Are fat people supposed to be fat?

Recently I Blog - geneticsfound a study that was done regarding obese people who lost a bunch of weight, shrunk their fat cells, but then gained it right back. https://kateharding.net/2007/05/08/yes-i-like-gina-kolata/  Interesting.  In my book I comment from my experience as a fat chick that I believe everyone has a certain weight their body “likes” and as long as you are going about your day-do-day life feeling good and overall pretty happy, you will stabilize at the weight your body likes.  I have personal experience of this actually happening to me over the years as I discussed in my book.

One of the comments basically said that fat people who lost a tremendous amount of weight ended up a thin person who did not look like they should be thin.  Now this could be subjective, especially since one person’s idea of what looks good thin could be quite the opposite from someone else’s.  I have a good friend who has struggled with weight her whole life and she will drop a lot of weight at times, but when I see her at that lower weight I don’t think it looks good on her.  She is beautiful, but I think her beauty is much more striking with a few extra pounds.  She doesn’t see it that way, but that is where the subjectivity kicks in.

On the flip side, a study of male prisoners who agreed to do a weight-gain experiment showed that in order to gain weight they had to consume in excess of 10,000 calories a day.  When the experiment was over, the weight just seemed to fall off and they went back to their original weight.  This information lends credence to what I’ve been saying all along, being fat is definitely related to genetics somehow.

Everyone is gonna have an opinion but just remember, fat people are harder to kidnap!

Until next time, keep on laughing!

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Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs

With a bunch of butt shots with measurements (yes I said measurements!) coming up to the rocking beat of stripper music, Kandy Siahaya makes light of being heavy with her Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs video. Making Light of Being Heavy is a comical book with opinions and observations from a fat chick’s point of view that puts a new spin on dealing with the fat gene!

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Is it possible to be fat and healthy??

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The general belief nowadays is that if you are fat you are unhealthy.  Period.  Doctors tell you it is unhealthy, the media talks about how all the fat people in the world are messing up health care with all their fatness, and it is drilled home you must not have a shred of self-respect for yourself if you are fat because, as we all know, only skinny people respect themselves….blah, blah, blah.

I recently read an article that points out that being fat is not all bad and that losing weight just may not be the answer.  In this article, More Curves Ahead – Hefty Can Mean Healthy, http://www.lfpress.com/life/healthandfitness/2012/01/03/19194466.html it states, “Nobody disputes the fact that losing weight and maintaining healthy weight is a job unto itself. But fat is not all bad: A York University study published last year found that obese people who are otherwise healthy live just as long as their slim counterparts – and are actually less likely to die of cardiovascular causes.”

“Our findings challenge the idea that all obese individuals need to lose weight,” said lead author Jennifer Kuk, assistant professor inYork’s School of Kinesiology & Health Science. “Moreover, it’s possible that trying, and failing, to lose weight may be more detrimental than simply staying at an elevated body weight and engaging in a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a balanced diet.”

As I have said all along, for those of us with the fat gene it does not make sense to bust our asses trying to exercise hours on end or eat rabbit food as a staple because biology will win every time people!!   I am fat and happy and I will continue to lose weight and work towards losing another 50 pounds but am I going to let it run my life?  No way!  Am I still eating Denny’s nachos, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and Chili’s southwestern egg rolls?  You bet I am!  Am I happy?  You bet I am! Oh, and healthy…imagine that!!

Hey!  Check out my YouTube video – Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQR5AC-r9qU

With a bunch of butt shots with measurements (yes I said measurements!) coming up to the slow rocking beat of stripper music, my video Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs definitely has the market cornered on making light of being heavy 🙂  Making Light of Being Heavy is a comical book with opinions and observations from a fat chick’s point of view that puts an unexpected and funny spin on dealing with the fat gene!

Until next time, keep laughing!

Is fat the new skinny?

Mcdonalds_yecxonOf course not!!! Not even me, the fat chick from way back, would take that sort of view on the subject of fat.  It is a little befuddling though how all these years have gone by and society still has the same view point on fat people – they eat too much and do not care about themselves and that is why they are fat.  Obviously anyone who is fat eats too much, right?

Over the past couple of years I had lost approximately 60 pounds with the best ever Scarsdale Diet taking liberal breaks in between the serious dieting.  After I stopped focusing on dieting I was teetering within 10 pounds of what I lost for several months.  At the beginning of October I was still at that weight, but right before Thanksgiving I got on the scale because I had a feeling I had put more weight back on.  Well was I shocked to see it was a whopping 20 pounds in a matter of four to six weeks.  Was it because I was stuffing my face morning,noon, and night?  No.  Was it because I was no longer exercising 12 hours a day?  No, because I do not even exercise 12 hours in a month 🙂  I was talking to a friend about it and she actually reminded me about October and November when I had an extra doctor to transcribe with all my regular work and she remembered me being totally stressed out about my work load.  Talking about a light bulb moment…That was it!!

Hate to sound like a broken record here but to say that all fat people are fat because they eat too much is such a bunch of cockamamie hoopla spoken from skinny people who have always been skinny and think the reason why they are so wonderfully proportioned is because of their rigid exercise program and healthy eating….No, you just happen to be one of the lucky ones not born with the fat gene.  If you ate at McDonald’s every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner and topped it off with an evening dessert of my good buddies Ben & Jerry you would still be skinny.  And you would still suck.  Ha!  Just kidding!!

Hey!  Check out my YouTube video – Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQR5AC-r9qU

With a bunch of butt shots with measurements (yes I said measurements!) coming up to the slow rocking beat of stripper music, my video Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs definitely has the market cornered on making light of being heavy 🙂  Making Light of Being Heavy is a comical book with opinions and observations from a fat chick’s point of view that puts an unexpected and funny spin on dealing with the fat gene!

Until next time, keep laughing!

Being fat is a choice…is it??

I think we all know where I stand on this issue, pretty sure the answer is a big fat NO.  Being fat is not always a choice.  We do have control of our lifestyle which can absolutely affect weight on a daily basis, however, to suggest that genetics plays only a minor role is seriously a bunch of crap.  Period.  The author of the article, “Confessions of a Chubster – The moral crusade on fatties” states, “Being fat is a choice. Genetics plays a role, sure. So does your upbringing. But you do not get fat unless you’re eating more than you need to nourish your body. That’s basic science.”  http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18663-confessions_of_a_chu.html

Basic science in his case obviously provided him without the metabolic challenge that many people, including myself, deal with every day.  He says you do not get fat unless you are eating more than you need to.  Again, a bunch of crap.  I hate to repeat myself but we all know someone who can put away food like there is no tomorrow and stay fit and lean while others who even just think about a pint of Ben & Jerry’s gain 5 pounds.  That is just the way it is and, yes, it is science.  To put it simply, those people were not born with the wonderfully nondiscriminatory fat gene!!! 

He mentions upbringing as contributory but does not elaborate whether he was a chubby kid or not.  Back in the years when I was a kid in the 60’s to 70’s, my diet was controlled by what my mother cooked and school lunches.  I was always a fat kid.  Was I overeating??  No.  We did not have an abundance of snacks in house like candy, chips, or other junk food.  If we wanted an evening snack it usually would consist of saltines with peanut butter or fruit.  Ice cream was a real treat, and certainly not daily consumption, and eating out was a rare occasion.  We were not allowed soda with our meals and to really bring home my point, I am from a household where you literally drank juice in a “juice glass” for the portion size.  See where I am going with this??

Kudos to the author for losing 100 pounds in 8 months!  It once again just reiterates my point that everyone is different and what will work for one may not work for another.  I am sure more will agree with me that his success is what is so deftly phrased as “Results not typical.” 

Hey!  Check out my YouTube video – Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQR5AC-r9qU

With a bunch of butt shots with measurements (yes I said measurements!) coming up to the slow rocking beat of stripper music, my video Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs definitely has the market cornered on making light of being heavy 🙂  Making Light of Being Heavy is a comical book with opinions and observations from a fat chick’s point of view that puts an unexpected and funny spin on dealing with the fat gene!

Until next time, keep laughing!

Willpower is not endless…who knew??

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So I came across this article that is titled, “The Moments That Make Us Fat.” http://edition.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/03/17/ep.fat.moments/index.html?hpt=T2

According to the article, our willpower is not inexhaustible and when it’s gone… well, you are pretty much screwed.  Some of the tips the author is offering when this willpower obviously has lost its effect include when you are on vacation you should share your goodies with your friends.  Good suggestion

Another would be to not arrive hungry at a party with lots of scrumptious food and to eat some protein or have a snack before you go.  Also, limiting the amount of alcohol would be a big help because we all know that intoxication plays a major role in just randomly pigging out.  Seriously.  Good suggestion but highly unlikely to happen. 

The solution to not overindulging at a buffet is to not go to a buffet.  Not go to a buffet??  That is your answer?  Who can turn their back on a good buffet?  I bet the author of this article still goes to buffets…

To deal with big portions in a restaurant, the recommendation is to get your doggy bag packed ahead of time.  You know, have your server actually put half your food packed to go and not even bring it to you.  Creative, but not a good suggestion because some things are just not as good heated up after you take them home and, therefore, must be eaten at the restaurant.  Period. 

After a break up it is suggested to call one of your good friends and go for a power walk.  A power walk??  Noooo….how about heading to the nearest Denny’s for a nacho platter and an All American Slam with a side of mayo to dip your fries in that you got instead of hash browns.  Oh, with a Diet Coke.  Power walk??  Really??

Hey!  Check out my YouTube video – Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQR5AC-r9qU

With a bunch of butt shots with measurements (yes I said measurements!) coming up to the slow rocking beat of stripper music, my video Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs definitely has the market cornered on making light of being heavy 🙂  Making Light of Being Heavy is a comical book with opinions and observations from a fat chick’s point of view that puts an unexpected and funny spin on dealing with the fat gene!

Until next time, keep laughing! 

Weight loss reality TV…good or bad?

I think there might be varied opinions on this one, but for me personally I do not even watch them because it really isn’t “reality.”  I remember when the Biggest Loser show first aired.  Having been a professional dieter my entire life, I was curious to see how these people were going to lose such huge amounts of weight because some of the results on the previews were quite shocking to me.  Early into the show I discovered how this was being accomplished and never watched another episode. 

These shows are very popular and I think they have some good points as well as some bad points.  To name a few, I really dislike is that they are in no way realistic with an isolated environment, 24/7 access to doctors, dietitians, fitness instructors as well as other professionals, and most importantly the absolute ridiculous amount of exercise each day.  For the average professional dieter such as myself, I have a few responsibilities like my family and work that takes up about 75% of my day which would make it virtually impossible to achieve their routine.  And besides, there is no way I am going to miss an episode of NCIS, CSI, or Castle…seriously no way.

Now on the upside, they do provide a good dose of inspiration for someone who just hasn’t jumped on the ol’ diet bandwagon.  Just as important, some discuss health, diet, cooking and meal preparation, motivation and attitude, as well as targeted exercise. 

With that said, it is unfortunate that society has created such as warped sense of body image that these shows actually exist to begin with.  The global message should not be directed at what is perceptually wrong with you, but rather what is great about you!  Healthy people come in all shapes and sizes and once you feel good about yourself, everything else will fall into place including weight loss.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Hey!  Check out my YouTube video – Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQR5AC-r9qU

With a bunch of butt shots with measurements (yes I said measurements!) coming up to the slow rocking beat of stripper music, my video Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs definitely has the market cornered on making light of being heavy 🙂  Making Light of Being Heavy is a comical book with opinions and observations from a fat chick’s point of view that puts an unexpected and funny spin on dealing with the fat gene!

Until next time, keep laughing!

Not Fat Because I Wanna Be…

That is the title of 6-year-old LaNiyah Bailey’s book that was self-published by her mom.  She is a little girl who has been struggling with obesity most of her short life of 6 years and has been bullied and teased relentlessly.  She sure is a brave girl to confront her situation by writing a book telling it like it is while going through such a difficult time! 

Her mom had taken her to doctors who basically said she was fat because of what she was eating even though her mom maintained her on a healthy calorie-restricted diet and a good exercise regimen.  Even a personal trainer couldn’t understand why she kept gaining instead of losing.  She continued to take her to different doctors until one ordered an x-ray and discovered she had a swollen colon. She is now being treated by a gastroenterologist and an endocrinologist for her condition.

LaNiyah has a website where you can purchase her book and learn more about her.  http://www.notfatbecauseiwannabe.com/

Her family wanted to let people know that childhood obesity is not always related to what the child is eating.  The site is informative and actually lists medical conditions that directly cause or contribute to obesity.  LaNiyah talks about her struggles, how the teasing made her feel, and how “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” 

 Wow, what an inspiration.  You go girl!!

 http://www.modbee.com/2011/04/08/1636509/6-year-olds-book-aims-to-teachother.html#

Hey!  Check out my YouTube video – Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQR5AC-r9qU

With a bunch of butt shots with measurements (yes I said measurements!) coming up to the slow rocking beat of stripper music, my video Fat Chicks and Unfriendly Chairs definitely has the market cornered on making light of being heavy 🙂  Making Light of Being Heavy is a comical book with opinions and observations from a fat chick’s point of view that puts an unexpected and funny spin on dealing with the fat gene!

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