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To be fat, or not to be fat...

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It is so easy to be fat. I eat, sleep, work and pretty much live my life the way it should be. I've been doing that for nearly a year now. Coincidentally, I am pushing 200 lbs for the first time in my life. Previous to my "vacation for exercise", for the last 15 years I have been actively "working out" ( lifting weights, swimming, biking ) and eating right. It's not always easy juggling young kids, establishing a career and keeping a marriage together as well as staying healthy. I am at a crossroads...

to be fat, or not to be fat...

is being in shape really worth it, for all the time and effort it takes? I'm not sure at this point having experienced both. Any suggestions from those who have gone either way?

I'm going to McDondalds today, just in case I decide on the healthy way tomorrow!!

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How fat people can be fit people
- The Independent (London, England); 5/10/2004; Thomas, Tessa
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Get that heart pumping ! But I don't think sitting on a couch watching certain categories of film count.

If you feel better slimmer then shed that weight. If you feel better fatter then at least get some exercise as well, eat reasonably sensibly and drink three litres of water a day. Walk or cycle as much as possible.

Being active with children can be a calorie burner and good for them too. Married people tend to give up as they are no longer "available".

My! I really enjoyed that Double Decker with Nuts bar which I was chewing while posting.

In most people's minds the words "fat" and "fit" are worlds apart. However, as the focus on obesity and activity sharpens, it seems the two may be coming closer. "If fat people get fit, they accrue the health benefits of increased physical activity regardless of whether or not they lose body fat in the process," says Professor Chris Riddoch, who advised the Government on its physical activity report published last Thursday. "In fact, you can go further. There is evidence that fat people who achieve cardiovascular fitness through exercise have better health outcomes than lean people who don't."

Yes, we are a tubby nation - and yes, we need to reverse the uninterrupted 20-year increase in our mass. But, the latest thinking goes, this wrong- headed equation between being fat and being unfit will not help to change it.

"As long as people see physical activity primarily as a way of losing weight, they are unlikely to keep it up...

[ July 26, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
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