Week Twenty-Three: Crash
I’ve had a bit of a crash week this week. I’ve gone from a couple of days of once again shitty sleep and not exercising as a result to doubling up the days of exercise from the program. Days One and Two this week I did in one big hit.
It wasn’t pleasant. Hard work, definitely, and I definitely felt a fool afterwards for once again letting it get like that. So, I’ve resolved to find a way to get myself moving every day. There’s got to be, right? Black coffee? Cold water to the face? Slap to the face?
Also on the subject of crash, I’ve been asked by several people what I think of crash diets.
First, yes I know I’m not a qualified personal trainer. Professionally, I have nothing to back me up. I’m an amateur, a fitness nerd. This is simply my OPINION, based on what I’ve seen and read by others who are professionals.
Second, I need to specify what I mean: a crash diet is anything that encourages the loss of A LOT of weight in a short space of time. The worst offender is the Cambridge diet/plan, although I’m also talking about one of the others: Slimming World.
They don’t work
Oh sure, you lose shed loads of weight, and become skinny as hell, but it’s not healthy. They’re called CRASH diets for a reason! Jesus, if the end result is you look like you’re dying and wasted, why do it?
The reason for doing them is simple: desperation. But it’s just not good for you: the sudden weight loss isn’t losing fat, but losing other stuff as well: bone density and muscle mass (everybody has some or we’d be jelly on the floor). I know that the Cambridge diet includes a lot of liquid based meals, flushing the system, but not actually producing enough of the right stuff, the right nutrients. It’s purely geared towards losing those pounds.
As for exercise, it’s non-existent.
Crash away from exercise
I looked through a couple of Slimming World magazines, and there isn’t one single mention of exercises. There’s no simple plan for exercising, nothing to tone the muscles, or burn calories. Fuck all.
As for the Cambridge diet, I’ve even heard of people being told off for exercising on it.
Even I know that the split should be Diet 70% Exercise 30%. Unfortunately, this is my downfall; it’s more like 50/50 with me, I still have those shitty post-work cravings I mentioned before. But there are plenty of sources that corroborate this: Ryan Terry, the Olympia/Arnold bodybuilder, Joe Wicks, Jeff Cavaliere, the Buff Dudes mention it a lot for crying out loud and look at them all.
Exercise encourages the release of endorphins, helps give you energy over the day, and if you bodybuild, it can carry on burning calories throughout the day. The problem these crash diets have is that muscle weighs more than fat, so putting on any muscle, even from walking, can put a dent in those oh-so important numbers.
Speaking of Joe Wicks, he actually recommends NOT weighing yourself at all (he calls the scales “the sad step”), but relying on regular progress pictures and milestones, like fitting into a new pair of jeans. In fact, I’ve seen a lot of professionals recommend regular progress pictures!
To top it all off most, if not all, of those who leave the program for whatever reason put it all back on because they haven’t been taught to eat PROPERLY or to exercise regularly. So all that so-called “hard work” is reversed.
Sorry, I’ve ranted on long enough.
Are you on one of these diets? How are you faring?
Would anyone like to comment on my opinions? Open a dialogue, so to speak?
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Uh, I figured the above rant probably covers this week’s section.