Don't Abuse Your Body For a Competition

It's that time of year again, competition season. This can be a very exciting thing for a lot of people, especially if they have never competed before.

Bodybuilding competitions can be a great goal for people who want to lose weight, stick to a healthy diet or just need something to focus on, but sometimes things can be taken too far.

I have seen it all, and am guilty of some of them myself. Low calorie diets and too much cardio is something I have been guilty of in the past, and I have learned from this and never use this method with my clients. This is a great way to cause metabolic damage and adrenal fatigue, and to recover from this can be a very long process.

Two things I will discuss today is water loading on distilled water and laxative abuse. These are methods that coaches still use to this day that can cause major disturbances in the body. These methods can be very damaging.

Distilled Water

Drinking unfiltered water can be very dangerous because it can contain parasites, chlorine, and fluoride. This can make us very sick, and when  distilled water became a fad in the 1970's, people were all over it for health reasons.

Unfortunately drinking distilled water on a regular daily basis can be potentially dangerous as well.

In the bodybuilding world, it is very common to deplete carbs and water load on distilled water. This is dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure.

The more mineral loss, the greater the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging.

Distilled water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more distilled water a person drinks, the higher the body acidity will become.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "Distilled water, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact. Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water."

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Laxative Abuse

Many people believe that using laxatives after bingeing will help them to control their weight and counteract any physical effects of binge eating, however this is completely untrue. In fact by the time laxatives effect the large intestine almost all foods and calories have already been absorbed.

Any “weight-loss” caused by laxative abuse is due to the loss of water, minerals, electrolytes, indigestible fibre and wastes from the colon. Once the body becomes re-hydrated this “water weight” that has been lost will return once more.

Laxative abuse can eventually result in a condition called "Laxative dependency" which occurs when the colon stops reacting to usual doses of laxatives so that larger and larger amounts of laxatives may be needed to produce bowel movements.

Due to severe dehydration caused by laxatives and diuretics, sometimes drinking fluid is not enough to hydrate cells and tissues fast enough. When this happens it can cause organ damage and even death.

Abuse of laxatives causes the muscles in your bowel can become very weak from the lack of use, with the delicate nerve lining in your body’s colon also becoming damaged.

Think before doing something you will regret.

There are smarter and better ways to get lean for a competition that doesn't include putting your body through total and complete hell. Think first. Think long term. If you want to look lean and fit all the time, results can last if you do things right. When you put your body through too much stress, bad things will happen. Don't do it.