Often the difference between the effort put and the results received show huge disparity because of a lack of understanding of the process itself. I can make this clearer with a better example. Lets say you want to play football for recreational purpose. What you regularly do is watch Messi and Ronaldo’s video in You Tube. There is of course, no problem in that if they inspire you to lead a better sports life. However, the problem is, you are not a professional footballer! You have got many other things to tackle down in life and playing football for an hour with friends is just a small part of it. Hence, you are never satisfied with your achievements. Sadly, this is even worse when it comes to the definition of staying fit. Whenever we tend to think of a fit life we imagine the extreme version of it and our progress becomes zero!
So let us check out a few reasons why mimicking a body-builder’s lifestyle is actually detrimental for you.
The first thing we tweak when we mimic a professional body-builder is their diet. We try to eat relatively healthy throughout the week and have a cheat day during the weekend. Now let me discuss why there seems to be a problem with following this routine, in terms of body-building at least. Body-building is a sport and it requires a special diet. Every sport has its own diet guide and so does body-building. This particular sport requires lean muscle mass gain and thus in most cases, it requires the elimination of fats, various types of carbohydrates, salt, sugar and even pre-contest water consumption from your daily diet. Now, with no previous experience in this field, an abrupt attempt to follow this strict guideline as a regular person will invariably put your body in a miserable state. Also, when a professional body-builder follows this, he or she also makes sure to take various necessary supplements that are otherwise missing in the diet. Since most regular people are most probably unaware of these essential supplements, his or her overall nutrition intake will remain deficient.
Have you seen a professional body-builder train? It is intense, to say the least. When you watch them train even in their YouTube videos you will have an idea of the sort of rigorous training they undergo. They can train like that because they have been training for years and that is their work, or in simple English, their bread and butter. They have suffered injuries; they have overcome pain and persevered. Following such a lifestyle is actually unnecessary and unrealistic for someone who is just aiming to keep fit and look good. Hence, going to the gym and using the wrong weights and wrong form will not get you any closer to looking like that body-builder you admire so much. Instead, it will probably end up in some sort of injury for you, which might invariably keep you away from the gym for weeks and months. So it is essential that you know what you want and then seek professional guidance.
Body-builders take many types of dietary supplements in order to maintain their aesthetics for winning or even participating in a contest. This practice is not exclusive to just bodybuilders either. There are many fitness models and even television actors who use them. When you see them on screen or even in person, you might feel demotivated over the fact that you are putting so much effort at the gym and still not looking anywhere close to them. The much sought-after answer here, is probably the chemical enhancement they undergo in the form of all those supplements. But you need to remember that if you also want to take that extra step, make sure to consult a professional who will prescribe your supplements according to you body's needs.
Therefore, if you are not a body-builder, fitness model or action superstar, then you better think about fitness from a totally different perspective. For you, fitness should be less show-off and more of wellness in the long run. You can simply maintain a great shape by limiting or avoiding calorie-dense foods, eating a variety of whole foods, working out 45 minutes with good intensity, manageable weights and great form for 4-5 days a week and taking up a sport.
Reaz Mahmud Fiem is a fitness enthusiast who wishes to help people stay healthy