For a normal individual without any sort of physical abnormalities, body weight is a relatively simple mathematical formula. Your body naturally burns X amount of calories just by being alive. Physical activity will add Y amount to your caloric expenditure. If I is the variable for intake, or how much you consume, then:
If I = X + Y, bodyweight will stay the same.
If I < X + Y, bodyweight will fall.
If I > X + Y, bodyweight will rise.
Weight loss or lack thereof is, in most cases, the manipulation of the above function. Many people diet, which causes a reduction in variable I. Many will choose to exercise which is an increase in Y. Some may choose to do both to maximize their results. Regardless of which route is chosen, as long as the variables change over a prolonged period of time, results will ensue.
Now the office I currently work at is predominantly female. As a result, weight loss is a frequently broached topic. Besides the annoyance of listening to so many body image issues so consistently, I don’t see much harm in this chit-chat. What really bothers me is the loud declaration and gross exaggeration of facts by the most vocal of those who sit around me.
To put it bluntly, these ladies are on the, shall we say, larger side. For some reason unbeknownst to me, they choose to raucously articulate their physical exploits at least two or three times a week. Now I have nothing against fat people. It’s most oftentimes a choice and who am I to judge how they live their life? But at the end of the day they are fat for a reason, whether it is a lack of self-control, poor dietary habits, or what have you. So if they really are running marathons, playing volleyball, tennis, and softball, chances are they shouldn’t be fat. Hell, I’m in great shape and I’m pretty certain that I cannot run as many marathons and partake in as many sports in the period of time they claim. Nor do I wake up early in the morning for a “quick” three to five mile jog through Central Park when the weather allows. That is not a ridiculous distance, but neither is it a cakewalk.
Fact of the matter is, if their activity level is truly that high, then they should be far from the rotund states that I see every day. I don’t mind if they are fat. I don’t mind if they want to talk about their exercise routines. Hell, at the end of the day, I really don’t mind that much if they lie about what they do. But the line is drawn when they belt out their efforts as if they were Moses on the Mount. No one needs to hear it and if they really want the rest of us to appreciate the pains they go through for weight loss, at least lose the weight first. It’ll be more believable.