reply to post by Anonymous ATS
Blah, just wrote a long msg and lost it when firefox crashed. Sigh. Ill try again.
First off, back a few pages I said thin is healthy, when I said that I was not suggesting or implying kate moss thin. The weight tables set out (in
canada) are healthy guidelines, and at those weights most people are healthy.
ATS. What your trying to say is right, but wrong at the same time.
Being a few pounds over weight but being active will likely result is a healthy person. Being underweight and unactive will likely result in an
unhealthy person, very correct.
But the assumption you made next is fundamentally wrong, and that is when you said that weight loss can be damaging to your health.
The true root of all evil in weightloss is dieting itself. Restricting ANY part of a balanced meal plan is dangerous, thus fad diets that restrict
fats or carbs etc are the real problem here as they are the cause of unhealthy weight loss (which on a side note, are often very unsuccessful).
The problem is that society has been trained to fall on a fad diet instead of making real changes.
If you for one second think that a slightly overweight person, who cuts down on trans and saturated fats opting instead of real fats and omegas, then
cuts out MSG, Sugars, and Artificial sweeters, and then opts for truer forms of protein such as whey and white chicken.... and as a result loses some
weight is unhealthy, your out of mind.
Your absolutely correct about fat, fat itself is not the evil here at all, and infact a proper intake of fat is REQUIRED in a balanced, healthy diet.
Fats such as omegas even release growth hormone after consumption which is great for building lean body mass.
Another misconception is that, people see a big person and they think wow overweight but, I believe like FurryTexan some of these people fall into a
different category. My friend Tony is 6'4", and at his peak in weight training weighed 295 pounds and was absolutely shredded. His body fat
percentage was very low ( I wont even try and quote the exact percent ). The key is having a lower body fat percentage, because if your overweight but
you are physically strong and have a large muscle mass under a layer of fat, then I dont believe that to be unhealthy.
Also another assumption you made ATS, is that society has taught people that thin, fake teeth and a tan are healthy yada yada. I think the inverse is
actually correct and thats that society is taught that being fat is wrong, and instead people begin to see the thin, and tanned is healthy.
Another thing that most people completely fail to realize is that your body is simply a machine. The more muscle you have the more energy your machine
needs, so sedentary people will no muscle mass have NO problem gaining weight, where as the same person with more muscle can eat the exact same meals
and gain far less weight.
To sum it up, I believe that proper weightloss in almost all cases is not only great for your body but will improve long term health. Exercise really
does release endorphins, I feel great after working out, which for the record I include ZERO cardio in my workout, due to a bad knee, but also due to
the fact that I do not want to be stripping calories from my body in that fashion. I simply do 45 minutes of weight training 3 times a week, and eat
proper food (and I eat alooottt) and I maintain a great weight, low body fat and what society would call nice muscle tone.