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channlluv2010-12-13 02:30:40 +0000 #1
So I get a phone call this morning from a local university that is doing a scientific medical study on how yoga and stretching can help with metabolic syndrome. Those accepted will attend two 90-minute yoga/stretching classes each week, and get PAID for it! Not to mention, a physician-supervised weight loss program along with the yoga and stretching.

The young woman screening me over the phone asked a few questions, including how many hours each week that I exercise. I told her that up until August 5, I was going to the Y two or three times a week to swim and that I could do a mile in about an hour, and that I can bike 12 - 20 miles a couple times a week, and in the last couple of weeks, I've worked up to half an hour on the treadmill, but that since August I've been nursing my MCL injury incurred on Aug 5 when I was training for a triathlon and tried to jog too far rather than walk.

She hesitated a moment, then said, "I think you may be too active for our study."

"What? But even with all that, I'm still 100 pounds overweight?"

"You are?"


Hesitation. "Well, we're looking for people who have been largely inactive for the last six month. You're just too active and it would affect the values we're looking for in the study."


warneral2010-12-13 02:35:16 +0000 #2
channlluv2010-12-13 03:14:55 +0000 #3
Yeah, no kidding. Too fit to be fat. Ha!
zoom-zoom2010-12-13 03:28:45 +0000 #4
I get this. I gained weight training for marathons. Who runs 50+ miles/week and still gains weight (and, trust me, it wasn't muscle)?! I actually lose weight a LOT easier when I am inactive. Aerobic activity wreaks havoc on my hunger levels and cravings.
ny biker2010-12-13 03:04:02 +0000 #5
Ideally their study would include a group of sedentary people and another group of active people who don't currently do yoga, but it looks like they're just focusing on the former.

You're still better off than someone who's been sedentary, and that's what matters.
colorisnt2010-12-13 03:40:34 +0000 #6
Oh the irony! Well, you are proving all those people wrong who think "fat" and "inactive" are mutually exclusive. I gained a bunch on hormone treatment for endometriosis and my stupid GP back home was on me about it. However, my amazing GP here just laughed saying that my chart says I am in great shape.

I may need to "lose" 25 lbs according to my freaking BMI, but even when I was running 5-10 miles a day and a size 0, I was "overweight", so I say screw it!

You just can't win, chann!



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