How Fitness Models Really Get Those Photoshoot Bodies

Only when you’re exhausted, dehydrated, and on the verge of fainting are you ready to exemplify health. Only when you feel your worst are you able to look your best.

That these sentences don’t make any sense doesn’t make them untrue. They represent the crazy unhealthy reality behind the photo shoots and stage competitions of the world’s elite fitness models—the folks whose glistening, vascular, all-but-fat-free bodies adorn billboards, bikini commercials, and magazine ads for the latest Nitro-Jacked Xtreme Shr3dd3d supplements. (You know, the ones that the model usually doesn’t use.)

Source: The Crazy Unhealthy Things Fitness Models Do Before a Shoot

They are rarely getting these physiques by intense dehydration methods. They are using some basic water and salt manipulation and some mild dehydration occurs, but it’s not much worse than many Americans who drink everything but water on a regular basis.

These models are using lots of PEDs, both anabolic and anti-estrogen, as well as thermogenics/stimulants. There are many outspoken models who use the drugs and speak openly and honestly. If you look at those physiques you’ll notice that many models are just as big and ripped. They are likely on drugs, as well.

Mike O’hearn is a popular guy/model/supplement guru/icon. He is bigger and leaner than Arnold was in competition (1” height difference). Arnold confessed to using steroids… Get my drift? Many fitness models are bigger than professional bodybuilders, and if they aren’t many are walking around at unhealthily low bodyfat percentages that are not sustainable naturally, even with some magnesium, dandelion and severe calorie drops (all of which make you leaner looking but deflate the muscle, which is 78% water).

Bacon Can Power You Through A Marathon

Most people who exercise or compete in endurance sports would probably answer no. For decades, recreational and competitive athletes have stoutly believed that we should — even must — consume a diet rich in carbohydrates to fuel exertion. The conventional wisdom has been to avoid fatty foods because they are an inefficient fuel source and could lead to weight gain.

But in recent years, some scientists and quite a few athletes have begun to question those beliefs. Athletes devoted to ultra-endurance sports, in particular, tout high-fat diets as a means to improve performance.

…exercise scientists long ago established that endurance training makes athletes better able to use fat as a fuel. And that metabolic adaptation prompted many scientists and coaches in recent years to wonder what would happen if you extended that ability to its farthest extreme and trained an athlete’s body to rely almost exclusively on fat, by removing almost all carbohydrates from the diet and ramping up grease intake?

Source: Should Athletes Eat Fat or Carbs?

If you decide to make a change – do it in the off season.  It may take a few weeks for your body to adapt to a high-fat diet (three weeks for cyclists in one of the studies), and it may never work well if you’re doing sports that require sudden bursts of power or strength, like weightlifting, Crossfit, or team sports like American football. But if you’re gearing up for a marathon or a long bike race, bacon-heavy breakfasts might suit you just fine.

For vegans/vegetarians, you’ll want to source fat from the following:

  • Avocados
  • Cheese (assuming not vegan/etc and/or lactose intolerant)
  • Nuts (assuming no allergies)