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Why Chronically Eating Less, Sucks.

Why Chronically Eating Less Sucks

& Does You No Good

 

By Trainer, Nutritionist & Powerlifter

Haley Kniestedt

 

 

Ladies….I’m (mostly) looking at you for this hot topic.

I used to subscribe to the notion that less was better, less food, less weight, taking up less space. This often lead to more exercise, more obsession, and more ways that my body and mind were screwed up.

I was ALWAYS dieting.

Chronic dieting just to look good or how we think we should – is not the life we are meant to live.

 

There are so many things that take place when we slowly (or quickly) diminish the amount of food we’re eating on a long-term daily basis (which is often paired with over-exercising).

  • low energy
  • insomnia
  • lack of appetite OR extreme hunger (depends on where your hormones are at)
  • loss or deregulation of period
  • hair loss
  • bowel problems (you can’t poop if there’s little to none to pass through your body)
  • micronutrient deficiencies
  • fertility problems
  • decreased gym performance
  • inability to gain muscle
  • inability to lose weight

The list goes on and on….and on.

That seriously does not sound like a way to live a full and active life.

 

By decreasing our intake, our body responds in a number of ways.

 

It down regulates our metabolism to match what you actually are giving it in order to protect essential functions. It down regulates hormonal production, because the body knows that if it doesn’t have enough food, it can’t possibly support growing another life. Even if you don’t want to get pregnant (now or ever) there are still long-term effects that come from poor nutrition (hello thyroid health…the base of our entire metabolism).

 

Constantly yo-yo dieting, fad dieting, cutting calories, cutting entire food groups, and never taking the time to assess why things aren’t working, or why you feel awful is a recipe for long-term disaster.

 

How well you feed your body has a direct impact on quite literally everything you do. Are you supporting your body in the best way that you can, to do all the things you want to do? Or are you constantly stuck on the hamster wheel called chronic dieting? My guess is probably the second one.

 

I get it though, I’ve been there & its always a work in progress. So many people are terrified of a number on a scale, which makes them afraid to just EAT.

The Number on the Scale

Literally all that number is, is the quantifiable relationship between your body, and gravity. Nothing else.

Weight does not indicate how powerful you are, how smart, funny, or caring you are. There is so much more to you than that number.

 

Are you a chronic dieter?

 

 

Haley Kniestedt

Haley Kniestedt

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Workout Recovery: Tips on How To Recover

Today I want to give you some tips on properly recovering from your workout by request.

Drink lots of water

  • Perhaps one of the most overlooked nutrients is water. Remember your body is composed on maily water, and its important for metabolism, tissue repair, and flushing of toxins.

Eat Properly

  • One cannot expect optimal performance or recovery from training without proper nutrition. Ensure you are taking in enough calories for your BMR and activity levels. Without this, you will not see the muscular gains. This includes proper supplementation based on performance desires, needs and recovery times.

Cooldown

  • This is very important (just as important as a warmup!) By slowly lowering your heart rate & respiration you also allows your muscles time to start recovering and repairing before your next workout. Cooldown also helps your body release toxins (such as lactic acid), and allows your mind and body time to process the intensity of your workout.

Stretch

  • This is imporant to cool down the muslces, promote flexibility and proper range of motion to return, decrease muscle pain / stiffness, allows levels of adrenaline in the blood to be reduced, may help decrease DOMS,  and also helps release toxins from the muscles.

Rest

  • This is a no brainer, but often not built in to a training program. Your body must rest and repair to function at optimal levels for performance. Rest time is different for every person, and each persons body may need to rest for various lengths of time. Rest is essential.

Active Recovery

  •  Continue doing something! Sometimes it is not necessary to rest completely. There have been some studies done that conclude that active recovery can help promote toxin waste extretion, and help improve muscular recovery. It’s also important to note that while resting a sore area of the body, you can work on a completely different muscle group. Bottom line – stay as active as possible! Don’t overstrain your muscles but keep your body in motion and engaged daily.

Get a Massage

  • Not only does a massage help reduce stress levels, but also releases the fascia (connective tissue) & muscles to release knots, tension and toxins. Massage can help promote overall wellness benefits, and increase recovery time for intense workouts. Just remember to hydrate!

Self Myofascial Release (Foam Roller)

  • The foam roller offers many benefits of massage, but is used at the gym or in your own home. Foam rolling can help reduce injury, stress levels, chronic pain, help reduce muscular pain associated with DOMS among other things. Foam rolling is used by physical therapists, personal trainers and athletes alike. Everyone can benefit from foam rolling!

Ice Bath

  • Many athletes use ice baths to help soothe their muscles, often by alternating hot and cold therapies, and some studies have even showed increased sports performance and recovery times using this method.  The idea behind an ice bath is that is constricts the blood flow to the body by pulling blood away from the core, and once heat is applied (or removing the body from an ice bath), blood flow will return to the “injured” area; thereby supplying fresh oxygenated blood for recovery. Even if you’re not an athelete, you can enjoy the benefits of ice bath which include: repairing of muscle tissue, less muscular pain and stiffness, can help induce sleep, and prevents injury. There are many different studies that indicate different benefits, and while some are inconclusive one thing is sure. You`ll feel better! This form of therapy is also holistic and inexpensive.

Don’t Overtrain – Listen to Your Body

  • The best way to recover properly without have to take days, weeks or in some cases months off is to avoid overtraining. Some symptoms of overtraining include: headaches, sudden decreased performance, feelings of lethargy, pain in muscles and joints, insomnia, increased injuries, changes in appetite, loss of passion. While overtraining is more common in athletes, it can affect anyone. Please educate yourself, listen to your body and be your own advocate! Stay disciplined, but train smarter! Not just harder… You need a well structured program to help avoid this problem and injuries. Consult a fitness professional if you are unsure of how to do this.

You have only one body….