I’m having the worst month ever, in terms of weight problems. I’m doing my best to eat as little as possible every single day. I’m pretty sure I consume less than 1000 calories a day, which is considered under the daily recommended for adults. WTF is wrong with me? Why won’t I lose weight? According to the online calculators, I should eat less than 400 calories a day if I want to lose 1Kg per week because my activity level is ‘sedentary’.
When I was a teenager, I was constantly ridiculed for being underweight. People were spreading rumours about me being ill because I was very thin. Eventually, my body betrayed me and I’ve had difficulty losing the weight ever since. There was never a point in my life when I was considered ‘okay’, as in neither fat nor thin – just right. This comes down to bad genetics. It can’t be anything else because everyone in my immediate family struggles with unwanted weight gain.
Most Asians have awesome genetics. Straight, silky hair that grows fast; clear and bright skin; the ability to eat to their heart’s content without gaining weight, etc. Why do I have to be the exception to every rule in this case? In Asia, being overweight signifies laziness and zero self-control. In Africa however, being overweight signifies wealth and happiness. Thankfully, I live in Seychelles. Because the 60+% overweight population here makes me feel like I’m not even fat. Plus, here in Seychelles being fat simply means you eat too much (nobody cares why).