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Do you agree with the statement you are what you eat

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TrendyNannie6 Sat 18-Jan-20 13:51:58

To a certain extent I do. But there will always be the lucky few that seem to be able to eat just what they want without putting on much weight, sadly I’m not one of them

Sara65 Sat 18-Jan-20 13:57:30

Nor me Trendy, I was just thinking this morning, I feel a bit chubbier than usual, time to get back on the salads, and throw the last of the Christmas chocolates away.

oldgimmer1 Sat 18-Jan-20 13:57:55

Yes, in the main.

People have lost touch with how much they need.

In my experience, people who seem to be able to eat what they like have behaviours that mitigate putting on weight, such as high levels of activity.

TrendyNannie6 Sat 18-Jan-20 14:05:43

I know exactly what you mean Sara65 I think mine is portion control . Although I do have loads fruit and veg it’s the rest I consume, I went to a slimming club last year and we were asked what snacks are our downfall I said biscuits, Are there any you don’t eat she said, as I’d given her a list of my favourites, yes I said I don’t eat bonios

Dec46 Sat 18-Jan-20 14:07:50

Yes generally speaking but I don't think it's all about weight it is more about eating for health. I know I feel so much better if I really think about what I'm eating and plan meals rather than just stuffing whatever is easiest in my mouth.
Wish I could just live by what I believe food wise and I would be ok

FlexibleFriend Sat 18-Jan-20 14:08:00

I used to but it's clearly not true for me these days, I eat healthily but minimally hardly 500 calories a day every day and yet I still don't lose any weight. Ok I'm restricted by disability but no I don't believe it to be true for me.

Sara65 Sat 18-Jan-20 14:25:58

I haven’t actually dieted for years, not have I weighed myself. I know I’m overweight, but I also know I stay pretty much the same.
Well, I usually stay much the same, I’m feeling a bit plumper around the middle now, so a bit of control needed.

Hetty58 Sat 18-Jan-20 14:31:17

Aren't a lot of us a bit chubbier than normal? I have the post-Christmas belly but I know it'll go again by about March!

BlueSky Sat 18-Jan-20 15:06:59

Same here FlexibleFriend! I've even been told that perhaps I don't eat enough and my body is thinking I'm starving! Just imagine if I did eat more!

GagaJo Sat 18-Jan-20 15:08:57

Well I certainly don't look like a lentil eater despite how often I eat the b*gg*rs.

vampirequeen Sat 18-Jan-20 15:14:24

I think that holds true for some people but not for others. My DD2 eats constantly and is a size 10. She's always been that way. I swear she has hollow legs. DD1 is very careful about what and how much she eats but she is constantly fighting her weight. When they were children they were checked by the school nurse on the same day. A few days later I received two letters. The first told me that DD1 was overweight and the second that DD2 was underweight. I was 'invited' to see a dietician to discuss changing how I fed them. The problem was that they both ate the same foods.

I've come to the conclusion that some of us are meant to be thin and some chubbier. It's not just what we eat but part of our genetic make up. A dietician once told DD1, if there was ever a famine she'd have far more chance of surviving than her high octane sister. Didn't help lol

oldgimmer1 Sat 18-Jan-20 16:43:56

flexible that's very, very little. I'd love to know how those calories are broken down..

love0c Sat 18-Jan-20 17:06:32

I think so. It is harder to lose weight the older you get. If you remain active all your life you will keep the weight off. We can all gain a few pounds over Christmas, in the winter or when going through a bad patch. However, cut back for a little while and the weight will go. If you pile the weight on and do nothing about it, you only have yourself to blame.

annep1 Sat 18-Jan-20 17:09:51

Yes, generally speaking, but many people eat what they like with no bad effects.
And vice versa. I had a friend who was the most healthy eater I have known and had cancer in her early fifties.

JenniferEccles Sat 18-Jan-20 17:15:26

To a large extent I do agree in that eating too much to the point of obesity has a massive impact on our health in terms of the number of avoidable diseases it leads to.

Type 2 diabetes for instance is mainly caused by being overweight and it costs the NHS billions per year.

Then there are various cancers and heart problems etc, so yes we are what we eat , or rather how MUCH we eat.

I find it so sad to see how many fat children there are these days compared to years ago when a fat child was in the minority.

love0c Sat 18-Jan-20 17:15:40

I thought this thread was about how you look. Cancer has no rules.

Dec46 Sat 18-Jan-20 17:19:00

I think that too often we equate health with weight and it's not always the main thing to be concerned about.Eating for health is what we should base our food intake on and cutting out "junk food" eg high sugar,fat foods and increasing Veg and Protein instead may lead to weight loss but should also improve us in other ways we may not see.
Vampire Queen my sister and I were a bit like your daughters, she always thin and me plump,I am now Hypothyroid and think I probably always had a bit of a problem with that and she didn't.

Sara65 Sat 18-Jan-20 17:22:03

I started out with good intentions today.
Then my husband brought me home a chocolate muffin!

M0nica Sat 18-Jan-20 19:35:05

You are what you eat, surely has little to do with how much we eat and everything about the quality of the food we eat.

If you live off over-processed ready meals and cheap take-aways, avoid fruit and veg and lap up sugar then you are going to be unhealthy, fat or thin. Eat good quality food and cook from scratch and you will be much healthier than the first group I mentioned, fat or thin.

annep1 Sat 18-Jan-20 19:51:54

LoveOc the title is Do you are what you eat.

Cancer has no rules.
There's lots of advice given on foods that are carcinogenic and which foods help to protect.

JenniferEccles Sat 18-Jan-20 20:01:23

The fact still remains though that being very overweight regardless of what is eaten has been proven to lead to many life threatening diseases.

It’s all down to portion size but of course processed food is the unhealthiest.

We live in times when so much is known about the dangers of obesity and it’s shameful that so many chose to ignore the advice then expect the overstretched NHS to pick up the pieces.

Missfoodlove Sat 18-Jan-20 21:42:01

When I see families unloading junk food to the conveyor belt in the supermarket, they generally look pasty faced!

BBbevan Sun 19-Jan-20 17:19:51

I absolutely agree. The way I ate before contributed to being diagnosed T2 diabetic..I changed my diet and have been a reversed diabetic for the past 5 years.Never needed any medication and GP says’No further action necessary ‘

Mind you other actions like smoking and drinking can also impact one’s health

love0c Sun 19-Jan-20 17:39:20

I have obviously misunderstood. I think you can do your best, eat sensibly, eat a balanced diet, exercise, do not smoke and drink in moderation. Yet, still become ill, get cancer. Hence, I said cancer has no rules.

GagaJo Sun 19-Jan-20 17:44:47

This is the leggings debate all over again.