We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
He is right that weight is a class and/or cultural thing to some degree. There is a sort of logic to it in an era of plentiful or unlimited cheap carbohydrates in the Western world. Being heavy no longer displays prosperity, while being trim and fit shows that you have the ability to delay gratification for more important goals, such as being more vigorous and sexy, and less of a couch potato.
However, unlike Lefties, I don't care what other people chose to be or what they eat. From Knish,
Social medicine politicizes food consumption and a globalized economy politicizes food production. And the politicized American plate has less on it and at a higher price. While the left obsessively pursues its mission of destroying fast food in the name of lowering social medicine costs and being fairer to farmers, what they are truly accomplishing is to take affordable and filling food off the shelves, as they have done with countless other products that they have targeted.
As lefty pols go, in the last photo I saw, Al Gore looked like a fattie, living off the fat of the land. Last photo I saw, Obama looked semi-anorectic for a middle-aged man-boy. Clinton got fat, had a heart attack, and then got scrawny and ill-looking living on arugula salad.
Here is a brief history: The Real Skinny: Expert Traces America's Thin Obsession. What that brief post misses is that, today, in our culture, trim and fit is sexy and appealing to both men and women. In a way, it seems to say that you have not given up on life, or at least that you have not given up on caring about your body. In fact, "studies show" that being trim and fit helps you get a job, or keep one.
I love a Big Mac once in a while. Who doesn't? A Big Mac and Fries is around 1000 calories. To walk that off takes 4-5 hours of vigorous walking, at least. About 3 hours on the elliptical.
To walk that off takes 4-5 hours of vigorous walking, at least.
Don't forget that a vigorous walk raises your metabolism for hours afterward
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No, no, no.
Your body evolved for scarcity. It is very VERY efficient.
A generation of joggers-with-muffin-tops and aerobics classes has proven that there is no way to "work off the weight" - you have to stop putting the crap into your mouth. Especially when a "single serving" of sweetened fruit "drink" is now a quart.
Don't want to stop shoveling it in? At least be honest about your disinterest in losing weight, instead of fooling yourself that you can "work it off".
- oooooooo, is that elitist of me?
Sorry, but no - in posts on other topics, we all agree that self-mastery and delayed gratification are essential components of healthy adulthood, that are unfortunately being subverted in modern times.... well, guess what? Monitoring what goes into your pie-hole comes under "self-mastery and delayed gratification".
Returning the practical side of getting in shape:
My generation (straddling boomers and gen-x) was sold a lot of hooey - high carbohydrate "peasant diets" and aerobics and obsessive attention to cholesterol. I struggled to get healthy under this "expert" opinion.
And I've had fantastic success with a low-carb, fat-rich diet and a program of exercise with weights. The only "old" advice that I've kept is to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies - which are now affordable to everyone.
The main problem is the obsession of nearly everyone in the medical and diet industries with "fat is bad" to the exclusion of all else.
And of course the "diet du jour" that everyone's supposed to follow to the letter and miraculously solves all your problems.
In reality, it's not fat that's the main problem, it's the overabundance of processed carbohydrates that causes fat, which would normally be burned, to be stored instead.
A more balanced diet, very low in carbohydrates (and especially processed carbohydrates) and relatively high in proteins pretty much removes that mechanism.
Also, people get told they can eat as much "diet food" as they want to and it won't make them fat. Nothing could be further from the truth, but it's a hoax that brings in billions for the diet food industry. Instead of drinking a gallon or more of regular cola they now drink a gallon or more of diet coke a day, paying more for it, and getting the same amount of calories.
Fitness also signifies leisure: the first modern era in which thinness was fashionable was the 1920s - which was also the first modern era in which being well-tanned was fashionable. Until then, aristocratic women were careful to keep their skin pale - in contrast to peasants who worked in the fields. When the lower classes moved into the factories, pallor became unfashionable.
Anyone can put on an extra 10 or 20 pounds and in general in countries where plenty of food is available and most work does not involve menial labor we do indeed put on those extra pounds. But becoming obese is genetic. Big Macs don't cause it your mother and father did. It is damned near impossible for the average person to become obese (I mean the real obese of 300 plus pounds not the phone obese of BMI 27). Conversely it is damned near impossible for someone with a genetic predisposition to be obese to become thin or ideal weight. An obese person has to eat a starvation diet to achieve "normal" weight and they will have to maintain that starvation diet to maintain that weight. Their body is working against them.