October 4th, 2007
|10:55 am - Fat and happy, baby!|
According to my University-provided health assessment, I am overweight and I need more exercise.
No wonder kids have image problems, if I am overweight.
Anyway, guess what this means?
I have a prescription to go hiking!
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About", -JB
|Date:||October 4th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)|| |
Well, imagine what mine told me then! :)
"Good thing you're not as fat as chronarchy
I tell ya, that "Body Mass Index" is a disaster waiting to happen. Shit, when I was in the best shape of my life, I weighed in at 200 lbs, which meant I was even more overweight!
(Yeah, yeah: doesn't take into account muscle versus fat, etc, etc, etc. But I know that schools use "target" BMI readings for kids all over the country. I'd have to lose weight to get a healthy weight, but my body has been at the point of "if you eat more or
exercise more, you'll gain weight" for about 10 years now. I'm doomed to be perpetually "overweight" by the BMI because of the way my body functions.)
|Date:||October 4th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)|| |
Yeah, BMI is a bunch of crap. When I did it last year, the nurse took into account clothing and muscles, this year another nurse just regurgitated everything. Granted, I have way too much fat cells in my body, but also a good amount of muscle (yeah, I know I should do cardio instead of lift weights when I exercise, which is no where near as often as I should be doing anyway)...
Yeah, mine also took into account my clothes, keys, cell phone, wallet, portable altar, pocket change. . . I also realized that I probably have more weight in my hair alone than usual (average haircuts equal about 6 oz, and I'm far beyond the average haircut length for me, so maybe as much as a pound).
At least she had me take off my shoes :)
If you exercise more, you gain weight? Are you counting "banana split inhalation" as exercise?
No. Muscle mass weighs a lot more than fat does. As you add muscle, your weight increases, especially if you have almost no fat to lose.
I weighed between 195 and 200 lbs. when I was at the peak of my fencing season. I weigh less now because I don't exercise as much, and the muscle has been replaced by lighter fat. (Interestingly, I also apparently "shrank," which had a further detrimental affect on my BMI. I was measured with my shoes off for the first time in ten years, and I wasn't exactly standing straight.)
The only way you can lose weight with exercise is if you've got enough fat that you can burn it off with exercise. I don't. I gain between 3 and 5 lbs within a week of beginning a rigorous exercise regimen.
That's why every one says to lose weight you have to do "diet and exercise". If you eat at the same rate, you'll probably only add weight like I do.
Indeed, I was informed I was overweight in person.
In fact, she measured me, figured out my BMI, and when I said, "Wait, I'm overweight?" she informed me, "You know where your fat is."
My questioning, "WTF?" look was ignored.
I might have tried to turn it into a pickup line. "Well, baby: let's go back to my place and I'll show it to ya!"
Ha! Or you could have said, "Oh, yes, I see I dropped it on your ass when I came in."
Ah, ok. I know that strength training increases muscle mass; I just figured if you balanced your workouts to be mostly cardio, you'd lose or at least stay the same and your body composition would just change (that seems to be my m.o.). But I guess you don't have enough fat for that to work. You poor, poor bastard.