not spend it working on bettering yourself?
If you’ve believed the beautiful=skinny lie up until now, and aren’t sure if you want to change your mind or not, don’t be afraid to try something new. I guarantee most women have been exactly where you are now, and if they say they haven’t, chances are they are lying. You aren’t alone and shifting your mindset isn’t super complicated unless you make it that way. If you want to change your workout routine to focus more on exercises that shape and develop your body, not just burn fat (although that is bound to happen too), feel free to Contact Me. I would love to help you get started!