How Hollywood Affects Weight Loss Efforts

celebrity weight loss idols 300x225 How Hollywood Affects Weight Loss Efforts By today’s standards, Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, and Mae West would be considered overweight. They probably would have never gotten more than a few roles as the comedic best friend of the “sexy” leading lady. The average woman’s dress size is a 14. The average starlet’s size is 0. Hollywood is getting smaller and smaller and it is making the weight loss efforts of the average woman that much harder. Trying to reach such unrealistic ideals is hard enough, but every day we get to see these very same pencil-thin starlets bemoaning how they lost out on a part, or a boyfriend because they were not thin enough. They disappear if they stand sideways but they are still trying to lose weight.

We all know that weighing too much puts strain on our body in millions of ways. It makes our heart work harder than it has to. We cannot breathe as well as we should. Our joints ache from hefting our large frames around. Stylish clothing is out of the question. But, we never stop to think about what being too thin does to our body either. If it is on our televisions or in the theaters, that must be what we want, case closed. Those starlets are dieting their way into poor health.

What we need is a more realistic approach to weight loss and a more attainable goal. Instead of tacking up pictures of the It girl, why not find a picture of yourself at a weight you felt great at? Because, face it, even if you do manage to work your way down to the single digit sizes, will you look like a movie star? Weight loss will not magically style your hair, do your makeup, give you a manicure and (gasp) airbrush the cellulite off your thighs. It is time that you come back to reality. Your body is not going to get you up there on the silver screen and would you really want it to? Why are you not happy with losing twenty pounds, shaving a dozen points off of your cholesterol and getting your blood pressure back within normal limits? That should be the real goal of your weight loss efforts, not trying to get back to your third grade weight for three hazy, dizzy days.

If you have to have a stranger to model yourself after, choose someone at the gym, someone who is roughly in the same age group as you and model your behavior after her. You should not shadow her, that is creepy, but you should watch her to see how long she stays, and how many times she is there when you are. You might even strike up a casual conversation and ask her how she stays so fit. She might offer some advice or tips to you. Keep in mind that she might also spray you with pepper spray. You might be shocked to find out that she comes to the gym a couple of times a week and that on two other days she plays tennis with her husband, but other than that she does not slave away. She does not count calories either, she simply tries to eat sensible meals, get plenty of fruits and veggies and she is never far from a water bottle. Now compare that sensible sounding plan to the starlets who report being in the gym for three or four hours every single day in addition to other exercise when they are not with a trainer. When do they get time to do things for themselves? The answer is simple: They do not.

You could give up living and work toward the Hollywood starlet body, or you could try for a healthy body, and an enjoyable, laughter filled life.

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Mark May 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm

It’s scary how the media, specially the TV has changed our mind and not only our mind but also the way we look at ourselves. Sometimes I am scared to think how our kids are going to grow up and what issues they are going to face because of the media.

Keep up the good work,

Lean Body Blog May 14, 2010 at 12:11 am

You are so right Mark, the media gave a big role in affecting people’s mind and make them think that skinny is beautiful and that’s all that matters, it’s scary for me to see how a person tries to get beautiful and end up being anorexic, good article!

Sphynx Cat May 14, 2010 at 8:02 am

It’s not totally a bad thing that the media is imposing on us this certain criteria for beauty. For me, if Hollywood inspires you to get thin then ultimately it will be good for your health as long as you do it the right way.

Healthy Snacks May 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm

You don’t have to look like a hollywood superstar, and as long as you feel good and beleive in yourself the effect will actually be the same. Beauty is not what makes a person attractive.

Brian H. June 5, 2010 at 10:30 am

I’m sick of Hollywood perpetrating this fraud upon America. It’s not just women but men too. If a person is not good looking and slim, their chances at progressing in some careers is not very good at all.

herbalifefamily foundation June 6, 2010 at 10:58 pm

You are quite right Starlets with size 0 are affecting our perceptions of weight loss. Even nowadays too hollywood are changing perceptions regarding skinny weight. You are true to go for approachable goal. Thanks

yoga home study course June 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm

It’s sad to hear that media has been blamed for all that’s happening. I may not be the one to do so but I think, in some way or another, they(media) can really influence one’s life especially in a teen ager. I just hope that parents will will able to guide their children in doing the right thing, crossing my fingers.

Neil Martin July 29, 2010 at 11:20 am

Its funny you mention Marilyn Monroe. I am a great, great fan of her work. I find extremely attractive and alluring. I think her figure was perfect and its really sad now that women have role models that are thinner than a waif.

Marco August 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm

You say watch a woman at the gym and follow what she does. I’ll pass. My wife would not like that. Right now, it’s about time I start eating right. Then later, I can exercise when my body heals. Your post is spot on!

H Miracle Review August 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

I am actually tired of of hollywood and i am sick of their all high and mighty attitude that they know better that me and all other people on earth.

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