Heidi Montag Syndrome: Do You Know When To Stop? - Lose Stubborn Fat!

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Usually you talk about how to lose the fat and better ways on how to do it. How refreshing that you talk about what to do at the finish line.

I, once, didn't realize I was doing more than I should have at the finish line when I was finally thin from being obese. And to be honest when I saw that I weighed in dangerously thin, I honestly wanted to keep going, but I had to force myself to stop.


I'll admit that I have been whining about feeling "fat" even though I'm not - just 8 months preggo. Some friends tried to make me feel better by saying that breastfeeding will make me go lower than my pre-preg weight and couldn't understand that I was in the perfect weight range for my body, the point is to be healthy and strong, not to go for as low a number on the scale as you possibly can.


Thank you for posting this! I almost went into this cycle of not feeling good enough even though I've been making progress. But it's nice to actually enjoy the other forms of progress, like being able to reduce weight on the assisted pull-up machine and not the weight loss.



Hey Josh,
This article is great! I'm going to email it over to many of my girlfriends who are at 20% and insist they should be 15%. It's nice to hear that at 21% a woman is way ahead of the game. Please continue writing these kind of articles. I think it would really benefit a lot of women!

Carolyn Swaney

Great article, Josh. I'm at about 16% body fat, but after having 2 children via c-section, I can tell you that there IS something to fix! Two somethings and a stomach if you know what I mean. However, it's depressing to see someone who 1) doesn't even look that different in the after (except for the ginormous boobs) and 2) is so young! What will happen when she decides to have kids of her own and her body is wrecked? Well, I guess at least she already has a surgeon that she trusts.

I can say for sure that if my body weren't altered by the stretching that comes with pregnancy and nursing, you are 100% correct...nothing left to fix.

Love your posts! Thanks!


You're sending kind of a mixed message here. In that 'before' picture where you refer to her as a "life size barbie", she had already undergone numerous plastic surgery procedures. before that, she looked like this: http://www.coolcelebs.org/images/heidi-montag-post-surgery2_14.jpg left picture. Plastic surgery at a young age really skeeves me out.... using it to ease the affects of aging, or dealing with a long-term insecurity, or rebuilding a disfigured appearance is one thing, but in the picture you posted she already had breast implants and a nose job and god knows what else.

Please be aware of the message you are sending... that is all.


This is a great article Josh! It makes me so sad to see women never happy with themselves, no matter how beautiful they may be (and other attributes like intelligence apparently not even in the running!) I work hard to raise my two girls to value being strong, tough and capable (and smart! always smart :-) ), something which only gets harder as they get older. I'm trying to be more of a role model on the fitness-level lately (dare I say, I model the thinking part quite well already...), and luckily they see their father valuing fitness very highly indeed, often using parkour to vault himself over anything in his path LOL.I have found that not having a TV helps an inordinate amountas it keeps them from the deluge of damaging media messages - when they do watch DVDs or such they are things I am ok with, and definitely commercial-free experiences. I could, however,kill my well-meaning mother-in-law and a friend'smom for giving them Barbie dolls...let's just say they are the bane of my existence in the past few weeks. However, it does give us a chance to discuss the messages that are out there, and how silly it is that women would be told to "be pretty" and not lift heavy things and be doctors and such - my older daughter is incredibly proud of her strength and made a point once to tell me that she "works out" so that she can be strong and someday lift and carry "someone" if they were hurt and can't walk!

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This is an awesome article Josh. Very nice the way you illustrated the point. You are absolutely right about how sometimes women take it to the nth degree. This especially when it comes to weight loss. There is nothing wrong if they are doing it the healthy way but when they try unhealthy means is when it really starts getting crazy. Dangerous diets and pills. More people should read this article.

Josh Hillis


Making progress on assisted pull ups is the best thing ever!!!

Josh Hillis


I know right about the 15% thing. There are a lot of bodybuilding-ish sites that kind of lean that direction - leaner is always better.

I think it cool for a girl to be lean and sporty but still look like a girl.

Josh Hillis

You're totally right.

The point is that you are TOTALLY lean enough already (double high five!)

As everything that stretches out being pregnant, that is a different story. It makes me think of all the things that moms give to bring kids into the world and give them a great life. It blows my mind.

Reminds me: If you haven't seen Holly "The Fit Yummy Mummy" Rigsby's blog, she's got the best mom's fitness site in the world:


Josh Hillis

Hi Alexandra!

Yeah, this was her second time around. I thought she was beautiful before her first round of plastic surgery.

And I wasn't endorsing becoming a life sized barbie doll, I was just saying that if that's why she's after, she was already there!

I used to knock plastic surgery, but then I thought about when I got braces. I got braces because my teeth looked really bad, and I wanted them to look better. And I'm really really happy I did.

So I don't look down on Heidi at all. It just makes me sad she can't know herself as someone who's pretty already.


Cynically, I wonder if Heidi was less dissatisfied with her body and more dissatisfied with her level of exposure recently. It doesn't seem like her musical debut last fall didn't go as she hoped and I hadn't seen her face on the supermarket tabs for a while there. She seems too careful with her fitness routine to do a high profile weight gain/loss boondoggle like Jessica Simpson, so...

Josh Hillis

That's so totally normal.

It's cool that you caught it and stopped yourself!

Josh Hillis

Yeah, being pregnant is just pregnant!

Go mom!

Josh Hillis


RE: "...and made a point once to tell me that she "works out" so that she can be strong and someday lift and carry "someone" if they were hurt and can't walk!"

Josh Hillis

Thanks Paramjit Sidhu!

I totally appreciate that!

Josh Hillis

I know right? Wow, that would be sad. I heard her album sold like 650 copies... There are local bands her in Denver that do more than that.


While i agree with you on the 'Heidi Montag Syndrome', i don't agree on the 'ahead of the game' analysis.
currently the quality of the 'game' is so low, that you are relatively quickly better looking than 95% of the people. funny you mention malibu though ;)

it is the same with ie. schools. being better than 95% at the University of Bridgeport is different than being in the top 5% at MIT.

what is the bodyfat % of a toned female like her: http://www.bodyrock.tv/2010/01/21/six-pack-and-love-handles-this-weeks-theme/ ?
does she fall in the 19-21% range?

Josh Hillis

I would guess that Zuzana from BodyRock.tv would be even lower. 16% maybe? Possibly even 14%

She looks awesome, and it's inspiring. That being said, I've found that most women are really stoked with the way they look up in the 19-20% range.

For example, if we say that Zuzana is at 15% bodyfat, we might also say that Gretchen from The Real Housewives of Orange County is at 19-20%.


In other words, you don't have to look like a full on fitness model to be a hottie.


i am sorry, i haven't seen your answer until now, your blog didn't show it until today.
thanks for the answer, appreciated. i really thought it is lower than 14% but good to know it isn't freakish low ;)

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