Here’s a little secret. Majority of what’s happening in the health and fitness industry(especially social media) is a money grab. I hate to use the word majority but in my opinion that’s what I see.
There are great trainers and coaches who do a phenomenal job of giving fans and clients researched advice and tips to sustain a healthy and active lifestyle.
On the other hand we’ve been inundated with fit teas, 10 day detoxes, 30 day challenges, booty builder challenges, and diets that leave you munching on plants and water, starving while exercising immensely all in the name of dropping pounds.
My take: If this is something you can’t sustain for the long run it’s not worth the hassle.
For instance we take a 30 day challenge which restricts carbs of any sort (except veggies). No liquids other than water are allowed. You’re exercising two times a day and losing weight. Trust me I’ve read a challenge like this! The reviews are coming in people are losing weight. Your calories are low and most likely you’re lacking some energy. But hey, the weight is coming off. We revisit after 30 days, 60 days, 90 days what happens:slip-ups.
You vacation, travel, have a night out with the friends all while trying to remain “perfect”. You miss some gym sessions and you realize the weight is packing back on. What gives? Well for starters my friend this is life and we shouldn’t have to walk a straight line without enjoying some things. Of course the weight will fall off initially but that will come back and potentially more after the 30 days.
Another individual contacted me about a diet that wanted him to drink water with lemon and cayenne for 10 days with only one meal. Something about detoxing and thermal and the metabolic system. That’s all I cared to hear as that was enough for me. He was starving and didn’t have energy to do his rigorous job let alone work out. I thought exercise and nutrition went hand in hand. My response was to drop it reduce/remove processed foods, sugar, alcohol for a set period. Don’t be afraid to cave in but get back on the ball. See how your body reacts then adjust accordingly.
To the media who believes that the world of social media full of big butts, flat abs, toned legs is reality, it’s just not true. I can’t speak for everyone but butts aren’t made from squat challenges. They’re not made from glute kicks or lunges, or thrusts. You can accentuate the area pack on muscle on the hamstrings, glutes, quads, but to charge hundreds for a challenge and #bootygainz while promising to build one like theirs isn’t right. I’ve met a few who have had the surgery and continue to cash in on these challenges.
Fitness and being active while eating balanced comes down to one thing:sustainability.
Here are a few tips that come to mind:
▪Exercise more days than not. 7 days a week so 6-1, 5-2, 4-3, just make it more.
▪Strength train to build muscle, keep body fat low, and be strong. Who doesn’t want to be strong when a moment calls for it.
▪Drink plenty of water. The more active you are the more water you’ll drink. It’s always been recommended the 8-8oz of water but you can drink more than that easily. It also keeps you full. Drink a glass before each meal to help the process.
▪Don’t restrict food groups unless it works for you or there is a dietary/medical reason. There are nutritional benefits in grains, dairy and such. Not because you’ve seen a model do it, do what works for you.
▪There are no gender specific lifts. A squat, press, row, deadlift, lunge, clean, works for anyone. Regress and progress as you must but don’t be afraid you’ll look manly or vice versa if you do certain movements.
▪If you fall off the wagon jump back on. Don’t start over, pick up where you left off and continue. It is NOT the end of the world. Try this: If you’re traveling make it your job to do some extra workouts and clean eating before you leave. On vacation stay as active as possible but don’t feel a need to workout everyday. When you return resume your exercise. This is called balance.
▪Lastly, don’t follow individuals blindly. We don’t know the supplements, lifestyle, enhancements, exercise, genetic makeup of these individuals. We know they look good but you do too and you should be happy about that. If you don’t think so you can change it.
Have fun with the process and do what makes you happy and healthy!