Get Wet, Get Fit by Megan Quann Jendrick & Nathan Jendrick

Get Wet, Get Fit by Megan Quann Jendrick & Nathan Jendrick

Author:Megan Quann Jendrick & Nathan Jendrick
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: 2008-07-15T00:00:00+00:00


There is a load of promises being marketed to the world when it comes to diet pills, special drinks, “celebrity secrets,” and more. They’re all based around health and beauty because there’s so much value placed on these attributes. We want you to feel blessed to be who you are, and feel blessed that you’re in your own skin. You have control over your own body, and whatever your goals are, you can and will achieve them if you try hard enough. Hollywood isn’t always reality, which is certainly something to remember.

One of the most common diet myths is something that reads along the lines of “Lose Five Pounds in One Day!” or “The 24-Hour Diet!” You often see these things marketed as tablets, capsules, or liquids. Before you buy into these sorts of scams, or anything where someone is trying to make money off of you, keep in mind not just the information they’re offering but also what they’re not. In the above sales pitches the goal is clear: weight loss. What’s not mentioned is where the weight comes from.

Any time you lose weight in a brief period of hours, it’s going to be fluids. Your body can contain several pounds of expendable fluids. Most of these “magic” supplements contain ingredients that are natural or synthetic diuretics, which means they cause you to expel the water in your system. When it’s gone, the scale may say you’re several pounds lighter but the image in the mirror will look markedly different than if those same pounds had come from fat loss. And, to make matters worse, you’ll probably feel one or more side effects of dehydration, which on the simple side can include a headache, fatigue, and dizziness, and on the more complicated side can become a serious health problem. To finish off the bad news, as soon as you drink anything, you’re going to put that weight right back on. The moral of the story, as you’ll see with the Swimmer’s Nutrition Program, is to throw away the scale. We use the mirror, because that’s the only thing that matters. The way you look and feel is much more important than any number you have to look down to see.

Another myth is that if you starve yourself, you’ll achieve rapid weight loss. This is another situation where you’re not getting the whole story. Again you need to ask, Where is the weight coming from? Is it water, fat, or muscle? When you don’t eat, your body burns a combination of fat and muscle. Your physical composition largely controls what goes first, but generally it’s your hard-earned muscle that is going to be consumed straightaway. Lacking the proper nutrients to feed it, the body goes into a state called catabolism. Literally, your body is eating its own muscle to stay functional. It’s very important to remember that not eating is not a good option. You lose muscle as well as much-needed energy.

One important thing to remember about starvation is that the body will always do what it has to in order to stay alive.


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