Busting common myths in the world of pageantry fitness
Many things have changed over the years in the world of pageantry, and many have stayed the same. Some of them are wonderful traditions, others are not so wonderful ideas which unfortunately linger, including several myths when it comes to being fit and looking your best on stage.
The current theme of the fitness game on the pageant stage is healthy, toned, strong and most importantly, presenting your best you. There are many different ways to get there, however, there are also many popular misconceptions about pageant fitness. These falsehoods simply refuse to go away despite all of the amazing knowledge and education available to those working to be their best.
You can clearly differentiate the pageant ladies on stage who have prepared the right way. They are healthy, vibrant, glowing and full of life. Your eyes are drawn to them and you can tell they feel great. It is obvious these ladies prepared for the stage and did not follow any unhealthy habits, tricks or fitness myths in their pursuits.
Let’s explore a few of these pageant fitness myths and finally put them to rest!
1. “To lose weight, I simply won’t eat.”
This belief is unfortunately quite common and could not be further from the truth. Your body needs fuel to function and to burn body fat. Yes! You must eat to burn body fat!
Think of your body like a fireplace and your metabolism the fire. In order to keep a fire burning, you have to keep feeding it additional logs at regular intervals. Your body is no different! To keep your metabolism going and burning body fat, you must feed it at regular intervals.
Many who have issues with losing weight find that once a Nutritionist or Dietician breaks down their food intake, they aren’t eating enough and actually need to raise their daily calorie intake in order to achieve the desired results.
Food is fuel for the body and fuel makes a fire burn. It is important in your quest for your best stage body to eat healthy foods at regular intervals.
Myth: Not eating will make you lose weight.
Myth Busted: Eating at regular intervals will increase your metabolism and burn more body fat.
2. “Weight training will make me bulky.”
Pageant girls are notoriously afraid to hit the weights. They are afraid that if they do, they will suddenly become a She-Hulk in their evening gown. This is not the case!
It is very difficult for a female to gain muscle size, and many women who feel they are too muscular simply have extra body fat rather than muscle. Even those who are thin in one area and larger in another are not more muscular in that area, that is simply where their body holds body fat and as they follow good nutrition, weight train and perform cardiovascular exercise, they will see this stubborn body fat decrease.
To shed body fat, one must weight train. Weight training and engaging muscle causes the body to burn more body fat at rest and is crucial in that tight, toned look we desire.
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