Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Something to exercise?

I got sent home from France one week early. During my two weeks working in Paris, I was bad and ate dessert at both lunch and dinner. Yet, I still managed to lose a few pounds. What's the deal? I suspect it is due to excessive walking. European cities are set up for pedestrians. In America, we drive everywhere and walk very little. I think that this may be a very significant cause of obesity in America. I attribute this walking to my weight loss. Since I will be in Paris for 2 to 3 weeks per month for the next six months or so, I think that I may try doing low-carb at home but not in Europe (starting in February).

Another bright note: Two years ago, the airplane seat belts were too short and I always had to ask for an extender. Now, not only do the belts fit but there is some slack length to spare. This kind of reminder is nice because it's easy to forget just how fat I was before doing low carb. Without such reminders, I might grow too complacent and slide back into plumpness.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Food Pyramid

At dinner last night, one of my co-workers made an interesting comment. He said that the U.S. food pyramid was exactly the diet that we feed to livestock to make them fat....

Sunday, January 13, 2008

In Paris

I have been in Paris for a week now. With all the walking I am doing, I'm likely to be losing weight even without dieting. I've kept a keen eye on available foods and menus. It looks like doing low carb here would be easier than eating out at home. Meats and veggies are plentiful. The only down side is that you constantly pass little bakeries that display fantastic looking pastries in their store windows. But even the desserts are not as sweet as at home.

Since arriving, I have also noticed that there seem to be almost no fat Parisians. Everyone's extremely thin. I'm not yet sure if it is because they eat a big lunch and small dinner, their overall diet, or that they do much more walking than we Americans. I went shopping the other day and couldn't find any shirts big enough to fit me. At home, I wear mostly 2XL but sometimes now XL's are big enough. But here, a 2XL seems to be the size of an XL and most are a bit snug on me.

But, it's not just the Parisians that are thin. I am here on business accompanied by about 100 fellow travelers from all corners of the world. Of the 100 probably only three of us are overweight and these three are, you guessed it, Americans. Even most of the people with just a few extra pounds are Americans. I wonder why Americans are so fat? Is it mostly due to diet or lifestyle? Oh well. I'm going to continue observing and see what I can learn.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Junk Food Junkies

A few days ago, my wife and I were watching a show on MTV about people going to drug rehab. Two junkies in a row were getting high "one last time" on their way to rehab. My wife commented on how they were doomed to fail because they didn't have the right attitude from the beginning... They all wanted one last binge before giving up their vice.

My wife and I aren't much better. We too are "junkies" but with an addiction to junk food. More than once, we have begun a diet by binging "on last time". We love our vices so much that we try to get in as much pleasure as possible before finally letting go. And, doing so does in fact mean that we are not necessarily serious and committed to our goal.

It's extremely difficult to quit being a junk food "junkie" when you are surrounded by temptation. Even though it is hard, with drugs you can move to a new town and surround yourself by new acquaintances thereby avoiding temptations. But with foods, it's always there, an arm's length away. You can empty your house of junk food but you are still bombarded with advertisements and cleverly located comfort foods next to just about every cash register anywhere. There's no getting away from the temptation. Perhaps we need a rehab established for junk food addicts? This would be a controlled environment free of all temptation... a "fat camp" for adults... And, if only insurance would pay the bill as they sometimes do for other forms of rehabilitation....