Clean eating is a high priority for many fitness fanatics. Healthy, wholesome, natural foods that provide us with the essential nutrients and vitamins we need to stay on top form.
Though many health writers and medical professionals have expressed concerns over the ‘clean eating’ trend, claiming that it has contributed to the emergence of new type of eating disorder, ‘Orthorexia’.
Orthorexia causes people to become fanatical about healthy eating, cutting out a large number of food groups and obsessing over what they put into their body.
Healthy eating is a great thing. Though in today’s social media age, we’re bombarded with picture-perfect Instagram shots of leafy salads and skinny soups that instil a certain obsession over eating only ‘clean’ foods.
Ruling out major food groups deprives the body of what it needs to function effectively. So, it’s not surprising that many Orthorexia sufferers experience headaches, poor concentration, mood swings and often depression.
So, what’s causing this new obsessive eating phenomenon?
Social media leads us to believe that a healthy diet results in a body with minimal fat, bulging muscles and flawless skin (‘Smooth’ filter anyone?). However in reality, unless we have the time to dedicate to achieving the bodies we see online every day, that washboard stomach isn’t going to come from clean eating alone. Our perception of healthy appears to have been skewed, and we’re turning to the ‘Instagram experts’ to advise us on how to achieve the bodies we idolise in our social media feeds.
Focus Training’s Diet and Nutrition Specialist, Sarah Boyd says:
“This is dangerous for a number of reasons. Seeking nutritional advice from those not trained or qualified to dispense it, means putting your body at risk based on hearsay, rather than fact. Unqualified ‘fitness experts’ have no solid basis for the advice they offer, other than that it worked for them. This doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to work for you. Which is what many sadly find out on the route to becoming sufferers of this obsessive eating behaviour.”
Qualified Personal Trainers study fitness on a much deeper level, to gain an understanding of why the body functions in certain ways, and what it needs to perform. It’s these in-depth studies that enable professional Personal Trainers to effectively train others, without the risk of putting their body at risk, or ultimately, not achieving their goals.
We would always advise seeking the opinion of a qualified Personal Trainer before embarking on a celebrity-endorsed or Instagram-inspired diet plan, that could leave you feeling far less than fabulous.
If you’re interested in becoming a qualified Personal Trainer, speak to the Focus team about courses coming to a venue near you.