Fitness Fads & Quotes I Hate

October 4, 2017

Trends are there to be followed, right? Well in some cases they definitely shouldn’t be as they can be detrimental to your physical health and mental wellbeing. It is also infuriating to see some of these dangerous/plain stupid trends being advertised and promoted by celebrities or those with a large following for money, instead of taking peoples health into consideration.

*Trigger warning* – I brush upon certain trends regarding weight and eating.

 

Cheat meal

The concept of a cheat meal or cheat day has baffled me from the beginning of my fitness journey. When you label foods in a certain way your relationship with food tends to get a little skewed in my experience. Yes you need to eat well the majority of the time to see results in terms of your health and fitness, however I don’t condemn depriving yourself of food you love just because it would be a ‘cheat.’ I eat something everyday which isn’t considered ‘clean’ and isn’t the healthiest option I could have chosen, but in my eyes life is too short and I am a lover of sweet treats. One pizza or meal out isn’t going to ruin your progress, just live your life!

 

Waist training

Where do I begin with waist trainers being used for weight loss? The Kardashian sisters amongst other celebrities have been seen promoting these on social media claiming these products can re-sculpt your body shape. I have also seen waist trainers being supposedly worn during workouts and I just can’t see how this works in terms of being able to move or even breathe properly! A waist trainer may temporarily change how you look, however it will not melt fat from your body which I have seen some celebs claim. You are simply compressing your body fat from your stomach and pushing it elsewhere. Also you are doing a lot of damage to your internal organs constricting them in this way.

 

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Thigh gap

I have to admit, unfortunately at one point I did get sucked into the thigh gap trend as it was everywhere when I was about 18, however when I looked further into it and understood it is to do with how your bones are structured I quickly snapped out of it. The wider your hips, the more likely you are to have a thigh gap, it really is as simple as that. With the thousands of images of slim, toned bodies in tropical destinations posing in their bikinis it can be hard to think realistically, but for me personally and the way I am built I won’t ever have a large thigh gap, and it certainly shouldn’t be used as an end goal.

 

Amateur ‘professionals’

A huge number of people on social media including me are there to share what we love to do ourselves and to give ideas to others. Now I don’t see any problems with that as I personally don’t state anywhere that I am a professional and on my Weekly Workout posts I have a disclaimer saying I am not a professional and that the workouts are just ideas. However I have seen individuals with large followings and no formal qualifications dishing out nutritional advice and exercise technique critiques which could be harmful in the long-run. Always seek advice from a professional if you have questions regarding your health.

 

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Detox teas

I am surprised that companies are still selling these to be honest because a lot of people are wising up to what they really are – full of laxatives. However a number of ‘celebrities’ continue to promote them for £££ meaning a lot of people are still buying them unfortunately. The body is fully equipped to detox itself and has been doing so since the beginning of time so the damage these detox products can do to your digestive system is really not worth the time or money. Steer clear!

 

Crazy diets

These have been around for decades. In my early teens I remember hearing about celebrities being on baby food diets and cabbage water diets to lose weight and I thought to myself why would anyone do that to themselves? The list of new diets coming out all the time is endless but at the end of the day you should do what is best for you whilst balancing nutrients to keep your body healthy and keeping you feeling energised. Ultimately a five day juice diet will make you lose a little weight but as soon as you eat normally again the weight will come back on so it is not sustainable.

 

No pain, no gain

This can be a bit of a misleading quote as working hard does not have to result in you being in pain. Yes, working out isn’t supposed to be comfortable and you should push yourself but not to the point of injury! Aiming for pain should not be an end goal.

 

Miracle workouts

These miracle workouts are everywhere on the internet, claiming they can re-sculpt your body in just 5 exercises or get a flatter stomach in one week. Realistically it takes weeks for your body to start changing shape so anything claiming it can get rid of fat or change your body in a week is just 100% bullshit. If you do these exercise consistently over time then yes, changes could start to happen, but you have to combine this with a good diet and other exercise too.

 

Negativity on cellutlite

We are all aware of cellulite and I have seen many social influencers trying to rid the stigma around it seeing as it is a natural occurence and unbelievably common amongst both men and women. There are however still a lot of articles on how to get rid of cellulite – but why should we aim to get rid of something that 90% of women over 30 will develop in one form or another? Articles like that attach a stigma that cellulite is unattractive and a bad thing!

Are there any fads you hate? Let me know below!

 

7 responses to “Fitness Fads & Quotes I Hate”

  1. sirvikalot says:

    I love this post and I pretty much agree with all of it except for the bit where you say working out shouldn’t be comfortable. If you’re just doing it for fun and enjoyment, which in my opinion should be the main factor when you exercise, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be. I feel that this message that you always have to push yourself and “give it your all” is faddy fitness industry marketing that has managed to infiltrate the psyche of so many people. Over exercising is an ever increasing problem similarly to eating disorders and that message is a part of the issue.

    V ❤️
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    • wellnessandwander says:

      I totally get where you are coming from, and yes of course if you do it for enjoyment then it shouldn’t be comfortable. I guess my experiences are different in terms of weight lifting which isn’t comfortable as you are working your muscles to grow them. And pole fitness/aerial hoop definitely hurts! But I get what you say about the ‘give it your all’ fad and I don’t agree with it either. If I am running and my aim is to get to 5km but I hit a wall at 3km I will stop, I don;t force myself x

  2. Jess Athorn says:

    Love this post! You’ve got it so right!!

    Jess | http://acornlifefitness.com

  3. Sinéad says:

    I feel like I see so many of these on Pinterest and it’s really sad! Just the other day I was getting promoted posts for getting rid of “hip dips” (like, the natural curve of your hip bones) and I didn’t even know that was a thing??? I feel like marketers are just coming up with more things for us to be embarrassed about that aren’t even real 😂

    Sinéad | sincerelysinead.com

    • wellnessandwander says:

      That is exactly what they do – they will come up with new parts of our bodies we should feel self conscious about in order for them to bring out a miracle workout or product to rectify it! x

  4. I agree with all of this! Pinterest is particularly bad for it and it drives me mad when I’m on there. It’s damaging and it makes me so angry, as a lot of these things are praying on people with low self esteem and adding to the hotpot of conflicting advice that makes healthy living oh so confusing. Not seeing the promised results can really harm someone who already feels like crap. There is so much wrong with all of this I’m having to hold back from a rant! I wish we didn’t have to put up with all this stuff, but for now it’s good to know that there is a backlash and collectively we’re becoming more aware that it’s all a load of rubbish.

    • wellnessandwander says:

      Everytime I go on there there is so much untrue content it is crazy! Yes exactly that – and healthy living does not need to be complicated at all!

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