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Does Eating Really Satisfy You?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Grumble Mouthed Fat GuyI remember when I was in grade school, my 6th grade teacher asked the open-ended question “what did we like most about school?”  The answer blurted out by the ever loud-mouthed guy sitting in the back of the class was “lunch!” That was probably more of a truthful answer than I think the teacher-dude had considered.

But, now I wonder whether the answer has really changed that much that I am older and supposedly smarter.  Up to a few months ago, I had adopted some daily habits that had high calorie meals, snacks and drinks built-in. It is often difficult to find out how these habits snuck into a formerly healthy eating habit.

Weight loss means fat loss. Runaway male eating habits are most likely where I had fallen off the wagon. When I was eating on auto-pilot is where I was packing on the fat on my belly, love handles and under my chin. Yuch! The dumbest part of this whole thing is that I was not really enjoying what I was eating either. An extra slice of cheese, another beer, a handful of cookies were just fleeting pleasures that were not that enjoyable.

When I recognized that this fat is heavily linked to heart attack, diabetes and hypertension makes this situation even more scary. Eating myself into dis-health is just plain stupid. I realized that this had to stop, because I saw this weight gain as sort of permanent. Even after 30 years of healthy living, I had lost control of my weight. I had to make a change.

The medical facts are that obesity is not linked to either eating too much fat or carbohydrates (see “Food preferences and body weight control” France Bellisle – 1995). It is not linked to food choices. Obesity has been shown to be more prevalent among lower socio-economic strata, yet look around at your well-educated friends and you will see many fat guys and gals.

Here is What To Do

Here are a few simple things to do to make sure that you are getting satisfaction out of what you eat. Think about your level of satisfaction of your food. I’ll bet it is more about habit than satisfaction. Addiction is sort of an emotional attachment to a habit. See if these things are true for you:

1. Do you see your typical day as consisting of a few “high satisfaction” moments or peaks of eating? If you do, it is addiction or at least heavy habits. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a good meal, snack or drink. But there is a lot of life going on between those peaks to be enjoyed. Food is just part of it.

2. Have you given up on losing weight? The question is have you given up on paying attention to what you eat, because you think you are a lost cause or not worthy of taking care of yourself. Or are you so attached to eating that your body is ballooning out of control? In this case, my guess is that you are not enjoying food enough. Sounds crazy, but fat guys are not the people that enjoy the food too much, but rather are hooked on the taste rather than savoring it.

3. Do you secretly fear going into a gym because you are terrified of someone seeing a pathetic fat guy? This is a real fear. Most likely the other people are way too involved with themselves and aren’t really paying attention to you. When you get home from this emotional ordeal, either food is a reward or a refuge. Don’t let exercise become an ordeal that you need to recover from. Food as a reward is also not a winning deal.

Here is a healthy definition of food that should help you decide whether you are running off the rails:

Food -  fuel that has been made tasty by nature.

Don’t stockpile fuel!

Weight Loss After Health Problem

Sunday, January 10th, 2010
Fat Man Chiseled In Stone

Fat Is Not Chiseled In Stone

Jack is an 18 wheel flatbed truck driver in Chicago. He works out 4 times per week at my gymn – an hour walking on the treadmill and and then a half hour of weights. He is a tough-talking bald male with a large skull tattoo on his left forearm. He has a very muscular physique, yet now, very rounded. I caught him staring into a vending machine of three and a half dollar weight loss and fitness drinks. I asked him if those drinks work for him. He said, “hell no,” “if I am going to lose weight, I need to do the work myself. The water fountain is free.”

Jack continued to tell me trucker horror stories and how he makes money free-lancing by washing commercial store fronts and tractor trailer rigs. He is a very proud guy that is full of great advice for covering your ass in traffic accidents. He ran into health problems that kept him on his back for several weeks and he gained back all the weight that he had worked so hard to keep off. Looking at his muscular calfs, I see all the evidence of a guy that quite literally “walks his talk.”

At this point, perhaps you are asking yourself “what would happen to me if I became disabled or just old?” This is something that I have had to deal with also. In the last two years, I have carried about 25 extra pounds for no apparent reason. And this is precisely the reason why I write this blog…….I have been an avid fitness guy- I ran 4 miles and lifted weights 4 to 5 times per week. To me, this fitness program is more than sufficient to look and feel great. It has worked for me for the last 30 years. Unfortunately, this program stopped being effective. Additionally, I had arthroscopic surgery on my left knee this past autumn. The fitness program (and my life’s program in general) that I can resume now is completely different.

My weight is starting to come off one pound at a time for several reasons – my attitude and emotions, eating what I want (including the beer I like), and doing the type of exercise that I enjoy. I would like to tell you more about this.

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