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08 August 2006 @ 10:55 am
"the burn"  
Do you agree with the trainer/nutritionist on the show, when he asserts the following:

1. That you have to exercise outside your comfort zone (in the "pain zone", really pushing yourself), to get any benefit from exercise?

2. That you have to rid yourself of all processed foods, entirely, to be healthy? And that 'diet' foods are more chemicals than food and thus, to be entirely avoided?

These seem like impossibly high standards to me, for the average person. Especially if one is a volume eater ... or not a natural athelete. I hate when he ways "we'll make an athelete out of her" - not everyone has an inner athelete.

Then again, halfway through, each guest hits a plateau, and increasing intensity of exercise is supposed to fix that... Even Kathleen Daelmans says that it's best to workout with people who are better at it than you are, so you have to push yourself to keep up. And that seems to be the goal on 'The Biggest Loser', too - making people work out til they throw up falls in line with that theory.

If so, how do you push yourself that hard without a trainer to motivate you, or a group of super-fit friends to keep up with?

I know the answer to #2 - bulk up on veggies and whole grains, use non-fat condiments such as vinegars for flavour. And eat fruit instead of dessert. To date, this has only partially worked for me...

Discuss?
 
 
 
miss thang: stuffed bunnynurse_quigg on August 23rd, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
my 'fit' brother replies....
1. That you have to exercise outside your comfort zone (in the "pain zone", really pushing yourself), to get any benefit from exercise?

I agree with this no matter what your individual goals are at the gym. If you are there to lose weight then walking on the treadmill watching TV or slowly pedaling on the exercise bike reading a magazine are not going to get you the results you're seeking. Likewise for people looking to build/strengthen their muscles. If you do what's comfortable you are not pushing your physical limit and most likely will not improve your stats. You have to always go farther each time you are at the gym. And remember; You're only as tough as your last workout.


2. That you have to rid yourself of all processed foods, entirely, to be healthy? And that 'diet' foods are more chemicals than food and thus, to be entirely avoided?


We've all heard the saying you are what you eat. These days that couldn't be more accurate. If you don't know exactly whats in the food you're eating you don't know whats missing from your diet or what you're getting too much of.