reply to post by SLAYER69
I am fat myself, but have lost alot of weight. I can blame it on alot of things, people, education, parents, job, ect, but that wont solve the
Now I have changed my eating habits and decided that regardless of who is to blame I need to loose it, and I have lost alot (70 lbs) since march. No
miracle pill no crash diet. My rules are no fast food, no soda, no junk food, 2-5 mile power walks a day weight lifting 3 times weekly, and every
other week I allow myself one day to eat whatever I want with the exception of fast food and soda. Working as a medic for 10 years took its toll on
me, it's easy to power down fast food while working 24 hour shifts. I have always been active. I have my reasons for wanting to be healthy, to name a
few I don't want my parents to out live me, it would break their hearts, I want to travel the world and not be that typical fat Amerian, I am very
active outdoors (fishing camping, hiking) I don't want some family to find my remains while out on a trip. I don't want to spend all of my life
savings on healthcare problems.
Now with that said just because someone is skinny does not mean they are healthy. I worked with a guy who was 6 foot 6 weighed about 130 pounds and
would easily eat fast food 9 times in a 24 hour shift and he bragged that he ate like this off the clock also. I don't mean a burger, fries and coke
either his average meal was 2 double quarter pounders, 20 nuggets, large fries and large coke. And he drank a 12 pack of coke a day also. This guy
would stop off at a movie theatre and buy a xl popcorn for a snack and plow through it in the 15 min drive back to our station. We did the math at
work one day and it came out to about 20,000 calories a day. Last time I saw him he was laying in a hospital bed having a heart attack at age 34.
Still he only weighed about 130 pounds.
There are many issues in America that cause this type of problem. The lifestyle we live demands that we live like we are rich even if we are far from
it. This means most Americans have little time between work social life and sleep to be active and or cook/eat properly, not to mention the whole
household needs to work to keep up with the jones's. We have alot to learn from our parents and grandparent who lived through the great depression,
they wouldn't be caught dead eating the crap we eat or buying the crap we buy.
Most of my friends eat out more often then they cook meals at home. Most of the fad health foods resturants serve end up being far from healthy and
are usually way over priced. I knew a girl who liked jamba juice, so called healthy alternative. Look at there drinks and most have dam near 1000
calories and are loaded with sugar.
Losing weight was hard at first, I love myself a good cheeseburger. But I am to the point now were that cheeseburger is a rare treat and my mind is
set to think of food as fuel for survival. Hopefully we Americans learn from this mistake and start educating people at a young age about making
proper nutrition choices. I use to say " As a paramedic I have gone to plenty of call were some health nut drooped dead while doing his morning
jog". this is true probably a dozen or so a year, but I went to multiple calls a day for that youg fat guy/girl in full blown congestive heart
Will I ever eat fast food again? Maybe. Do I crave it everyday like I used to? Not at all it doesn't even apeal to me anymore. It took about 4 weeks
to loose the cravings. Will I ever drink soda again? No never I was having issues with my stomach, one of those was being unable to eat/drink dairy.
Even a little butter on toast would wreck me for a good 2 days. Since I have stopped drinking soda I have yet to get heart burn and can enjoy a little
dairy in my meals.
Sorry for the long post but this has been a major point in my life for the past 9 months and will be for the rest of my life.