Ok, awhile ago we theorized here that as total bodyfat % increased, the body would start losing its thyroid-mojo and a given person would go into a downward spiral.
The idea was at least 1-fold. MINIMUM!
SO: We thought that as weight went up, that an insulating-effect would take place and send signals to the body’s metabolism thermostat, that it shouldn’t rev up any more. -That things were already hot enough. Maybe WAY too hot already.
Fat Men Don’t Wear Plaid
I got the idea of being a little chubby myself and noticing that the spare tire seemed cool; -that and various stories about fat guys who sweat alot, like Alfred Hitchcock, Sydney Greenstreet, and Charles Laughton in “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid”.
Well, in researching some other entries, I came across a very important study abstract link…
Wendy Miller’s BMI-BMR Study Scores The TD
In the journal “Obesity”, Wendy Miller and her team publish a study where they looked at 64 obese individuals, and it turned out that the 30% most obese had the Lowest Basal/Resting Metabolic Rate and the Lowest Use of Oxygen (VO2 Max) during exercise.
So in-terms of food-exercise-muscle-metabolism-fat-rinse-repeat loops, this turned out to mean the most obese needed LESS calories per day, not MORE as directed by the standard weight-based formula;
-Even Considering Exercise!
They also were significantly more likely to lose cardio fitness, lose muscle condition & mass, and then go UP in BMI.
Hope: The Point of ~No Return Is High:
The only rays of light here are that the ~Average Age of the people studied was around 47.
+And -oddly, their average BMI was also around 47 (which is high), with the lightest being at about 38 and the fattest being 56+.
Unfortunate to be the bearer of bad news, ~depending on how you look at it, –BUT if your BMI is under ~47, you might still be able to fix things a little more easily,
-but otherwise, “Being fat makes you fatter”. -You heard it here first!
(note: The Journal “Obesity” is not at Nature anymore. It’s being published by Wiley here.)
“Rusty car”, by Ariel da Silva Parreira
• Source: Obesity V.20-Abstract:Lower Than Predicted Resting Metabolic Rate Is Associated With Severely Impaired Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Obese Individuals