Warning: Rant starting in 3…2…1…
I love Pinterest. Even though it’s a huge time suck, and I don’t really have much time to spare, I love mindlessly clicking through photos and finding new things to “ooh and ahh” at. Sometimes I look at the Fitness pages, sometimes the food pages, heck, sometimes I just click around randomly until I find pretty things.
One thing that bothers me about Pinterest though, is in between all of the awesomeness, there is a whole bunch of crap that’s on there (especially in the Health and Fitness category). It’s basically a dumping ground for all of the horrible diets, fads, fitspo, and workouts that the fitness/nutrition industries have to offer. All in one, efficient, fitspirational package.
I wish I could put out a PSA about what not to believe on Pinterest, because I feel like some people use it as their bible. “Ooh, eat these 30 foods and I’ll lose 10 pounds in a week? It MUST be true, the internet says so!”
What better to do with a bunch of lies than to call them out and expose them in one place? Here are some of the true gems that I’ve found lately. Be warned though, some of these may cause involuntary shuddering, gagging, or violent outbursts.
This is just simply not true. Weight loss doesn’t work like that. And another thing — if they’re going to try to be convincing, at least make sure it’s written correctly. There are about 3500 WHAT in one pound of fat? Come on people.
Don’t do this. Ever. This is NEVER a good idea.
WTF IS GOING ON HERE?!?
Wrist circles? Arm swings? Sorry, if you’re looking for lean arms, this won’t cut it.
Or it’s that stress fracture in your foot…Or it’s your patellar tendonitis… Or yeah… I guess you’re right. Pain usually is just weakness leaving the body, that makes sense.
Valid point…Biceps don’t grow on trees. But working out every day is not the answer either. Biceps grow during recovery!
Again with the hate on rest days. Rest is essential, people! It doesn’t make you lazy, it makes you smart! AND ANOTHER THING: Crazy, unrealistic “fitspiration” like this is misleading. Looking like this model takes either years of intense dedication, unhealthy habits, or both. Bottom line: it is NOT realistic for your average girl.
You can do these exercises all you want. You can’t spot-reduce specific areas, and you certainly can’t spot reduce your inner thighs with this nonsense.
I mean, let’s be honest here: depending on the pain you’re having, it could mean that you’re about to NOT be alive. When did pain become the main goal?
And this. THIS takes the cake. It’s not true people!!! Please, eat 2000 calories worth of apples and mango in a day, then tell me a)how your blood glucose and insulin levels are doing, and b)how your stomach is feeling. Then let’s talk about this stupid zero-calorie/negative-calorie myth and the fact that there are no FREE FOODS! Sure, there are some foods on here that you can get away with eating just about as much as you want (spinach, zucchini, for instance), but otherwise, when you’re eating strawberries and melon by the quart please be aware that these are not free calories. This is not free sugar. The body doesn’t work that way.
I could seriously go on for days, but I won’t because I don’t want to bore you. My point is, while yes there are some awesome finds on Pinterest, there is also a bunch of wishy-washy non-sensical trash. Don’t believe everything you read, and most certainly don’t believe everything you read on the internet. Although there is one picture on Pinterest that I can totally get behind, and is totally the reason why I work out in the first place:
Happy Friday everyone!
Do you get frustrated by things you see on Pinterest? Do you think there are more helpful or hurtful pages in the Fitness category of Pinterest? Do you end up getting sucked into it like I do, or do you find it a complete waste of your time?