Day 3: The Situation


I've been eating poorly and not exercising enough for about 4 months, and haven't had a proper training session for nearly a year. So let's take a look at the damage with a dissection of this Day 1 photo.

All bodies have a blueprint about where fat will be stored. For me, it's always three places in particular:

My main storage area is around my middle, the classic spare tire. Adipose tissue has been loving this section of me ever since I was in grade school. It's the first place to plump up and the last to lean out.

Next is the fatty tissue of my breasts, the old man-boobs, which don't usually come into play unless I've really let my body fat get high. When you collect enough fat on the breast, it starts to droop over its connective underfold, giving you an unpleasant saggy look and a lot of jiggle. Not cool.

Finally, I collect fat in the lower part of my jaw, the jowls. This is a tough place to store fat because there's no real hiding it, and it impacts how you look pretty severely.

What you can't see in this photo is that, like anyone else, my body has been busy distributing fat evenly across my entire body. Everything from the tops of my feet to the back of my neck has a centimeter or so of extra body fat. This would be great if I were swimming in arctic waters, but in sunny California it just won't do. As this subcutaneous fat is mobilized from off my body I'll share some key indicators that show what's happening.

Finally, you can see a distinct lack of tone in this photo. This is mostly because of the body fat, but loss of muscle mass has only made the situation worse.

What I'm always trying to do with Kenzai programs is take the heat out of being in poor shape. I look at the photo above and I'm not upset, embarrassed, or feeling hypocritical. The last year of my life I put my time and energy into other parts of my human experience. Work, moving, and setting up a new life have been my primary concerns.

The fact that my body has gotten to this state doesn't made me a lazy or defective person. There's nothing really bad about looking like this. It just means that I've been on the wrong side of the energy in/energy out equation for a while. And now that I have the time and space for it, I'm getting that equation right again. There's no need to drag in the heat of morality and blame and self-hatred into the mix.

This photo isn't a big deal. Everything seen here is fixable, and fixable quickly. And if your own reflection is showing you a body that's sporting too much fat and not enough tone, there's nothing wrong with you either. You're not a bad person. You just need to get your dials turned to the right settings and let biology do its thing.

If you don't believe me watch this photo change every week, using nothing but the supermarket produce aisle and a few square meters of floor for exercises. The Fatpocalypse is a simple and straightforward end-times for adipose tissue!

Published on by Patrick Reynolds.