I haven’t posted for a while, so I have decided to dust my self off and get back on the blogging scene, so I guess i’m back.
Over the past year with being injured and not able to run, cycle or do my usual routine, I have really been focused on my nutrition, and I guess that’s because it fills my time and it’s a challenge.
I had lost a lot of muscle from not training, I also lost my sanity and the will to live somedays! But with loosing size and weight I decided I actually liked being a smaller frame. However what you are going to read below is the downside to being lean and actually what detrimental affects it can have.
I have lost 1 stone and 5 pounds in total, some fat, some muscle and some water. I am 5ft10 and weighing 9 stone 8 currently, with my body fat being around 13% mark. I have never been fat my body fat was between 17-18% so in the athletic range for a woman.
At no stage of my process has it been hard work, or forced. However there have been days I have been flat, like 100% dying on my feet. When you create a deficit your body has to then tap into your own stores for energy that is then when you feel the real fatigue.
The problem is there is no way you can sustain a deficit and remain at your best, I have read 100,000 of pages, blogs, articles. To sit at a low body fat % and continue to chip away will make you feel in the gutter. Now a point I will come to later is the biggest problem we face is the fact that some people in the modern day society look up to IE shirtless men and woman on Instagram that portray and image of being lean and shredded the whole year around claim that they do it naturally and feel great aren’t in the real world.
The pros to the low body fat FOR ME – for you it may well be different.
- You are lighter push ups, pull ups, plank in fact any body weight exercise is easy peasy.
- You are quicker and more agile.
- You feel asthetically amazing.
- You have abs you look defined.
The negatives to low body fat FOR ME – it may well be different for you.
- Cold – Oh my god, I have never been so cold in my life, the loss of body fat in the winter is miserable.
- catch illnesses. – I would have one cold a year and be over it in 2 days. now I have a cold it takes me 3 weeks to get over it.
- The affect it has on relationships – Family members and loved ones, LOVED you before the fat loss, they get the rough side to you when you become snappy, and almost intolerable with you weighing food and saying no to social events because it won’t fit your macros. You need to understand that it’s not their goal, but they also need to understand it’s YOUR goal and to support you. Does your goal really that much to you to push loved ones away?
- SLEEP…when your body is almost on a shutdown you are running yourself on empty you become restless which will then impact on your mood and you may find that your fat loss will stall, without recovery your body won’t loose fat.
- The ability to recover – I found that my body would constantly be recovering from the gym, constant aching and fatigue.
- You loose your appetite, I hit a stage where I didn’t even feel hungry, no cravings, no nothing.
- People commenting that you have lost weight, ‘ a funny colour’ you look tired. Take a look at yourself do you look like that? if you do just consider what you are doing and if it is becoming detrimental to your health.
- people judging you on your food choices – I get so tired of this, I don’t call out a larger person for eating a packet crisp and snickers, but yet anyone and everyone will have something to say about you eating protein and how it will make you have muscles, I mean if it was that easy Sheila wouldn’t we all be at it!
- Your workouts fall flat, you loose strength FAST.
- As a women hormones will shut down. That is when you really consider what you are doing and whats it worth.
Now those people that post on social media that are lean all year round they don’t mention any of the above. They don’t mention performance enhancers either. I am aware that I could encounter a back lash for this blog, and I’m ready for that.
What I would like you to take away from this blog is the ability to love yourself, regardless height weight and what Instagram says you should look like. Find a body composition you are comfortable with and maintain it.
Create a goal and go for that goal but when that goal starts to takeover your life and you say no social occasions, your loved ones are on a knife edge around you and you are contemplating doing cardio at 2am because you can’t rest. Then reevaluate the cost to being lean is it worth your health? your family relationships? your friendships? It quickly takes over and you loose track of what is really important.