I don’t even know where to start with this one. Friends, I am beyond mad. I cannot believe something like this was actually published in the latest edition of Runner’s World.
My beautiful friend Kim wrote a brilliant post yesterday about an article that inspired her in the latest issue of Runner’s World. I loved her post so much but I’m not a big fan of Runner’s World (hence why I get my advice from my running friends-not the magazine that’s constantly talking about weight loss in relation to running). I left a comment on Kim’s post expressing this and being the thoughtful friend she is, she emailed me this picture she found from the latest issue:
Oh. My. God. Where do I even start with this? I cannot put into words how much this infuriates me. A global magazine that people turn to for running inspiration and tips is endorsing the swish and spit to avoid calories? (Or as it’s known in the eating disorder world-chew and spit.) How did this make it through the final edits? Did not one person at Runner’s World think to themselves “hmmm maybe this isn’t the best thing for us to publish?”
Whatever you want to call it, the idea of telling people to swish/chew and spit a food and/or dink is almost down right offensive in my opinion. It’s not healthy in the slightest and is something many women (and men) with eating disorders struggle with. Isn’t that the exact opposite of what they should be promoting? If a runner would like a sports drink with lower calories, there are definitely other much better options than swish and spit. Nuun perhaps? Mixing your own low-sugar sports drink at home? Propel? Even light Gatorade for goodness sake. But to advise people to put the liquid in their mouth and spit it out without swallowing to avoid calories? Seriously? Is that a joke?
I honestly just can’t even begin to wrap my mind around this. If you need to swish and spit to rinse your mouth or because the stuff upsets your stomach, that I get- but to do it to avoid calories is a big ole red flag. People, please whatever you do, do not follow this advice. It’s downright stupid in my opinion, and could lead to some really dangerous behavior. Shame on whoever came up with the idea to publish it.
Come one friends, rant with me here…I can’t be the only one who feels this way…I know Kim’s angry about it too:
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!