Thursday, January 14, 2010

Downsize me

You cannot watch TV without seeing all the diet programs. It's interesting to watch those shows, because they teach you about a healthy lifestyle, exercise, diet. It's shocking to see what some people indulge, but then again, what would your table look like if one would show all the food you have in one week? Would it look colorful and interesting and healthy, or would it be packed with crap and junk food and monotonous food choices?

When you go to the supermarket, there are so many different foods to choose from. Do you know what foods are good for you? Or do you think whatever you like is good for you? Because I start to believe - after watching those shows - it all comes down to habit. Overweight people often crave carbs and fat. They do not eat vegetables or healthy proteins. Some of them have hardly ever heard of fruit and veggies! One day there was an overweight lady who ate onions as vegetables and that was about it. The rest of her diet consisted of French fries, take away, curry dishes, cookies, crisps, bread, pies,..
In the program, the overweight person is asked to change his diet, that will consist of healthy proteins, veggies and fruit, and unsaturated fats. Another person - called the diet dummy - takes over the diet of the overweight person. Need I tell you that person one starts to loose weight and the dummy gains weight?

It's not all about food. It's about exercising as well.
It's not all about outer appearance. It's about a healthy weight and a healthy body.
Fat will be replaced by muscles, if you exercise and eat healthy. No pain, no gain huh. Bringing the intensity levels of the exercise up, will help burn calories, because muscles burn fat.

There's no use pointing at overweight people. You don't become overweight by choice. It doesn't happen overnight either. You gain weight over the years and getting it off is much harder than gaining weight. Try not to judge people by their weight. They're having a hard time already, without you scolding them.. They need all the support and motivation they can get. Being overweight leads to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. You don't want to go there. Trust me.


Véronique said...

Zoveel wijsheid hier, Cathy. Ik voel wat je bedoelt

Bittersweet said...

't leven loopt niet altijd zoals we wel zouden willen hè Véronique..