On that note, you might’ve noticed that the advice to “follow a diet” is 100 per cent vague. It merely suggests that participants just eat healthily and refrain from cheat meals or alcohol.
Not only is the total lack of guidance confusing, but as Lucas points out, it’s potentially harmful.
“Dieting means different things to different people, so this can be dangerous for people who choose to go with an extremely restrictive diet, or those who have a history of eating disorders,” he said. (We’ll touch on this more in a minute).
“On the flip side, some people see certain foods as healthy when they are not, so it wouldn’t benefit them either. It leaves a lot of things open to interpretation.”
3. It’s not sustainable long term.
“A 75 day diet is not really sustainable. It is also detrimental to your mental health and your social life – being this regimented is not a great way to live,” said Lucas.
“I would say the program is more designed to make this guy famous given he is asking people to take progress shots.”
4. It could affect your mental health.
While it’s meant to be a program that focuses on improving your mental health, 75 HARD could actually have major emotional drawbacks.
Challenges like this can easily end up impacting a participant in a really negative way – making people feel guilty, shameful and inadequate for having to repeat the system.
Take this TikTok for example:
@kiahmummeryy I’ll be restarting my #75hardchallenge tomorrow 🤍 also all break up tips are welcome, bring on day one #75hard #fyp ♬ original sound – keeks
Yep. No good.
5. It can be a serious trigger for anyone who has disordered eating habits.
For anyone dealing with a history of excessive exercise and eating disorders, a strict fitness and health challenge like this just screams bad news. Really freakin’ bad news.
Not only does it lean into a mindset of rigidity and deprivation, but it offers a high potential for participants to become obsessed with workouts and food, making them susceptible to things like binge eating and drinking.
For people who have struggled with disordered eating in the past, it’s enough to throw them right back into it.
“The program is a great way to keep them on track with their eating disorder. It certainly won’t help them overcome it,” said Lucas.
Read More:75 Hard: The fitness challenge everyone’s doing, and the science behind it.