Not quite sure where this topic fits, so I put it in this catchall category.
What is up with our country's fascination with rapid weight loss? Is it caused by "Biggest Loser" or is that show just an obvious symptom of the problem? Do that many people really
think that losing large amounts of weight quickly is actually healthy?
This really got me irritated at work the other day when our "wellness committee" announced a weight loss competition. For crying out loud, I work in a hospital! Are they completely unaware of what is healthy and what isn't? Worse, a couple of committee members implied that I should participate. I told them that I wasn't interested, that I was actually trying to get more physically fit. That didn't sit too well with them.
Here's the thing: In four months of intense (for me) training I have only lost seven pounds, but I have lost nearly two inches from my waist! I have made solid progress in all
my maximum lifts, bodyweight reps. sprint capability, etc., indicating that I am much stronger and fitter than I was. Obviously my increased muscle mass nearly offsets my weight loss from burning fat, accounting for the under two pounds per month loss. However, by the standards of the wellness committee I wouldn't even rate as competitive. By the very nature of the competition (cash prize for the "winner") they are encouraging people to do starvation diets and endless cardio for three months, as if that is any way to establish sustainable fitness.
During the course of those three months I expect I will only lose a few more pounds (probably around 5 if I hold to my current pace) while continuing to build strength, endurance, speed, agility, flexibility, coordination, etc., all while enjoying what and how much I eat. Meanwhile, we will have a bunch of staff suffering through dreadful "meals" and long, tedious workouts all so they can lose the most weight and develop"skinny fat" bodies. Once the competition ends I can almost guarantee that most participants will be so relieved that they will immediately go back to their old ways and start packing on the fat once more. Even if they don't, they will be weak and will need to continue eating tiny portions of rabbit food to maintain their losses. I'll gladly compare my overall "wellness" level to that of any of the participants at any time, even if my BMI says that I'm "overweight".
Why do people not get this concept? I would like to think that a wellness committee would concentrate more on teaching regular healthy activity and good nutrition as a lifestyle. They say that they are working on that, but the first thing out of the gate is this "Biggest Loser" stupidity.
Unbelievable! I'll just continue to do my own thing and let the results speak for themselves.