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    wv2de is offline Senior Member
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    Default 'You can be fat ... and pretty darn happy'

    'Skinny dream' burst by weight loss realities - Behavior- msnbc.com

    This article pissed me off. Of course losing weight isn't going to solve all of your problems, but improved health, image and quality of life certainly aren't going to hurt if obtained in a healthy way!

    'I thought I was going to live the skinny dream'

    Umm, simply weighing less isn't going to make you better at socializing, finding enjoyment, or do much of anything (well maybe get around easier). Those things are often skills and take practice and effort - just like losing weight...

    Bleh - what's up with ppl

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    Loose - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loose
    --1 b.(2) : having relative freedom of movement

    Lose - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lose
    --6 : to cause the loss of

    "To loose fat, one must simply unbuckle one's belt; to lose fat, one must tighten it." - wv

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    don't be such a harsh judge.

    rather than be angry you should strive to see the deeper meaining and message of the article.

    you can only fill your cup when it is empty.

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    All of the subjects underwent surgery for weightloss. Who knows if a more gradual weightloss from natural means would have similar results

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    Default Re: 'You can be fat ... and pretty darn happy'

    Quote Originally Posted by DTris
    All of the subjects underwent surgery for weightloss. Who knows if a more gradual weightloss from natural means would have similar results
    Of course they did! We live in an instant society, no one wants to take their time doing anything! I think if they corrected their diets and started exercising and lost the weight healthily and naturally, they would reap the rewards.

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    I spent almost my entire adult life (~age 22-36) as an overweight person. In the past 9 months I have lost 56 pounds and it's everything I thought it would be!

    I used to HATE shopping for clothes, but now that things fit me nicely, I love it. I love taking my shirt off and soaking up some rays. I love NOT sweating like a stuck pig. I love how much easier some things, like getting into a wetsuit and going diving, are now. I love the kind of looks I get from other people.

    But I guess I appreciate it because I had to, uh, work for it... Really, it wasn't that much work, and it was certainly easier than having my guts ripped out and re-arranged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Rock View Post
    I spent almost my entire adult life (~age 22-36) as an overweight person. In the past 9 months I have lost 56 pounds and it's everything I thought it would be!

    I used to HATE shopping for clothes, but now that things fit me nicely, I love it. I love taking my shirt off and soaking up some rays. I love NOT sweating like a stuck pig. I love how much easier some things, like getting into a wetsuit and going diving, are now. I love the kind of looks I get from other people.

    But I guess I appreciate it because I had to, uh, work for it... Really, it wasn't that much work, and it was certainly easier than having my guts ripped out and re-arranged.
    Wow! Great work D-Rock, did you clean up your diet and start working with kettlebells?

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    If they took the time and effort, to naturally lose weight, they mght feel they earned it more. The feeling of earning a better lifestyle a lower weight, is just as important as actually losing it. Yes you can be fat and happy. I agree on the post by iformwms

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    Quote Originally Posted by iforwms View Post
    Wow! Great work D-Rock, did you clean up your diet and start working with kettlebells?
    Had a pretty bad drinking problem, so I cut that out, started eating low-carb real food (no processed crap), and doing ETK - all at the same time. Dropped 40 pounds in about 4 months and have been going down slowly since then.

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    Even more than in an instant society, we live in a compulsive society. You get fat by eating compulsively, and compulsively doing stuff sitting down, like working, watching TV, driving to work or to the takeout window and eating some more. Then you start dieting and exercising compulsively, loose weight, and wonder why your life still sucks! (at which point people usually start eating and sitting compulsively again, all the while obssessing about their weight) Obesity is not a disease, it is a symptom, usually of a catastrophic lifestyle. If you get rid of the horrifying lifestyle factors, you may or may not cease being obese (at that point, this can usually be corrected by relatively small changes), but you will be happy.

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    The article is so OPRAH. At this point for me weight loss is what happens, as a result of working toward getting stronger and healthier. It is not the be-all goal. "Happiness" for me is advancing to the next size kettlebell, or perfecting a movement. If weight loss occurs as a result thats good, but its secondary. When I was younger I did hold weight loss in higher regard for appearance sake. But since having undergone single by-pass surgery, and a lower back injury, having the fat off the belly has a whole different meaning. It just feels better physically to get thinner around the middle and it makes it easier for me to attain my primary goal of strength. "Its the journey - not the destination" is true for me. Could it be that some fat people have unrealistic expectations of what "happiness" would be in their life if only they lost that 75lbs? If people are still unhappy after they have lost weight - they have other problems to deal with...Dennis

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