join them and beat them
January 12, 2004 01:25 PM

This year I've decided to do something about the new year exercise and diet craze that everyone else seems to do around me every year.

I'm going to join in!

It's not what you're thinking. I'm going to join in, but in a subvert-from-within way. I'm a big fan of subversion from within.

I mentioned on the LJ that I've joined up with this office fitness competition. The jist of the competition is that you get points for the minutes you spend exercising each week. The team with the most points wins, and gets taken out for cheeseburgers (which I actually don't eat at lunch anymore - trying to avoid the dairy and red meat; they make too much phlegm).

See, I exercise quite a bit, or at least I do now. I've been following my semi-rigorous plan for a couple of months, so I'm not really changing anything by getting involved in this competition. Unlike some of the other people, I am not going on a fad diet (South Beach, this year) and I don't need to worry about cheating or failing because the exercise isn't a temporary thing for me.

While others are using the whole competition thing to motivate them to exercise where they don't already (which is great - or it would be, if they weren't so focused on short-term weight loss), I'm thinking more politically. I want them to know just how much I am fit and fat. That the two are not opposites, but quite often coexist happily.

This would be, despite the politics, a rather shallow goal. Except. Because I'm part of the "fitness challenge" thing, I end up taking part in a lot of fitness-oriented discussions, which give me more opportunities to talk about fat and health and to encourage others to like themselves just a bit more. And that's good for me.

Plus, I want to win.

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What does the South Beach diet involve? Please tell me they are allowed to eat carbs...which is the biggest part of the food pyramid.

these are the thoughts of Kerri on January 12, 2004 01:52 PM

Random fact - the food pyramid was originally proposed with fruits & veggies on the bottom. So, actually, it's farm lobbyists and not nutritionists who believe carbs should be the bulk of one's diet.

South Beach is basically this (hearsay from work convos, so I could be wrong): a 2-3 week phase of no carbs, no sugar, no fruit at all, followed by reintroduction of carbs for X weeks, followed by a maintenance phase - carb-limited lowfat diet that lasts the rest of your life. People are supposed to cycle in and out of the no carb phase when they want to lose more weight.

So, it's less horrid for your heart than Atkins. The 1st phase is where most people actually lose weight (probably because, in absence of carbs, they don't eat much at all), but the goal of the plan sounds good in theory (weaning you off cravings for the least healthy foods).

these are the thoughts of april on January 12, 2004 02:14 PM

Glad I'm not a dieting person. Seriously couldn't handle the rigidity of it. What do you think of the fast food places introducing "no carb/low carb" items...atkins burgers and such? counterproductive?

these are the thoughts of Kerri on January 14, 2004 10:14 AM

Diets are massively, massively counterproductive. Anything that gives instant weightloss almost guarantees gradual weight gain in excess of what you lost. Diets bad!

The nice thing about the "diet" fast foods and such is that they could be a bit healthier than fast food in general. The stupid horrid big bad nasty thing is that they further capitalize on the diet industry, which is without a shadow of doubt in my mind the # 1 source of the "obesity epidemic". Diet culture is a bad, bad thing, ergo Subway low-carb wraps are bad, bad things. Even if they're tasty.

these are the thoughts of april on January 14, 2004 11:53 AM

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