So, I'm a bit of a fatist.
I don't really like fat people.
For a variety of reasons, really...
But it's basically just an extension of my priggish personality. Projected onto the plump, portly, and pudgy...
The way I see it, nobody should really be fat. It really can't be that much fun, surely?
I mean, you can't really play with your kids for more than a few minutes at a time. You've got to vaseline the insides of your legs because they chafe when you walk. You can only live in bungalows or first floor apartments, as you cant walk up a flight of stairs without an oxygen mask. You toss and turn all night, keeping your wife awake with your grunting and snoring. You have to buy two seats on an international flight. People think you're a goth, because you only wear black, as you think it makes you look 'slimmer'. You get embarrassed at the beach, so you wear a t-shirt over your bathing suit. And you have that general feeling of being a lazy, fat, slob, being looked down upon by folks like me.
Yeah, I'm a bit of a fatist.
The fat really have no excuse to be fat. The rules have been in place for decades basically. We all know them. Eat less and exercise more. Its that simple.
And don't talk to me about genes. About how you're just 'big-boned'.
Its just a matter of being disciplined. Of having a little will-power.
Because epigenetics tells us that will-power overrides genes.
Look - I'm as lazy as you are. And I guarantee I like food more than you. And I'm skinny. So what's the deal?
...and then we get older. And hopefully wiser. We begin to cultivate this quality called empathy (yeh - pretty new one for me). We begin to understand more. Perhaps we begin to see that maybe the entire universe doesn't revolve around me.
"As we have no immediate experience of what other men feel, we can form no idea of the manner in which they are affected, but by conceiving what we ourselves should feel in the like situation." - Adam Smith
I don't really have a ton of experience working with the non-athletic population, but what experience I DO have, I have had close to zero success in helping them lose weight, get healthier, and maintain this over a consistent, sustainable period.
No - not close to zero success.
And in fact, with the athletes I have worked with who have struggled with weight issues, I haven't done much better. And they’re athletes. Discipline and will-power shouldn't be an issue here, right?
So what's the deal? What am I missing? What am I doing wrong?
It's not like I don't know what I'm doing. I've got a pretty decent understanding of it all, actually. I’ve read a ton. I've experimented a ton more - on both myself and my athletes. I'm good friends with some of the top people in the nutritional industry, and I've written nutritional and supplemental programs for all my clients and athletes going back over 15 years, mostly really successfully.
So what gives? Why is it that with some of them, it just doesn't matter what strategies we try. What approaches we take. they just don't seem to stick.
My rubicon crossing came about when I started looking at these problem people as addicts. Sugar addicts. Once I begin to see it from this perspective, my entire understanding of food, fat people, and the food industry in general changed.
Next, we'll look at why these folks may get fat in the first place, and why - even with so much information out there telling them what to do and how to lose the weight - they continue to have so much trouble losing weight.
...and maybe I'll stop being a fatist...