With all the weight-loss pills, drinks, DVDs, classes, news articles, pictures, television shows and books, still the nation is struggling to lose fat. Could it be that we just don't care how much fat is in the food we eat?
I live in China and here fat Chinese people are rare - If you want to find some they will be in McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut - go figure
The other place you can find fat people is in the town cente which is a popular foreign tourist spot. I used to spot 'foreigners' because they poked up out of the relatively shorter crowd - now it is because of the vast amount of room they take up. With size magnified, relative to the slim people around them, they look HUGE - but then I never look at myself, and I have lost 30 pounds since I got here 5 years ago.
Now how ironic is that! I don't know that I've ever seen an overweight Chinese person in this country. Funny (or perhaps frightening) to think that in their own country, they'd risk their health to live as we do - looking for fat in all the wrong places.
I think that way too many people don't care, or don't understand. I think even more make the very unfounded argument that it's "too expensive to eat healthy foods."
As I'm sure you know, one pound of fat is 3,500 calories. So you need to eat 500 calories less per day or burn them off through physical activity to lose a solid pound of fat per week.
Instead of heading for the fad diets, if someone just took a brisk one-hour walk per day (238 calories burned), substituted water for that soda (roughly 150 calories saved) and ate a turkey burger instead of heading for the Golden Arches (roughly 200 calories saved), they would lose one pound per week. And in that scenario, they've actually saved money.
You're right lrohner .... and it's frustrating to me which is why I posted the question.
People overlook fat. I will hear people say they're gonna cut back on salt and on sweets, but rarely fat.
Unless you've been psyched to think that your meals need alfalfa sprouts, tofu, and the most expensive ingredients in a health food store, you can eat a fairly healthy diet from the cheapest grocery store in your neighborhood. Just fight the fat!
I find it very ironic that people claim it is "too expensive to eat healthy foods."
My husband and I ate the healthiest we have ever eaten when we were completely broke, because cooking from scratch was the cheapest way to go. We ate lots of whole grains and vegetables. It was the best way to get full and feel satisfied.
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I think there is Nothing on Earth more Unsightly Than the 6 Pack of a morbidly obese person who by choice pigged out on 'fat foods' and ignored the concept of being able to wipe their own backside!
I have as much compassion for such people, as they have for the hunger of the world!
In my veiw many of them are extremely selfish people who have little regard for the cost of their folly.. especially when it comes to the tying up of medical facilities that others must wait for.
If that makes me callous in any regard.. so be it... but ask yourself:
If by choice you choose not to clean yourself... and expect others to do it for you... then what good are you to this world?
Callous, maybe. Grossly fat people eat because no-one loves them in my opinion, food is always there, never lets you down and runs of with the plumber, and always satisfies even when it is limp and soggy.
So you are suggesting that they also suffer head problems?
If that's the case.. then there is a possibility that all those 'food additives' that abound today hold some bearing on the ever increasing growth in head cases (along with obesity cases)?
A bit of a Hand - Mouth Problem then
Yes I do - I think food addiction is a head problem, sometimes passed from parent to child like the desease of religion.
I also think that the food additives are to blame for the increase in cancers and many other deseases that were rare in the past.
Grossly fat people not only sub food for love; try loss of loved one, low-self esteem, or how about just because they are foodies who equate food with happiness?
So you're saying Pearldiver that you think people grossly overeat by choice ... so they don't have to clean themselves? A concept I hadn't thought of .... Personally I think that's highly unlikely with most people, but since I have no way of knowing everybody in the world .....
It's not meat or any of the rest of the crap being spewed out there. It's corn syrup. Period. But nobody is paying attention. And everyone ignores a redneck ranch kid like me when I try to point it out. So, yeah.
you forgot whatever powder it is they get from processing milk that they add to all the junk foods - that many people are intolerant to - lactose is it, Crones desease is often caused by it among widespread stomach discomforts etc.
Corn syrup is definitely a problem - you can find it in just about any ingredient list - but fat ranks right up there .....
that's why i switched to maple syrup!
It can' tjust be corn syrup. We don't have it in the UK, and the population's getting fatter here, too.
I'm very particular about what goes into my mouth. Every morsel of food that I intake or give to my children, is not prepackaged, preserved, salted, pickled, laced with addititives (including corn syrup, MSG, artificial sweeteners, etc.) I also ensure that we are all phsyically active throughout the week. Food is not the only reason for obesity. Lack of physical exercise and mental health are two other reasons.
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before few months i did'nt care about my fat, and i got more and more healthy (sophisticatedly )
Then i started my so called FAT TUNE UP Program, then I started losing my weight. and now I am okay with my physique.
Fat is definitely not the issue. It's been a long time since I've worried about fat grams. For some reason people get scared of nuts, avocadoes and coconuts because they're so high in fat. Think about what your brain is made of. The "eating fat makes you fat" hypothesis has more damage to our healthy than we've yet realized. Look at margarine for example. It was invented to replace the natural fat found in butter. Surprise...hyrogenated oils cause heart disease and cancer! (I'm no fan of butter or dairy in general either.)
Eating heavily processed food with frankenstein ingredients, loading up on sugar (and it's alternatives - hello corn syrup), and having meat at every single meal is what needs to be avoided.
Fat from natural, whole foods = good.
Methinks Pearldiver has met my ex
At any rate...I don't think people do think about the fat at all. I agree that fat intake alone certainly isn't the only problem with the average diet in the US and similar countries, but it is definitely a big one. For my entire life I've had issues with food, because every time I ate it made me sick. I couldn't figure out the problem for many, many years...and it turns out that I'm very sensitive to animal-based fats and excess grease. I'm certainly far from a vegetarian, but my husband goes out of his way to remove every last bit of extra fat off of any meat he prepares and drain any possible grease out of the food he makes -- and I haven't gotten sick from eating anything in two years now, and in the two years prior to my current pregnancy I'd lost almost 50 pounds. Now that I look back on the food my mom made and the junk my ex insisted on keeping in the house, it's no wonder to me that I've always been accused of being a picky eater...I really can't fathom how I ever kept ANY of it down!
As for being too expensive to eat healthy...all I can say is if we can do it, anyone can. I think the biggest problem is more that many people are too lazy to eat healthy -- healthy pre-packaged foods are significantly more expensive than unhealthy ones. We eat a lot of produce of all sorts, and substitute turkey for most things that would usually be beef or pork. Turkey is about the only store-bought meat we eat, other than that it's a lot of bison and wild game, which might not be a cost-effective option in many areas, but is certainly comparable in price to beef or pork if you compare the weight of the meat only rather than all the fat in the latter two. We live on a very low income and average about $100 a month for food, yet we always manage to have some very delicious, filling meals that can't get much healthier...but a microwave never factors into the preparation equation.
I think every person and their body is different, so I try not to judge others based on their appearance of weight or fat. My wish is for each person to enjoy health and well-being.
As for myself and trying to be healthy, I care about the types of fat I eat, not the amount.
If science helped create the fat, I don't eat it (e.g. hydrogenated oils, margarine, etc).
But I eat avacadoes and nuts and cook with organic, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil, and coconut oil all day long.
I highly recommend focusing on QUALITY of calories (and fat) consumed, NOT quantity.
Eating it, or wearing it?
I'm not horribly guilty about eating a lot of fat; but there are a couple of things I could do better on (cream in my coffee, for example). I do find that cream in the coffee tends to be quite the "tranquilizer" when I'm frazzled.
As far as whether I care about how much of it I do or don't wear around goes, I care a whole lot about that. I think most people do.
Yes I do care about fat.
Most people trying to lose weight cut out fat, when they should be increasing healthy, essential fats. They load up on carbs, don't eat enough protein and wonder why they feel fatigued, bloated, and soft.
Cut back on carbs significantly to those of low glycemic index, once or twice a day, add in more healthy fats and proteins. Make sure your water intake is enough.
All that said, it takes at least 6 months to a year to make diet modifications that stay with you for life. And every time I'm in the gym and see a new person struggling and it's obvious they have doubts that they'll ever get where they hope to be, I eventually comment to them that I admire their determination. Support is a huge bonus in winning the battle of how we feel about our bodies. I know because I've been there.
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