You Can Not See Til You See
If you’ve taken an interest in the world of health and fitness, props to you! Get ready to be surrounded by healthy foods, heavy iron, gym lingo and broscience. Along the way, you may even pick up on some new terminology. However what you must be careful of is catching onto some of the misleading information out there, specifically the terminology.
This word is not a synonym for weight loss. Thanks to magazines, social media, and advertisements, people have warped the definition so immensely to where I myself have to watch how I speak in reference to the food I eat (aka my “diet”) all to avoid the dreaded question “wait, why are you on a diet? You don’t need to lose weight!”
A diet is a lifestyle, and a way to describe what you eat on a daily basis. Some people have good diets, bad diets, diets with a caloric deficit, and diets that variate in macronutrients. A diet is NOT one thing, and it does not imply that you’re looking to knock a few pounds around. One diet could promote that, while another could be used for bulking.
Unless you scrub each individual vegetable and piece of chicken with a mini scrub brush, you’re not eating “clean.” The phrase “clean eating” is normally used to describe a diet free of processed foods, full of unprocessed foods, associated with fat loss, and generally pretty healthy. Fitness fanatics love to use this term, and it has transpired into the biggest diet description for the newly-health conscious person. While there is nothing wrong with eating solely unprocessed foods, trying to eat “clean” all the time could potentially mess with your mind when choosing things to eat, ESPECIALLY when accidentally eating something “not clean,” making a cheat meal or a harmless cookie seem more like an abandonment of your newfound eating strategy.
If it’s fat loss you’re worried about, it’s all about the numbers. No matter what you eat, as long as those calories are at the proper deficit, it is to be assumed that you’ll lose weight. A hot new diet strategy called If It Fits Your Macros actually takes this idea, breaks down calories into daily macronutrient goals, and promotes something called “flexible dieting” (aka eating healthy while still allowing for a sweet treat if it “fits your macros”).
This word takes the cake. I’m not even sure how it has been allowed to grace the covers of so many magazines. It has become the golden word for weight loss in the pages of womens’ fitness magazines. “Tone your thighs!” and “get toned this summer” are all common advertisements leaving fitness professionals asked by their clients how they can “get toned”.
There is no such thing as “toning” the body. There is fat loss and muscle gain, which is what “toning” trying to define in one word, I guess.
“Toning” is not an actual word/phrase that is associate with body composition. If we were trying to assess someone’s voice, the quality of sound, or evaluate a color, then maybe we could throw the term in the mix. As far as buns and thighs are concerned, we need to throw that word right out. Keeping your eyes open so you see, and ears peeled so you hear. Separate the facts from the nonsense.