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Next up on my random journey through 90s songs (see yesterday’s blog) was ‘Ironic’.

By Alanis Morrissette.

I don’t need to Google when that came out as I have a clear memory of picking strawberries in a field at the local fruit farm after I’d finished my GCSEs and listening to that on my Walkman.


“It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late” she sang.

“It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take”

“Isn’t it ironic?”

Well Alanis, I’ll be honest with you……..


It’s not.

That’s not irony.

It’s just a annoying.

Wrong word.

Made for a better song though didn’t it?

“A bit annoying” probably wouldn’t have helped her sell 60 million records worldwide and have an estimated wealth of $45 million.

Still, we all do it sometimes, don’t we?

Use the ‘wrong’ word(s).

“Not fair” being a prime example.

Like when we say “it’s not fair that my friend can eat what they want and not gain weight”.

Or “It’s not fair that they’ve got a better metabolism than me”.





The vast majority of our Basal Metabolic Rate / BMR / Resting energy requirements / Metabolism………

Is completely explainable by body size and composition.

If someone has a ‘better’ metabolism than us it will mostly be because they are bigger than us.

It’ll take more energy to keep them going.

Not unfair that.

Just how things work.

It may be because they have a higher proportion of muscle and less fat than us.

A fifteen stone man who is 10% body fat will have more muscle and less fat than a fifteen stone man who is 30% body fat.

And muscle uses more energy that fat.

Again, not unfair.

Just is.

Beyond body size and compositions there are small variances in BMR.

What you could call ‘better’ or ‘worse’ metabolisms.

But they are normally in the magnitude of plus or minus 100 calories at most.

And usually less.

An amount that can easily be accounted for with small changes to eating.

And, interestingly, those variances have no correlation to body weight.

The average person with the slightly ‘worse’ metabolism being no more or less likely to be overweight (or lean) than the average or slightly ‘better’ metabolism person.

And if we’re looking at the amount of someone’s calorie needs that are related to our physical activity……….

Then that’s not unfair either.

If anything, it would be massively unfair if the larger, more active person had to have the same amount of calories as the smaller, less active person.

So, much like most of the examples in the song ‘Ironic’ not being ironic……..

What we often think about our metabolism isn’t “unfair”.

It is what it is for a reason.

And we can either accept that and work with it……..

Or not……..

Much love,

Jon ‘Hand In My Pocket’ Hall

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

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