I know quite a few people that are disciplined, fit and eat clean. One might think that third parties would see healthy people and be supportive and encouraging, but that’s often not the case. Many people in the health & fitness industry have experienced being marginalised for their way of life and empirically this seems much more prevalent between females.
Over my exercise lifetime, I have made and continue to make many sacrifices to live a healthy life.
- I don’t eat gluten or lactose due to the reason that they upset my digestive system.
- I avoid sugar because when it is not used as a post training aid to replenish muscle glycogen it just makes you fatter and it also makes you more estrogenic, contributes to ageing and promotes unhealthy gut bacteria.
- I restrict the eating of carbs to and around my training time, otherwise they just contribute to fat storage.
- I don’t drink often, as alcohol beverages for the most part result in more estrogen in ones body, reduce testosterone levels and also inhibit recovery (and of course I don’t like hangovers).
- I exercise ritualistically instead of saying “I don’t have time” and then going home to watch TV at night (I don’t even own a TV and haven’t for years).
So often when I choose to refrain from these activities and it is in the presence of non-training people whom eat whatever whenever, it often seems to cause a fuss. After all the years, I actually expect to go out and have to order slightly different from other people, maybe just eat later on or bring some food that I prepared and I don’t have a problem with these solutions at all. The issue comes not from my end but from third parties who seem to make such a big deal about it. I have found this issue to be exponentially worse for female trainees/trainers who are seriously marginalised by other females for their commitment to their physique and diet (I will refrain from expanding on my beliefs on the competitive, bitchy and dark nature of the “sisterhood” of females).
So here is my belief on why this is:
- Many people who make poor food and lifestyle choices, feel more secure hanging around other people that make similarly poor choices, that way they do not need to check their own behaviour. This further suggests that they are not really 100% comfortable with where they are at and don’t like to be faced with feeling challenging feelings about themselves and their behaviour.
- Many people (I believe) are not satisfied with the way they look, in spite of what they insist. We live in a superficial society and since the inception of social media there has been an increase in narcissistic indexes, showing that in general we are actually becoming more vein. Thus I believe more then ever that people do care that they are out of shape, in spite of what they superficially tell others or themselves.
- Some people write-off commitment to diet and training as being unhealthy, obsessive, vein, superficial and so on. Regardless of people’s judgements, both the scientific literature and the real life experiences show that a healthy and active lifestyle pays massive personal and societal dividends in both the short and the long term. Two recent real life examples that stem from this commitment can be seen in this post about Sasha Diaz and this video of a 70 year old bodybuilder:
I believe this marginalisation trend is correlated with the growing societal normalisation of being overweight.
What are your experiences?
Have you be marginalised for your lifestyle?
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