Which brings me to my issue: Celebrities, who have a much, MUCH larger following of people who look up to them, should also take on a personal responsibility to send a positive message.
Likewise, magazines geared at women who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle should also feel a sense of obligation for putting healthy messages out there.
So imagine my disgust when I stumbled upon this:
1,100 calories a day? Are you freakin' kidding me! C'mon Kim, I know you want to look your best for your wedding but with your intense workout schedule (see above) this is pretty much starvation!
Not cool (or safe) seeing as you used to represent the curvy gals of the world.
Here's another example of too little food for a severly active person being touted as a good way to live
Ugh! Two hours of tennis four times a week and this singer is limiting herself to 1,300 calories a day?
Even worse she suggests that a glass of wine in the evening would make her feel guilty. One glass?? Really?
Enough with the "guilt talk" people. Women already have enough negative associations with food without reading about their favorite star suggesting that this drastic way of eating is normal. There is no reason someone should feel guilty about their food choices, especially something as measly as 120 calories of wine!!
As someone who admittedly is trying to drop some extra weight and who is using food tracking to aid in that process I will put this out there:
I aim for 1200-1300 calories on the days that I do no form of intentional physical activity (ie: my complete rest days).
On days that I do exercise I add back most of the calories from my workout, putting me up to 1700-2000 calories.
I also ensure that I add in 100-200 extra calories, in the form of carbs, the day before a long run. This is on top of my existing carb intake for that day.
I should also note that this is my strategy to lose the weight. Once I am in a maintanence phase I will strive for anywhere between 1600 and 2400 calories a day on average.
1,100 and intense workouts? Umm...no thanks!
Oh and then there is this ad that keeps popping up in magazines
There is nothing obviously wrong with it but it irks the hell outta me! Who looks like that when they eat a protein bar? When I eat one its because I just did a killer workout and for the most part I am a hot mess who will snarl at anyone who tries to get me to pose awkwardly for a photo before biting into it.
But that's just me.
And I'm not even a famous role model.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or nutritionist. The opinions expressed in this post are my own based on research that I am done over an extended period of time. If you need advice on calorie or food intake please consult a professional.
So tell me, how do you feel about celebrities and their "stay fit" tips?