Originally posted by asmeone2
reply to post by Holly N.R.A.
Thanks for your insights.
While I can attest to what you said--the quickest and best way to loose weight, IMO, is to cook everything possible from basic ingrediants--my main
point was that the media seems to consider obesity less dangerous than a traditional eating disorder, when it is in fact just as deadly.
GREAT POST! Here's why. Short story, I was SUPER thin my entire life until about 14, at that point I hurt my knee really bad, quit snowboarding, quit
football, and practically lived on my computer. I got chubby, I was never obese but I was definitely overweight. At age 16, due to cheeky comments
from friends and family I made the decision to lose the weight and get back into being a social person.
During being overweight, I was extremely self conscious and did not want to hang out with any peers it was insanely crippling and I was definitely not
a genuinely happy kid.
I dropped the weight quickly and returned to be almost too skinny and I was asked about it all the time by people who were still overweight wondering
how I had seemingly magically lost the weight.
The thing is I was never genetically prone to be overweight, I had simply gotten that weigh because of an extremely sedentary life style as well as
consuming almost all processed foods, and soda.
THE TRICK TO MY WEIGHT LOSS. Replaced ALL pop with an alternative, sometimes a bit of juice (though not the best substitute) mainly water. I then quit
consuming the processed foods, pretty much any pre-packaged entrees from the supermarket. They are laden with horrible ingredients including MSG.
Additionally I now do not eat food at any 'fast' food location that I know uses MSG, most companies either declare one way or the other on that
subject. Tim Hortons ( huge here in canada) is one company that does not use MSG in any product they offer. One of the franchises I own, Jugo Juice
(only a couple locations in the states, mainly canada) we do not use MSG.
ATS READER CHALLENGE: If you feel your overweight in anyway, and aren't happy about it and have tried to lose the weight do the following, go to your
cupboard and look at the ingredients on the packages of the food you eat everyday. I guarantee that MSG will be on most if not ALL of those packages.
MSG Is the ultimate get you fat ingredient and even if you reduce your total calories in a day to below your needed calories (which should result in
weight loss if maintained) you can still gain weight if your diet includes MSG. Stop consuming ANY MSG, and quit consuming artificial sweeteners and
the weight will literally melt off you. And to the reply, COOK your own food, start with packaged ingredients if you HAVE to, and make sure they
don't include MSG in them. Im not the best cook, or do I have the patience and time, so when I do prepare food, I prepare enough for a week and
portion it into the fridge.
EDIT SIDE NOTE: Also, now at a healthy weight, and good muscle tone, if I do accidentally or intentionally eat a restaurant such as McDonald's or
anywhere that I know I have just consumed a high MSG meal, the next day I almost ALWAYS notice a bit of a 'ponch' on my abs.
My thoughts on obesity: As someone mentioned in this thread, there is 100% no doubt that peoples emotions are directly linked to the beginning of
obesity. Once the person is stuck in the vicious cycle, the garbage food they eat does the rest of the work.
Though you may hear the odd propaganda about these big fat women who are "HAPPY" and "ENJOY" and "WANT" to be overweight. I would put a safe
estimation that approx. 98% of those claims are made simply to make themselves feel better and aren't a true reflection of their feelings.
How would you as an average weight person feel about, never finding a beautiful partner to spend your life with, being stared at everytime you go out,
not being able to move through your day to day life without being winded, being so self conscious of your weight that you would rather stay in than go
out? How would you feel if eating was your only way to deal with your feelings? How would you feel being so fat, your wink has shriveled up and u can
hardly see it?
Being obese is in no way, a happy thing and the people who claim that are simply to lazy to change it. There's absolutely NO way that any 300 pound
women or man, would live a day like that, then given the option to "instantly" go to a normal weight and live a day like that, that they would
CHOOSE to be the overweight person.
The whole FAT rights movement completely sickens me, if your old, fat, and bitter keep it to yourself. But these people then indoctrinate young fat
kids to lead the same life instead of encouraging them to lead active, healthy live styles where in turn they will be HAPPIER.
If you have kids and are reading this, and they are overweight, do EVERYTHING you can to help them return to a normal life cause the bottom line is
that you don't have to AGREE with what is socially acceptable these days, but the reality is that your kids must LIVE with it, when they leave your
house for 8 hours to sit in school. If they are overweight and unhappy with their weight (as I was for 2 years of early highschool) those 8 hours are
hell, not happy. And I was NEVER picked on, I simply hated the feeling of being overweight in a school of mostly not overweight students. But, your
kids most likely will get picked on and thats not something you or anyone wants for your kids. But thats reality.
Sorry my 2 cents became 80 cents.. or something. Have a good one ATS
[edit on 28-10-2008 by king9072]