"the more you have to learn.
weight, fitness, health is more complex than we think.
i've hiked, run, biked, kayaked thousands of miles - i've been at 4% body fat before. i've survived illnesses, accidents and attempted murder by poisoning - some due to fitness, some due to heart, and some (like all "success" in life) due to dumb luck. when it was easier to lose weight and stay fit, i was smug about my level of health, fitness, heart and toughness.
time, humility and compassion have taught me a lot about my earlier assumptions and smugness, and also not to judge others in these areas - walking a mile in another's shoes doesn't even begin to inform us."
Amen Cary. I too used to diet down to low bodyfat levels for bodybuilding competitions. I have done martial arts all my life (from age eight). I used to be a very good rock climber and mountaineer, and I'm still as strong as an ox. I know what it takes to achieve fatloss and fitness goals, and am quite capable of hitting the goal. But most of us cannot maintain that kind of intensity and hunger for decades, especially in an environment of plenty and sedentray jobs, plus the injuries that life may throw at us along the way.
Also, please don't tell me that genetics don't matter. Women are fatter than men by genetic design, and post-menopause the metabolism gets even worse. So please don't gloat just because you happen to be young, male and full of testosterone by right of birth and genetics. And isn't it ironic that the majority of identical twins ultimately end up being the same bodyfat and weight??
Anyway, I don't have to justfiy my excess bodyfat as, thanks to UL, it doesn't stop me from getting out there and just doing what I enjoy most.