Today I wanted to talk about a VERY SERIOUS, CRITICAL, CRUCIAL, IMPORTANT ISSUE that a fellow bikini competitor approached me about and that issue is called metabollic damage. A lot of girls heading into bikini competitions or just females (mostly females) trying to get fit tend to do the following things:
- CONSTANT OVEREXERCISE, doing excessive cardio ( typically 2-3 hours a day to burn off fat )
- UNDEREAT, they have a food intake of about 900 calories or less
Stop right there because guess what you are doing to your body? You are literally destroying it.
In the sport of bodybuilding and beauty contest shows and including people trying to carry on a regular routine, they tend to overly obsess with the process and obsess with their image so they seek extreme and drastic measures to achieve a certain look only to find that those extreme measures causes them to look unhealthy and feel unhealthy at the same time. You’d be surprise at the amount of fitness models including magazine models, celebrities, and PRO athletes are suffering behind the closed door with this very issue. They feel like they have to because they’re supposed to present a certain ideal image to the world and cannot share these issues with anyone when really, they should speak up. When you undereat and overexercise,
THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO YOUR ONE AND ONLY BODY:
- you are repressing your metabolism which is necessary to keep your metabolic rate running to burn fat
- your body does the opposite effect and instead of losing weight you find yourself gaining instead because your body stoppped burning any more calories
- you first lose significant weight then gain it all back and find it hard to lose anymore weight
- you get involved in rebound dieting and yo-yo dieting to ease off the frustration
- you have caused your body composition to become incerasingly harder to change because you screwed around with so many different caloric deficited diets that now damaged your metabolism
- you cause extreme stress and pressure to your body that is fighting hard to work with you
- you hit a dramatic plateau and get stuck in a very VICIOUS cycle and it becomes a mental challenge for you to sustain
- you start feeling like a crazy person because you are constantly obsessing over your weight
Has this happened to me? Nope. But I have conversed with many people that it has happened to? Yes. And I see it occurring more and more each and everyday. You think that you are helping your body out by being excessive but you are damaging your mental attitude and your image and it clearly shows. This is something that even doctors find hard to fix and reverse because the damage that you have done to yourself has been so detrimental. You are starving your poor body and depriving it of the nutrients that it needs to keep you thriving and running properly. Also completely taking away carbs is dangerous during this time as well. All because you obsess with a trophy or a certain ideal image, you destroy your metoblism. As a matter of fact, there are many, many well known competitors and fitness models out there who have shed some light on this issue and even hung up their competition shoes because it destroyed them that badly. Not only that but they retract to a binging on food after feeling so depressed about the weight gain and plateau and they continue to gain EVEN MORE.
Your metabolism and metabolic rate is a CRUCIAL factor to fat loss and once that slows down, you minimize severe chances of losing or burning any more fat off your body.
You need to love and listen to your body. Whatever condition your body may currently be in or whatever condition you put yourself in, your body will fight to survive in that condition. It’s important to always learn how to listen to your body and work with it to the best of your ability to understand how to respond to your caloric intake. Then what tends to happen after the show is, competitors will binge on “Cheat meals” except they’ll continue to eat junk for a week and literally gain somewhere between 10-20 pounds within 2 weeks.
It is an absolute horror story and something that can ruin your entire life.
It’s no joke.
This normally happens to people who do not start off their weight loss journey or contest prep for bikini competitions without the right frame of mind. First, it’s important to recognize that this is your one body and the only one body that you have. What does that mean? It means to treat it like a temple. By not overstuffing it or understuffing it, not overworking nor underworking it. It’s a way of life and indeed a lifestyle to maintain a healthy image which means no extremity. It’s all about moderation, discipline and patience, not obsessiveness, and immediacy for it is that very way of thinking that will consume you in the end.
A damaged metabolism is extremely hard to repair and people remain stuck with it for years until they find a solution that can work for them. Because of all the yo-yo dieting, you are causing your body INCONSISTENCY and consistency is the key to metabolic action and fat burn.
Please, please, please, I highly encourage those of you who are competing or those of you trying to get fit to love your body first and take drastic measures to research into everything before engaging in excessiveness.
- Watch out for some coaches because there are some extremely knowledgeable ones out there and there are some extremely money hungry ones wanting to use your obessesed mental state and manipulate you. Like big name groups out there in the industry that market themselves very well yet have cookie cutter programs that are LOW ON CALORIES and HIGH ON TRAINING and many girls feel pressured to stay shut about the damages that it has caused to them because the team is so large. I’m sure a lot of people in this fitness industry know what I am talking about. Like I express all over my blog,
I breathe authencity, I know directly the kinds of people I am speaking to and am unafraid to bust any schemes manipulating people out there. The last thing that I will ever allow to watch people GET SCAMMED, MANIPULATED AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF.
- Do EXTENSIVE research on professionals and be sure you check their background and their expertise as well as education. I only work with the best in the industry because I know they’ll keep my body healthy and safe and their beliefs with nutrition and training align with my very own.
- Do NOT over obsess with training and your physique. It’s supposed to be a fun, super fun process. Once you over obsess, you slip into a dangerous kind of tunnel vision that you will find hard to get out of. It can get real dangerous from there.
There are two types of tunnel vision:
The tunnel vision that’s focused yet healthy and emits sunlight at the end, and the tunnel vision so focused that all you see is darkness and that darkness emits shadows at the end. Which one would you rather have?
For the sake of yourself, the bottom line is this. Yes, competitions, shows and a beautiful physique is rewarding and a phenomeonal feeling to have to achieve. However, if in the journey you are causing yourself your health, your mental state and your body, I promise you my life that is not worth it.
I mean look, I may not have the best physique compared to many fitness models and competitors out there, but I feel healthy and I am having a blast every moment in my life helping others versus obsessing with solely myself. So to me, that serves as the world’s greatest trophy. Not some material object.
A trophy, a sponsorship, a magazine cover, fame, money, friends, family, husbands, boyfriends, riches, houses.. guess what? Those things will come and those things will go in your life. But your health is for damn sure the only thing you have to keep with you for the rest of your life. Please start by treating your body right and taking accurate measures to love it not brutalize it with excessiveness and stress.
I hope I shed some light on the rising issue of metabolic damage. and if you are currently suffering from this, which I know is more mentally brutal than anything, please do SPEAK UP, leave a comment below, or even email me anything you want me to express in a video! As there are more people out there suffering just like you and want comfort and help just like you.
In the mean time, please do what you can do take optimal care of your well being. The trophy nor the fame does not come first, your health does.
In Love and in Light,
© Sandy Vo 2014