I have a horrible admission to make… I read the Daily Mail online. I know, I know, I really shouldn’t. I mean, we all know the Daily Fail’s main goal in life is to make people feel miserable, especially fat people, and especially, especially, especially fat women. We are enemy number 1 after all. I really must stop torturing myself with its awful, awful stories, but I just can’t help myself, I’m addicted.
Well today’s Daily Mail did not disappoint. Hidden among its “stellar journalism” and multiple pictures of celebrities in swim suits, was this gem: Going to the gym WON’T help you lose weight
Now this isn’t the first time I’ve seen stuff like this around, and given that I’m not a scientist, I’m sure it’s probably true. To lose weight you do need to eat less, and exercising does make you hungrier and makes you more likely to consume more than you would if you don’t exercise. Not only that, but I find that when I’m exercising, my scales go up (a trend I noticed before I shoved the damn thing under the bed to live with the dust bunnies until hell freezes over) while my dress size goes down, and when I don’t exercise and diet, my scales go down, my dress size goes down (slower, but still down) BUT, I’m angry, irritable and generally pissed off.
But it’s so filling
When I just diet, I diet and eventually I stop because it sucks and I feel crappy and hungry and irritable and I go back to eating crap with a vengeance, and then I gain the weight back. When I exercise, I keep exercising because, even though the scales aren’t going down, I feel awesome! Every week I see improvement, I see cellulite disappear, I see muscles pop out, I see my stomach get flatter, I have more energy, I sleep better, the list goes on and on. Also, while I’m hungry and I do eat to offset this (crazy concept I know), I eat better food. The last thing I want after a good gym session is a Big Mac. No, I want something that’s going to make me feel good and healthy, and keep that nice feeling of doing a good thing for my body.
How many people will read that article today and not go to the gym? How many people will try out the same repetitive fad diets that make them feel awful, instead of doing something that will actually make them feel better?
There’s lots of studies to say that exercise and being fit is better than just being thin and not fit: (Please actually read these through)
“That’s why some heavy people can be fit on the inside — healthier even than some of their thinner peers. Many people who diet but don’t exercise to lose weight, for example, may technically reach a “healthy” weight, but their fitness level doesn’t match. They may appear trim on the outside, but still carry too much visceral fat and not enough muscle on the inside. “They’re not physically active. They have horrible and restrictive diets. They might not be overweight, but metabolically they’re a mess,” says Church.” (Times article)
Once again, not a doctor, and I know studies all need to be taken with massive grains of salt (much like popcorn), but it would seem that I might be better off being my curvy self and busting my ass in the gym than cutting calories and being a big stressed time bomb.
Maybe we should all stop focusing on being thin, and focus on being fit!