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BBJ Fitness Corner | Fitness realism

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EVERYONE has an ultimate dream body.

To achieve that goal, one must hit the gym, go on a diet and shed fat. Although it is nice to look at six-pack abs or a toned body, it is not really what we need to function well on a daily basis. There is a huge difference between looking fit and feeling good, Gold's Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz said.

He said friends would usually tell him, “Looking good, what's the secret?" or "You’ve gained weight, what happened?”

These are well-meaning comments, but they have a psychological impact that could trigger self-doubt or cause someone to seek out social approval no matter the cost to one’s health.

He said when his 10-year-old daughter asked him if she was fat, Diaz realized that he must carefully choose his words when speaking about another person’s body.

To avoid going to the deep end just to be “accepted by society,” Diaz said an individual must learn to accept his or her own body type. Everyone has his or her own unique body type and genetic buildup; not even family members share a similar physique.

 

In this photo, Jerry Diaz is dehydrated and weighs 161 lbs. Contributed photo

 

In this photo, Jerry Diaz is fully hydrated and weighs 175 lbs. Contributed photo

“The first step is loving and accepting yourself and going into a healthy fitness journey without worrying about the public or social media,” Diaz said. Once an individual overcomes the need to please others, he or she can enjoy a healthy lifestyle based on moderation and staying active.

Diaz said he uses a “cleansing technique” when preparing for a sporting event or a photo shoot. Each day for four days, he consumes food from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and then fasts for the rest of the day. He eats only vegetables, seafood, fruits and dry nuts with a limit of 800 calories. He  limits his liquid intake to 16 oz per day and zero water on the day of the event or photoshoot. Sleeping for eight hours each day is also crucial. During the four-day period, his strength and conditioning training is limited to bodyweight movements for at least 20-30 minutes. He goes for low impact movement and avoids overtraining muscles.

Consult a doctor first before you try this cleansing technique.

Diaz said to avoid psychological harm, one must remember that no individual has a perfect physique. We must accept our genetic frame and find a balance between feeling good and looking fit.

 

References

https://www.nasm.org 

https://exoslearn.inspire360.com

http://myplate.com

“Nutrition” 4th edition by P. Insel, D. Ross, K. McMahon and M. Bernstein          

 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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