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
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 I weigh less now because I don't exercise as much, and the muscle has been replaced by lighter fat.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.