For whatever reason, my eyes seem to wander to the word bikini and at this time of year the word is plastered over all the fitness magazines – Get the Perfect Bikini Body, Five Minutes a Day to look Like a Bikini Model, 30 Best Celebrity Bikini Bodies etc…
Sometimes I often wonder if we should write more articles like this. After all, Shape.com is doing a tad better than Strongfigure.com. But every time I read these articles they infuriate me – they are all training articles. A perfect bikini body article should be a nutrition article not a training article. Honestly if you have a beach trip coming up and you want the perfect bikini body in a short period of time here are four quick tips:
- Figure out how many calories you should be taking in.
- Then follow the 40/30/30 rule – 40% of your calorie intake is from protein, 30% is from vegetables and some fruit, and 30% from good fats but remember to keep up your Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio at about 2:1.
- Drink tons of water.
- And the final five days before going to the beach keep your sodium super low and drink even more water.
Obviously, there is a lot more to be considered here so over the next several posts that I write for strongfigure I will give some fat loss tips I actually believe in – you know stuff that will be more helpful than what you pick up in the grocery store line that teaches you how to do dumbbell curls.
Ok sorry, back to my article topic –
Miss World Competition in Bali, Indonesia is Banning the Bikini!?!
Let me preface this with the following: I mean no disrespect to any culture or religion, but most reports are citing the reason that the host island for the Miss World competition, Bali, is banning the bikini is the country of Indonesia is 90% Muslim.
Sorry, but isn’t the swim suit competition the reason people watch those contests? I can listen to Madeline Albright talk about world peace. And maybe its just me, but somehow I don’t see baton twirling and tap dancing getting the ratings.
Anyway, the story of Miss World got me thinking: do Muslim women (who cover) need to worry about their figure? I mean the only person who will see them is their husbands. Do you think American women would stay in shape if the only people who ever saw their bodies were their husbands? Feel free to load up the comments section answering this one.
And in a similar culture related story:
Saudi Man gets Deported for Being Handsome?!?!?!?!
With the recent reports of a man being deported for being too good looking (they cited that his handsomeness would make women think of sex), it got me thinking would I even workout if I lived in such a culture?
Personally, I feel better when I workout and I still think of myself as an athlete, so the other non-aesthetic benefits would keep me lifting. That said, what is really filling the thousands of gyms all over the country? What is selling all those magazines with the Bikini headlines? It’s the aesthetics that drive the majority of people or is it the improved sleep and vertical leap?
So please please weigh in – would you still workout in a culture that hid sex and covered its women?
Ladies, for a pic of Mr. Too Handsome with no shirt on click here.
And don’t forget over the next several posts I will share a simple tip that will help you meet those bikini body goals. Sign up for a free subscription so you don’t miss out on those tips.