All over social media I see fitness models and fitness “gurus” taking pictures of themselves flexing their abs while holding junk food. Now if they want to do this, I don’t care. It is their life and they can do what they want. The issue I have is that it is very misleading to the younger generation, and people new in the world of fitness. They post pictures of themselves eating junk, and then say that they are healthy and promote a healthy lifestyle.
You need to understand that just because you have abs and muscles, does not mean that you are healthy, and that you are living a healthy lifestyle. You can look great on the outside and be a complete mess on the inside; and it can negatively be affecting you in so many ways. Say you have a car, and that car has the body of a high end sports car, but the engine is from a base model car with 200,000 miles on it. It looks pretty on the outside, but it is always having issues and is always on the verge of breaking down.
Being muscular and ripped is not a sign of health, as you can look high end on the outside but be a mess on the inside. While I am not taking away anything from bodybuilders, since I respect the art greatly, it needs to be pointed out that it is not always healthy. I am using bodybuilding as the example, because much of the “health” information is coming from people who follow bodybuilding lifestyles. The athletes look incredible on the outside, but many are a wreck on the inside. A large percentage of bodybuilders and fitness models do not eat and train for health to begin with, but many people follow them and mistakenly believe that they are. This leads to people in search of health, eating and training in a way that isn’t really healthy. To add to the issue, many bodybuilders and fitness models are taking drugs which can mislead what being healthy truly is. Not to mention that the drugs are all terrible for you health in their own rights. These drugs are also often the reason many of these fitness “gurus” can eat like slobs and maintain a ripped physique.
Even if there are no drugs involved, if you are young and have a good metabolism in all honesty many people can have a good physique without watching their health. But once again this does not mean you are healthy. As you will see below, it can really screw you up if you follow this mentality. It should also be noted that even if your body is resilient and maintaining itself at the moment living in this manner, that does not mean it can do it forever. Eventually it will break down and you will pay for it. The sad thing is that the age that this begins happening to people keeps getting younger and younger.
Here are a list of issues that can occur from eating whatever you want with the mindset of “as long as I have abs and muscles, that means I’m healthy”.
- Trouble Waking up
- Need coffee to get through the day
- Lack of energy to get things done
- Poor Work/School Performance
- Brain fog
- Mood Swings
- Anger Issues
- Overly Sensitive
- Gut Issues
- Poor digestion
- Poor immune system
- Constantly getting sick
- Increasing Risk for diseases later in life
- Heart issues
- Liver issues
- Many More!
I myself have experienced this and have spoke on it in the past. I wasn’t overly big, but I had a very athletic physique, around 8% body fat, and was strong and athletic. I looked good on the outside, but I ate junk food pretty often. I followed the eat six meals a day and have a few cheat meals a week diet. I had a great body, but I had allergies, I got sick every year, and I was always tired and needed a nap. I had the abs, but not the health.
Simply put, it is important to understand that looking good does not mean you are healthy. Many fitness “gurus” give out diet plans and recommendations that can make you lean and have muscle (which is definitely a good thing), but don’t give the whole package of health. Many are eating junk food regularly and taking pictures with candy in front of their abs, like they can eat whatever they want while they still claim to promote health. You can’t tell on the outside, but on the inside there is a ticking time bomb of health issues waiting to go off. This why we support not just living strong, but also living healthy and living long. What is the point of looking good now if you can’t be around to see your grandchildren grow up and to teach the younger generations all the you have learned on your journey? So be aware; and if you want to not just look good, but be healthy as well make sure you are looking to the right people for the information on how to do it.