Friday, March 19, 2010

Who Made You Fat?

So my friends at ACAM run a wellness blog called Community Table with a lot of great stuff. Earlier this week they posted an article from London Free Press that got me thinking. It centers around why we are fat, who or what is at the root?

Steve Siebold, author of Diet Fat or Get Tough, "Getting fat is 100% your fault. It's not partly your fault; it's completely your fault."Siebold is well aware of the tolls obesity takes as a former "fat-tub-of-lard with my belly hanging over my belt." The article, of course counters that there are medical reasons for obesity.

As you can imagine this mentality has gotten a lot of flack for its hard hitting blunt mentality.What do I think about it? I have to be a chick and make a Sex and the City reference to the infamous "He's Just Not That Into You" episode. I want to talk about how my brain is hardwired and how it was too late by the time I had a real choice, but alas the option to put the fork down has been staring me in the face ever since I realized there was a choice.

I had it all written out - how habits are formed from the crib and so forth - but if that is truly the case, why was it that during UKC I experienced a significant reduction in cravings? Well, my body was detoxing from all of the toxins first of all, but what I was left with was what I think normal people experience. Things sounded yummy, but I didn't have the hard hitting cravings I was once a slave to; which, came back after I started reintegrating certain not-so-good foods into my life, by the way.

Lets take a look at some of the 'Die Fat or Get Fit' fundamentals

* "Fat people eat for pleasure; fit people eat for health" While this assumes non-fat people are fit, how many times have we heard, "I used to live to eat but now I live to eat" on The Biggest Loser?

* "Fat people believe there's a secret to getting fit; fit people know there is no secret" Where is the magic diet pill people have died trying to find?

* "Fat people are obsessed with food; fit people are obsessed with success." I actually see the other side, fat people are obsessed with success so much so they get in their own ways trying to find perfection.

* "Fat people believe 99% compliance is good; fit people believe 99% compliance is terrible" Well, that's a bit extreme for me, that fit person sounds a bit crazy in my opinion

* "Fat people negotiate the price of success; fit people just pay the price" Okay, I see that. Trying to find the easy way out or talking yourself out of that 1% compliance. But once again, doesn't everyone do that?

So what do you guys think? Fact or Bull? As Mr. Siebold says, "This epidemic will continue to escalate until people wake up and realize they are the problem as well as the solution."

1 comment:

  1. OMG you made me laugh, you are so funny!

    I love your sense of humor!

    BTW - Steve wrote that book just for me!

    Check out the fan page I made: