reply to post by jackinthebox
There was a time in my life when I was 18 or 19 years old that I was on the road at least 2 hours a day, commuting back and forth to work to my office
job where I'd sit all day. When I started this long commute, I also changed my eating behavior.
I'd go to fast food places to pick up a quick breakfast. At lunch time, my friend and co-worker would run to yet another fast food joint for our noon
meal. Then after arriving home, I'd fix a country dinner such as fried chicken, fried potatoes, and maybe a can of green beans.
I got into this fast-food routine for the next eight years of my life, rarely making time for any type of exercise. I couldn't figure out why I kept
gaining weight. I did try to analyze what I ate...a biscuit, egg, and piece of sausage for breakfast. Was that overeating? Not in my mind. I didn't
feel like I was gorging myself.
What was wrong with a hamburger and fries at lunch? I didn't feel like I was overeating. At dinner time, I ate until I was full. I never could figure
out why I was overweight and why I just kept getting fatter and fatter. I also couldn't figure out why I was always hungry.
Finally, after I reached the 300 pound mark, I went to see a dietitian/nutritionist. One of the things she advised me to do was to stop eating at fast
She also encouraged me to eat a balanced diet, based on the food pyramid, as well as to start walking on a daily basis.
After taking her advice, in approximately 9 months time, I went from 300+ pounds to 140 pounds. I felt like I was actually eating more food and I
stopped feeling sluggish after eating. I also stopped feeling so hungry. I felt satisfied.
I'm in my mid-40's now, and I continue to follow a similar way of eating. I avoid fast food restaurants, I eat when I'm hungry, and I try to eat a
minimum of processed foods. I eat lots of beans and vegetables, and drink a lot of water. My weight has continued to be stable (I fluctuate between
132 - 136 pounds), but more importantly, I feel so much better since I changed my way of eating.
I recently went to a fast food joint and had a burger and fries for the first time in 15 years. I was hungry even after eating it. I was hungry an
hour later. I felt like it was just a waste.
Anyway, thanks for the post. While I don't think I was literally starving despite my obesity, I do believe that I was starving for nutrients.