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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

WTF Wednesday


I say WTF Wednesday because I feel like throwing in the towel, yelling "Uncle," and conceding defeat!
I just read that we not only have to worry about the fat we can see, but also the fat we can't see.   A cardiologist named Francisco Lopez-Jimenez (no info on whether he is a relative of that famous astronaut, Jose Jimenez) in his research at the Mayo Clinic over the past 9 years has determined that even if you are of normal weight and you're healthy acording to the scale, you still could be carrying fat that has you headed for heart trouble.

He has even come up with a name for this condition:  Normal Weight Obesity.  Dr. Jimenez says there are many walking around out there who look healthy but in essence, are a heart attack waiting to happen;  they seem to have normal body weight, but they have a higher percentage of body fat to muscle tissue. So indeed, we not only have to worry about the fat we can see, but the fat we can't see!  How fun is that?




And you and I thought if we dieted and lost those extra pounds, we'd be home free.   Wrong!  Restricted calorie intake the good doctor says, can result in loss of fat and loss of muscle tissue, so the ratio of fat to muscle stays the same.  We could be walking around with bodies that are looking healthy, but are acting obese!  At least I don't have to worry about that!  There's  nothing about my body that could deceive you;  it absolutely does not act healthy!


So what's the answer?  We need to head to the gym.  (also known as the Chamber of Horrors).*  Strength training and resistance exercises are needed to bring the fat to muscle ratio to a less risky balance.   Arrrgh!  The Godess of Torture** will be so delighted that I accessed this information!

*if you are not familiar with this place, your memory will be jogged in the Sunday Roast!
**Ditto

26 comments:

My name is PJ. said...

We have to fear kryptonite too......and I've never laid eyes on it!

singedwingangel said...

Ya know what as odd as this sounds Ihave a cousin who is skinny as a rail and tough as an ox and was on the verge of a heart attack. He literally had open heart surgery cause even though he was healthy "looking" and stayed active and very fit what he was eating was killinghim.. He wasn't even 40 when he had the surgery..

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Hmmm, I think you should just STOP reading studies like this and STOP worrying over it. That will give you a heart attack. Just enjoy life Eva. Do what you can and exercise by doing something you enjoy -- like walking or biking with the grandkids, etc. Leave the Chamber of Horrors alone. Even I don't go there and I'm 31. :-) I do my own thing at my own pace. I think it's a healthier, more sane thing to do.

Debbie said...

It does seem like they are determined to try to make me exercise!

Mary said...

I actually love my fat. In fact, I embrace it. Well, I would if I could get my arms around it.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Eat in moderation, exercise every now and then, keep your life as stress free as possible, laugh as often as you can and smile. There's no insurance AT ALL that will guarantee a long healthy life; but you can feel pretty good and have fun on the journey. And I say "A pox!" on all those studies!

Bethany said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. My body is very honest as well. Imagine from now on when you mention to people that you are obese they'll be all "what kind of obese are you?" and you'll have to say something like, "The jiggly kind."

Also if I was a "normal" weight I suppose I wouldn't care if I was a heart attack waiting to happen because I'd look good and that's what it's really all about isn't it?

glnroz said...

It seems like it is always something. My Daddy used to say, " If it aint bisquits, it's gonna be thickning gravey". Now what that means, I dont have a clue.

DJan said...

I just read somewhere the 7 things you need for a long life, and one of them was "keep a slender profile." Now that made me wonder: what does that mean? And you tell me that it doesn't even matter: I could be fat on the inside!

Dar said...

I agree with Mandy. Reading articles like this do tense up the bod and make us more stressed. Live life to the fullest. Our Good Lord is going to take us when it's His decision. It is up to us to take our best care, but since that's easier said than done, one day at a time works for me.
Live, Laugh, Love
Bless Your Heart

TechnoBabe said...

I stopped listening to doctors long ago. I can't keep track of the food that one day is bad for us and then it is all right again. I have known so many people who are lean and active and had heart attacks. I know we need to pay attention to nutrition but we do need to have a life. Good for you to write a post we can all discuss.

Middle Aged Woman Blogging said...

Does this mean we are all going to die sooner or later? Oh, the thought of it!! Soon they will want us to get x-rays so they can see the fat on our insides and no insurance company will ever cover us. It will be a pre-existing condition from birth!! AAH!!!

Steven Anthony said...

What! so Im not gonna live forever...damn it!

:)

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

have been lifting weights a lot and actually prefer that to the cardio - try really light ones to start - it's better than nothing, right?

Eva Gallant said...

PJ: Oh, no! I have to watch out for krptonite, too??

singed: Yep, he must have had Normal Weight Obesity!

Mandy: I think you're right!

Debbie: yeah, the bastards! lol

Mary: I can't seem to get my arms around mine, either! lol

Sandy: I'm sure with you on the "pox" part!

Bethany: just call me jiggly!

Glen: I suspect it mesns it's a losing battle!

DJan: I'm thinking I've go so much fat on my outside, I don't have room for fat on my inside!

Dar: I will not stress, I will not stress,..

Techno: Yeah, they try to take all our fun away!! : (

MiddleAged: OMG..that is sooo true. Just what insurance companies were looking for...a loophole!

Steven: I guess none of us are!

Tam said...

Oh, for Pete's sake! What will they tell us next? Our hair has secret fat that will kill us?

Nezzy said...

Always comin' up with something to schedule more appointments and sell more drugs. Man, there's just no winnin' for this Ozarks farm chick!

Ya'll have a fantastically blessed day!!!

Unknown Mami said...

I've heard the dangers of Skinny Fat before. There no getting out of exercising.

becky at abbeystyle said...

Hi Eva,
I've opened your blog today for the first time, picking it up from Rosaria over at lakeviewer. I'm here to stay, signed up as a follower...you're a fun read.

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

Oh blimey, and I've been having enough trouble with the fat I *can* see! :)

I Wonder Wye said...

Ugh, it's always something. I had to stop making lists of what was 'good' and what was 'forbidden' long ago b/c they always changed anyway -- I like the simple approach of eating well, in moderation, and trying to be active every day...'scientists' like this are just justifying research money...

The Retired One said...

Or...you could be like me...and go on the treadmill and then fracture your foot....

Ann On and On... said...

I'm with you WTF...where do I throw my towel? I know where my husband throws his because I seem to be the one to pick it up everyday. Hee Hee

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

There's always something to worry about! Now if your thin - your fat? I think I'll throw in the towel with you.

Eva Gallant said...

Speaaking: I'm doing some work with weights in my Silver Sneakers class.

Tam: it always something, isn't it?

Nezzy So true, girl!

Mami: Skinny fat--sounds like an oxymoron!

Becky: Welcome and thanks!

Richard: I'm with you on that!

Wonder Wye: Sounds like you've got it under control!

Retired: Oh, no! Fractured your foot???

Ann: I say just toss the darn thing@

Elenka said...

Thanks a lot.
Just hang around for five more years and that theory will be replace by another......