• Alton,

    Great post.

    1. Doubt it.
    2. It's not the different kinds of foods, it's the portion sizes.
    3. - 6. A big A-Men.
    7. I don't think so.
    8. Big yes!

    May 19, 2010 at 7:48 p.m.

  • I have read numerous research papers about the cause of an over weight society and still don't know where the truth lies.
    Some of the theories are:
    1. Central Air and Heating causes increase weight, because less body energy is spent cooling and heating the body.
    2. A very limited menu selection day after day causes less overeating. Our modern large selection creates over eating.
    3. More sugars and carbs in our diet with a decrease in fiber consumption.
    4. Our society has moved to more non-physical activity life style. More television, more video games, more computer time, more recliners and less rocking chairs, decline in dancing at all age groups, and decline in hours spent outdoors.
    5. Increase in appetite stimulators in processed food—MSG, sugar, wheat, Excessive caffeine, aspartame, Monopotassium glutamate, Glutamate, Glutamic Acid, Senomyx, Sodium Caseinate, Calcium Caseinate, and etc.
    6. Lack of sleep and increased stress.
    7. Alcohol and marijuana.
    8. Lack of exercise.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:33 p.m.

  • Go take a look and be ready to be shocked

    May 19, 2010 at 5:47 p.m.

  • i think you hit some really good points.

    take a look at our intake. for example, when i was a kid most large drinks were about 20 oz. 7-11 blew everyone away with the "Big Gulp", 32 oz.

    fast forward to today and no matter where you go the drink size is redonkulous. i can't remember where i was, but i asked for a small and i swear it was almost a 32 oz. burgers used to be just the size of the "junior" or "kids", fries were same.

    i have a friend that works for a certain chain of c-stores. they were discussing the fat flake contents of each doughnut needed to optimize taste and minimize cost. seems the law of dimishing returns works on fat flakes, too.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:15 p.m.

  • Who needs a scale? If your clothes start getting tight, just back off of the junk food and salt and start drinking lots of water to flush it out. In a few days, your clothes will start feeling right again.
    A person can cheat once a week and it jump starts your metabolism for the next week. Just don't go overboard on that one day.
    For those who use the excuse of not feeling like cooking, cook a weeks worth of meals on one day, "and" you can find good meals at any fast food place if you are looking. Subway is a great place to eat take-out. Don't any of you watch the Biggest Loser?

    May 19, 2010 at 4:26 p.m.

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    May 19, 2010 at 4:11 p.m.

  • I think half the problem with weight gain is that it's often such a gradual process it's almost imperceptable (more so if you don't own any scales).

    Then come the tragic day you realize how much you have gained the shock can make you try to reverse the swing as quickly as possible. The resulting rollercoaster ride can be tough to handle - I swing from 200-250 (I'm 6ft 2) over a period of a few months depending on emotional wellbeing, laziness, any shake up in routines etc.

    You are right, moderation is the key, balance not just in physical form but in the emotional reaction to weight gain is essential.

    Good blog!

    May 19, 2010 at 3:34 p.m.