It is one of the most common phrases in the English language in reference to someone who has a chronic body fat issue: “he/she really struggles with their weight.”
Here’s the irony: no one “struggles” with their weight. In fact, we accumulate body fat precisely because—on a regular basis—we have chosen to not struggle. In other words, we have chosen to take the easy way out of the work of health. We have allowed unnatural conditions to creep into our daily choices.
“As long as your weight is contributing to your functional capacity, there is nothing wrong with what you weigh…. no matter how much it is.“
The good news is that you can reverse this at any time. Getting back to your natural state (high functioning health) is simply a matter of returning to the most natural environment for yourself as possible. Notice I said, natural; not convenient, not pleasurable, not easy…. but natural. Everything else is a compromise of your health, which often shows up as excess body fat. But not always.
You’ve heard this before, but I’ll say it again because it doesn’t seem to be sinking into the mass awareness: the actual number on the bathroom scale is never an indication of health. As long as your weight is contributing to your functional capacity, there is nothing wrong with what you weigh…. no matter how much it is. Knowing the difference between weight that is contributing to function, and weight that is not, is crucial to creating health. You won’t find that on any scale.
“It is not only possible, but common, for people to be unaware of the harmful things they are doing to themselves until the damage is irreversible. That is the forgiving nature of our bodies.“
Here’s more good news (assuming you thought the last item was “good”): people who gain body fat easily are the lucky ones. I know if you’re one of them, you’re probably not feeling very lucky right now. But I hope you will when you’re through reading.
What we all need are early and obvious indicators of our current state of health so that we can make corrections as needed at the earliest possible point in the decline. That is the natural method for preserving health as we go through life. Measuring (or simply being aware) of your current state of health requires easily observable indicators, and the earlier we can detect a drop in our health, the easier it is to pinpoint the problem and to correct it. It is not only possible, but common, for people to be unaware of the harmful things they are doing to themselves until the damage is irreversible. That is the forgiving nature of our bodies.
“Most of us would consider (the thin) person lucky; we even express that sentiment all the time, and we’re typically crazy-jealous of them.“
Since the measure of health is always indicated by your functional capacity, testing your physical performance makes for an awesome indicator of any change in health at the earliest possible point in time, and in the most obvious of ways. But practically no one has known this until now. So let’s take a look at two people who have been unaware of the power of constant health awareness, and what that can mean in their lives.
Person #1, who finds him/herself carrying around excess body fat and is willing to do what is necessary to correct it. This is obviously a very common type of person.
Person #2 is one who makes all the same lifestyle choices as Person #1, yet remains observably skinny. Most of us would consider that person lucky; we even express that sentiment all the time, and we’re typically crazy-jealous of them.
Not me. Here’s why:
Getting back to the value of early and obvious indicators of our current state of health, if we’re using body fat as an indicator of health (useful, but delayed), Person #1 has that excess body fat to thank for the nudge to make those changes. Person #2, with the same lifestyle choices, is thinking he/she is healthy. Person #2 considers him/herself to be lucky—assuming he/she was born with some “health” gene that makes them immune from any harm caused by lifestyle choices. And, he/she also assumes that they can continue to live whatever lifestyle they want with no ill effects.
“What everyone needs to become very clear on is that (thin people) are not only not avoiding the ravages of their toxic lifestyle, they are setting themselves up for a first-rate quality-of-life disaster—because they have no early and obvious indicator of the decline in their health.“
What everyone needs to become very clear on is that People #2s are not only not avoiding the ravages of their toxic lifestyle, they are setting themselves up for a first-rate quality-of-life disaster—because they have no early and obvious indicator of the decline in their health. The inevitable damage will show up eventually, and in maladies much worse that a little excess body fat. Their conditions will be things like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, multiple organ failures, and other issues that are both more debilitating and largely irreversible. Feeling more lucky yet?
Perhaps the most interesting point in all of this is that both sets of people could have had a far more obvious indicator much earlier if they regularly engaged in measurable and intelligent physical challenges. Both would have been spared the damage to their health that their respective lifestyle was causing. For more on that, please read: “The Cure For Obesity“.