Comments: The Fat of the Land

I've been following the continuing-story over at Dean's World, and also find it very interesting.

Ben - I know that when I cut out carbohydrates - when I basically stopped eating bread as though it were a snack - weight started coming off. And not only that, but - it changed how I felt. It was like: I suddenly could feel my own metabolism working.

And also: drinking more water than I thought would even be possible has made a huge difference. And all the Europeans I know drink copious amounts of water.

Best of luck - let us know how it all goes for you this week! :)

Posted by red at November 9, 2003 05:52 PM

I personally have switched to the lowfat fruit yogurts made with aspartame. They taste very good to me, and still provide the same health benefits and flavor.

Good you thought to look at the labels. Feel guilty only about holding on to such high carb items, knowing they wreak havoc on your body!

Love you! CJ

Posted by cousin jannie at November 10, 2003 05:14 PM

My Yoplait custard-style yogurt (various flavors) has the same content.

But I'm just lucky I guess. I don't much worry about what I eat. My whole family is rather fit, and with my lifestyle (shooting baskets, lifting light weights every day, riding my bicycle 5 to 10 miles a day because it's my only transportation, plus the fact that I can't really afford restaurant food or even grocery store snacks), I figure I'm doing fine.

I've written before about what weight and what I call "adult sag": http://www.nepentheisland.com/archives/000075.php (CTRL-F for "sag") for one example.

Posted by Kevin White at November 10, 2003 07:46 PM

Much of Europe is developing the same weight problems we are. We're just ahead of the curve.

I think you're on to part of the story when it comes to all the refined carbohydrates. I don't think it's the full story for everyone, but I'm positive it's a big part of the story for many people.

Posted by Dean Esmay at November 12, 2003 04:53 AM

Europeans do NOT drink a lot more water than Americans. I say this with 2 years observation (living in Germany, France, Spain, and the Netherlands) under my belt. Trying to get tap water instead of pricey bottled water is an exercise in futility in many countries (with the notable exception of France).

The real reason Europeans are (sort-of) less fat than Americans is that they walk a lot more for transport, have fewer elevators and escalators, and here in Holland, they bike a lot. In Germany and other countries, a biking holiday across France is actually much sought after.

The amount of sugar consumed in the form of chocolate on this continent is unbelievable.

Posted by jot at November 12, 2003 01:18 PM