Black male model Ngo Okafor 2013

I have a video and photo shoot today for a new exercise product, which will hit the market soon. We are negotiating terms for me to become the face of the product on TV and other media. I’ve been preparing for the shoot for a few days. I’ve stepped up my ab and cardio regimens for the past few days in order to guarantee that I’m at my leanest at the time of the shoot. I have also cut back on my carbohydrate intake. I feel ready. I will post pictures from the shoot once I get to the set. Stay tuned.

Many male and female models do severe water restriction in order to achieve maximum leanness. Many even take ‘water pills’ or diuretics. I don’t like severe water restriction , because being extremely dehydrated causes me to cramp up. I have never used ‘water pills’ or diuretics either. I choose to train harder. This is why I went out for a 4 mile run last night, a little after midnight.

Weight loss is a highly controversial use of water pills. Water is heavy and can contribute to a puffy or overweight appearance, so removing excess water is one way to shed pounds and look a little trimmer. Celebrities often use techniques to shed water weight before photo shoots and other events for this reason.

Using diuretics in this way is problematic for multiple reasons. They can create electrolyte imbalances because of how they affect sodium and potassium levels, which can cause problems such as muscle cramps and irregular heartbeat. Problems such as dizziness and fainting can happen if dehydration and a drop in blood pressure are too extreme. Lastly, the body naturally will try to replenish its supply of water once diuretic use ends, so weight loss under this method is not sustainable.

Psychologists and psychiatrists are especially concerned about the use of both water pills and laxatives in cases of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Even though these medications are not meant to be taken for an extremely long time even in cases of medical necessity, individuals suffering from these conditions use them over extended periods to keep weight as low as possible. Stopping the use often means working through intense mental and behavioral issues such as distorted body image.

Stay safe and continue to work hard!!


Ngo Okafor

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