Stop Using Fat as an Adjective
I cringe when I hear people say things like
“I’m so fat”
“I just wish I wasn’t fat”
Nooooo, you ARE not fat. You have fat.
You ARE kind, caring, nice, mean, kind of a dick, or a combination of the five mentioned. But, you are not fat. It’s not what you are or who you are. You have it.
You can’t be a book, you can have a book; you can’t be muscle, you can have muscle.
Let’s end this here. Having fat on your body doesn’t have to define you as a person. It’s not a character trait, its a tissue in your body.
In fact, fat is lazy word. It’s the least descriptive word I can think of to explain who a person is or what a person is like.
You need to disassociate your extra fat tissue from who you are. It’s a lot easier to lose something that you have than to try to change who you are. Losing fat tissue won’t change who you are as a person (if it does, it’ll only be positive ie. happier, more confident, stronger).
Let’s talk about what fat is…
Fat is tissue that your body uses for insulation, protection, and as storage space for fuel. It’s not an adjective.
What’s a healthy amount of fat to have?
Men and women vary in how much fat tissue they carry. Women carry from 6-11% more body fat than men. The reasons are hormonal (estrogen) and it boils down to supporting the female body for childbearing.
The average healthy* male is approximately 15% body fat where females are typically 20-25% body fat**.
*healthy provided proper nutrition and regular exercise
**body fat percentage is the percentage of fat tissue from your total body weight
Having body fat is normal and healthy, having an over-accumulation of body fat is unhealthy. When we have more fat than we need it slows down proper production of certain hormones (testosterone) and has an overall overbearing effect on our body. When we’re overweight, our organs, joints, and musculature are put under more and constant pressure.
Here’s a great video on cellulite by Jordan Syatt. Him and I have similar views of the fitness industry. Follow him on Facebook here for other informational and inspiring videos.
How do we get an over-accumulation of fat tissue?
In its simplest terms, we (as an average North American) eat too much and we move too little. Our monkey brain is primed to store food as fuel incase we run into a period of time when food is scarce. We don’t have that problem anymore. Therefore, if we’re eating it and not burning it off through daily activity or exercise, it’s all getting stored as fat tissue.
Nowadays we are active for maybe 2 hours (includes walking and any light activity) and sedentary for 14-16 hours. If we look back in history, even as little as 100 years ago, those numbers were the reverse. We were active, often times heavily due to farming and labour, and sedentary very little.
With commitment, consistency, and constant progress you can lose the extra fat that you have.
- Increase your daily activity, this means anything from standing up each commercial break to starting an exercise program. The key is to start moving forward on the health continuum <- Blog
- Check out this blog for my top 3 exercises to lose belly fat
- And this one to find out why walking is better than running for fat loss
Change your thinking from “I’m fat” to “I’ve got extra fat, but I can lose it.” And you can!
You’re not a fat person. You’re a person with fat.
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