It's clear that the shirtless, perfectly chiselled fitness model on the magazine cover at your local grocery store is in peak shape, but it's less clear how he got into that shape in the first place. Well, spoiler alert: he does things you shouldn't even try if you care at all about your health or sanity.
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While fitness models do usually work hard for a physique that many of us may admire, the reality is that they can't hold that photo-physique very long (a couple days, in most cases). In fact, the process of getting "photoshoot-ready" often involves dangerous practices that go against the very healthy-living principles that these people preach.
Here's an example of what one model does to prepare for a shoot:
For one, he cut down his normal food intake for the week by about 5,000 calories and began taking magnesium pills and drinking dandelion tea four times per day in order to lose water weight and speed the dehydration process. In his own words: "You basically need to be within 10 minutes of a toilet at all times."
We've written before about the pitfalls of basing your goals on an ideal physique, as well as the health ramifications of six-pack abs. Greatist's article further exposes the crazy things that fitness models put themselves through, including intentionally restricting water and carb intake and working out intensely on a severe energy deficit.
Check out Greatist's revealing story in the link below.