Beware of Fad Diets and Extreme Fitness Trends
Q&A with Trainer Bev
Are you aware of any current fitness trends (types of exercises or diets) that may actually have negative effects on health?
I advise against anything extreme, whether it is exercise that is just too intense, or diets that eliminate entire food groups. I don’t even use the word “exercise” in normal conversation or training; I consider it fitness and it should not feel like something tedious, but should be comprised of activities we enjoy and benefit from doing.
In fact, I prefer to call it, “training for life” to keep us vibrantly healthy. Trends come and go for a reason, and can be extremely taxing on the body. In my mind, a sensible approach to fitness for most people should include a combination of strength training, conditioning and yoga. And, consistency is more essential than intensity.
One of the most negative patterns we see is “Yo-Yo dieting” where severe approaches are taken to lose the weight, and as soon as the person returns to their regular way of eating, they gain it all back and more. With nutrition plans, there are times when specific programs work well for particular medical or dietary needs (such as thyroid issues, celiac disease, food intolerances and more). There are definitely people that thrive on plans like Keto or intermittent fasting, just to name a few, that can be considered on a case-by-case basis. For the most part, I advocate a balanced nutrition plan abundant in whole foods with “treats” in moderation.
Storm Fitness Trainer Bev