There’s a lot of pain and misery at Disneyland, especially considering it’s supposed to be the happiest place on earth. We had a blast there. But every year, we observe more and more people in wheelchairs, very few of them elderly. This year we saw rides stopped while obese people struggled to get secured in the vehicle before having to climb out, humiliated and defeated. My heart breaks for these people.
People think the obese are lazy and eat tons more food than the rest of us. That’s not necessarily true. Fat cells, since they do nothing, take few calories to maintain. (When you lose weight, you shrink those cells, but they never go away and regenerate easily.) Muscle cells, on the other hand, have work to do and consume more calories. That’s why you see lean, fit people eating “like a horse” and getting away with it.
While obese people certainly had to overeat and under-exercise for a period of time to get in the state they’re in, they could actually be eating a pretty reasonable number of calories and staying very overweight.
This just stresses the importance of two things:
(1) Eat tons of vegetables (a good, ambitious goal is 2 lbs. a day, which is two heads of romaine). The more you eat, the more you lose, since the net calorie effect is negative. My second- and third-place choices for weight loss are FRUITS and BEANS: they’re low calorie, high nutrition, high fiber, and are going to prevent rather than cause cancer and heart disease.
(2) Do weight-bearing exercise. It not only builds bone mass, but it also tears tiny muscle fibers, which causes you to rebuild stronger. Muscle consumes calories and serves you in accomplishing many tasks every day.