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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...

miss thangnurse_quigg on August 21st, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
a year later, i'm catching up on commenting LOL! the condiment thing has only partially worked for me too. it's hard to convert when your preferences just simply aren't vinegar and mustard and the other 'free' type stuff. i've never liked the taste of the vinaigrettes or anything else tangy or tart. which pretty much means that it's a battle for me because anything that appeals to my taste buds is sweet (therefore calories and fat)!.

one thing i do do though...is add a bit of splenda to things to sweeten them up a bit. so at least there's no fat and barely any calories.