It was just a completely normal Tuesday for me; during my lunch I nipped onto ‘My Fitness Pal’ which updated me that they are now linking people to the ‘Miley Cyrus’ workout..and that got me thinking..
’Do I really want a body like Miley Cyrus?’
Okay now you can switch that about – Do I want a body like Madonna? Like a TOWIE member? Should I eat like Gwyneth?
Or you can hop over to Google..
Searches related to celebrity diets
There are pages and pages of information and sales pitches connected to the world celebrity diets. The Daily Mail fill most of a website/newspaper with pictures of various women in bikinis or working out fully made up in parks complete with the option for us to comment or buy into the product.
Of course, I buy into fitness trends myself – I look at photo’s wishing I could wake up looking like that tomorrow, I may try classes or routines according to my needs or more likely my desires…
What I’m getting at though when it comes to Celebrity products is that so often what is actually missed by those buying these DVD’s/Books etc is the reality and an actual understanding of the body/person we are following. How can a DVD made by a 20 year old at the peak of her physical fitness, who has never been over weight and has a personal chief and trainer on hand be realistic inspiration for a 30 something who has had two children and works full time?
How can we be expected to fit these complex and sometimes expensive diets into our everyday lives?
Why are long term steady lifestyle changes so often ignored by the media?
I am a frequent (read: obsessive) user of My Fitness Pal and almost daily I read about someone who has ‘given up’, ‘ready to start again’ or ‘I got to day 7 and I’d had enough’ and this is not because people don’t try it’s because the goals are unrealistic.
The media adore this because when ‘celebrities’ fall off the band wagon (because they are human also) and regain weight it creates another story, gives people a reason to pick fault and allows us to remember no one is perfect.
Sometimes after watching documentaries and reading various articles I get in the mind set that these diets and DVD’s really do want us to fail so we keep ploughing money into the process and lining the pockets of the fat cats at the top of the pile.
But then I think no, I won’t think like that because a negative outset won’t change anything. We just need to spend a little less time on Facebook and the Dailymail and more time exploring a realistic approach. For example eating 5 a day, drinking lots of water, taking regular walks, finding the right workouts and sleeping enough may just be enough to give us the extra push we need.
I think we should believe in ourselves and not in the hype.
But if that’s what gives you the extra push to get up, get moving and get out the door then rock on, it’s not a terrible thing. But on the other hand don’t spend huge amounts of time and money trying to be like someone who is completely different to you.
Any views? I’d love to hear..