We are a month an half into 2017 (like you didn't know!) and for some of you, your fitness goals are well and truly being smashed! For others, you may be totally stuck, 'what am I supposed to do?' 'What about taking fat burners?' Please don't just try anything under the sun just because it's got a picture of a well-toned woman on the front. Have a read of this and cross these fitness fads off your list!
Meal Replacement Shakes
Now this doesn't mean companies who sell protein as a meal replacement, because they want you to take that in-between your meals, to stop you snacking- which is totally fine! I'm talking about those companies who tell you to substitute your evening meal with a milkshake. A milkshake?! They are not healthy. I'm sorry, but no matter how many articles I read on how they are 'full of vitamins and nutrients', I can't help thinking they are processed crap, with no calories (and lets face it guys, calories are life!) and incredibly low on vitamins.
Remember the Victorians used to wear corsets to push their rib cages closer so they have smaller waists? This is all a waist trainer does. It doesn't magically get rid of fat around your waist.
I just hate typing that into Google to research it... So companies are expecting you to substitute say breakfast with a cup of tea. Obviously if you did this for a month or two, you would see results. You would see your stomach fat reduce, yay. However, you can't see whats going on inside you. They make you loose water weight, which, as soon as you stop taking the tea will come straight back on- oops! Plus most of the contain laxatives. Nice. There is a great article on Teen Vogue.
Going Gluten Free
I'd say this is the biggest fitness fad of recent times. If you are gluten intolerant, fine, don't eat gluten. If it makes you bloated (and you are 100% sure it's gluten) ok, maybe cut down. But if you're cutting out gluten of your diet, it doesn't make you any more healthy than someone who eats scrambled eggs on wholemeal bread. Gluten free products are still processed and contain crappy ingredients.
Gas Mask Training
I actually saw someone in the gym with a mask on a few months ago. I had never even heard of them before then and couldn't help wondering how it worked. Or even if it works. So basically they deprive you of air. WTF? Hello?! There's a huge difference between having less air and less oxygen! Please, you don't need to suffocate yourself to get a harder workout...
Similar to detox teas, just no. They don't help you hit your macros for the day, they don't 'wash out your insides', they may just give you a high sugar intake. Not what we want. Plus, have you seen how expensive they are?!
So this was just a brief overview into these fitness fads. There is so much research (for and against) and I'd really recommend having a look into them if you are taking/ using any of these. I am not an expert, but I have a hell of a lot of common sense.
I will be writing a post soon on fitness fads to jump on!
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