In the Men’s Health section of MSN.com, I ran across an article entitled:
And yet another one with a similar theme….
So apparently all of the media images of fit, muscular male bods in the movies, on TV, in magazines and on numerous underwear ads across the nation’s billboards has the more average members of the male population feeling a bit insecure and unhappy with their physiques.
Would it be petty of me to snicker now?
How horrible that to attain the current popular male ideal you may have to get up from your reserved PS2/Xbox station on your couch, stop eating junky man food and become familiar with the produce section of your grocery store! What a travesty that such “reckless” behaviors as lifting weights and performing regular cardio might be demanded of you! “Dangerous” forays into healthy food preparation now lie in your future if you want to have any chance of competing! What a terrible thing to have to turn yourself into a lean and fit specimen with great cardiovascular capacity, low cholesterol, strong bones and muscles, and endless energy!
Hold on while I find a hankie….No, it’s not for you. It’s for me–so I can mop up these tears of laughter flowing out of my eyes.
I am now firmly convinced that the mainstream authors of these and many other “health” articles all have their heads up their collective asses.
We women can only dream of being so lucky as to have a female version of the male ideal at which to aim.
1. 1/3 c. oatmeal, 3 T. raisins, 1 whole egg, 3 egg whites
2. 1 banana, 1 scoop protein powder
3: 4 oz. chicken breast, 2 steamed Mandarin rolls, 1 c. vegetable mix
4. 2 rice cakes, 1 T. ANPB
5. 2 oz. spaghetti, 1.5 c. cucumber, carrot, seaweed and bean sprouts, 2 oz. turkey, 1/3 c. dried berries
6. 2 whole eggs + 4 egg whites omelette with 1 c. broccoli, 1/2 bag light popcorn
Water: 16 cups
Supplements: multivitamin, calcium 600+D, EAS l-glutamine, 3 fish oil capsuless
Calories: 2052 calories (50.8% carb/28.0% pro/23.6% fat)
* YF Cardio (60 min)
Calories burned: 412 calories
DEFICIT: -48 cal