A Sci Am blog post reported that the USA lags in efficiency of converting workers' time into money. A lot of that is because workers have chronic obesity-related diseases.
Ironically, the supply of fattening junk food at people’s workplaces is a significant cause of the obesity problem. People bring cheap junk food to share; employers supply cheap junk food at parties. It’s hard for people to resist when they are right next to it all day. Food companies are very skilled at producing hyper-palatable, cheerfully packaged, cheap - and fattening food.
Social eating is a big part of the obesity problem generally.
People bring fattening food into a social environment – like work or at a party – and cheerfully invite others to share the “goodies”. This is considered sociality in the USA culture.
And people go to restaurants to be social, and restaurant food is generally also high fat.
And if you object, you feel like a spoilsport, a grim reminder of people’s flab. I went to the barbeque of a social group, where most of the people were overweight. It was full of marshmallows and other junk food. I objected later, but I was met with an attitude of “there’s nothing wrong with eating treats now and then” and the suggestion that I must have an eating disorder! (I'm thinnish but in the normal weight range.)
If I were overweight I would consider it urgent NOT to be eating such stuff, and an unkindness for someone to tempt me with it. But overweight and very obese people are routinely exposed to this.
No wonder so many people are fat, when fattening food is associated with cheerful social occasions.
Portion size according to bodybuilding circuit training are:
Meat the size of a deck of cards
Carbs and veggies one cup
This is the training program that allows you 6 meals daily, but only if you are actively working out which boosts the metabolism. There are no second helpings. Exercise is one hour a day none stop, but can be an hour morning and an hour evening if you are training for contests like Mr. America or Mr. Universe.
I don't do any of it anymore but taught my wife this, and she lost 40 lbs. using her elyptical or walking in place daily to her video. To keep exercise from getting boring you have to mix it up. Also, do it daily for one hour or at least workout 5 days a week. A good walking in place instructional video will work wonders for you. Steve Reeves, the original "Hercules" of 1960, was injured on the set of one of his movies. He could no longer lift weights. He invented a system of walking using small weights, stepping high and flinging his arms high and used it the rest of his life. You might say he was the godfather of todays walking videos.
I mentioned the Fitdesk in another post. It seems like an excellent way to convert one's sitting time into a mild to moderate workout.
Go to my profile page and find "photos (7)" to the left. Click on it and you find me in a pic titled "workout" from 2005. I would be much better off today had I continued to work out and eat right.
I have a pic of me (upper body) on my webpage too, from a time when I was weightlifting a lot. Seriously ripped, a mini Schwarzenegger :) I was also doing high-intensity aerobic workouts on the Concept 2 rowing machine - I found out about levels of cardiovascular fitness that I hadn't found out about when I used to run.
I'm not like that now because I've been too sick to work out, I just get exercise from bikeriding.
My portion sizes are very small because my innards demand it. My whole meal fits on an 8 inch plate! I eat breakfast, dinner & supper......that's it.....no snacking, nibbling, no sweets no fatty treats, no desserts, no deep frieds....nothing, nada! I don't even sample while cooking! My meat portion is an ounce or two once a day, & maybe two to three ounces for poultry/fish/seafood. Everything else is vegetables, & I start the day with fresh fruit.
We do not socialize nor eat out regularly, & even if we do on occasion, I watch carefully because I can not afford the stomach consequences if I stupidly don't.
Seeing other people eating is not a turn on so that has an influence the opposite way if any at all.
What you are saying is the frequent claim of overweight and obese people, that they are doing everything right but they don't lose weight.
However, when scientists investigate these claims, they are not true. Overweight and obese people actually take in about as many calories as expected, given their level of activity and their lean body mass.
If you want to figure out what's going on, rather than insisting you're "doing everything right", maybe there is some kind of assistance you can get locally to do this.
It's true that it's possible for people to have medical problems like hypothyroidism that tend to slow metabolism and make people gain weight. But such medical problems aren't common - most often, overweight people are simply eating more calories than they need.
I actually do have autoimmune hypothyroidism btw, I have to take thyroid supplements.
Cognitive distortion can also work in the opposite direction - I read about an underweight person who was constantly talking about her "super-fast metabolism" - but she was actually only eating a third of her meals!
I wish junk food held no interest for me Patricia! I also love the healthy stuff though. I don't care about fried-foods, it's sugar I crave. Dessert!!! I need to break that addiction.
Some vegetables like winter squash are mildly sweet - but they also have a lot of fiber to fill you up. I like buttercup squash + quinoa, amaranth + buttercup squash + spinach, amaranth and papaya pancakes ...
I never was a sugar fan.....I used to like to eat lemons when I was a kid, & all the Halloween candy used to just sit until the next year.
Our social eating has been taken over by food corporations, who learned how to override our normal ability to stop eating by exploiting a physiological response to high sugar/high fat food.
September's Issue of Scientific American has an article on food addiction, summarizing research on how we're programmed genetically to eat more, even when we're full, if high fat-and-sugar food is presented. Within five days of this kind of over eating receptor changes take place which reduce the pleasure we get from eating. Not only do normal foods not appeal, we even need more of the junk food to get the same serotonin response. The physiological responses are similar to addiction.
Rats who were raised on rat chow were also offered a buffet of cheesecake, sausage and chocolate. Very quickly they only ate the junk food. Once they were addicted, when the buffet was withdrawn they refused to eat chow. They would rather starve than eat it.
Saturated with ads for junk food and with its ready availability, we live in a culture where food addiction is the norm.
That also works backward - if you eat less sugar you still taste sweetness in the less sweet meals. This mild but common sweetness is part of the appeal of the lowfat vegan diet.
My Mom is a vegan off and on, but always a vegetarian.