Happy New Year to all my wonderful readers and fit babes!
First and foremost I wanted to thank everyone who made The Honest Fit Girl blog such a success in the late months of 2016. Cheers to more cursing, hunky work out babes and inappropriate scenarios in the year to come.
I did my bit of research prior to writing this post and naturally I found many forms of quick weight loss programs. How many times have you seen “Lose 10lbs in 10 days!” “Lose 30lbs for $20!” “Eat our food guaranteed 5 dress sizes down!” Oh god the list can go on forever.
There are two major issues here, people being lazy and not willing to put in the extra time and effort it takes to make things long term effective and healthy. And of course the bullshit trainers, coaches and programs out there today.
Recently there was one quick fix program that stood out from the rest in my eyes. Now, I’m not going to name names but I’m sure a lot of my readers (especially local) will know what program I am referring to. Let me say this clearly, I am strictly only speaking my personal opinion on the subject and whatever the reader may take away from this is their own judgement and opinion regardless of mine. There done – moving on!
Let’s get down to the dirty, shall we? There are no regulations, monitoring or overlook of certified vs uncertified trainers/coaches. It is without a doubt that it is a scary place when you are searching for a trainer or coach to create a program for you. YOU are putting your livelihood, health (mental and physical) into the hands of another person. Now clearly you are solely responsible for following what you want, but in saying this a lot of people are misguided into extreme weight loss measures that no one in their right mind should do. But they’re your coach? You should trust them no? They know what they’re talking about right? That’s the big problem here. When a “trainer/coach” is marketing or pushing their programs they will include words such as “fit” or “healthy” which are going to lure you in, no doubt! But it is our own responsibility to use our common sense and best judgement in these situations.
Using subject “A” as an example;
When trainer/coach aka subject “A” claims to use “extreme self experimentation” and “reading all the scientific information possible” as a means of experience and qualifications… don’t walk, run. Fair enough, people are entitled to their opinions (as I type out my personal thoughts). But even I know enough that trying to guide or train someone with little or no certification in most cases is not okay.
Practicing your own beliefs in your own personal fitness regimen is okay, but don’t encourage others to follow such drastic weight loss measures such as eating once a day or drinking your own urine. (no I’m not kidding, I wish I was!) You are not a certified nutritionist, fitness coach or a doctor. Please refrain from drinking your pee and keep that shit to yourself.
Quick fix diets – Fasting or encouragement of extreme levels of restrictive eating
Now, hear me out, coming from a background of bulimia, anorexia, body dysmorphia and orthorexia I can 100% certain say that fasting and or practicing extreme levels of restrictive eating can very well encourage growth into an eating disorder which in turn is not only damaging your metabolism in many forms (such as the body’s natural function ketosis), the countless negative effects on female hormones, and let’s not forget mentally damaging. (Orthorexia x1000000)
Clearly if you are eating less and working out more you will lose weight, that is the simple equation of energy in vs energy out. In saying this when your body isn’t getting enough energy to sustain normal day to day activity (not including training) this will cause your body long term damage to your metabolism. Now, in most “quick fix” diets you will lose weight quickly due to drastic restrictive eating habits. Once returning to normal eating habits of a healthy human being we will gain most or sometimes more than what we had essentially taken off. Continually fluctuating like this confuses your body beyond belief.
“The appeal is that [fasting] is quick, but it is quick fluid loss, not substantial weight loss,” says Madelyn Fernstrom, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Weight Loss Management Center. “If it’s easy off, it will come back quickly – as soon as you start eating normally again.”
Falling into, Supporting, and promoting false advertising
Making one point clear. Promoting uncertified and inexperienced persons can cause a domino effect.
I feel absolutely ashamed of one local news reporter for even remotely thinking it is okay to subject the public to a quick fix diet and overall idiocy of one non certified trainer that can’t even spell AVOCADO correctly. You’re essentially causing more harm than good. All in all we are responsible for our own decisions when it comes to what we do to our bodies, but in saying this not everyone in this world has the best intentions for you, your mind, body and spirit.
False promises, and claims are always made to suck you into a whirlwind of bullshit. There will be half truths about losing weight, but ask yourself, is it worth it?
The unfortunate truth is a lot of people are out there to make money off of you. The health and fitness industry is one of the fastest growing businesses out there in today’s day and age. More and more people are looking to have that “tight and toned” body and are willing to go to great lengths to reach that.
I was once told by a mentor of mine in my early stages of fitness that “the worse you feel, the better you look.” at that moment It didn’t even resonate with me how terrible that actually is. I trusted this person to guide me to my ultimate health and wellbeing.
I too can easily claim I’ve read all the scientific “evidence” and “studies” and sound like a half wit qualified ape wearing a lab coat. But luckily I am aware that I am not a doctor, nor scientist, nor trainer, or nutritionist. I am just a well weathered, passionate, and mostly crude 26 year old woman. I’m not here to tell you what to do; I’m here to warn you of the predators there are in this industry. Money hungry butt hole picking piss drinking bafoons, to put it lightly.
Life is about balance – fitting fitness into your life and not fitting your life into your fitness lifestyle. Relax and take all things in moderation.
Do your research, use your common sense and best judgement. Think long term lifestyle change, not quick fix and long term damage. You have one body – don’t let someone take advantage of you or your well being or your wallet.
If YOU are reading this
Shame on you for fat shaming, shame on your for damaging people’s well being, mental, and physical health, shame on you for promoting quick fix bullshit, shame on you for being a fitness industry predator. From myself and the fitness community locally and nationally, keep your piss poor programs to yourself.
Cheers fit babes, here’s to a new year and a new balance!