The arrival of a new year tends to bring us all back, drawing our memories to what was great — and not so great — in the past 12 months. 2013 was full of fads and trends in the world of health and fitness, and while we’re thrilled to see the kettlebell, TRX, whole food diet and flexitarian movement shine on, there are some trends we’d be happy to see fall by the wayside. Huffington Post seems to agree and compiled a list of health trends they’d be happy to see go in 2014. And let us tell you, we absolutely could not agree more with fad numero uno.
What are your thoughts on this list from Huff Post? Are you also hoping these trends become “so 2013” or are your fingers crossed they stick around?
Apparently, 2013 was the year in which everyone decided to have an opinion about how female parents should treat their bodies.
When 35-year-old Lea-Ann Ellison, a mother of three and CrossFit enthusiast, posted a photo in September of herself performing an overhead squat eight months into her third pregnancy, the Internet lost its mind.
“If anything happens to your baby due to your stupidity, I hope you’ll be able to handle your guilt. Pregnancy is NOT the time to be taking stupid risks,” said one commenter on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Maria Kang, a fitness trainer who was proud of her ability to keep trim while keeping up with her three young sons posted a photo of herself in a sports bra and shorts with the phrase “What’s your excuse?” written above her head. Cue the outrage. Some people interpreted her aggressive captioning as an attempt to shame moms in worse shape than herself; others were concerned about her parenting abilities if she prioritized fitness. Managing to bait mom-shamers while doing some of it yourself? So 2013.
“I think people are quick to judge pregnant women,” obstetrician Brittany Stofko, DO, of Penn Medicine, told HuffPost Healthy Living’s Sarah Klein at the time of the Lea-Ann Ellison controversy. “If she’s fit and she’s healthy and she’s doing this under the supervision of her obstetrician, I think she can safely continue.”
Let’s all take a page from Stofko and leave the concern to the supervising medical professionals.
Extreme Caveman Diet
Eschewing refined flours and sugars in favor of whole fruits, veggies and meats can only be a good thing, but some Paleo adherents took the diet too far this year with a radical offshoot, The Whole 30 diet. This eating plan requires a 30-day commitment in which the dieter can’t eat refined sugar, flour, processed oil and alcohol, but also eschews health-promoting foods like fiber-rich whole grains and legumes, protein, calcium-rich dairy and heart-healthy coffee. What’s more, after a month of deprivation, Alexandra Caspero, RD explained to Health.com, many dieters are apt to rebound.