I’m Overweight

15 Jan


Ok, so last week I read about this: http://health.usnews.com/best-diet Best Diets in the U.S.

I asked on twitter “Who are these experts?” Well, I have done some research and these diets are scored not necessarily on the BEST diet for your health, but actually the diet that best meets the FDA’s suggestions. The FDA tells us to decrease fat (which is needed to survive and has been proven to decrease wait) and cut calories (which are necessary for survival), oh and you should base your diet off of BMI! WHY ARE WE STILL USING BMI?! This is something else I would like to know more about. Why are we using it and what is the argument for its validity? Because I’m overweight according to it….I know that I have a few extra pounds I could spare, but if you were to even do a waist to hip ratio you would see that I’m in the safe zone. IMO that simple measurement would be 10xs more accurate on assessing health.

Ok, back to diet…so I am not saying that there is necessarily one diet that is the best (and I’ve said this before that I am not advocating any one diet anymore!) What I am saying is that I think the focus needs to shift, rather than saying cut the fat and calories, we need to push people to eat nutrient dense REAL foods! This will not only bring more business to the farms but will also make EVERYONE healthier! YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT AND BE HEALTHIER IF YOU EAT REAL FOODS….PERIOD. low-fat, low-calorie, processed garbage is making you sick. Stop relying on it.

That is all.


3 Responses to “I’m Overweight”

  1. grizzlystrong January 15, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    Based on BMI pretty much anyone who practices resistance training on a regular basis will end up in the overweight category.

    “BMI is particularly inaccurate for people who are fit or athletic, as the higher muscle mass tends to put them in the overweight category by BMI, even though their body fat percentages frequently fall in the 10–15% category, which is below that of a more sedentary person of average build who has a healthy BMI number. ” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_mass_index#Limitations_and_shortcomings)

    The reason it’s still used so prevalently is because it’s quickly calculated, and uses height and weight only which are measured pretty much every time you see a doctor. Also it applies more broadly than other metrics which depend on body type assessments, even if we athletic folk end up being “outliers.”

    Sorry I’ve had a whole pot of coffee already…

    • kfb2beastmode January 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

      Haha, I appreciate the input! It still doesn’t justify being a nationally recognized and implemented tool for assessing health. It’s easy, sure, but it’s not accurate and federal recommendations shouldn’t be based off of it. Basically, I’m just annoyed that the study (and the gov in general) uses a lot of wording and “suggestions” that end up hurting people that don’t research diets or really have a science background to understand the effects of foods and chemicals in foods on the body.

  2. Jenna @ Crazy Healthy Fit January 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Totally agree with you! Don’t worry about it, you are healthy and that’s all that matters 🙂

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