Bodybuilding has got a lot to answer for when it comes to:
- the perverted health advice it espouses;
- crazy exercise routines it recommends;
- ridiculous dietary advice it promotes; and
- ideals of aesthetic physique it aspires to.
We are not blaming any single person, association, company, or competition. Bodybuilding itself is a reflection of a sick society. In the words of Jiddu Krishnamurti “it is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”.
More, more, more… Bigger, bigger, bigger… Grow, develop, WIN. These are the mantras of the modern world. If you are overweight or obese, how have these mantras helped you with your health, physique, and mental well-being?
The soul of Nysteia is not about adding more to your already cluttered life. Nysteia is about removing things from your life, in order to allow you to return to normality. It is far more about renunciation, than it is about addition.
The cult of bodybuilding is fed by a particular psychology which will never be satisfied. It seeks to compare oneself with others, in a positive or negative light, based on the size of muscularity and a perverted aesthetic.
Moreover, the muscular size that is the goal of bodybuilding cannot be attained without steroids and other drugs, which enable the body to react radically differently to its absorption of food (especially protein), then it otherwise would in a natural state.
Even the so-called “natural” bodybuilders follow dietary and training routines which are profoundly unhealthy, in their quest to pack an unnatural amount of muscle onto the human frame.
The steroids and other drugs which bodybuilders take - aside from being extremely dangerous to their health, illegal to procure, and expensive to purchase - allow their body to absorb 4 to 5 times the amount of protein that a normal human body can absorb. This leads to tremendous muscle growth in a short period of time.
However, this has also led to the perverse belief, and myth, that a normal person living an active life requires an abnormal amount of protein.
Many bodybuilders suggest eating 6 to 8 meals a day, with each meal containing 40 g of protein. There are some bodybuilders who set their alarm clock so they can wake up every three hours during the night to eat. This is food neurosis bordering on mental illness, which is driven by a perverted psychology of self image.
The vast majority of people who have been fooled into thinking that they can achieve the physique results of bodybuilding magazines adopt the eating recommendations, training regimes, and legal supplements as recommended by their favourite bodybuilders - and overtime, invariably become fat and strong - strong in the sense that they can lift heavy weights in a gym.
As billions of people around the world can testify, it is pretty easy to put on weight to the point of becoming overweight and obese over a long period of time - you just constantly eat high carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat meals regularly throughout the day and night.
If you happen to train weights three times per week in conjunction with eating like this, you will invariably get stronger, but you will also invariably become much fatter than you are now.
Perhaps even more dangerous to your health, you will also develop a particular neurosis when it comes to food, and a particular set of beliefs when it comes to the timing of meals. This neurosis and belief system is very difficult to break, once a person convinces themselves that it is correct.
After some months of training in the gym, you will invariably take some time off. Unfortunately for you, the way you eat will remain the same. You will have trained your body and your mind to unconsciously eat 6 to 8 high-protein meals a day, only now you have absolutely no training justification to eat this way (not that there ever is a training justification to it this way for a normal person).
Once you get fat, along with that comes all the problems of insulin resistance, and all of the issues with regards to losing the weight (and keeping it off) that we have talked about on our website.
Of all the fat weightlifters that one can see every day in a gym, the exceptions are the muscular very lean athletes. The reason for this, is that it is very difficult to stay very lean whilst training the way that the fitness industry has advised you to train for the past 30 years.
You have been lied to by people that have not told you the entire truth, and who stand to make a lot of money from you in the form of supplements, powders, magazines and training equipment, which are absolutely unnecessary to your life and health.