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Thursday, September 8. 2022
If you care about fitness and functionality, staying trim and strong is a good idea. Staying strong is easy: Go to the gym or something daily with weights and cardio and calisthenics. It is rewarding if not exactly fun. Exercise will not keep many people trim.
It's an American thing. I don't know why because many parts of the world are full of cheap, tasty fast foods.
Without wanting to seem obnoxious to any overweight readers, I have to offer the best article I've seen about nutrition and weight. It's a bit of a long read, but entirely reasonable: Behavioral Nutrition.
The authors are correct. For many people, willpower doesn't work. Habits do. A quote:
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"It's an American thing."
It's not. When I lived in Europe I was a young man and of course noticed that all the women were too fat. And all the men were too. There were certainly young people who hadn't succumbed to that yet but almost all adults were over weight. All the older, 50+, adults were obese. OK, maybe not "all" but I don't remember seeing any over 50 YO Haus Frau under 300 lbs.
I'm gonna call BS on that. There is certainly no deficit in beer bellies (special mention to our German friends), but the waddling-pile-of-fat bodyshape is still somewhat rare.
Overweight is a body fat percentage of 25 or higher.
That's surprising "thin" by today's standards.
The claim is that the vast majority of females age 50+ weigh 300+ pounds. That is absolute bollocks.
What idiot says that with a straight face?
Can you provide a source and/or rationale for that statement? IMHO, it's bullshit.
Germany. But in Italy too. Not over where the young tourists and fancy locals hang out but in all the smaller towns and in homes. If you haven't seen it then you haven't been where the everyday people live. Not the 20 and 30 something's, they haven't got there yet. Like I said the 50+ people are overweight to obese. In Italy the men wear speedos. OMG have you ever seen a 60 YO, 5'4" 240 lb man in a speedo? You need eye bleach after that. In Germany the Haus Fraus will sometimes ride their bikes in the little towns and that is just bike abuse. All the older German men I knew were way overweight. I'll give them this, they weren't out of shape, they could do a days work, they were simply 50-100 lbs heavier than they should be.
Now I was 24, 6'2" 230 lbs but I lifted weights and jogged had a 32" waist. Technically I was overweight. So everyone looked old and out of shape to me. Funny I remember a friend's German wife was 35 YO and I thought she was old. But she wasn't overweight, so again I'll say you have to get past the tourist spots and see the people who live there to see it.
By the way this isn't intended to be negative towards Europeans, I loved it there, had and still have great friends their and always wished I could live there again.
General above 25% body fat. For physically untrained people BMI is close enough.
In my vast experience, people who define overweight as 25% body fat usually have a body fat of 24%. They my not be as fat as the 25% guy, but they're still fat....and they're fooling themselves.
I watched the documentary film "Apollo 11" when it ran in theaters in 2019. There was a good deal of footage of the crowds that came to see the launch. Two very noticeable things struck me:
1. The majority of people were dressed in what today would be conservative office wear - coats and ties, or at least ties, for many men, dresses or tailored slacks for women. Not everyone, certainly, but most were dressed far less casually than you would expect for such an event today.
2. Very few people were overweight.
Lot of codswallop.
Eat less, move more.
I'm at 155 from 215. I ate less and moved more for 6 years.
A moving person is rarely eating, unless he's beyond hope.
Lost 140lbs. in four years after a stroke with what the doctor called "aggressive" lifestyle changes.
Reading every label, keeping carbs well under 100g a day, sugar is to be avoided at all costs, moving after a meal, no processed synthetic Frankenfood.
Now off of every med and wearing the jeans from high school.
If you need to lose 140 lps and that method works for you than good. What else can I say. However I am the exact opposite, my weight is good and has been for 79 years, I eat everything, put sugar in everything, sometime eat desert instead of dinner, eat a candy/chocolate big snack every evening, love carbs and eat a lot of processed synthetic Frankenfood. So who is right? Neither really. It isn't the food. It isn't the carbs. It isn't the processing. Mostly it is genetics and after that it is whatever you have to do personally to deal with the genetic cards you were dealt.
Correct, snacking is a function of boredom not nutritional necessity. Stay occupied and active and snacking becomes less of tempting.
Actually "snacking" is the norm for humans and most animals and three meals a day is mostly a European construct to make it fit a farming lifestyle. Man has always eaten all day when ever the opportunity presented itself. There is nothing really wrong with either choice; three meals a day or snacking/grazing.
I have always relied on my ability to easily change my habits, good or bad. Once I have decided what my new habits will be I find it relatively easy to start the new habit. That is how I approach diet and exercise. I went low carb to carnivore in a day. I decided to work out every day, that way if I happen to miss a day here or there due to unforeseen circumstances I am still getting enough work in. For me, habitual behaviour is key.
just reading those long lines of run on text has left me exhausted; I lost something, how much do brain cells weigh?