Posts Tagged ‘Fat’

The Bananas-Only Diet! Day 25: Cut the (Fake) Fat

July 2, 2013

Hey everybody! Sorry for the lack of updates, I’m just up to my ears in bananas (I’m carrying 62 on me right now. 62!) and the energy has caused me to exercise more than usual, I’ve become more social than usual, and there is that whole work thing.

I have a ton of notes which I’ll reserve for my completion of this 30 day monkey-style diet, but one thing which I want to address today is how eating 30 bananas a day — otherwise known as 3600 kcals a day — has led to noticeable weight loss. I knew going into this diet that I’d lose “water weight”, which is basically fake fat, or bloat — fat that we don’t need and really shouldn’t be there.

Prior to eating bananas-only, I fit into a 32×30 pant size with a comfortable belt-tightening. My hips didn’t lie, relative to my overall size, my waist could’ve definitely stood to shrink. Today I have to tighten my belt so much that it becomes uncomfortable to keep my pants from falling off! All in all I’ve lost 6 lb in 25 days! Eating 3600 kcals per day! It defies logic and reason!

The idea that I’m becoming skinnier has been a bit shocking to some people. I’ve been poked and prodded by complete strangers who see me buy bananas by the 42 lb case. You need to gain weight!! they exclaim. But that isn’t true. What is true is that now I can wear a tight running shirt without looking like I have a beer belly. My figure is accurate and, dare I say it, even sexy! My hips and stomach now match my slim profile, and I’m very happy about that.

I can now build my body from the ground up. All of the bloat making me vaguely misshapen is gone, and this pays tribute to everything that the bananas-only diet is about: Purifying yourself, eliminating everything bad and being rewarded with the opportunity to start over, internally and externally.

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13.5: Too Skinny

January 12, 2013

Normally I wouldn’t publish something that can be construed as political, but in this instance I feel that I have an obligation to say something.

I’m 22 years old, and I can’t reach far back enough into memory to a time where adults haven’t teased me for my lack of weight. I’m too skinny, I need to put meat on my bones, I should consider switching diets, and this has all been a subject of discussion at too many dinner parties.

It’s never a good idea to self-diagnose yourself, but if I had to guess, the incessant teasing and focus on my weight by others has contributed to any potential insecurities of mine. Much like calling an overweight person fat doesn’t fix the problem, calling an underweight person skinny doesn’t compel him or her to eat more — in my experience it has the opposite effect.

My resentment of being told that I’m too skinny has damaged my self image and I view being 120 lb at 5’8″ as too heavy. I’ll go days where I eat less than a full meal to try to get my weight closer to 110 lb if I notice that I’m nearing what I feel is heavy. I know that this behavior isn’t healthy, but if I’m not motivated to eat at all, what can I do?

I know that adults who tease skinny kids about being too skinny don’t mean any harm, I’m not implying that there’s malice in their jest. However if you’re an adult that has teased a kid for being too skinny, be aware that you aren’t special at least in that regard. It isn’t witty nor funny, particularly to the person you might be doing long-term damage to.

I didn’t start experiencing weight-related insecurities until I was probably 20 years old. The age is probably different for everybody, but if you’re underweight and you face this endless teasing, there will come a time when you realize that your favorite meals are spent alone.

Does every underweight kid face being teased for his or her weight? Probably not. We all grow up in different environments around different people, and some people understand that teasing someone for being too thin is on par with teasing someone for being too heavy.

I’m on my own path to fixing my problems. I meditate when I can, I vent when it’s appropriate, and since last month I’ve been unashamedly assertive when it comes to this whole issue. I hope that I turn out alright.

I don’t want to see kids who have a speedy metabolism develop the insecurities that I’m working on. If you’re someone who thinks that it’s okay to drill into a kid’s mind that he or she is too skinny, use me as an example of what that can do, and come up with different things to talk about at dinner. It’s better for everyone, and might make a skinny kid’s life a little bit better.

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