I’m Marley and I want to live to be 100 years old! Thanks for welcoming me to the Cake2Go blog. I think Holly has been doing a fantastic job all this time, but her perspective is hers and it’s time for some fresh ideas to join her!
Why I Want to Live to Be 100 Years Old
Why wouldn’t I want to live to be 100 years old? So much has happened in my lifetime so far. I can’t even imagine what things will look like in ten years let alone well over half a century from now. I can’t imagine it, but I want to see it for myself. So, the simple answer to why I want to live that long is so that I can experience it all.
How My Body Shape Will Help Me Get There
I’ve just finished reading about a recent study that was published in the Cell Metabolism journal that I found to be inspiring. Apparently, having a bit of extra weight on the ol’ backside can help to make you a lot healthier. To me, this news was the blog topic I was waiting for to finally write my first blog post – which I’d promised Holly I would do a couple of months ago.
After all, what’s a better way to make my entry into the blogging world than a discovery that my big booty could help me to live to be 100 years old? This big thing has been following me around for my whole life, and I’ve never been a fan of it, particularly its size. It owes me. Apparently, it’s been keeping this secret until now. It’s going to help me to reach my goal of being a centenarian.
What Does the Research Say About Big Butts?
So, what does the research say about the benefits of having a big butt? According to that recent study I mentioned earlier, women who have some extra body fat on their thighs, hips and buttocks can block fat from going to a lot of other parts of the body. Most importantly, this protects the heart, lungs and other organs from extra fat.
This means that if you’re shaped like me, and you carry most of your weight in your butt and thighs, not around your belly, you have a reduced risk of conditions like diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Not bad, right? I’d definitely take a bit of extra padding on my bum if it means that I’m not as likely to get those nasty chronic health conditions.
Apples vs. Pears and the Goal to Live to Be 100 Years Old
The researchers found that in pear shaped women whose body weight was in a normal range, the body is more likely to “‘offer safe storage’ for fat cells” compared to apple shaped women with a normal body weight.
One of the reasons for this is because there isn’t just one kind of fat in the body. The stuff around the belly is often known as visceral fat. That’s the bad stuff. It’s the kind that releases fatty acids and harmful chemicals and that is associated with insulin resistance (that can lead to diabetes), and cardiovascular system damage, and high cholesterol. It’s why excess body weight is linked with heart disease, diabetes and other conditions.
On the other hand, the fat that is found around the hips, thighs and butt is called subcutaneous fat. That type of body fat is totally different. It actually works to protect the heart instead of harming it.
Do I Have the Perfect Body to Live to Be 100 Years Old?
Noooottttt quite. But I’m working on it. Still, I’ve learned a lot from that study. For one thing, we really should all love our bodies – including our butts – no matter what our shape or size. Apple, pear, pineapple, pomelo…love yourself no matter the fruit someone might compare you to. Your body is what houses you. You and your body are going to share your entire life together. Treat it well and respect it. It will do the same for you!
Since I have no intention of being a hypocrite blogger, I’m going to do my best to stop all the self-deprecating talk. I’m definitely overweight, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like myself or that I think I’m ugly. That said, since I do want to show my body how much I love it (and reap the reward of being able to live to be 100 years old), I am going to lose some weight.
Holly recently wrote about all these keto diet mistakes she made, and how she finally gave up on that diet. What kind of best friend and co-blogger would I be if I didn’t take that opportunity to show her how it’s done right?
So, I’m going to get started on a keto diet for the first time, learning from all her blunders along the way (love you, girl!). I’m going to get my body weight into the normal BMI zone, and I’m going to love the fact that I’ll still have a big booty to protect my heart, so I’ll live to be 100 years old!