Greatist CEO Derek Flanzraich shared this past November how a short-term restrictive six-pack-abs #absperiment program had “scary” long-term effects. One year later, he struggles with (emphasis his):
Rule-Making. Making healthy choices has always been challenging for me, but it’s only become harder since the #absperiment did a number on my self-control. … I just can’t seem to convince myself to stick to anything, and it scares me a little. Maybe a lot-tle.
Food As Reward. Since the #absperiment, I’ve treated food as a reward to an extent I never have before. … After just six weeks of treating healthy food as punishment and indulgences as forbidden fruit, the way I look at food has been profoundly affected. Unfortunately, I’ve spent a year trying to snap out of that mind frame without much success.
Body Image. The third thing — and probably the worst of all — is how my post-#absperiment mindset has affected the way I view my body. … It’s been terrifically tough to stop judging my own body when I have such an extreme point of comparison.