I despise this word.
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I suppose you could say I’m on a crusade to eliminate the word ‘detox’ from people’s vocabulary, other than the strict medical definition of it that is reserved for those needing ‘detoxification’ because of an over-consumption of poisons.
Yesterday I was on a popular fitness blogger’s FB page, and she posted a recipe, labeling it as detox water. I was horrified to see her labeling it as such, particularly because I follow her due to her being one of the few fitness bloggers who avoids “fitspiration” messages. Now I didn’t suddenly unfollow her because of this. After all, many in the health and fitness field believe so strongly in this concept of detoxing. It’s simply ignorance, not ill-intent, that leads to promoting of what many believe to be a healthy lifestyle.
Yet, it’s simply maddening to see prolific health and fitness people sharing recipes of fruit-infused waters and labeling them as detox waters. Yes, fruit-infused water is healthy. There is no denying that. What isn’t healthy is spreading misinformation by presenting these waters (or juices, or any food in general) as having a detox effect on your entire system.
So why is this labeling harmful if these foods and drinks are healthy in the first place and you don’t plan to overdo it?
It is harmful because people look at the word detox and automatically think that it is something that can reboot their systems. They think they are cleansing their bodies of unknown, unnamed toxins by undertaking a juice fast (or whatever), when all they’re really doing with prolonged fasting is getting rid of essential nutrients. People also think they’re losing weight, when all they’re really losing is water weight–which is VERY harmful.
Your liver, kidneys, and lymphatic system do all of the detoxing for you. You can eat poorly all day, and they’ll still function to get rid of unnecessary waste. That’s what they’re meant for. If you load yourself up on too much alcohol, your liver is there to filter it for you. Your kidneys will even torture you with constant urination. And, in some cases, your stomach will purge you of this alcohol if you’ve consumed too much.
You do need to eat well to keep these systems functioning. But to think that you need a special diet to self-cleanse is patently wrong. If you needed to rid yourself of toxins via other methods, like cleansing, you would either be severely ill or just downright dead. These detox diets cannot replace what your body is already designed to do. In fact, detoxing is only reserved for the medical community for those who need to take substances like charcoal to rid themselves of poisons from overdoses. This is the only case in which it is acceptable to even use the word detox.
What interests me the most about this fad is how widespread it is becoming. During my stay in Austin, I saw some juicing company that had set up a few shops around the city. My fiance’s sister told me it was new. I scoffed when I saw a truck promoting it as a detox system. My fiance’s sister then proceeded to tell me about the man in Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, who went on a juice cleanse for sixty days. Apparently he was able to get off several medications due to it. I had to explain to her that if this man truly regained his health, it’s only because he increased his consumption of fruits and veggies and eliminated junk food. You don’t need to do that through juicing. And I also question how he was able to survive on merely juice alone. Then again, I haven’t watched the documentary, so if you’ve seen it, feel free to give me the rundown.
I am about protecting the public from harm. Prolific fitness professionals with a massive following absolutely need to search for peer-reviewed studies when they come across a new diet fad. In fact, it’s in the nature of our jobs. To neglect this aspect is to rob the public of the truth surrounding so many fads out there. There are zero peer-reviewed studies supporting detox because it simply isn’t real.
What should you do instead?
Guess what?I found a job! I’ll be starting out as a fitness consultant and shadowing trainers during my shift. Once I’ve gotten enough clients as a consultant and established a reputation at the gym in general, I can transition over to personal training.
You might be wondering why I don’t just start out as a trainer. Simple: The trainers at the gym have to sell fitness packages themselves. Plus, they only make money when they’re training people; thus, it would be very difficult for me starting out. As a fitness consultant, I’ll receive a salary and commission for selling gym memberships. In the meantime I’ll be able to acquaint myself with the gym and practice spotting and giving out advice on proper exercise technique to the gym’s members. I can also give out advice on nutrition and all of that other fun stuff.
Now I did have another interview at a gym where I had to, on the spot, put together a short program for three different client scenarios. At this gym you can get clients yourself, but they also hand them to you.
One huge thing I learned from this mock interview is that no amount of studying can prepare you for what will happen out in the field. In fact, the head trainer I was creating the mock workouts for gave me a few anecdotal stories that hammered that point home. One example would be obese clients who can’t hold a plank for even five seconds because of the amount of their own weight they have to support. I definitely didn’t learn that from the books.
You might also be wondering why I don’t give this gym a chance. Well, I really want to. However, having an assured salary while being able to learn from someone else first will allow me to give my future clients the best possible experience. I’ll be able to learn what to do and what not to do before I even train my first client. I’ll feel much more confident being able to work with a variety of people. After all, the mock interview was the most nerve-wracking thing I have ever done in my life. Usually I can get over my nerves once I start something, like an author presentation; however, I couldn’t settle my nerves at all. There was just no way to prepare for this mock interview. So it was a great experience, one I learned so much from.
Before I even went to the interview, I looked up all sorts of tips on preparing for a mock workout. There were hardly any! It was just people giving out non-specific advice, advice you can use for any interview, so here I am offering my own tips specifically for the mock workout portion.
You probably are going to be nervous during the mock workout, but see it as fun. See it as
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The great thing about NatureBox is that their snacks are healthy–and I am a snacker.
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These snacks are fantastic because while I have an Earth Fare and Whole Foods here, I have to drive about 20 minutes to Earth Fare and about 25 to Whole Foods. So I’m actually saving money by going with NatureBox snacks instead. Plus, they simply have more variety.
There were several decisions that led me to choosing this certification, one of those being cost; I wanted cheap, but not too cheap, and I felt ACE’s priciest bundle fit that. But there were several other reasons as well:
I’ve also read a few horror stories of people who have taken the exam but have failed it a few times, mostly because they can’t nail the application questions. Also, even if you have a degree in exercise science, if you don’t know their model, you’re likely not going to pass the exam. From what I’ve read online, several people with degrees in exercise science skipped reading over the manual and went straight to the exam…only to fail.
But, at the end of the day, it’s the trainer that makes the cert.
ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, nutrition coach, young adult author, moody ballerina.
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The views expressed on this blog are entirely my own. Any advice I offer is not to be taken as medical advice. If you think you have contraindications to exercise, please see your physician before implementing any sample workout plans I present on this blog.
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