Vigorexia: When Diet and Fitness Become an Obsession


Vigorexia, when diet and fitness take over our lives and become a real obsession. Training and eating well should be the pillars of a healthy lifestyle. But that’s not always the case! Even the right things, if brought to excess, can become harmful.

When you exceed and become obsessed with diet and fitness, you become Vigorexia.

Vigorexia: What It Is And How To Deal With It

It can happen, you start with the search for a proper lifestyle but you end up getting carried away. The victims of this obsession can be pushed to extreme both the practice of sport and the observance of the diet.

The aim is always the same: to achieve an ever lower percentage of fat mass and show off toned muscles. You might think that diet and sport are a good match for a healthy lifestyle and, without going to extremes, it is so.

The problem arises when the achievement of these goals begins to become a fixed thought and take over all other activities. Overtraining and DIY diets have nothing to say about health; on the contrary, they can really become a health risk.

The Benefits Of Healthy Physical Activity

Half an hour a day of sports bring numerous beneficial effects:

  • they improve mood and reduce the risk of depression;
  • they increase your self-esteem by making you feel better and safer;
  • they lower the levels of anxiety;
  • it’s a way of boosting the tensions of the day;
  • they help to prevent various diseases;
  • relieves physical pain.

Obviously you can then, depending on your level of training and your goals, increase or decrease the time and intensity of your workouts. All this, of course without exceeding. But what are the problems derived from too much sport and restrictive diets?

Vigorexia: the problems involved

  1. 1 Athlete’s triad: that is, the set of eating disorders, amenorrhoea and premature osteoporosis.
  • Eating disorder: Overly restrictive diets, unbalanced diet that eliminates groups of macronutrients (often carbohydrates and fats are seen as the bearers of all evils) lead the body to incur eating disorders that, as in a vicious circle, aggravate the triad of the athlete;
  • Amenorrhoea: Menstrual dysfunction due to low calorie intake and a lower than normal percentage of fat mass;
  • Premature osteoporosis: Lack of nutrients leads to impoverishment of the bone structure and premature osteoporosis.
  1. Excessive fatigue.
  2. Hair loss.
  3. Dryness of the skin.
  4. Increased exposure to injuries and much longer than usual recovery times.
  5. Poor social life and isolation due to the need not to take time away from training.

Recognising Vigor

Often those who suffer from this psychological condition slowly slip into it without realizing it. It is important to learn to recognize the signs in order to ask for qualified help.

What exactly happens when you start to suffer from vigor? Initially, training times are lengthening, it becomes increasingly difficult to take a day off, the mind is constantly working to plan the workouts until, in the end, to get the sporting aspect to prevail over all other interests (work, family, friends).

Discover the signs of vigor:

  1. Increase the intensity and time devoted to training without being able to control yourself
  2. Not being able to follow the rest days and get to feel a strong sense of guilt when you can not train.
  3. Even get to ignore injuries and train even with health problems or traumas that require rest
  4. Need more and more activity to get the first results. As with all addictions, the body gets used to it and needs to receive more and more stimuli.
  5. Suffer from agitation, fatigue and tension when not training.
  6. Difficulty in assessing the right duration and intensity of exercise.
  7. Spend so much time on sport that you can take away all your other daily activities.
  8. Reduce all social commitments that are not related to physical activity.
  9. Follow an excessively rigid diet aimed exclusively at training. Often you even get to take supplements or, worse, drugs, without control or real need.

Vigorexia: When to Ask for Help

We talk about sports addiction and, therefore, vigour, when physical exercise takes first place in the mind and in everyday life.

In the most extreme cases, you can even lose friends, family and work.

When training becomes a need shifted on the body, it prevents you from achieving the goals set psychologically and internally.

It’s time to ask for qualified help. Getting into a vortex is easy but getting out on your own is not easy at all. Mens sana in corpore sano should be the goal to be achieved! And to do this you need to constantly search for a good psychophysical balance.