You do not need one day or one week or one month diets or quick or fast or ultrafast workout plans in order to shape and mold your cranky physical structure into the Perfect Beach Body. You only need one thing.
Nothing. That is what you need. Allow me to posit to you, in the spirit of Ultimate Hardcoreness, this idea: you have the perfect beach body already. Do you have the perfect body? No. You do not. In all likelihood your body suffers from myriad physical flaws which we won’t go into here except to just nod meaningfully at your undeveloped quadriceps. But you do not need the perfect body to go to the beach. You just need your body to go to the beach. The beach—despite being full of assholes, in many parts of the country—is supposed to be fun.
You don’t need visible abs to go to the beach. You don’t need baseball-shaped biceps to go to the beach. You don’t need perfect curves, a slim figure, or a nice tan to go to the beach. You, with the body in which you currently reside, pale/ fat/ scrawny/ mediocre though it may be, should go the beach and have some fucking fun. You should put on your bathing suit, take off your shirt, apply sunscreen, and frolic in the water. You should lay on a towel. You should throw a frisbee. And you should enjoy yourself. The only people who would insinuate to you that you should not do any of these things because of how your body looks are assholes.
Never let some asshole tell you you’re not beautiful enough to have fun.
It’s important to know the warning signs and symptoms to look for in a friend or loved one who may be suffering from this disease. It’s not always as obvious as you might think. And low weight or a very thin appearance is not necessarily an indication that someone is suffering from anorexia or bulemia. In fact, there are many women who are naturally thin (or “skinny”) and perfectly healthy. But, according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), there are 10 signs that could indicate someone you care about is struggling with this disease. Take a look so you will know when to step in and help:
- Binge Eating: Binge eating is a sign of an eating disorder. According to the NEDA, it’s characterized by repeated binging to the point of discomfort with compensatory measures to counter that eating (i.e., purging).
- Avoiding Meals Or Wanting To Eat Alone: People suffering from an eating disorder often want to eat alone or avoid meals all together, using various excuses for doing so, like “I just ate before I got here.”
- Drastic Weight Loss: Weight loss to a healthy level is one thing, but when it becomes drastic to the point that someone looks unhealthy, it could indicate a problem.
- Preoccupation With Counting Calories: Yes, we know that we should watch our calories and consume a healthy diet, but an unnatural or excessive preoccupation with food, fat grams or calories—to the point that it interferes with your nutrition or daily life—is not healthy.
- Consistently Viewing Yourself As Fat: People suffering from an eating disorder sometimes view their bodies differently than they really are. They can have a disturbed experience of body weight or shape or denial of the seriousness of their low body weight, according to NEDA.
- Food Rituals: Someone with an eating disorder could refuse to eat certain food categories (like no carbs, ever) or develop food rituals, like eating foods in certain orders, excessive chewing, rearranging food on a plate, etc.
- Excessive Exercise: Someone with an eating disorder can maintain an excessive, rigid exercise regimen—despite weather, fatigue, illness, or injury. They have an obsessive need to “burn off” calories taken in, according to NEDA.
- Taking Laxatives Or Diuretics: Laxative abuse is serious and dangerous, and it could result in life-threatening complications. If someone is taking these regularly without a doctor’s approval, it could indicate a method of trying to purge the body from unwanted food and calories.
- The Need To Weigh Yourself Several Times A Day: They could have an intense fear of becoming fat and/or make frequent comments about feeling “fat” or overweight despite weight loss, thus constantly weighing themselves to try to control this.
- Smoking To Curb Appetite: Someone with an eating disorder can deny feeling hungry and instead use smoking as a way to distract themselves from wanting to eat.