Vicente: The fat

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By Jayson Vicente

The Path

Thursday, June 26, 2014


I AM not making fun of anyone. But the title is what the column today is all about. The never-ending dilemma of losing weight, gaining weight and maintaining a body that is to die for.

Many researches are flooding the market claiming to have the answer to the infinite predicament of finding a breakthrough and finally get the result that everyone desires.

Although claims and results have evidences to back them up, it doesn’t seem to work for everybody. Other results could be tagged pure luck or coincidence.

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Majority claims the key lies on the observance of the essentials of attaining the desired physique, healthy diet, exercise and healthy lifestyle.

The third one actually brings all the aspects together and is thoroughly discussed. As one wellness advocate exclaims, “There is a big problem in the interpretation of healthy lifestyle, what they usually practice is depriving themselves of the things that makes life worth living and fun. Healthy lifestyle means making yourself happy inside and out, enjoying what life has to offer and not starving yourself to death, being anti social etc. etc. We live in a world where everything is accessible, changes are constant and choices are enormous and the only thing not provided is correct decisions.”

As the idea explains one of the most popular saying in Filipino goes, “Lahat ng sobra ay masama.” In wanting to live a healthy lifestyle, you spend too much time worrying about what to eat, hesitant of going to a friend’s occasion because maybe you won’t fit in while everyone is partying with food and liquor, or worrying about the calories and sugar you just consumed from what you had for lunch or dinner, and most of all, enduring the craving that traps you in a state to battling a tug of war between to eat or not to eat.

Ultimately, what this suggests is a sacrifice one has to make to live in the standards set by others. Sure it will be good to have dashboard abs or be able to wear anything not worrying that the buttons will pop out. But the big question is for how long will you invest and endure the rigors of depriving yourself to the things that should be enjoyed?

Open minded wellness advocates suggests life is a gift to live, restrictions should not be a standard to attain what we perceive is right or what others suggest is good for you, most of the time what is right is what makes you happy and what doesn’t hurt anybody.

Remember our main responsibility is to be happy in order to make others happy, staying healthy is staying happy. We are not all meant to be carved like statues with perfect body, we just need to be fit and healthy enough to balance our life and be able to live and fulfill the mission God has set for us.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 27, 2014.

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