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Month / January, 2014

Beyonce’s Thigh Gap at the Grammys (2014) *I was Right*

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Remember when I wrote a post a little while back about how Beyonce didn’t have a thigh gap but she probably wanted one?

I was raked over the coals for saying so. You see, everyone was going around saying you don’t need a thigh gap because Beyonce didn’t have one and she was being held up as the hottest woman on the planet.

Well, then the 2014 grammy’s happened and lo and behold, Bey came out sporting much thinner legs and something like a thigh gap. *Gasp*

Does this now mean that you DO need a thigh gap, because well, Beyonce felt like she needed one?

To answer my own question, of course not – but as we can clearly see even Beyonce is of the opinion that being thin/slim is desirable… apparently more desirable than having ‘thick’ or ‘full’ thighs or she wouldn’t have touched hers. Can you deny that Beyonce doesn’t look her absolute best (better than she has ever looked even) with a straight face?

And before the trolls come in here and say most men would prefer Beyonce when she was ‘curvier’, please stop deluding yourself. No straight man would throw the svelte version of Beyonce out of their bed because she looks smoking hot with a thigh gap!

Now, let me get to the question you all want to know…

How did Beyonce get her thigh gap?

Well, there could be a few reasons and no one but Beyonce can say for sure.

* Wider Hips after Childbirth – Many women have been known to have wider hips after giving birth to their children. As you know by now if you’ve read any of my other articles on how to get a thigh gap, wider hips will make it easier for you to achieve the thigh gap.

* Liposuction / plastic surgery – Ok, it’s pretty darn obvious to everyone but diehard stans in denial, that Beyonce has had a lot of work done over the years. Professional surgeons have speculated that she’s had a nose job, boob job, work done to her face (fillers,etc) and I am in agreement. If that’s the case, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to consider that Beyonce may have gotten liposuction or body contouring to her inner and outer thighs to achieve her grammy night thigh gap.

* Diet – Some people are saying that Beyonce’s 22 day Vegan challenge is responsible for her thigh gap. I’ll have a post coming on whether begin vegan will guarantee you will lose weight, but it could be that Beyonce’s altered diet caused her to lose enough fat/body weight to reveal the thigh gap that was hidden under her extra pounds.

* Exercise – Beyonce has been on tour for the past year and dances/works out for about 3 hours for every performance. We can all probably agree that she goes hard and burns a ton of calories every night she’s on stage. Additionally, her workout involves a ton of cardio, and as described in my book cardio is great for fat burning – particularly, cardio that lasts at least 45 minutes.

Any one or a combination of these reasons could be the secret beyond Beyonce’s thigh gap during her ‘Drunk in Love’ 2014 grammy’s performance. Which do you think is the most plausible reason?

 

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Back from Vacation – 30 Day Cooking Challenge

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Hello lovelies! In case you were wondering, I’ve been on a 3 week road trip across Ireland and just got back to New York City today.

For the record, I love Ireland and Irish people. I love going on vacation because I walk more then ever when I’m traveling. In New York City, I’m always in my car driving from one destination to the next.

One of the good/bad things about traveling is that you tend to eat out a heck of a lot more and loosen your normal clean/low calorie diet to include treats. Of course, when you eat out you can’t control what goes into the food and you can’t be precise with how many calories you are consuming, and treats tend to contain lots of sugar and be very high calorie.

The great thing about Ireland is that something like 80% of the population are celiacs, so there are tons of gluten free options. 

Generally, I try to stick to the basics (e.g. I got grilled chicken and ate it with a salad at a 7-11 type equivalent called Tesco or Centra or bought soup from the supermarket and heated it up), choose the healthiest/vegetarian meals available on the menu (e.g. in Galway I got the yummiest olive/lentil burger with broccoli/cauliflower and a spicy tomato sauce… and I modified the full irish breakfast by getting egg whites and skipping the sausage/bacon), or cook (a few mornings I made egg white omelets with spinach).

For treats, yes I did indulge a little bit, but I tried to hone it in by opting for aero puddings (so that I would know how many calories I was consuming) and shared desserts with my boyfriend instead of eating the entire thing.

Yes, eating healthy and not gaining tons of weight while on vacation can be tricky to navigate and I was actually thinking about writing my next book about how to do just that. Do you think it’s a good idea? I’d love your feedback on that so leave a comment below.

But back to the main point of this article –

I am going to be doing a cooking challenge where I prepare all of my meals at home for the month of February and I’d like to invite you to join me. You’d be surprised at how much less calories you can consume and how full you can get when you make your own meals. Of course, you’d be entirely shocked at how much fat/weight you lose.

It’s no wonder, as you would never guess how much salt (leading to water retention) and sugar that is unnecessarily added to meals.

I’ll be doing some videos (cardio dance workout as well as some related to the challenge) so look out for that!

If you would like to commit to the challenge with me, pledge your dedication below!

 

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New ‘Bikini Bridge Gap’ Cardio Dance Workout – Choreography

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bikini-bridge-gap-workoutIt’s your favorite time of the week – the moment when I post a killer cario dance workout for you to sweat and have fun to.

This week, I’ve chosen to do the cardio dance workout choreography to Katy Perry and Juicy J’s song, ‘Dark Horse’ from Katy’s album PRISM.

The song is pretty short (approximately 4 minutes), however you will hate me at the end of this.

I mean, I think I even went a bit overboard. Your heart rate is going to be elevated THE ENTIRE TIME, and your body will have no choice but to burn through the stored body fat from all of those end of the year/new year parties you’ve been attending.

SIDE BAR: I’ve been to 3 birthday parties already for the new year. If you celebrated your birthday, consider this my present to you!

Also, have you been sticking to your new year’s goals so far? Tell me your top three goals for the year in the comments section below and I’ll pick one lucky commenter to give a surprise free gift to.

The entire workout video is after the jump, so click the read more button to watch it

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What is ‘The Bikini Bridge’ (the new Thigh Gap) And How to Get it

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A new question is circulating the internet. Everywhere, older people completely out of touch with the desires of young men are asking, ‘Is the bikini bridge gap the new thigh gap?”

Now, some of you may be wondering – WHAT IS THE BIKINI BRIDGE GAP?

The definition of a bikini bridge gap is when your hip bones jut forward and your stomach is flat enough so that your bikini bottom band stretches across and is forced to have a gap (hence, it’s comparison to the thigh gap) when lying down (or when standing up).

The gap is between your lower abdomen and the cloth/band of your bikini bottom. Basically, it’s having a flat stomach (gasp*)

The bikini bridge was a prank, a hoax/satirical article that was posted on buzz feed that all the media blogs picked up on and ran with. Yep, all of these journalists totally fell for it hook, line and sinker. I suppose it is sort of like the thigh gap in that the ‘experts’ are already foaming at the mouth and calling it dangerous for girls to want a bikini bridge (basically a really toned and flat stomach).

Of course, now that this word ‘the bikini bridge gap’ is out there – more and more people are becoming aware of the idea and want to know “how to get a bikini bridge gap”, for real!

Uh-oh, look what the media has gone and done. Spread something that totally wasn’t a thing by bringing awareness to it with faux outrage of it being unhealthy because it could lead to an eating disorder. Exactly why is it unhealthy and dangerous to not look 3 months pregnant when you’re not? Beats me. The way the experts tell it, everyone should be striving towards tummy rolls, because real women are should look like the pillsbury dough boy have curves, or something like that.

Are we going to try to convince people that getting a flat tummy is something totally genetic, requires some special kind of bone structure, and virtually impossible, like they do the thigh gap?

No, because that would be just plain silly. Your genes have absolutely nothing to do with your ability to get a flat stomach. EVERY single person can get a bikini bridge gap, just like everyone can get a thigh gap. Does that mean it’s a walk in the park or a piece of cake? Most definitely no to the later, and uh-uh to the former, as well sadly.

You will need to rid your diet of the offenders: sugar, carbs, sodium, and exercise beyond a snail’s pace of walking and ultra low steady state cardio. Everything has to be strategic.

It takes some discipline, and knowledge of how to tweak your diet and exercise regimen to boost your metabolism, burn more fat instead of carbs, train your hunger. The good news is all of that is covered in my book, ‘The Thigh Gap Hack”. Since the thigh gap hack allows you to get skinny and sculpt a feminine physique, the natural byproduct of doing my program is developing a flat stomach, small waist, and subsequently a bikini bridge (YAY!)

 

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How Long Does it Take to get a Thigh Gap or Skinny Legs?

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I get this question a lot. Time and time again someone will e-mail, Facebook or tweet me asking, “Camille, how long does it take to get a thigh gap?” “When will I see a thigh gap?” or “how long do I have to do your program [in the book] before I’ll see my gap?”

I always answer the very same way – no one really knows…

I understand you want your thigh gap in the fastest time possible, but I would be lying if I said it will take you 30 days, 14 days, or even 2 months, like some shady websites and fitness gurus have been guilty of doing. There’s no way these people could possibly know the exact period of time for the following reasons:

1. Every one is starting from different places.

Some women have more fat to lose, some women have more muscles to lose, some women are already lean and just need to lose some water weight/fluid in the thighs.

[By the way, I’ll be debuting some awesome new products in the very near future to help you release the water weight in your thighs, as well as my official ‘No More Bulky Legs’ thigh gap workout dvd. LIKE this post and leave a comment below if you’d like to get a sneak peak and special offer on both products.]

2. It depends on how well you stick to the program.

I lay out exactly which hacks you can do to get a thigh gap in ‘The Thigh Gap Hack”, and the effectiveness increases the ore strategies you utilize. If you only do hunger training, it might take a little bit longer for you to get a gap, whereas if you do hunger training and the exercise cycling program I recommend (a specific schedule of working out to maximize fat loss) and any of the other hacks, you will undoubtedly get faster results.

The truth is you can find your thigh and legs leaning out in just two weeks if you are already relatively thin and adhere to my diet and exercise regimens. If you have a good bit of weight to lose, I recommend you try not to rush getting lean. It might take 3 months to a year since you’re best bet is to try to lose 1 – 2 pounds a week at most.

Be patient – if you read the book and follow my plan, it will work in due time!

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The Myth that Women Can’t Gain Muscles On Deficit

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While some women might find this look desirable, others might think it’s too muscular.

You’ve heard it before – women can’t gain muscles on a deficit. Go ahead and squat and lunge and work your legs with heavy resistance. As long as you’re on a calorie deficit, don’t expect to see your legs looking bulky or more muscular than you might like.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

There’s a false notion that you need to be in a calorie surplus to gain muscle. The faulty logic behind this is that the muscles need protein in order to grow and that if you are in a deficit, you aren’ t getting enough protein for this to happen.

Uh.. what about if a person’s diet on a deficit consists of 80% protein? Don’t you think that would be enough for protein to grow the muscles. The problem with this misconception is that you can’t build muscles on a deficit is actually referring to a protein deficiency not a calorie deficit. These two are not the same things at all.

In other words, ladies – if you want to slim your legs and thighs, put down those protein shakes/bars/etc. All of that protein combined with workout will lead to the exact results you do not want. Besides, you don’t NEED all that extra protein! You don’t need to be eating more than your body weight in protein (e.g. you weight 100 lbs – you don’t need to consume more than 100g of protein)

Another claim is that the muscles don’t grow on a deficit. It might become stronger, tighter or more compact, but the fat that you may have lost from eating at a deficit reveals exactly what was there before.

No. No. No.

This photo of a woman’s arms before and after her weight loss (where she ate at a deficit) clearly shows that her muscle looks more defined. Even if technically it didn’t gain a lot of mass, many women don’t want a define muscular look like this (in the legs moreso than anywhere where)

Additionally, there is something commonly referred to as ‘newb gains’ in the fitness world, where someone who hasn’t really worked out much before and starts lifting/training will experience muscle growth.

What if you are a relatively small woman who doesn’t want that muscular/bulky look. Well, you won’t be exempt from those noob gains and you will see muscles developing in your legs that you frankly do not want.

It’s time people stop thinking muscle cells are different to any other kind of cells that clearly do get created whether you are in a moderate deficit or in a surplus.

The next time you hear someone proclaim this myth, please point them to this article. In fact, share this right now on your social media networks to help those women who are lifting heavy in hopes of getting a slim, bikini body – but thinking they won’t get muscular because they’re in a calorie deficit.

They’ll love you forever.

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Why Plus Sized Barbie is a Terrible Idea

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plussizedbarbieHappy New Year everyone! I don’t want to start the new year off with a rant, but this picture came up on my Facebook timeline from plussizemodeling and I had to cringe at the amount of comments in support of this craziness.

Should toy companies start making plus sized barbie dolls? As you can see, the instructions state to like if you are in support and comment if you are not.

This photo received (at the time of this writing) over 42,000 likes. The comments is not as telling, as some have voiced their opinion in support of plus size barbie dolls in spite of the directions.

Now, if you will – please turn your attention to the double chin of this barbie doll and legs/stomach/arms and tell me if this is something you would want little girls aspiring to look like.

Sure, this photo is a reflection of what some real life women look like, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. Most of these women have a host of health issues, are sluggish/tired all the time, and are only wishing they could lose the weight so that they no longer look like this!

Having plus sized barbie dolls normalizes this look and makes it appear that it’s okay for a woman to have numerous chins and so much body fat that it distorts her features/good looks.

The barbie dolls that we have right now are not perfect, by any means, but at least they are not promoting overindulgence, obesity, health issues that come with being the size of the proposed barbie in question. Making a plus sized barbie doll is like fighting fire with fire – it does nothing to remedy the supposed problem of little girls striving for “unattainable” beauty that our current barbie dolls promote.

And another thing, just because many women look like the picture above, doesn’t make it normal. Our bodies were not made to look like this. You cannot possibly perform at your best when you are lugging around so much excess weight. Furthermore, even if this idea were to fly, you won’t be able to convince little girls to want a plus sized barbie doll over a slender/thin one.

Anyway, that’s just my take on it. What do you guys think about the matter? Leave a comment below on why or why plus size barbie dolls are a bad idea.

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