Monday, August 10, 2009

Hey, Just A Damn Minute! We Have Some Anecdotal Evidence.

Anecdotal being how Megan rolls, I'm going to state here that, on the basis of my anecdotal evidence, Mlle. McA. has never, ever been wronger or more wrong in her life, ever, than when she typed this. Ever.

Why excercise [sic] won't make you lose weight. Believe it or not, this is not surprising new science; experts have been saying this for years. The conflation of health and obesity has lead us to confuse the goals. We're told to exercise because it will make us thin, which it won't.
This is crap. Some time ago, in the mists of pre-history, I exercised (not yuppies in a gym w/ other sweating primates, but hiking for an hour or two, several times a wk., up & down hills, in nature) & I lost weight. It wasn't healthier skin or even marginally more toned muscles that made my ribs visible for a change. It was burning calories before they became fat, & then using some of the fat that was already there to move those muscles. (Correct us if we're wrong.)

As we're being anecdotal & proud of it, we won't look at the Mega-link, but it wouldn't be surprising if she'd distorted or abused whatever the findings are to fit whatever the hell her agenda is about humans & our weight, would it?

Elements Of Style©:
She decided to rewrite the TIME title ("Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin") & mis-spelled "exercise."

P. S.: Intellectual honesty (Ahem!) but mostly the discovery of the subhead of the TIME article while mocking Megan's spelling skills leads us to what's really up. It may be leading her to another confusing post on will-power & obesity. Because it seems to be about the mind more than the body.
Whether because exercise makes us hungry or because we want to reward ourselves, many people eat more — and eat more junk food, like doughnuts — after going to the gym.
So, a side effect of exercise is that "many people's" bodies compensate by increasing hunger. Or "many people" are spoiled brats who think they deserve a jelly doughnut after a trip to the gym. An insurmountable problem.

Again anecdotally, I didn't notice an appetite increase when I was exercising.

But maybe the biggest question is: Why the hell would anyone pay attention to TIME, anyway?


Anonymous said...

What an idiot. Of course exercise and a healthy diet will make you lose weight. But apparently Megan wants to eat donuts, so in her mind exercise doesn't work.

brad said...

My guess, anon, is that if other people were thin it would make her less special for being naturally stick-like.
It brings to mind how she pretty much didn't want other people to be veggie or vegan, because that was her thing. She probably didn't like other people being into her music when she was in high school, too.

clever pseudonym said...

She has occasionally dropped the name of obscure indie musical artists to prove her hippity hipness and show how cool she is for listening to bands only three other people have heard of. I can't believe someone pushing 40 could be that emotionally stunted, but she truly is. On the pages of the Atlantic, at that.

People don't lose weight when they exercise not because they go out and eat a box of donuts after (? I don't get that. Maybe I'm being anecdotal, too, but I've never heard of this). If anything, you don't experience significant weight loss because your fat has been converted to muscle mass. You appear thinner because your body is more toned. With long term exercise, you don't lose weight, but you keep from gaining it.

M. Bouffant said...

Damn you, cp, you almost disproved my "No, it wasn't because I was more toned," theory. But I really wasn't more toned in the rib zone.

I had heard the "exercise stimulates the appetite" thing before, & it really isn't unreasonable, but we can assume people will be watching their intake if they're serious about weight loss or general health, in whichever order McA. thinks we're doing it wrong.