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Tuesday, June 23. 2015
Cannibals love your stored fat. It sizzles merrily on the grill. It is difficult to burn off during life. Best to have little of it, and maybe the cannibals will leave you alone.
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Why do you need a 4 minute video for this?
Want to burn fat? Eat less food.
Take in fewer calories than you burn. Stress your muscles so they are still recovering (using energy and protein) well after the exercise is over.
If we were all the same then the answer would be the same for everyone. We are not allthe same. A large minority of humans are genetically predisposed to store fat far beyond any need in todays world. It may have been a good trait for hunter gatherers for tens of thousands of years but it isn't a good trait in a world of plenty.
Another large minority of humans simply don't have a wieght problem, they don't store excessive fat and probably if they had been born 3000 years ago they would have died in the first bad winter. But for these people the answer to the first groups problem seems easy; eat less food!! Makes perfect sense because it works for them so why shouldn't it work for everyone? But again we are not all the same.
The largest minority (or maybe even the majority) are neither obese or thin. They typically enjoy normal weight and normal energy levels until middle age or earlier. Then a combination of good food, sedentary life styles and work & family pushes their weight up slowly until they finally decide to go join a gym and have a fit and muscular 23 year old tell them what to do to look as good as they do. Of course that same 23 year old will too succumb to that inevitable creeping weight gain.
Why is this still a thing?
To burn body fat, you must enter ketosis.
(Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead.)
So guess how one ends up without enough carbohydrates from food?
Well, one way is to eat fewer carbohydrates than the amount of energy you expend. Your proteins and fats are not big energy providers as they are used for other processes in the body.
And what does exercising longer do for you? It causes you to expend more energy and therefore, depending on your diet, more likely to exceed the amount of carbohydrate provided glucose causing your body to start using ketosis to get energy.
but in the end, it is all about ketosis, however you get there.
Now, purely speculative on my part, but I believe it is better to keep your carb load low so that you aren't seesawing between burning glucose and ketosis if you are trying to burn body fat. It also helps to do strength exercises which promote the building of muscle tissue thus using proteins and fats in your diet.
Speaking of cannibals, old Catholic joke:
A party of English Methodist missionaries head for the South Seas to convert the natives.
Some time later, a group of French Jesuits land on an island in the South Pacific just in time to see the natives boiling the Methodists alive in great cauldrons of hot water.
The Jesuit superior is utterly horrified by this spectacle.
"You uncivilized savages!" he proclaims, "You don't boil English Protestants alive in hot water... you sauté them in a little butter with garlic and shallots!"
You are saying that there are people in the world that can violate the first law of thermodynamics? Fat is a store of energy. If you take in less energy (food) then you burn, your body will burn fat. Period.
No one's body is 'meant' to be 300lbs. That is purely a product of how you treat it.
Getting old isn't an excuse either. As you get old you may get lazy. There is no reason that you need to get fat though.
Thank you. You have essentially proved my point that those who do not have an obesity problem simply do not know what it is. Their simple conclusion is "gee, you must just be a gluton". It is indeed genetic. It isn't something they can control. I have to confess I too once thought that yself since I am blessed with a genetic predisposition to be thin. I eat four meal a day and a lot of junk food and my wieght is good and never changes. But Once I got to better understand friends and famiy who happen to be obese I realized that this wasn't gluttony or simply lack of caring what they looked like, it was a condition beyond their control just as much as any genetic illness.
I was 60 lbs. overweight not one year ago. I decided to lose weight and started eating less. Then the weight started coming off. No exercise. No crash diet. No eating tons of kale. Ate the same shit, just less of it.
75% of the population doesn't have a medical condition. 75% of the population are lazy and really like hamburgers and milkshakes. If you're overweight it is because of decisions you have made, and with that type of attitude will continue to make.
Get My Fitness Pal and count your calories. Be honest and count everything. You'll see that you are eating more then you need to maintain a healthy weight. Fix that and the weight will come off.
You don't have a condition, you're lazy and like food.
If you are obese (350-400 lbs or more) you have a genetic problem. No one is obese simply because they sit at home eating bon bons all day.
Being overweight is a totally different issue. Anyone can be overweight and lose and gain back the weight with relative ease. Well almost anyone, there is indeed a minority of people who are thin and do not and cannot gain weight from simply eating or lack of excercise.
Being overweight is not really a significant issue except to our self esteem. For most people who are overweight simply dieting/excercising will allow them to lose weight. Keeping it off is not so easy. If you are overweight it is likely your body wants to be overweight and without lifelong dieting you will gain back the lost weight. But do not conflate being overweight with being obese, they are very different things.
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/350-pounds-and-counting-jesse-shands-incredible-journey.html?mcid=SM_facemotivation That guy was obese. He stopped being lazy and eating like a pig and the weight came off. It's not genetics. It's eating 4-6k calories per day.
Fat is stored energy. The body can't store energy if you don't put in energy. If we have an entire class of people that can create energy from doing nothing, we need to give up on the whole solar and wind power idea and just harvest obese people.
Mr Shands story is not complete. Check back in five years. Obesity is genetic. If you are not obese it is unlikey that you could become obese if you tried. If you are obese it is difficult to reach a "normal" wieght and almost impossible to maintain that normal weight for life.
Obesity is habitual. People fall back into their old easy habits, because people are lazy.
You are conflating being overweight with obesity. If you are overweight it is simply your body storing fat and maintaining itself at the high end of it's possible weight range. when you diet you simply reduce your weight to the lower end of your weight range. It does not work that way for a person who is genetically obese. They cannot effectively lose all their weight and become a "normal" weight for life.
You could take 100 adults over 30 who were "normal" weight and promise them a million dollars if they could gain 300 lbs and keep it on for five years. I doubt a single one could do it. Obesity is NOT simply eating too much it is a genetic abnormality. If you don't have it you cannot become obese and if you do have it you cannot (easily) prevent yourself from becomeing obese.