If you’ve obtained entry to an ultra-marathon runner and a scientifically-designed “fat suit” 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 joyful to put on the swimsuit. This is what we discovered…
So Liam – you’re a reasonably match man – has that all the time been the case?
I’ve all the time been a naturally wholesome kind of particular person, I’m 5’11 and presently weigh just 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 energetic which has stored me in fine condition. I’m in a lucky place the place I don’t usually have to observe my weight loss program. I eat most issues sparsely, 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 weight loss program, together with a number of conditioning coaching and so my physique might be in the very best 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 laborious for me to understand how anybody can get that large with out doing something about it!
It’s not precisely straightforward to place the swimsuit on is it? What have been your first impressions?
This could sound apparent but it surely has loads heavier than I anticipated! I solely wore it wore an hour however might already really feel the additional pressure on my legs, knees and joints and located it uncomfortable standing for too lengthy. Bending, sitting, turning, all grew to become laborious and my steadiness was fully thrown off. It’s stunning what number of issues your measurement impacts on that you simply wouldn’t have initially imagined.
What kind of issues did you do whenever you have been “fat”?
I simply tried to proceed my night’s duties. Moving spherical the home, up and down stairs, cooking – actually regular stuff. Everything grew to become a chore, even simply passing via 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 probably the best factor to do is to remain nonetheless. The worst expertise nonetheless was once I tried to go to the bathroom.
Did it change your view of overweight folks?
It was a wierd expertise. For the primary time I had a little bit of sympathy for these morbidly overweight. Doing on a regular basis duties – whilst fundamental as sitting, standing, choosing issues off the ground – grew to become an enormous chore, and I realised how a lot it should affect on somebody’s on a regular basis life.
What do you suppose folks might get out of the expertise of attempting on the swimsuit?
Firstly, I feel that it’s vital to see that it’s not only a ‘visual’ affect, it actually does have a extreme bodily affect in your life. Then there are duties which are more durable, or flat-out unattainable to do and it’s emphatically not simply laziness that might cease an overweight particular person from doing these issues. Finally, I feel it’s straightforward to see that it have to be a detrimental cycle, as as soon as you might be that measurement it might be a lot more durable to train and lose that weight.
I’d say it was a extremely worthwhile expertise. I feel it’s good for folks to grasp the challenges that overweight folks face and assist perceive what they’ll and might’t do to enhance their residing expertise. I feel for well being professionals it might give a greater understanding of the challenges of weight problems and fats sufferers. And, lastly, I feel it is without doubt one of the finest deterrents for anybody to cease them ever attending to that measurement in actual life.
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