The fitness industry is a joke. Week 6.

Start of Week 6: Measurements and weight

Weight – 60.4kg

Thigh – 58cm

Glute – 95.5cm

Waist – 69cm

The health and fitness industry is a weird one and is something that Ella and I regularly talk about! Check out ‘The sluttiness of fitness‘ for more ramblings!

So me and my boyfriend stumbled across an Instagram picture the other day of a sponsored ‘athlete’ promoting a fat burner supplement. In the caption she wrote how she’d dropped her calories to 1200 per day, how she’s doing cardio every day and that she’s taking these ‘fat burners’ in a bid to drop weight because she’s feeling a bit fluffy at the moment and wants to shred or something stupid along those lines.

Now, please don’t mistake this for me having a go or having a dig at this girl. I’m all for empowering one another and supporting other women. People have their own opinions and they can do what they want. No way is the right way when it comes to weight loss or dieting or fitness in general. BUT this is something that really pushes my buttons and makes me so angry about the industry as a whole.

You don’t have to be a genius or even remotely interested in fitness to know that what she’s doing is unhealthy and unsustainable and a far far cry away from health and fitness.

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Now, this girl had close to 30k followers on Instagram! That’s a hell of a lot of people she’s offering her frickin’ horrific advice to and THAT is what upsets me the most.

I believe that if you’re in the position to have a big following on social media then you have a responsibility to provide informative content and not content that could potentially be dangerous and destructive. I’ve got a measly 1700 people following me but I make sure to be sensitive with what I write and make sure my information is factual and helpful because I know that for some impressionable people that do follow me, this could really have an impact on their lives and their approach to themselves, their bodies, their food and their lifestyles.

It BAFFLES MY MIND how people are comfortable sharing poor content like that. Imagine being an ‘athlete’ and being HAPPY to promote the fact that you’re only consuming 1200 calories a day and doing obscene amounts of cardio AND taking ‘fat burners’ (which by the way are a complete waste of money. They’re just full of caffeine. Just drink a bloody coffee or 2. You could probably EVEN buy a really fancy coffee from like Selfridges or something with the money you’d save).

What’s more, imagine being a supplement company and sponsoring a person who promoted something that could be detrimental to someone’s health, but then the supplement industry as a whole is a bit of a joke too and is just based upon lies and decent marketing.

I don’t know why I’m so shocked because you see it everyday but this one really got to me. You can probably gather from my previous blogs and Instagram posts that these fad diets, stupid supplements and crazy cardio routines are just doing more harm than good to people’s mental and physical health. People are just causing further irreparable damage to their bodies and putting themselves in a really awful place metabolically, physically and mentally.

Like I said before, this industry is a weird one and it does make me angry but I guess that’s what spurs me on to keep doing my thing. To keep promoting a healthy message and to continue providing informative content which will hopefully make people realise the TRUE way to becoming healthy, happy and fit.

There’s a hell of a lot of bloody clowns out there, guys! So just remember…

  1. ALWAYS do your research
  2. The majority of supplements are a waste of money
  3. If someone recommends to buy a fat burner, go buy coffee instead
  4. Think about your long term health and put that first
  5. If you’re eating 1200 calories per day, you’re probably not eating enough
  6. If you can only lose fat by eating 1200 calories, doing cardio every day and taking ‘fat burners’, you should NOT be trying to cut
  7. Unfollow people who post crap
  8. Just be smart, OK?

 

Here’s a breakfast recipe for anyone who fancies a sweet and delicious brekkie.

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Ingredients

  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 scoop of whey (I used PHD vanilla)
  • 100g rasberries
  • 50g peanut butter (Pip & Nut Crunchy Maple obviously!)
  1. Whisk together the eggs, egg whites and whey. If you’ve got a blender or a whisk, use it to avoid getting lumps. Nobody wants clumps of protein powder in their pancake
  2. Put the raspberries into a frying pan for 30 seconds. Put them all in or leave some to the side for toppings. Up to you!
  3. Pour the egg mixture over the raspberries and leave it to cook through.
  4. FLIP. I use a spatula rather than actually flipping it like a pancake. Good luck with this part!
  5. Cook the other side for 30secs
  6. Serve and add toppings. I used peanut butter and raspberries. Other great toppings include: choc shot, other berries, yoghurt, nuts or dark chocolate…Or all of the above.

Macros for my serving were:

  • 566 cals
  • 47g protein
  • 22g carbs
  • 32g fat

End of Week 6: Measurements and weight

Weight – 60.1kg

Thigh – 57cm

Glute – 94.5cm

Waist – 68cm

Progress pictures: Start vs. Week 6

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