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Confessions of a Fitness Model: The Ugly Truth about the New Standard for Beauty by [Moon, Madelyn]
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What if you could have six-pack abs?


What if you could have perfect, tight glutes?
What if you could have a body everyone envied?
What if it was going to make you miserable to get there?

We live in a society that values looks above all else. We idolize those who are willing to work hard and sacrifice to have the bodies we all wish we could have. And we assume that we’d be happy if we could just control our eating, lose the weight, and get fit.

But the truth is much darker than you’d expect. Oftentimes, the search for control leads to obsession. And the quest for health takes a turn down the path to dysfunction and illness.



Those who are the leanest and fittest—fitness models and competitors—would seem to be guaranteed health and happiness, according to our warped value system. But behind the spray tans, the tiny bikinis, and the rock-hard bodies lies an uncomfortable truth—the superfit are often miserable and unwell.

In Confessions of a Fitness Model, Madelyn Moon takes us inside the world of fitness competition and modelling and reveals the often damaging and compulsive behavior that is required to reach the ranks of the superfit. She shares her story—her mistakes and her anguish—and shows us how she broke free of damaging thoughts about her body. Madelyn left behind the tyranny of calorie counting and body comparison and found new joy in body acceptance and a love of food. Confessions of a Fitness Model provides a roadmap so you can follow her down the path to true health and happiness, no matter what the scale says.

About the Author

Madelyn Moon spent the last several years training for fitness competitions and modeling photo shoots, only to come to the conclusion that obsessing over food and her body was taking her further away from her passion, not closer. Today, Maddy Moon teaches other women and men how to take control of their relationship with food while enjoying every minute of their newfound freedom.

Madelyn is the host of the Mind Body Musings Podcast and the creator of the site, maddymoon.com. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Paleo Magazine, and Breaking Muscle. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and currently resides in Colorado, coaching clients online.


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  • Publisher: Archangel Ink (Feb. 25 2016)
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  • Language: English
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Very honest and informative about the kind of path towards diet and exercise obsession that contest dieting or fitness modelling can lead you down, and the contradiction that the people who look the best can sometimes be anything *but* "healthy." The "been there, done that" perspective is easily where the book is most valuable.
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By A Customer on March 12 2016
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Maddy Mood is a passionate and true writer. This book is extremely relatable and enlightening to anyone in the fitness industry or anyone who struggles with dieting/working out compulsions. There is so much more to life than just your physical body!
Thank you for sharing your story Maddy!
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I appreciated the honesty in this book. A reminder to be healthy and take care of your spirit above all else
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa53ce444) out of 5 stars 57 reviews
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HASH(0xa523cdc8) out of 5 stars Never obsess over having a "perfect" body again Feb. 27 2016
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Even though working out and eating healthy has always been something I've enjoyed, I won't lie and say that I haven't spent a lot of my time wishing I had a better six pack, or more defined muscles. The crazy thing is that even when I do hit these "goals" it never seems to be enough. This book really opened up my eyes to the destructive side of the fitness industry. Though I am a male, the issues that Madelyn covers in this book apply to both genders because we are ALL affected by the ridiculousness of the fitness industry in some way or another. Stop spending your time wishing you had a better body, because being thinner and fitter doesn't mean you will be happier. Enjoy the body you have now!
16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa52c9b70) out of 5 stars Confessions of a hack with an ironically poor understanding of nutrition Feb. 29 2016
By Chromeheart - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book that needed to be written, but I wish it had been written by a better author with a decent comprehension of fitness and nutrition. I also wish she'd hired an editor, since this reads like it was written by an amateur who hasn't read a book since high school English.

That said, I recommend reading this book in the situation that you're a woman intent on growing a 6 pack. I think every female Crossfitter needs to read this book for the content about the way the fitness industry affects body image. That is the only reason I gave it three stars instead of two or one. Because there is a very specific demographic that I think this book will help. That said, there are several red flags that the author isn't qualified to be giving lifestyle advice.

Flag 1: she tries to say that clean eating makes you sick and constipated just because she experienced that effect on a heavily restricted diet that wasn't even clean. From Maddy's description of her "fitness" diet, she was consuming large quantities of whey protein powder daily. Whey protein shakes are a far cry from "clean eating." Bloating and bathroom issues are a symptom of whey intolerance, and it's also very well known that not eating enough fat causes constipation. It doesn't sound like she ever did her own research about health, fitness, sustainable fat loss, etc. and just took her trainer's advice without fact checking.

Flag 2: she lumps the paleo diet in with stupid weight loss fad diets that get you nowhere, and then tells everyone to start eating grains and dairy again.

Flag 3: Her solution to get off the diet / body obsession hamster wheel is to throw your entire health and fitness plan out the window and eat whatever, as long as it tastes good. Whether or not you're on a restrictive diet to manage health concerns, this is appallingly bad advice. Talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Americans got fat and sick in the first place by eating whatever, as long as it tastes good.

Flag 4: I contacted Maddy about her incorrect and baseless statements about clean eating, and her apparent belief that all kinds of restrictive dieting is bad for us. I politely informed her that most of the people on paleo do it because we have to, not because we get a high from food restriction. She arrogantly responded, "it should be obvious enough from all my writing that I'm not against Paleo." Okay, lady, bad amateur writers don't go around assuming that everyone who got a free ebook on promotion is going to run out and read everything that person ever wrote. Get over yourself.

Flag 5: Maddy tried to prove her credibility by informing me that she writes for Paleo Magazine. This had quite the opposite effect. The fact that she's involved in the paleo community and is so uneducated about fitness and nutrition is proof that she IS a hack trying to use us to expand her consumer base. Furthermore... if Maddy wants to be a writer, she seriously needs to learn how to write. Books like this are the reason I typically steer clear of self-published kindle authors.

Flag 6: This entire excuse for an "expose" is based on the incorrect premise that the only way to get fit is to go on a heavily restricted crash diet and do hard exercise for 2+ hours a day. If you're looking for a healthy, sane, and sustainable diet/fitness plan, this is not a good book to read because the author will more or less yell at you for caring about your body and tell you not to stop trying. If I were the author, I'd be embarrassed to put this profound expression of ignorance out into the world and then behave so arrogantly when a reader points out the flaws.
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HASH(0xa52846b4) out of 5 stars Path of wellness vs. Torturous quest to fit a certain look: Which would you choose? March 2 2016
By Zebra_Bell7524 - Published on Amazon.com
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To the person who wrote that a 6 pack is unattainable for a woman unless you restrict and obsessively exercise - shush. I am the proud owner of a six pack and I don't deny myself the pleasures of food and I exercise the Zuzka Light way - I work out hard for less time. I never exercise for more than 40 minutes and definitely don't do over 20 minutes of cardio. What Maddy speaks about in her former life is the philosophy of fitness where force is used - forcing the body to fit an ideal by abusing it with overexercising and denial of food. This is a cycle which includes negative self thoughts as well. Real health is possible. You don't have to let it all go and you don't have to control every morsel and schedule hours of gym time. Maddy is more beautiful now than she ever was as a fitness model - real health glows.

I don't like the 6 pack comment because as Maddy showed on her blog even a gorgeous woman like her has some cellulite on her booty BUT some women do not. Genetics result in a range of natural bodies so please don't look at someone like me with my 6 pack and cut up shoulders or Zuzka with her breathtaking physique and think we starve. There is a difference between being on the path of wellness and a torturous quest to fit a certain look. Thank you Maddy for putting yourself out there to show the dark side of fitness but seriously if you read the book and still are a judgement monster maybe you should go back and read it again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa528493c) out of 5 stars Silly, fluffy book March 24 2016
By S Bayssassew - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reads like a motivational speech for teens. There is very little in it about the actual world of fitness modelling. She spends the first half of the book talking about her eating disorder and the second half talking about loving yourself (even if that means continuing down the world of eating and exercising disorders, because "you want what you want"). She never really explains how she overcame her issues either, except for one short chapter on positive thinking. I don't think she really understands what it means to be healthy as she seems to go from one extreme (eating only 7 food items for months at a time) to the other (eat whatever you want, whenever you want, as much as you want). Overall it's a silly, fluffy book.
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HASH(0xa5284de0) out of 5 stars Wisdom and proportion in reference to fitness Feb. 28 2016
By Vanhelmont - Published on Amazon.com
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Maddy shares wisdom and a sense of proportion gained from her experiences as a fitness model. I was surprised at the extent of the negative effects simply dieting and exercising, in abnormal quatities, led to. She promotes the idea of "HAES" (healthy at every size) which I have reservations about. It's surely true that the influence of media and fashion on body image can be negative, as it was for Moon and even more in cases where eating disorders can lead to death, but obesity can also lead to death, and often leads to health problems and reduced quality of life in ways that aren't related to other people's perception. On the whole, a worthwhile book with a number of good ideas that can improve your life.