• Karina Inkster

NBSV 082: Aesthetic-driven fitness in the vegan community (balancing health, body, & fitness goals)



I address the misconception that veganism is inherently beneficial for weight loss, and I discuss navigating the sometimes-very-thin line between health, fitness, and aesthetic goals. We all want to look awesome, but I think there are more and less effective (and healthy) ways of using aesthetics as an ingredient in what motivates you to create and sustain a fitness routine. I also discuss unrealistic physique expectations, and why I don’t train clients for physique competitions.

Important topics and points you don't want to miss:

>> Why we shouldn't promote veganism as primarily a weight loss tool.


>> Parallels between reasons for going vegan and motivators for maintaining a consistent fitness routine.


>> The intersections between aesthetic, health, and fitness goals, including 3 things you can do for yourself to ensure a healthy balance between these goals.


>> Why I don't train clients for physique competitions.



Mentioned in the episode:

>> NBSV 070: Why vegans shouldn't support PETA, and how to assess whether an animal sanctuary is legit


>> NBSV 045: Ren Jones on guilt associated with self care, 4 gates of health, and B.S. on scale weight


>> NBSV 038: Tobias Sjösten on goal setting, tracking your fitness progress, and leading a community

>> Girls Gone Strong article: Coaching Cheat Sheet: How to Handle Unrealistic Expectations


>> Note: Neghar Fonooni's article mentioned in the episode appears to no longer be available online.



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