Ok, Alfred Hitchcock: Brill-iant Filmmaker. -Practically invented Suspense (in spite of “Scooby-Doo” progenitors like “The Old Dark House”), but still: Big Fat Guy and PRO-Fuse (almost PRO-Fessional) sweater.
->Idea: What if Being Fat makes you Fatter?
What if the Insulative Properties of Fat raise your average body temperature? -Per unit of metabolic activity, such that your thyroid (metabolic gas-pedal that it is) or metabolism mech. Downregulates to keep your core at a solid 98.6?
-Ever notice how the fat guys are the first to turn on the AC and last to drink water in the summer?
Pretending that’s true, since your Metabolism is Lower, ->your Burn Less Calories and ->you Become Fatter Easier, especially given eating patterns.
On the Flip Side of that: Do people who have Lower Bodyfat levels require Higher Metabolisms, just to keep their body temperatures normal in all but the hottest months of the year, when it’s closer to 98.6 outside?
Check this out: Most calorie/day and protein/day requirements are given in Calories (or grams of Protein) per Pound of Bodyweight. Ex: Maintenance for someone who’s 150 would be ~1800 Calories/day total with ~75g Protein/day out of that.
But what if more muscular people actually need more and fat people need less? -For maintenance, not fat-loss. Ex: Are there significant (metabolic or hormonal) differences between a sample guy who’s 6 feet, weighs 200lbs. and has 30%BF vs. the same 6’/200 who has 10%BF?
–Calorie per Weight calcs be damned, I think the slimmer person has the higher metabolism.
The solution I’m guessing at is this: Above a certain Body Fat % level, there is a Tipping-Point past which the Insulative effects of fat start to slow down the metabolism for the average person on the average crappy american diet.
The Normal Ranges for Body Fat % are about 13-21% for women, and 5-17% for men.
Since 30%+ is obese for women and 25%+ is obese for men, I’m going to guess that ~26-28% for women and ~20-22% for men is the Tipping-Point Range when the increase in fat insulation starts making you fatter and the weight-bearing-from-fat increase on metabolism starts going away.
For an interesting compliment to this post: Check out “Want to Lose Weight? -Drink Water.”
“exit ramp”, by drouu, bin.sh
“helix”, by Michael Bretherton, charcoaldesign.com.au
Wikipedia- Body Fat