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08 January 2007 @ 11:48 am
this is Minrho. For some reason, LJ will let me log in to post, but not to reply. Grr! Internet!

I've stayed pretty much on the straight and narrow, whatever that may be. At 5'3, my weight fluctuates between 106-111lbs, depending on the time of month. People assume that just because I'm vegan, I don't have to try to maintain my weight at all, and really, I have to watch it just like anyone else.

--Someone with a high metabolic rate will slowly use up excess fat cells though it takes 2-3 years to do so. ---

Do any of us actually know one of these magical people with high metabolisms? I sure don't. And don't bother telling me you know a friend of a friend's cousin who saw one once. I don't care. The fact of the matter is, that most people aren't, and the reason fat cells themselves don't disappear unless drastic measures are taken is really quite simple. When fat is consumed from food, it's too big to be absorbed whole. So the body breaks fat down into glycerol and fatty acids and then reassembled-- basically stuffed into an existing fat cell of the body, thereby inflating it. When the body needs fuel, it's much more efficient to empty that sack of it's glycerol and fatty acids than to get rid of the sack and contents at once.

I suppose you could work yourself to death for a 2-3 year span and kill a few fat cells in their entirety. But how many people actually would? And say you ran a marathon at top speed to kill some fat cells? The point is, that the human body is prepared to kill off a lot of healthy tissue before it even considers killing a fat cell. Muscle, connective tissues, etc.

---I do think Atkins has a place though; it's effects on people's natural cravings is worthwhile, though I'll admit that some of the products that have sprung into being as a result of carbs being the new fat are pretty vile.---

Atkins as a whole is a pet peeve. Most people worry about getting enough protein, ignorant of the fact that most americans get about 4X more than they need. Excess protein is turned into fat. And too much protein taxes the liver and kidneys. Mmm. Kidney stones. Painful urination! Bring it on!

I don't know any atkins user who jumped on it years ago who is slim now. None. And they tried hard, believed hard. Faithful and fatty and still making their futile atkins claims and sad atkins prayers. It would be laughable if I didn't feel so bad for them.