It is easy for bodybuilders to believe that it is a simple process to rid the body of fat. They use various methods such as combining diets with exercise to burn fat. We all know the routine. It is natural that they believe everyone can do exactly the same thing. The truth is most people fail when it comes to trying to alter their body composition. Even the National Institute for Health admits that diets don’t work. What they mean is that up to 95% of people who try to lose weight through dieting end up, after 3 to 5 years, weighing the same or more! That must be frustrating. Organizations such as NAAFA, the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance exist to help fat people cope with the negative attitudes against fatness prevalent in America today. They are aware of how hard it is to lose fat and do not encourage people to try those methods because of the accumlated consequences of dieting. It seems that some people actually get fatter when they do. This is a fact and not conjecture.
Doctors, dietitians, and fitness professionals all will say that the people who failed to lose fat and keep it off are the ones who didn’t adhere to the regimens. That is what logic tells them. However, it might not be that easy. Once people get obese with say 30% and more bodyfat it might be very difficult to lose.
Now, my point is this, just because bodybuilders get results doesn't mean that fat people can. I caution those self-styled experts, (which includes everyone with arms over 15 inches, and all female bodybuilders!) to be careful about your theories about fat loss. Most of you people are not experts in exercise science so should offer advice with caution. Very fat people are not going to be able to follow those exercise regimens. Period. Most very fat people have dieted until the cows come home. Many also have all sorts of systems problems. Some of those problems caused obesity and obesity caused others. Some people also store fluids and that is not really fat.
Here is my background. I am 59, won the Mr Canada contest in 1970, own a 30,000 sq ft gym in Sydney, design and build my own gym equipment, have a BA from UBC, a DipEd from the UNSW, and a MEd from Sydney University. I have had two articles on training theories published in Ironman in the last two years. So I have just about as wide a background as anyone you are going to meet in bodybuilding.
Please do not go to other sites to cause trouble. If you people do not like fat women that is your business. I do like them. You are not experts in exercise unless you have done at least a Masters degree in that area. True experts do not go around giving advice and blaming and belittling people.
From my experience in gyms I would say that exercise doesn’t seem to impact much on body composition. Not many build muscle and not many fat people lose fat. Most people give up after 3 months of training.
Bodybuilders have great physiques. It is a pity that most of the general public doesn’t agree. How sad is it that drug use has proliferated into every gym in the world. How pathetic is it to see substances like synthol injected into muscles to alter what is there! Is that bodybuilding? How ridiculous that many of the female bodybuilders resort to breast implants to augment what is lost through exercise regimens and dieting.
Bodybuilding should be a magnificent pastime. However, the way it is today really is unhealthy. Oh, sure, it is just fine to train away if you don’t want to compete. It is also okay if you are drug free. But the truth is the public doesn’t respect or even appreciate the physiques that the champion men and women build.
I think you all should consider your own subculture before any of you go elsewhere to stir up trouble and poke fun at people.