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8/7/08 6:24 A

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G'day from Australia.

I've also noticed there's a lot of overweight people diving, but I don't think it's the *diving* that's putting on the pounds.

I certainly know that diving makes me hungry. The food options near where I dive aren't great, and traditionally after a weekend of diving we'd all go out for a big meal afterwards. I'm sure that didn't help my waistline, even if a day of lifting heavy gear and strong currents did.

When I'm diving, there's usually a large number of people in their 30s and 40s. These age groups both have the money and fitness needed for diving. However a lot of people gain weight as they get older, and this is reflected in the size of divers that we see.

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Paul

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8/4/08 1:05 P

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My take on this is if I dive locally where I have to carry my tanks and gear on & off the boat I am burning major calories and the water temp is colder too.

Vacation diving, especially what I experienced in Cozumel is Valet diving. The boat hand does all the carrying and set up and the drift in Cozumel does not make you burn many calories unless you are swimming against the current.

But all in all it always comes down to how much we eat compared to how much we burn! Seems like divers like to have their snacks on the boat and from what I see it is not always good healty choices.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

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8/4/08 3:39 A

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Back to the original topic... I had a thread that got archived, but can still be found here about the opposite question:
http://wfl.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_
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My hypothesis is that cold water makes you lose weight by thermogenesis.

However, I did notice that the local scuba pool of practicing enthusiasts has more overweight members than other sports. This may be explained by the type of sport, which 1) does not require frequent sprinting or other high intensity activities, rather than as caused by the sport itself. Furthermore, 2) the perceived weightlessness is even more appealing to those of us that are overweight. Finally, as somebody already mentioned in this thread, 3) a good fat layer keeps you warm in cold water (ask any marine biologist.)

So basically scuba (as a sport) "selects" overweight members more readily than other sports. But I doubt it causes it.

On the other hand, your local all-the-fat-you-can-eat buffet does both: it selects for, AND contributes to being overweight. :)

Sports like marathon-running, select against overweight people, and also contribute to keeping you lean by the type of training necessary.

I can't think of something for the fourth case: that selects for overweight, but does not contribute to it. Maybe my hypothesis is right and cold-water scuba makes you lose weight, even though is selects for overweight? ;)

What think you?

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7/27/08 6:10 P

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So is Alton's on the main drag? We have been to Utila the last 3 years for 2 weeks at a time. We really enjoyed Laguna Beach Resort which is on the lagoon. If you turn left soon as you get on the main street and go to the end of the road, Laguna beach is across the channel. Dive staff is fantastic and boats (36' Nekton) are great. Each room has its own dock that goes out over the lagoon. Quite relaxing actually.
Did you get a chance to check out the TRANQUILLA BAR? It's a laid back bar where the dive locals hang. FUN!

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7/27/08 6:04 P

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I am loving life in Cozumel. Doesn't just sound awesome - IS awesome and amazing! I answered your questions and babbled. It got waaaay too long, so I dropped it on my blog instead of leaving it all here.

Dreaming about being underwater, yep. Night before last I dreamed I found a three-lined blenny. Was so excited - and disappointed when I awoke. Though being underwater an hour and a half later salved my regrets! hee hee hee

C'mon down. There's room on the boat and I have an extra bed!


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7/27/08 4:13 P

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A lot of people got eaten alive on Utila. The sandflies didn't effect me until the last day there. I did wear a lot of DEET, so I think that did the trick....although I don't know how healthy that was for me!

So Pelagicsal, holy smokes, where are you? That sounds totally awesome! What are these guys hunting, and where did they find Mayan ruins underwater?!? That sounds so amazing!! I want to do what you're doing!!! I still have dreams almost every night about being under water. Oh how I love to dive!

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7/27/08 8:29 A

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I'm all for a good hijacking, but I know some of the Lounge regulars have experience with the Bay Islands!

Speaking of hijacking, I get to go on a staff dive today! Some of the guys'll be hunting, we might spend surface interval checking out some Mayan ruins they found in the water yesterday, and it'll be all outrageously good divers!
I'm stoked!!!!!

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. -Andre Gide

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Narc'd is good. Bends is bad. - Angel's shirt


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7/26/08 11:06 P

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Make sure you take strong insect repellant to Roatan!! Lots of little tiny biting things that you don't even see! ALong with beautiful hummingbirds!

Goal 1: 80kgs by the end of July 2008.

Goal 2: 75kgs by the end of Sept 2008

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My weight is in kgs,

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7/26/08 6:18 P

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Thanks for the suggestions! We did kind of hijack this thread, huh? So I'm super-stoked for my trip in December. I loved Honduras, and I've heard great things about Roatan. In Utila, I did my open water with Alton's. It was AWESOME! The island is a total backpacker joint, but Alton's was really pretty nice. Very basic accomodations, but the diving was great and the staff was awesome! I might stop by there in December if time permits. Wish there was a ferry between the two islands.

OK, i'm going to go check out the Narc'd Lounge!

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7/26/08 8:26 A

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I've used both Anthony's Key and CoCoView. Both did a fine job. I know CoCoView had some problems a few years ago, so I'll check Undercurrent, Scubaboard, and such before I use them again, but I was happy with them and the facility when I was there.

Good luck! I am envious of your Dec trip - as I quickly type this before I run out to the pier and hop on the boat to see what new stuff I see and learn about u/w CZM... Eh! I can see myself in Dec with dry gills...

Who'd you use in Utila? I keep kicking that idea around. We oughta be in the Narc'd Lounge with this!

Happy bubbles!

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. -Andre Gide

Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

Narc'd is good. Bends is bad. - Angel's shirt


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7/26/08 4:22 A

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I just checked my logbook, and when I was in Roatan, I dived with Ocean Divers, who are in West End (the main drag from memory). They were good.

Goal 1: 80kgs by the end of July 2008.

Goal 2: 75kgs by the end of Sept 2008

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7/24/08 1:04 P

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I think I lost weight diving too. It takes a lot out of you anyways! I went to Utila, and it was amazing! In December I'm going to Roatan. Do you have any dive shop suggestions? I'm sure they're all great, but there are so many down there, it doesn't hurt to have a suggestion!

And Fight Club is my thing!! I love it. I haven't seen Boondock Saints yet, but I'll look into it for sure.

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7/24/08 5:22 A

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Hiya HEADKAYCE

I lose weight when I'm diving too... but I'm only a warm water diver.

Where did you go in Honduras? I spent a few days on Roatan in 2003... loved it, apart from the wee biting things, and would love to go back. Its a heck of a long way from NZ tho!

Goal 1: 80kgs by the end of July 2008.

Goal 2: 75kgs by the end of Sept 2008

Have lost 44.5cm off my bust, waist and hips since 21 Jan 2008.

My weight is in kgs,

Started on SureSlim on 21 Jan 2008


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It does, H'kayce!

And Fight Club was such a trip and a fun movie!!!! Seen Boondock Saints? (Sorry to hijack, bit sometimes you have to ask when it's happening!)

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. -Andre Gide

Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

Narc'd is good. Bends is bad. - Angel's shirt


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7/23/08 9:26 P

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I'm pretty new to diving, but I just got back from Honduras where I was the only overweight person at the dive shop...and I felt like I was the only overweight person on the whole island I was on. But that's warm water diving. Maybe in Montana it's the cold water diving that has people packing on pounds...keeps you warmer in there, doesn't it?

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7/22/08 4:11 P

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I lose weight when I am diving hard, but I am a warm-water diver, principally...

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. -Andre Gide

Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.

Narc'd is good. Bends is bad. - Angel's shirt


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7/22/08 2:01 P

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I've noticed, atleast around Montana, that the divers tend to be overweight. Now I think that this could be for several reasons, but I wondered what other people thought.
My ideas:
-Nitrogen loading makes you hungrier and people don't choose the best foods
-People eat more when trying to warm up from 40 degree water diving
-Calorie usage is overly generous for diving



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