November 21, 2011

Unrealistic image, unrealistic diet

Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima is regretting spilling her diet and exercise regime to prepare for the catwalk. It only confirms to me that the bodies these girls display are not achievable by the average girl. Adriana works out intensely for months before the event and follows a strict diet, consuming only liquids nine days before the show. She also won't have any liquids including water for 12 hours before the show to lose a few pounds quickly, similarly to that of a body builders program.

I understand that Adriana doesn't live by these rules for the whole year but in doing this preparation, this is the body she will display to millions of viewers. Young girls feel the pressure to emulate this body and the fact that she has gained this physique through unrealistic measure does equate to an unrealistic figure.

While girls like Miranda Kerr will emphasise they live by a healthy lifestyle, it does pay to remember these bodies are not what most can achieve. Remember to eat healthy, treat yourself a few times a week and exercise for 30 minutes a day. Be accepting of what your body is when you do your best.

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