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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?
 
 
 
big_beckabig_becka on August 2nd, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Just a few thoughts, from my horribly vast experience!

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

I think this depends how unfit you are. If you're just starting out, staying active with walking or swimming can work wonders. But once you get going, you'll need to start pushing yourself more, because your body seems to get used to the exercise :( You should be careful of pain though: working to a level of discomfort is recommended, but pain is NOT good. You can really screw up your joints or spine doing high impact exercise when you're overweight, and you can tear muscles trying to do too much too soon.

"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?"

I'ld agree with this. I used to eat "diet" foods (weight-watchers meals, SlimFast, those low-fat cereal bars) and my blood-sugar levels got so high that I had to go to hospital and be tested for Diabetes! The nurses accused me of binging on cream cakes! Going "cold turkey" is a useful exercise - it's surprising how addictive some processed food can be (fructose syrup, salt, MSG...). I'm actually a Vegan now, and I'ld recommend giving it a go. If you don't feel that's right for you, you may still find it helpful to bulk up on vegetables and eat low fat like Nurse Quigg said.

"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 take the martial arts approach: compete with yourself. Each day or week run faster, lift more or lose a little more weight than the day before. And the end of the day, we're all doing this for ourselves ;-)