Originally Posted by DrGroove
I see a very long post full of excuses. Good job and good luck trying to lose weight, but don't kid yourself that the main problem isn't willpower. I see much of these same things said over and over by different people. YES there is a lot of very cheap crappy food, but there is also healthy natural food available for cheap. Rice, beans, eggs, fruits and vegetables. If you think you can't afford it, then you haven't actually made up a mock diet and totaled the weekly cost. Buying in bulk is key. Everyone is capable of making time to exercise, even if its just a 20 min walk around the block everyday. Married guys always say they don't have any time, but they really just don't want to make time. I get it, you want to relax with your family after a long day at work, but don't use that to justify laziness. There is plenty of help available, you just have to actually look for it and take it.
The lack of nutrition education is a huge problem in this country. Someone said earlier that sugar can be as addictive as cocaine, and that is true. There are studies showing the effects on brain chemistry, but that is because we evolved to go after the taste of fats and sweets. Those things used to be difficult to find, but are now filling our supermarkets on the cheap. It's so easy to be fat and lazy these days, that you have to really commit yourself to health.
If you see excuses, you really didn't read it or just don't care to believe that maybe you don't know everything about how everyone elses lives work. Obviously you haven't been in a similar situation. And a walk daily isn't enough to count as exercise. It works your heart, but unless it's a jog it isn't really exercising your body. I walk almost nightly with my wife around our neighborhood, less so on really cold nights, but still.
The phrase about 'married guys' leads me to believe you don't fall into the married category to understand that not only be married, but married WITH KIDS is very demanding on your time. I get home around 5, spend until about 8 doing things that NEED to be done, then lay the kids down... and relaxing comes after 9-9:30 usually. Local gyms (that i can afford) aren't open that late. Since i have to get up at 7am also, i need to be in bed at a reasonable time, so there's hardly any time to do anything for myself. When that's all said and done, i'm exhausted and just need to sit until sleep time. then there's shower time spent and all that, and taking the dogs out again... having a family is a huge difference in every way from being able to focus solely on yourself.
We have also gone to our local supermarkets and whole food places we can afford... a 'healthy' diet for our family costs about 1.5x as much as our current improved diet, which is already straining resources. I'm not alone in this area, and talk to others at my work who feel the same and experience the same.
Nutrition education IS a problem, but on that is also the willingness and ease with which the corporations can abuse and mislead people into believing certain foods are healthy, when they're not. Being less unhealthy is not the same as healthy.. but at least dropping trans-fats was a step in the positive. I try to educate my children on teh benefits of eating healthy, and they love fruits and veggies... but they devour them and a weeks worth can be gone in 2 days lol. Like i said.. eating healthy is expensive, and growing kids make it more so. Freaking bottomless pits...