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I love and hate social media all at the same time.
And one of the things I hate about it is the fact that so many people are persuaded to do crazy diets because they see some popular fitness competitor looking extra, super lean on Instagram.
Let me tell you one thing here and now….fitness competitor diets are unrealistic and, frankly, generally unhealthy long-term.
They are meant to get people down to extremely unmaintainable low levels of body fat for COMPETITION. They are extreme diets done for a specific reason – to COMPETE.
They aren’t meant to be super healthy OR maintainable long-term.
And most of the people that do them either keep doing them because they do them as part of their JOB or they end up yo-yoing back up and messing up their hormone levels in the process.
Yet all too often when people are trying to lose weight, to get that ELUSIVE 6-pack and look lean, they turn to these fitness competitor diets.
UNREALISTIC, UNMAINTAINABLE DIETS that lead to nothing but yo-yo dieting, starvation, misery and horribleness.
These images we see often present unrealistic lifestyles. I know. I’ve tried.
I did the extreme diet. I ended up hangry. Super hangry!
And I never…NEVER achieved the leanness I wanted. I ended up skinny. And hungry. And low energy. And every time I would rebound.
They also present ONLY ONE SIDE – ONE PERFECT ANGLE OR VIEW. They are a highlight reel…and that person POSED to get that shot.
And I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that. We all like certain angles of ourselves and tend to take photos from it. I know I do.
Heck, I share with you all my glamour shots from photoshoots. But I now share these because I’ve found a way to MAINTAIN the look I want. To be lean. To have a lifestyle.
But the point is…You can’t base YOUR DIET on some Instagram picture!
You can’t go for something extreme and unmaintainable! Dieting shouldn’t mean cutting out the foods you love because this just leads to binging.
GETTING RESULTS ISN’T ABOUT PERFECTION, IT’S ABOUT CONSISTENCY.
And starvation, aka cutting your calories, and deprivation, cutting out all of the foods you love, doesn’t lead to consistency. And often it not only leads to binging but you messing up your metabolism and your hormones so you gain back even more fat each time you rebound.
So stop going for the extreme. Don’t fall for some fitness competitor diet.
Keep things simple and still enjoy the foods you love.