Monday, May 31, 2010

Clarifying the Size-0 Issue


I wanted to clarify the size 0 issue a bit. I really don't want to sound like I'm tooting that horn, because I'm not, and it's not the point. It's back to the 80/10/10 principle. This philosophy has been around as long as bodybuilding has (and fyi, the Eat Clean Diet is based on this principle, though it didn't create it). 80% of how you look is defined by what you put in your mouth (your diet/food-lifestyle). 10% is genetics. 10% is exercise. Yes, you can lose weight with diet alone. No, you cannot look like Jamie Eason without exercise.

Ten years ago, I wore a size 1. I weighed 100 lbs. I was too skinny, and I was skinny-fat, to boot! I looked horrible! Now, my overweight years didn't make me look any better, but my point is this... 1 lb of muscle weighs exactly the same as 1 lb of fat, however, muscle takes up less space. A 130 lb body with low muscle mass will look completely different from a 130 lb body with a high muscle mass. Hence operation marshmallow fluff! I didn't gain weight. I lost muscle mass... and suddenly my clothes didn't fit right (or at all). Same weight, different size.

That 10% of exercise is what shapes our bodies. It's physique. This is why I work out. I could still wear a size 0 and not exercise, but I'd have to weight about 95 lbs to accomplish that... THAT isn't healthy. It's not about the size. It's about the individual body and what's best for it. It's about being healthy, even optimally healthy.  It's certainly not about what society tells us we should look like, or what size and proportions the perfect woman or man is.

Ok, soapbox sermon over. :-)

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