The intention of this thread is not to judge or insult people with weight issues. I know many people who have weight problems who are wonderful people in many different ways. I’m also not trying to call out any particular poster.
The only purpose of this thread is to refute the claim that more exercise and less calories will not result in weight loss. I am aware that for a variety of genetic and environmental issues this can be much harder or easier to accomplish for certain individuals. However, I have often heard (or read) both on the Dope and in real life, people claim that it is impossible for them to lose weight, no matter how little they eat or how much they exercise. This is nonsense. I’d fully except the notion that it is not worth the required effort to a certain individual. That’s fine, it’s their life. But I hate the idea of weight loss being scientifically hopeless because some people are just born to be fat. That’s sending the wrong message.
I not only find the message unnecessarily disheartening for people who are trying to lose weight, I also find it mildly insulting to people who are fit. I put a lot of effort into diet and exercise so that I look good. And the implication is “No, SecretaryofEvil doesn’t look good because he’s well disciplined about diet and exercise. The amount of hard work you put into exercising and dieting has nothing to do with how fat you are.”
Once again, I realize that if circumstances were different, exercising or dieting might be much more difficult for me. For example, if I was badly injured in a car accident, that would probably make exercising considerably more onerous for me than it currently is. I’m just saying it’s wrong to claim that no matter how little one eats or how much one exercises that it is impossible to lose weight.