Society’s fixation on putting a measurement on what is a “healthy” or “Ideal” weight has always astonished me, the pressure we endure trying to reach a particular number on the scales, Maybe its jealousy, I have never managed to get below 60kgs my entire life (and for me this was the hardest body weight to maintain, I was a cardio junky, i was clocking about 30ks min a week with light strength training and a calorie controlled diet, but not long after starting a more Strength based program I put on 4kgs like that, mind you all of my cloths still fit, so lets assume I was gaining muscle, at 64kgs it was easy to maintain I went on holidays for 6 weeks and went for the occasional run but being out 8-12pm each night doesn’t really leave a lot of time to fit in workouts. After my return home I decided to start crossfit, this is something I have dabbled in over the years but I really wanted the challenge of starting to look at competing in the next 6-9 months, Lets me warn you…..if you start crossfit you might want to throw away your scales…After 2 months of crossfit I decided to step on them whilst looking after a friends house…..well i nearly fell over! 70KGS What The F**K! I was hitting Lift PBs, Moving Fast, Beginning to nail complex moves but what was with the weight gain, to look at me I could tell I had more “shape” in particular parts of my body particularly through the legs, bootay and shoulders I looked athletic and I hadn’t noticed a massive increase in fat on my body but we don’t always see clearly when we hit a set back or think we have failed at something.
After thinking about this in my head I knew some of this weight fluctuation was due to an increase of lean muscle mass was I beginning to beat myself up about not working hard enough or becoming fat again (When i was 21 i weighed 98Kgs at my heaviest) is it that we are told we should be a specific number on the scales? that we are always in the massive struggle to always be “dieting” or “working out” to loose those last few KGs, how about eating to nourish and support an active lifestyle, the min we dramatically decrease our caloric intake that’s less energy that can be used during a HITT workout and quite often get knocked on our ass a few days after a killer workout ! It took a few trusted people and a Dexa scan to bring me back down to earth. Finding out i was an incredible 51Kgs of muscle astonished me!
I will never know and or understand how celebrities on the cover of trash magazines get down to 40kgs, I can guarantee they don’t exercise, But unfortunately these are the people that our young people look up too they are their “inspiration” I could never have the body of Kendal Jenner, to start with I am only 165cm tall, I am also a different build, plus lets face it shes not built to do the type of training I enjoy.
After successfully quitting sugar and only reintroducing small amounts of fruit and approved sweeteners (rice malt syrup and stevia) I currently have found balance in my life by following the crossfit principles for eating, and following a zone diet, but this might not work for everyone I have just found it to be the most fool proof way of eating to follow with out having to calorie count or work out macros.