It’s all about calories in and calories out.
No. It isn’t.
This is an argument a lot of people use against fatties. And you will be well-served to have an answer ready. Here is mine:
If it was just calories in and calories out people who diet would never plateau. And everyone who diets plateaus.
The body adjusts and has its own ways of dealing with both reduced calories (the body goes into “starvation” mode and the metabolism gets more and more efficient) and exercise (that is why it takes more and more effort to get the pulse rate up).
Not only that, each body has its own way of dealing with different types of calories – proteins, fats, carbs. Read a physiology textbook and you will be amazed at how complex the breaking down of food and absorption of nutrition is – which means there are umpteen different ways the process might vary from one body to the next.
Each body is marvelous, complicated, and unique. So even if the body was subject to a simple “calories in and calories out” formula (which I don’t believe), each body has its own way of dealing with calories in and calories out. There is no magic formula that applies to everyone. That’s why there are people who can “eat anything” and never gain a pound; people who struggle to keep their weight up; and people who can go on a fast and not lose almost no weight at all.
So anyone who says to you “it’s just calories in and calories out” is either lying or uninformed, and they hope you won’t know any better.
As I said, in a previous post, I just want to share my thoughts on various arguments and questions that seem to always come up in discussions on fat acceptance. I think all fat people can benefit from being prepared when faced with these questions and knowing what they want to say. As always, I encourage you to share your thoughts, comments and any additional information you have, so we can all be better prepared when faced with this, whether it stems from ignorance or prejudice.