Megan Fox is a huge movie star and undoubtedly a beautiful woman, but she's also an example of how appearances can be deceiving.
Though she's been lauded as "the sexiest woman in the world," she probably won't be named "the healthiest" or "fittest" woman in the world any time soon.
The star of the Transformers franchise said in an interview that she only eats once a day, smokes and rarely exercises. She actually had to gain weight for her big role.
"I don’t have a special diet, I just sort of exist and survive," she said.
According to the Examiner, she said: "I’m 23. I’m prepared for when I hit 28 and I’ve got to change my whole thing. But, for now, if I can get away with it, I’m going to do it."
Fox, and other celebrities who are thin and unfit, proves that what you look like on the outside isn't always reflective of your overall health and well-being.
Skipping meals is a really unhealthy habit. When we're trying to lose weight, it's tempting to cut calories dramatically or eat just once a day. Experts say that does more harm than good. SparkPeople recommends eating three meals a day plus snacks to keep energy levels up and blood sugar stable. Going too long between meals can lead to crankiness, irritability and even dizziness, and you're more likely to overeat when you're ravenous. (I'm a real grump if I've gone too long between meals!)
At times, it's easy to lose sight of the goal. This journey we're on is about more than reaching a number on the scale or pulling on those skinny jeans.
It's about lowering our cholesterol, strengthening our cardiovascular systems and achieving our goals. Exercise helps us slim down, sure, but it improves our mood, helps us sleep more soundly and allows us to relieve stress, too.
It's not all about the number on the scale or the label inside your dress. Pro and Olympic volleyball player and new mom Kerry Walsh knows that. She said recently that while she's shed much of her pregnancy weight, she's tired of being "skinny soft" and needs to rebuild the muscle that she lost.
I have battled poor body image since I was a teenager, and I still have my struggles, like most women. At 5'10", I'm just bigger than most women, and when I'm out with friends, I still size myself up against other women occasionally. Yoga teacher training helped tremendously. While I might not be a size 2 (or a 4 or a 6!), I can now do more than 10 REAL pushups. I can hold a headstand. I can do some really cool arm balances. And I can lift, move, carry and hold almost anything without asking for help. That, my friends, feels much better than smaller dress size ever would! Don't you agree?
The next time you compare yourself with someone else and bemoan the size of your thighs or the curve of your waist, think of how fulfilling it is to walk up stairs without getting winded, to cross the finish line of a 5K or to carry your groceries with ease.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
From Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
Megan Fox says she knows that she'll have to exercise as she ages to keep her trim physique. However, let's hope she realizes the other important benefits of exercise (and kicks the smoking habit) sooner rather than later.
Do you know anyone who's naturally thin but out of shape? What nonphysical benefits have you noticed since you started your healthy journey?
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