If you happen to’ve bought entry to an ultra-marathon runner and a scientifically-designed “fats swimsuit” 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 stated he’d be completely happy to put on the swimsuit. That is what we realized…
So Liam – you’re a reasonably match man – has that at all times been the case?
I’ve at all times been a naturally wholesome form of particular person, 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 at all times energetic which has stored me in good condition. I’m in a lucky place the place I don’t usually have to observe my food plan. I eat most issues carefully, nonetheless this has modified just lately as I’m presently in coaching for an extremely marathon (100km race). I’ve began a really strict protein food plan, together with a number of conditioning coaching and so my physique might be in the most effective form it has ever been.
Why did you strive on the fats swimsuit?
I used to be intrigued as to how it might really feel, each bodily and mentally, as it’s onerous for me to grasp how anybody can get that huge with out doing something about it!
It’s not precisely straightforward to place the swimsuit on is it? What had been your first impressions?
This will likely sound apparent but it surely has loads 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 onerous and my stability was utterly thrown off. It’s shocking what number of issues your dimension impacts on that you just wouldn’t have initially imagined.
What kind of issues did you do if you had been “fats”?
I simply tried to proceed my night’s duties. Transferring spherical the home, up and down stairs, cooking – actually regular stuff. All the pieces turned a chore, even simply passing by means of doorways and I realised that I used to be attempting to preserve my motion and vitality and I can see how that might worsen as you realise that doubtlessly the only 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 folks?
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 – whilst primary 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 suppose folks may get out of the expertise of attempting on the swimsuit?
Firstly, I believe that it’s essential 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 are more durable, or flat-out unimaginable to do and it’s emphatically not simply laziness that will cease an overweight particular person from doing these issues. Lastly, I believe it’s straightforward to see that it have to be a detrimental cycle, as as soon as you might be that dimension it might be a lot more durable to train and lose that weight.
I’d say it was a very worthwhile expertise. I believe it’s good for folks to know the challenges that overweight folks face and assist perceive what they will and might’t do to enhance their dwelling expertise. I believe for well being professionals it might give a greater understanding of the challenges of weight problems and fats sufferers. And, lastly, I believe it is likely one of the greatest deterrents for anybody to cease them ever attending to that dimension in actual life.