Originally Posted by BB1
I think Reggs has the basic right idea about how easy it can be to loose weight by making a few small changes. Stop making excuses! I'm 40 and am 5'10" 140 lbs, which is about the same as what I weighed at 25. To loose weight and keep it off, I didn't even bother to diet nor do I have an exercise regimen. All you need to do is rethink what you eat...
1. Replace all drinks with water
2. Eat less meat and more vegetables
3. Stop eating fast food entirely
4. Avoid processed foods and eat more raw ingredients
The above is not a "diet" since that would imply a temporary program. It is a permanent attitude adjustment centered around eating only good quality food as opposed to the junk that passes as food today. After a while you will actually learn to like it better-- I now find fast food revolting, that soda pop tastes like poison, and that raw green beans are the best snack in the world!
I have relatives and friends my age that are constantly trying to loose weight and often claiming they're on a diet. They keep telling me how hard it is to do. Yet when they come over to my house the first thing they ask is, "do you have any soda pop?" Or at a restaurant when presented with a choice of fries or rice, they will always choose the french fries. They will also be the ones to suggest going to some greasy chain restaurant rather than a local independent one that has more healthy food.
Until their attitude about food changes, they will likely always be battling their weight. You will know you have right attitude once you start to feel disgusted by bad quality food and find delight in healthy food.
Frankly, I agree with you, although I don't know if I would charactorize that as "easy" or "minor". I follow pretty much what you are saying - I don't eat fast food, I eat very little red meat, I don't eat processed foods, and, aside from 4-5 drinks a week, I don't drink anything but unsweet iced tea. I also excersize about 10 hours a week. but I am never going to be 140 pounds.
but for most people, that ins't a "simple" "easy" or "minor" thing. look how many donut shops, pizza places and fast food places there are in the US. I would say that your life choice is admerable, but also extreme, and probrably embraced by less than 5% of the population. good for you.
I would aslo say:
1. if you have 10 people, all 5 foot 10 and 150 pounds, and you give them 1500 calories of the same food, each will require a different amount of excersize to maintain the same weight
2. if you have the same 10 people, and you give each one pizza to eat, each will eat a different amount of pizza before they feel full
3. these same 10 people, as they age, will require more excersize and want to eat more food to feel satisfied
that doens't mean that it cant' be controlled, but it means that different people will require differnt amounts of work and sacrifice.
when I was 18 I weighed 132 pounds. I ran something like 50 miles a week, didn't eat any procecced food at all, didn't drink, ate almost no meat, walked or rode my bike everywhere. essentially, adding a couple of beers a week, a little bread and a little red meat, at the same excersize level brought me to almost 170 over a few years.
people who have decided to make these extreme sacrifices to maintain the wieght are convinced that everyone should do it, and can do it. as well, a lot of people who don't require a lot of work or sacrifice believe that everyone can do it with just as small a sacrifice.
anyway, good for you