Posts tagged “Nutrition”

The Dark Side of Pinterest

We’ve been spending a bit of time on Pinterest lately, sharing the latest Vitogo news, workout tips, and healthy recipes. It’s a great way to share content and connect with users, but could Pinterest actually be making us less healthy?

For those of you who haven’t received an invite yet, Pinterest is a “virtual pinboard” that lets you organize and share things that you find on the web. Basically, if you see something that you like, you can ‘pin’ a picture of it onto one of your themed boards.

If you go check out the Heath & Fitness section, you’ll notice that a lot of people have created motivational boards, filled with pictures of models and inspirational sayings. While this might not seem so bad, it takes a turn for the scary when you see that many of these boards have titles like “Thinspiration” and include photos like the following:

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Clearly, these images promote unrealistic body image and encourage unhealthy behaviors. Some bloggers have compared these “Thinspiration” boards to pro-anorexia sites, which started gaining popularity with the advent of blogging and social black porn media:

Back in the days of Xanga and Live Journal, “Pro-Ana” or Pro-Anorexia sites sprung up around the internet. On these kinds of sites, people with eating disorders wouldn’t gather for support or treatment, but rather, to encourage each other to pursue a lifestyle of starvation by posting pictures of skeletal models and odd motivational statements to discourage eating. It wasn’t good.

Studies of pro-anorexia sites show that women who are exposed to these types of images experience a decrease in self-esteem and perceived attractiveness. They were even more likely to report an increase in their weight than women who were not exposed to these sites. Even the slightest exposure to pro-anorexia sites may be harmful to those at risk. One study exposed healthy college girls with no history of eating disorders to 1.5 hours of pro-anorexia sites and they showed decreased caloric intake the week following their exposure.  Some participants admitted using techniques and tips they viewed on the sites and had “strong emotional reactions” up to three weeks after the study.

Probably not every woman with a Thinspiration board on Pinterest is suffering from an eating disorder. But pinning and re-pinning bad advice and unrealistic goals perpetuates the misinformation that is so prevalent in health and fitness. Starving yourself is not the way to get healthy. In fact, most athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness models actually eat six small meals a day. Your body needs fuel to power itself through the day – especially if you’re active.

Looking at pictures of skeletal models isn’t healthy or inspiring. It’s also completely ridiculous to think that healthy weight loss requires restrictive dieting and starvation. If you’re looking for realistic healthy lifestyle tips, try checking out the Pinterest boards of sites and people you trust, and maybe we can replace Thinspiration pins with images like these:

                  

Workout Nutrition Infographic

If you want to speed your recovery time and maximize your workouts, nutrition timing is key. Check out this awesome infographic from the Greatist Team: “The Ultimate Guide to Workout Nutrition.”  More… »

The Wandering Workout – Eating Healthy on the Go

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One of the biggest challenges on vacation is avoiding weight gain from overindulging in unhealthy food. How many times have you heard someone say, “It’s okay, I’m on vacation!” right before biting into some sort of foreign pastry? A recent study out of the U.K. found that 6/10 vacationers surveyed gained an average of five pounds while on vacation (unless they traveled to the US, in which case they gained an average of 8 pounds).

So, to help avoid the vacation bulge, here are five tips to help you eat healthy on the go:

1. Control your portion sizes – the number one reason for weight gain cited by the participants in the study was oversized restaurant portions. When you are constantly eating out, try to remember to indulge in moderation and order a half plate or a starter portion. If you are traveling with friends, it can be fun to split a few dishes. More… »