"The depth and strength of our character is defined by our moral code. People only reveal themselves when they're thrown out of the usual conditions of their lives. That's when the truth of who they are is revealed..." Sherrilyn Kenyon
When your car has a flat tire, do you "quit"? Of course not. Why? Because you have places you need to get to. View Thread
Latest estimates show that the average American adult is consuming between 2,400 calories a day. The Fiber One bar is only 140 calories. GREAT!!! But, weighs only 40g. Considering total food consumption is, on average, 2000 lbs/year, most Americans are consuming almost 2,500g a day! Now, anybody whose ever eaten these bars knows exactly what I'm getting at...
Although one Fiber One bar may represent 5.8% of the total calories we eat in one day, the problem is, @ 40g, it represents only 1.6% of the amount of food we normally consume a day. What does that mean?It means you eat 2 or 3 (Fiber One bars) at a time. And, the manufacturer knows this and sizes the bars so that intelligence-challenged label readers will buy thinking, "Hey! Just 140 calories! Yippee-Kai-Yay (*#!)!!!!"
The other beauty is sugar. Just 10 grams of sugar in a single Fiber One bar! Sugar is bad and everyone knows this!...a measly 10 grams is nuthin'! Wrong, again, Kee-Mo-Sah-Bee! 10 grams equals 2 1/2 teaspoons of sugar! Sodium is far worse but I fear too much math will dilute my point, here.
There is a reason why we look the way we do in this country. This is why counting calories and sugar is whack! It's because no one takes into account the amount of food that needs to be eaten in order for it to be satisfying. Filling. Enough to hold you over til the next chow session...at a restaurant (for even greater "hidden" caloric slaughter, hint, fats and oils).
This is why everybody, here, gains weight in a heartbeat. The math they use is label math. And, that kind of math, my friends, is unlike any kind of math taught in school.
For those, who don't follow "my" math, just take my word...Fiber One is pure junk!
You may not know why you regained but, I think I do. It's not about motivation. It's about muscle. If you had it, it would protect you for life. You can't maintain muscle if you eat unclean. Once it's gone, you're exposed, again.View Thread
If you're eating large amount of fresh whole (unprocessed) foods, you're maintaining an active lifestyle, you're consistently sleeping throughout the night without interruption (ie deep sleep) and keeping well hydrated (water, only) throughout the day, you should be able to see steady results every 10 to 14 days. Period.
If you were to take close-up "selfies" of just your face every couple weeks and tape them to your bathroom mirror, you should be able to see for yourself, the changes I speak of...development of muscle tone.
If you don't see the gradual and steady appearance of muscle tone, then, something's wrong. Building muscle is what a normal body does in response to a healthy diet, steady, moderate exercise and plenty of rest. Without muscles, no matter what you do, you'll only regain, again, anyway. Look at the before and after pictures of people who have lost 100 lbs or more and kept the weight off, long term. All you see is "skinny". All I see is "fitness". The difference is muscle tone. Being fit has little to do with "diets", "calories"or "weight loss"...
When you are fit and tone, normal weight is automatic. The reason? It's muscle that prevents fat storage by the liver and promotes normal insulin sensitivity.
10 years ago, I stopped eating at restaurants and began working out, daily, because, 1. I was prediabetic, and 2. I had several family members succumb to complications from T2 diabetes. I had to set an example for my kids to follow rather than do what I pleased but my wife did not agree with my decision about dining out, at first. Eventually, she came to understand why I did this and, today, she seldom eats out and, for the most part, eats a low sugar, plant based diet with very little meat and diary, aka "Forks Over Knives". I'll be 59 in Jan. A1C for the last 3 1/2 years has never exceeded 5.4. In other words, I've effectively reversed my T2Diabetes through diet and exercise, only. No meds.
It doesn't matter what others are doing or what they've done. You can only do what you can do. Of course, adjustments in diet and exercise are required to accomplish your goals but you really won't succeed, imo, unless you understand the relationship between lifestyle and weight gain...Why does your body cells resist (the hormonal effects of) insulin and allow glucose to accumulate in your bloodstream? You will not understand this without education. Without this knowledge, you will simply equate weight loss to mean "being healthy"...just like most everyone, here. Losing weight is not the goal. Stopping Insulin resistance is.
Your body is changing all the time. We, both men and women, go thru dramatic changes, once middle age is reached. Weight gain is symptomatic of muscle loss. Muscle loss is associated with normal aging, especially for women, post menopause. Muscle loss means fewer cells capable of absorbing glucose in the blood stream. Chronic high blood sugar forces your liver to store the excess as fat. This is why, Type 2 Diabetes is so prevalent amongst 50somethings and older. The science of weight loss is so poorly understood, hence, the enormous difficulty people have in losing weight, long-term. And, this explains the desperate pleas for help you see posted on this board, everyday.
I'm glad you mentioned "attitude" in your post. When all else fails, sometimes attitude is the only thing that keeps us moving forward. My advice to you is: Think of your family. Think of your kids. Of course, they want more starch! More rice, potatoes, cake and cookies, bread and noodles. They're "uneducated". Plus, being young with plenty of muscles, they can eat all the starch they want without gaining an ounce.
But, you and I both know, it won't stay that way, forever, don't we? Well done on the 25 lbs and good luck!View Thread
I'm a "vegetarian". I eat the following all day long... 1. Lays Potato chips 2. Snickers 3. Oreo cookies 4. Doritos 5. Mayonnaise
A "Vegetarian" diet has nothing to do with healthy consumption.
Eat a variety of fresh, whole "Plant based" diet. That's whole fruit, whole veggies, whole grains, whole seeds/nuts. There's is zero ambiguity, zero deception, and zero inflammatory reaction from this diet. Stay away from sugar-added anything for a bit until your body heals, you'll be right as rain...
Plus, you won't have to carry around no more litmus paper, either.View Thread
Laxatives (like sleeping pills) are one of the most abused drugs in this country. Just ask anyone whose hooked on 'em what it's done to their bowels. Same goes for smoothies. Drink these for a long time and watch what it does to your digestive tract. Do you have any idea how many calories your body burns chewing and digesting food? or, forming stools? Yeah. Exactly...
Note: I saw a new microwaveable bowl that allows you to cook, eat, then, store your meal without washing a thing! Brilliant! Just one more "convenience" to make our lazy a$$s even bigger!View Thread
Patience. Have you seen anyone on TV, in a magazine or on the street who's fit with a big belly? Like changing diapers, the difference between doing something on faith vs. expectation is only happiness.View Thread