Being overweight is hard work

We are always told it’s hard to lose weight. But consider how hard it is to gain and maintain weight.

Sometimes we hear about actors gaining weight for a role, and how difficult they find it.

Think about it: your body consumes energy just by being alive. And the heavier you are, the more energy it consumes.

If you’re overweight you’re already going to a lot of effort, time, and expense obtaining, preparing, and consuming food.

It takes energy to eat! It takes energy to digest. It takes energy to convert excess energy into fat. And it takes energy to carry around that stored energy in your body.

Your body has to work hard to eat, digest, and excrete. Being overweight takes hard work.

And it takes dedication too. You can’t simply eat a lot one day and then gain weight. You have to eat consistently. You need your average intake to be consistently high.

Think about how much time and effort it takes each day to maintain your weight. Wouldn’t it be easier not to? To give your body a break, let it wind down. Give it space to relax and be free from the high-intensity processing of food for a while.

Okay, this one idea isn’t going to change your eating habits, but there’s some truth to it, and it’s worth playing with fresh perspectives to shift your established patterns and habits of thought.

It really does take a lot to become and remain overweight.

3 thoughts on “Being overweight is hard work

  1. Fair perspective, but people don’t eat in order to gain weight. They eat to maintain social ties, to instagram, to try new things, or even just out of habit when changing habits would be more effort than following through. Try changing your next work lunch to a work fast. The weight gain then is incidental.

    • Some people do eat to gain weight: underweight people, people wanting to build muscle mass, actors (occasionally). These people have to force themselves to eat more. It’s an effort for them just as it is an effort for most people to lose weight.

      But even if most people don’t intend to be overweight, it can be refreshing to view it as an accomplishment that requires effort to maintain, rather than something that just happens incidentally.
      When we become aware of something incidental, it can become subject to choice.

      • You mean like when you’re a toddler and people praise you for gaining weight – becoming a bigger bouncier baby boy – like it’s the result of deliberate work? [It might be a different experience for girls.]

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