Tristyn Lee a bodybuilder shares his insights on the dangers of maintaining 4% body fat for two years.

 


Trystin Lee a fitness model is regretting his decision to show off his physique on social media. After earning a lot of eyeballs and backlashes for his incredible body. The fitness fame was initially happy with all the attention he was getting but soon realized that it was all too much. Trystin is now trying to focus on his health and fitness goals without drawing too much attention to himself.



A recent post on bodybuilder and YouTuber Tristyn Lee's page unpacked his experience maintaining "four percent body fat" for two years. Previously 19-year-old Tristyn went viral on Facebook and YouTube for his incredibly impressive viewers.

Lee shares four years later the challenges he faced when trying to maintain a low body fat percentage while being shredded. "Let's talk about how getting toned ruined my life," says Lee in the video's opening. "We're going to take a deeper look into the downsides of the seemingly glorious lifestyle you've seen over the past few years with me maintaining under five percent body fat."

Three years ago Lee started to become "a little more obsessed with the numbers." At the time he was eating 3000+ calories and also playing soccer. His focus shifted from his bodybuilding progress to obsessing over how he looked and how lean he was. He started scrutinizing his food measuring every ingredient of every meal to the gram in order to get down to a sub-five percent body fat level. This led him to become delusional.

His body's need for food became confused because of the way he was exercising. "This went on to affect my appetite where my body wasn't registering its biological hunger cues," he explains. "It was instead determined on what numbers I was seeing on MyFitnessPal. 'It started to become this vicious cycle of burn more eat less and every single crutch I was using to feel less hungry began to increase.'"

In the next phase of Lee's video, he discusses bodybuilding and how it has affected his social life. It's a common issue for those watching their diets but Lee's experience takes it to another level. "Seeing things on the menu and not knowing the nutrients was a massive thing for me," he says. "I wouldn't let myself go out and have a bite to eat with a friend or go out because I didn't know the calories in the food." Not only was Lee obsessing over numbers in his food but also those in his step counting app. "If my phone didn't say I hit 15,000 to 20,000 steps per day I'd be beating myself up," he says. "It was this endless

So far this article has been quite shocking. Lee goes on to describe how drastically changing his diet and exercise habits - eating under 1800 calories and walking over 20,000 steps each day - affected not only his physique but also his social life and mental well-being. "Sleep was probably one of the first things that took its toll on me," he says. "As I dropped my calorie intake from 3000 to 1800 my sleep continued to take a toll and I was only sleeping four to five hours per night." His strength levels dropped and so did his mood. "I didn't want to spend time with people and I didn't want to work on anything with people. I was so hyper-focused on doing these things in order to

Lee is back on track and eating more calories again. "I've increased my caloric intake and decreased my activity which has led to a significant improvement in my sleep."



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