Is It Easier to be Fat?

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By Heather Reichert, RD, CDE
Registered Dietitian & Team Beachbody Coach

 

Is It easier to be fat? There, I said it. I said that horrible, non-PC word… FAT! Well, IS it easier to be fat? It’s an interesting question when you think about it. Let’s explore it a bit…

Is it easier to make unhealthy food choices? To go through a drive-thru than bringing your lunch? Eating the doughnuts in the break room instead of a healthy breakfast at home? Or, perhaps, skipping breakfast altogether instead of waking up 15 minutes earlier to prepare something? How about watching TV for an hour instead of going to the gym or going for a walk with your family? Is it easier to say “tomorrow” instead of buckling down and doing it TODAY? I think the answer would be a resounding “YES”!

Of course it’s easier to go through life without challenging ourselves with things like self-control and discipline, right? Hmmm… I’m not so sure about that.
Is it easier to breathe when you are carrying an extra 50-100 pounds? Or walk? Tie your shoes? Kneel down on the floor to play with your kids or grandkids? Is it easier to enjoy life? Well, IS IT? That’s really a question for YOU to answer.

It’s interesting how so many people stress about saving for their retirement and “the future”, all the while excessively eating, drinking, smoking, and leading a rather sedentary lifestyle. Instead of that retirement being used on vacations and comfort, that money gets used (all too soon) for medications, hospital bills or, worse yet, funeral expenses. Sad to think of it that way, but it’s true!

Did you know that every excess pound of body weight puts an additional 3-4 pounds of pressure on your joints? That means that a weight gain of 50 pounds puts an additional 150 pounds of pressure on your knees. Stands to reason why most individuals report decreased knee pain after a weight loss of even 5 pounds (or inversely, increased knee pain with weight gain). What a difference a few pounds makes!

And how about those organs that are hidden behind that belly fat? They are not only hidden behind it, they are SURROUNDED by it. And that fat does not act as a nice, fluffy, soft cushion for those organs. Instead, it slowly and painstakingly impairs the function of organs such as the liver and pancreas. This particular fat, known as visceral fat, is responsible for what is termed “lipotoxicity”. Doesn’t sound very pretty, does it? That visceral fat releases products directly into the blood flow leading to the liver. But, it doesn’t only affect the liver. It affects other organs like the pancreas as well. The cells in those organs are not equipped to “store” these particular fat products and the resulting stress causes the cells to become damaged and for the organ to not function properly. This is how insulin resistance, Type 2 Diabetes and “fatty” liver (to name a few) get their start.

So, maybe this is you. Maybe you are thinking, “Seriously? Is that what is going on in there?” Yep! That’s what’s going on in there! It’s not simply the hassle of an expanding waistline… clothes fitting too tightly or the expense of having to literally “expand” your wardrobe. It is not a matter of aesthetics. It’s a matter of life! You get to decide what the QUALITY of that life is! It is up to you!

Fitness expert, Fred Devito, says, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” I couldn’t agree more! Getting healthy isn’t always easy, but it IS always worth it! It’s time to take the first step!

Comments

  1. Trey Reichert on September 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm said:

    This is definitely one of my favorite articles you have written!

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