When you’ve bought entry to an ultra-marathon runner and a scientifically-designed “fats go well with” that’s designed to simulate the expertise of being morbidly overweight the one smart plan of action is to place these two issues collectively. This was the case with MAN v FAT when the absurdly match Liam Almond mentioned he’d be joyful to put on the go well with. That is what we discovered…
So Liam – you’re a fairly match man – has that all the time been the case?
I’ve all the time been a naturally wholesome kind of individual, I’m 5’11 and presently weigh slightly below 11 stone. I’ve performed a number of totally different sports activities since I used to be younger and I’m all the time lively which has saved me in good condition. I’m in a lucky place the place I don’t usually have to observe my weight loss program. I eat most issues carefully, nonetheless this has modified not too long ago as I’m presently in coaching for an extremely marathon (100km race). I’ve began a really strict protein weight loss program, together with a number of conditioning coaching and so my physique might be in the perfect form it has ever been.
Why did you attempt on the fats go well with?
I used to be intrigued as to how it will really feel, each bodily and mentally, as it’s arduous for me to grasp how anybody can get that large with out doing something about it!
It’s not precisely simple to place the go well with on is it? What have been your first impressions?
This may increasingly sound apparent however it has quite a bit heavier than I anticipated! I solely wore it wore an hour however may already really feel the additional pressure on my legs, knees and joints and located it uncomfortable standing for too lengthy. Bending, sitting, turning, all turned arduous and my steadiness was fully thrown off. It’s stunning what number of issues your measurement impacts on that you just wouldn’t have initially imagined.
What kind of issues did you do whenever you have been “fats”?
I simply tried to proceed my night’s duties. Shifting spherical the home, up and down stairs, cooking – actually regular stuff. All the things turned a chore, even simply passing by doorways and I realised that I used to be making an attempt to preserve my motion and vitality and I can see how that might worsen as you realise that doubtlessly the best factor to do is to remain nonetheless. The worst expertise nonetheless was after I tried to go to the bathroom.
Did it change your view of overweight individuals?
It was an odd expertise. For the primary time I had a little bit of sympathy for these morbidly overweight. Doing on a regular basis duties – at the same time as fundamental as sitting, standing, selecting issues off the ground – turned a large chore, and I realised how a lot it should impression on somebody’s on a regular basis life.
What do you assume individuals may get out of the expertise of making an attempt on the go well with?
Firstly, I feel that it’s vital to see that it’s not only a ‘visible’ impression, it actually does have a extreme bodily impression in your life. Then there are duties which might be tougher, or flat-out unattainable to do and it’s emphatically not simply laziness that may cease an overweight individual from doing these issues. Lastly, I feel it’s simple to see that it have to be a detrimental cycle, as as soon as you’re that measurement it will be a lot tougher to train and lose that weight.
I’d say it was a very worthwhile expertise. I feel it’s good for individuals to know the challenges that overweight individuals face and assist perceive what they’ll and may’t do to enhance their dwelling expertise. I feel for well being professionals it will give a greater understanding of the challenges of weight problems and fats sufferers. And, lastly, I feel it is without doubt one of the greatest deterrents for anybody to cease them ever attending to that measurement in actual life.