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UFLA 2014

Obsessed With Bodybuilding

Do you squander hours away looking at your body in the mirror every day?
Do you spend more than 2 hours in the gym each day?
Are you always worried that your muscles look too small?
Well, if you answered "yes" to any of these questions, be careful because you could be suffering from what doctors call "muscle dysmorphia" (MD) or what bodybuilders refer to as "bigorexia" and "reverse anorexia."


Big worries about bodies

While anorexics starve themselves thinking they're too fat, men suffering from MD think they look too small. Suffering from MD isn't life threatening, but its symptoms could lead to problems, which could become life threatening. That's why it's critical to identify MD in its origination before it gets too serious and damage becomes permanent. A healthy lifestyle should be a given for every man. Always keep an eye on your diet and exercise regularly — but the question remains: when do exercise and diet constrains become problematic?


Are you big enough?

Before you answer that question, ask yourself these:
.Are you obsessed with building mass?
.Do you check out your physique in the mirror more than twice a day?
.Do you weigh yourself once or twice a day to see if you've gained weight?
.Will you avoid going out to restaurants with friends because you're scared you'll cheat on your muscle-building diet or because you might lose muscle definition?
.Do you dress in baggy clothes (at the gym or in public) because you're ashamed of your body and scared people will think you're too small?
. Are you below average in body fat and still think your muscles could be more defined?
.  Do you experience mood swings and anxiety attacks because of your unhealthy diet?
. Are you generally dissatisfied with your body?

What does it mean if you've answered "yes" to any of these questions?


All these questions suggest symptoms of MD. Again, if you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, you should definitely consider reevaluating your approach to dieting and training. It's important that you try maintaining a proper balance of fun and discipline in your lifestyle. Then again, don't overdramatize this goal because there's nothing pathological about being an avid bodybuilder. The only thing I'm saying is that it shouldn't take over your life. MD can eventually lead to severe consequences that may become hazardous to your life and to your lifestyle
Available at: http://www.askmen.com/sports/bodybuilding/48_fitness_tip.html Access on 10/23/2014


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