Diabetes, Dieting, Misc, Nutrition

Making Sense of the Fat Demographics

First I want to say that I don’t write to beat up on fat and out-of-shape people.  My intent is to help those folks that want to look and feel better than they do now. Persons having health conditions are excluded from anything I talk about — unless their conditions are known to be improvable with diet and exercise (a class of ailments that seem to be growing all the time).  Fixable health issues are often known as lifestyle-related conditions. Lifestyle refers to what a person eats, drinks, smokes, and how active they are. More and more health issues are showing positive outcomes from lifestyle changes. Any person having something like Metabolic Syndrome or Type-2 diabetes, who has not yet done so should begin a research project via the Internet. Research will show that a growing number of medical practitioners are treating many problems with alternative strategies rather than prescription drugs.

There is a ton of information written by doctors regarding alternative strategies.  You might be pleasantly surprised by what some of them are doing treatment-wise.

Legitimate causes for being fat and out-of-shape

  • Ignorance about food
  • Ignorance about exercise
  • Don’t care how I look and feel
  • Don’t care what others think of me
  • Laziness, no energy
  • Emotional issues

Okay, the above causes explain how and why people get and remain fat and out- of-shape.  It’s possible to come up with more reasons but they will always fit less than one of the above. I believe that laziness and emotional issues are the real culprits.  And even the others in the above list will more than likely be a sub-heading under laziness and emotional issues.

For instance, if a person is ignorant about food and exercise, it is probably because they are too lazy to learn, because there is no shortage of knowledge available. While a large number of fat people have emotional issues, those issues are fixable unless you are too lazy to make it happen. That sort of puts laziness at the very top of the list.  Lack of s, motivation, drive and commitment are pretty much laziness and we could use those words interchangeably, but I stick with laziness.

Let’s take a look and see if my theory holds up.  Cheer for it, because if laziness is the cause of being fat and out-of-shape — that’s an easy fix. If it isn’t laziness, then all that’s left is emotional issues. Most of us would say we are doers. Here’s a spot quiz.  No right or wrong answers, but you will learn something. After you read the next paragraph stop and think about your answers. Then make a note of them.

Okay, pretend that you are in prison for the rest of your life.  What are two things that you would find a way to do despite your circumstances? My two things are writing and taking care of myself.  Those are important to me and when I travel I continue to do them.  I am traveling right now.  I worked out this morning and I’m writing now from my hotel room. I integrate my workouts and work schedule.  On the road I stay at a hotel that has in-room refrigerator and microwave, and a usable gym or a major health club closes.  I also want a grocery and a Wal-Mart close so I have access to what I eat rather than having to eat in restaurants unless it’s a business thing.

Now I don’t expect anybody to want to write, but I can’t understand why anybody would not want to take care of themselves and look and feel as good as possible.  It’s too easy and too important to ignore. Look and feel better — Rapido!

Getting from fat to fit is easy if you know how to find your own key to success, which also is easy. All of us are at least a little different so one-size-fits-all plans can’t work for everyone.  That’s okay, you just learn how to find what works for you. There are no magic pills like you see on late night TV. And while there are many plans that will work, they aren’t sustainable for the long term for a bunch of reasons, but mainly because they are too radical. What is needed is something that doesn’t cause agony or constant hunger, but gets results.

Once you start to get results, and realize you feel good, it becomes very easy to keep doing it.  A lot of people find that they like getting fit so much that they don’t want to go back to their old lifestyle, and they slide right into being fitness aficionados.

The fitness lifestyle, for me, is the only thing I do in my entire life that I know will work absolutely positively. So what’s the problem? If getting fit is as easy as I say, how come everybody is not fit?  Go back and read the first few paragraphs.  Think about the laziness and emotional reasons. Here’s something: It actually takes effort to make yourself fat out-of-shape. It does not just happen.

It’s easier to get out-of-shape than in-shape. But when you are out-of-shape you look and feel crappy, it kind of sneaks up on you though; it’s not until you do something that takes effort that you realize how far gone you are. Good news is when you start taking care of yourself by moving toward the fitness lifestyle — you usually start feeling better in just a couple days.

This turnaround is gradual, too, and so you have to stick with it for a couple weeks before you realize you are making big progress. Any person that says they like how it feels to be fat and stuffed into their clothes is an exception, or a liar.

Fat as a genre

Some people are addicted to food and need a shrink more than a diet or workout program.  Men’s Health recently published a story that said, “In the past 2 years, scientists have published nearly 40 studies on whether the temptation of food can veer into actual addiction.” If you keep falling of the wagon you should read this article.

Who really cares the exact number of fat and obese people in the US?  Obviously It’s a huge number.  Look around. Virtually everywhere you look is overrun with blubber.  It’s a national disgrace. Hospitals are among the worst examples of employees who ought to know better. Grade schools, high schools, colleges are the homes of young people who used to be sensitive about how good they look.

Today, if you are fit, you actually stand out in a crowd.  The nation is that fat?

Making sense of the fat demographics

At the low end are those carrying an extra 10 to 30 pounds, which is almost normal these days and probably the biggest segment of the fat genre.  These people would probably say they aren’t really fat, just need to lose a few pounds.

The good news is you can get rid of 10 to 30 pounds pretty quickly … if you really want to. Generally, it’s much harder to not gain back the weight you lose than it was to lose it in the first place. That’s because the way most people lose weight is a short-term fix that can’t be maintained.

If you are part of the 10 to 30 pound segment, and don’t alter your lifestyle, you will become fatter and fatter and fatter.  Do the math:  It’s incredibly easy to put on five pounds in one year.  Multiply that by any number and you can get an idea how big you’ll be at any age.

When fat turns to huge weight

When you are 30 to 100 pounds overweight, you have entered a new level of self-abuse that I’ll call the huge segment.

The closer you are to huge, the closer your innards are to being seriously messed-up — perhaps beyond fixing, and certainly flirting with serious medical conditions such as type-2 diabetes which is the precursor to some other stuff that should scare anyone.

The only good news about being huge is you’re probably so screwed that adding more pounds might not matter.  You’re already a bomb waiting to explode.  It’s going to happen, it’s just a matter of when.

You don’t see many obese people in retirement communities and nursing homes.  Guess why?  They’re already dead.

Predictability I don’t try to convince fat people to fix themselves. I know that after years of inactivity and food abuse it’s hopeless to use logic with them.  Some of them are food addicts that are killing themselves and can’t stop without professional help. That’s why I always say there are some (maybe most) fat people that need psychological help instead of diet or exercise.

After years of hearing so many excuses for not being able to stop stuffing themselves with trash, I am convinced that food addiction is every bit as difficult and destructive as drug addiction. A food addict won’t stay with a weight-loss program no matter how fast or easy.  If all they have to do is not eat pie, they will find excuses to eat pie. Like any addict, a food addict that starts to get a handle on their fatness can fall off the wagon easily, soon, and often.  Worse, they look for any excuse to fall off.  Stress is a common excuse.

Falling off the wagon gives food addicts a temporary hit of feel-good.  The operative word being “temporary.”

I’ve read of fat people feeling safe being fat because their appearance is a good reason for the opposite sex not wanting to be near them. I guess they interpret it to mean they are unattractive, which is better than not being loveable. Another twist is that the other person in their life must really love them if they put up with their obesity.  Oh, and this one: Eating makes them feel like they did when mommy tried to make them happy with food.

You can also expect fat people to love foods that the whole world knows are bad, like potato chips dipped in butter.  Oh sure, we all dip a chip in butter now and then, it’s the person that eats a bag of chips and a tub of butter for a snack that I’m talking about.

When all is said and done don’t know how to fix a food addict.  I realize they get something they need from mindless overeating. It’s normal to do what makes you feel good; hence the popularity of drugs.  Food addicts use food as their drug, and that may be the worst kind of fatness to fix.

The power of food addiction is apparent when a person won’t (or can’t) alter their crappy lifestyle even if they know the next stop is a scooter, diabetes, or the grave.

It’s normal to obsess about food when you’re hungry.  What goes on in a food addict’s head must be like a wild animal or starving human that thinks about food all the time.  I guess cavemen lived that way. It’s probably somewhere in our genes, but it’s a bit out of kilter to think that you have to store food in your belly when we can go to the corner grocery and get anything under the sun.

People on restricted calorie diets say they find themselves thinking about food all the time.  Seems like that’s why calorie deprivation doesn’t work long-term because you always thinking about how hungry you are and how much better it would feel to eat. If you have ever quit smoking or done a starvation diet you might remember thinking about all the reasons you should smoke or eat.

With the craziness out of the way I am writing a series about a woman that wants to lose almost 100 pounds without starving or spending every spare moment in the gym.

Even if you’re just slightly overweight you might be able to learn how to get fit by watching her because she is motivated.  Though some people will probably tune-in and hope she fails so they can have another excuse for why they can’t lose weight or get fit.

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