Commentary: The spring break bod

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By Kyle Yager, Sports Editor

With Spring Break right around the corner, it brings the coveted ‘Spring Break bod’ to the forefront of people’s minds.

For the last couple months, thousands of people have adopted new exercise regiments, diets, and overall daily routines in an effort to cut fat or build muscle by the time they’re able to show it off. The desire to look good for whatever spring break scenario one is participating in creates a motivation and a drive in people that is unmatched. It’s also an excellent segway into looking good and feeling good for the summer.

The intent is excellent. Still, I have noticed, throughout the annual grind, that a lot of people go about achieving their desired goals the wrong way.

It should go without saying, but, unequivocally, the most important aspect towards success is diet. Diet is absolutely key. You can’t accurately divvy out importance, but if you did, diet would be about 70 percent of what influences the ultimate result.

Many people adopt these grueling workout routines. Things such as high intensity interval training, cross fit, intense circuits, and or whatever respective workout regime one implements, are very helpful and necessary for achieving your goal. Still, without a proper diet, they are much less effective. It can almost defeat the purpose.

From my personal experience, I think a low carb diet is the way to go if you’re trying to cut. I’ve experimented with my roommates with multiple workout routines and diets, and if you’re trying to trim fat, a strict low carb diet will create results.

When dieting, the key is persistence and attentiveness. You have to be aware of everything you put in your body, and how your body changes. Things like a seemingly harmless Powerade contains 22 carbs. Being aware and on top of your own game plan is crucial. Logging your intake also helps.

Overall, achieving your spring break goal is something that is very individual. You have to figure out the workout routine and diet that works for you. It takes repetition and adapting your throughout. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and you have to trust the process. Regardless of how one intends to meet their goal, their is one staple. If you’re gonna try it, you need to diet.

Kyle Yager

Kyle Yager

Sports Editor

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