any of you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight?

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    Nov 09, 2007 1:46 AM GMT
    hate to ask this, but i'm sure some of you are blessed in this area. maybe there's a secret you can share with us? and i'm not talking about people below 30. For me, pass the age 30 and my body started to change, and I have to work out hard, and eat in small quantity. What's your secret? spicy food? no sugar? lack of sleep? or jsut born not feel like eating? please share!
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    Nov 09, 2007 2:42 AM GMT
    I eat meat, vegetables, and only minimal amounts of grain, starch, sugars, etc. And, while I don't heap on the grease, I don't go out of my way to minimize fat content, either. Fat and protein without a high-carb insulin spike sate my appetite for hours. If anything, my caloric intake might be a bit on the low side.
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    Nov 09, 2007 1:08 PM GMT
    I'm under 30 though I thought I'd mention that I don't eat what I want. That works for me, personally. I won't feel great about my body if I don't eat well or as wholesomely as possible.

    I think society, overall, just has a hard time resisting foods that are wretched for us (rightfully so). I'll not lie, it's a constant fight for me, to resist everything I used to eat. it pays off at the end of the day though. I can feel decent about myself when stepping out of the shower! hahaha

    I, for one, think ditching fried foods, eating more often and ingesting more wholesome foods is the perfect start if you can stick to it.

    Just my bronze little penny.
  • DiverScience

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    Nov 09, 2007 1:52 PM GMT
    Incidentally, it's recently been discovered that a lot of those people who can eat whatever they want... actually can't.

    Basically, it turns out there's a whole class of people who don't get "fat" because instead of depositing fat dubcutaneously (under the skin) they deposit it around their organs. Which means they don't present as fat, but in fact are actually at *higher* risk than many fat people, because the fat is directly in contact with organs, causing lung, heart, liver, and kidney problems.
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    Nov 09, 2007 2:05 PM GMT
    How does one determine that there is fat deposited around organs?
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    Nov 09, 2007 2:06 PM GMT
    Yep. I've never ever had an issue with gaining weight. All the opposite, in fact. I was fed like a goose being prepped for foie gras as a kid and still I was as skinny as a rail. I still have a hard time gaining, though, I think since I've been working out, I put a few pounds of muscle on. Despite that I was never overweight, I was as unhealthy as a man 3 times my size due to fat. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, no upper body strength, no stamina, no lung power. I was truly under the impression that I was somehow blessed, that I could eat poison, smoke all kinds of poison, ingest drugs, sleep poorly, stress about everything and that I would never suffer for it. I was so confident in my good health I hadn't gone to a doctor in about 5 years and I was never sick. By the time I did go to see one, I was probably ready to spontaneously combust.
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    Nov 09, 2007 2:40 PM GMT
    If you want I can try to find the article, Paradox, but if I remember they do it with full body MRI (glucose flow in fat tissue is different than in other tissues).
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    Nov 09, 2007 2:45 PM GMT
    Thanks, DS. No need to spend time on my behalf, digging up the article. I was mostly wanting to know if it required an elaborate (i.e., expensive) test. Apparently, it does.
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    Nov 09, 2007 2:54 PM GMT
    well, i have a coworker who was determined by doctor that he has super high metabolism. I did a calculation of his intake, he eats about 3900 cal a day. and he's fit and super high ADHD. i always thought those that can not stop moving, tend to have a higher fat burning rate.
    I agree also that it depend on where you store the body fat also. some tend to show more then others. but there is only so much your organ can hide your fat. it must be either a huge tape worm or bad digestion.
  • DiverScience

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    Nov 09, 2007 3:00 PM GMT
    Yes, there is also a large variation in metabolism.

    Keep in mind, though, that given the current theories on life expectancy, those ADD high metabolism boys (mine's high, but no where near my little brother's) are likely not to live as long, as we pay for that high metabolism with a higher heart rate.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Nov 09, 2007 3:01 PM GMT
    Since I'm UBERACTIVE, I can eat anything I want and not gain weight. icon_biggrin.gif

    I LOVE IT!!!
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    Nov 09, 2007 4:50 PM GMT
    It's in my family genes to have a high metabolism rate even though I have the advantage to eat whatever I want, I just chose not to since I don't like the feeling of being bloated.

    All though once in a while, I'm pretty sinful -- I can't help but crave a fat double bacon cheese burger, LOL! But I do eat healthy for the most part during my days, I stay away from sugar, starch, and fried foods.



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    Nov 10, 2007 1:10 AM GMT
    If you don't eat any complex carbs (starch), you will find it very difficult to keep your weight up without eating fat instead.

    If ANYONE eats more calories than they consume, they WILL gain weight. Period.

    While being underweight, if properly nourished, can extend mortality in a sedentary population, that doesn't hold true as much in active people. Starving, while not as bad as being overweight, has its own set of negative effects.

    Sometimes, metabolic disorders come into play, or rec drug use, etc. If you can't seem to gain weight and you're truly eating hard, almost certainly you have some form of underlying illness.
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    Nov 10, 2007 1:26 AM GMT
    You can eat all the non-made man or unprocessed food you want and not gain weight. Meat,veggies, fruit, nuts you can eat. no processed sugar, bread, pasta etc.
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    Nov 10, 2007 1:56 AM GMT
    For those not listening, let me repeat: if you consume more calories than you burn, you WILL gain weight.
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    Feb 06, 2008 12:38 AM GMT
    iam depressed,i cant lose weight,i have bulge,i tried some excercise and regulating food but after short time i return to bad habbits again,i dont know wat to do ,i cant resist food,i am lazy &dont do excercise.i am gay because i watch guys with great bodies.help me
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    Feb 06, 2008 12:50 AM GMT
    I will find you skinny bitches in the dark of night and cram your carcasses so full of sugary goodness that Sally Struthers herself would go into diabetic shock just sharing your airspace.icon_evil.gif
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    Feb 06, 2008 12:55 AM GMT
    I'm currently working with a guy who has the most beautifully ripped body you can imagine. He eats whatever he wants and never sets foot in a gym. The 5th grade fat kid in me hates him everyday. So, I sympathize icon_smile.gif Sometimes people just luck out with their genetics. It's my belief that these people were fat monks in a past life.

    ~Alex
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    Feb 06, 2008 12:56 AM GMT
    Pretty much, but, my leech field isn't too happy.
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    Feb 06, 2008 1:04 AM GMT
    anyone got an extra tapeworm I can have?
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    Feb 06, 2008 1:12 AM GMT
    I tend to lose weight more easily than gain it. It's usually most noticeable around the holidays actually - because my regular / routine eating habits get f-ed up with travels and weird schedules - so I end up missing meals. Just this past December, I was out of the gym for 4 weeks, traveling Colombia for 2 of those weeks, and I ended up losing about 5 pounds.

    As for internal health, I had a blood test this past summer and everything came back pretty stellar (cholesterol, etc - the NP was impressed). Don't know if that has any correlation to fatty build up around organs though.

    Usually I eat a pretty boring but fairly healthy meal plan (the same breakfast / lunch / dinner every day), just to maintain weight and make sure I have enough energy to get through the day. Then there are days like today I have a calzone for dinner and a coffee with a scoop of ice cream in it on my way home after coaching. I'll probably still be hungry be soon.

    /shrug

    it is what it is.
  • BlackJock79

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    Feb 06, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    I'm that guy. A friend of mine was so mad at me for eating two cheeseburgers from Burger King for dinner everyday for a few days and if he were to do that he says he'd gain 15 lbs. My Mom was always slim and most of her brothers too. My younger brother is slim like me, I guess it's just something that we got genetically. I've been the same size (28-30 inch waist) for about 15 years. I still have jeans from 1996 that I wear and they are actually too big for me. It ain't fair but I'm not complaining, I LOVE my body and I thank GOD for it because if I didn't have the metabolism that I do with the way I eat I'd weigh about 300 lbs.
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    Feb 06, 2008 1:34 AM GMT
    I've often wondered how that worked... I know (as Chucky stated) that if you eat more calories that you burn then you gain weight but even during times that I don't work out, I don't gain weight. Does my body just burn more calories than normal? Where does metabolism come into play? I eat whatever I want and I don't watch what I eat at all. And why do I go to the bathroom at least 3 times a day?
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    Feb 06, 2008 1:50 AM GMT
    I have to work hard to gain weight. I can eat my normal diet, which is eat when I am hungry, eat slow, and don't stuff myself (I hate to feel bloated) and I will not change weight that much .. usually I will stabilize at around 165.

    If I try to eat more protein and so forth, I can add muscle if I am pushing myself at the gym. I think I am balanced. I can have a sweet tooth, but even then I will stop unless I have been starving myself. I usually can't eat more than a small slice of cake without getting sick of it. With fats, I can't stand when I have a greasy feel in my mouth so I will not eat too much greasy food. Also my body lets me know if I eat too much oil or cheese because my skin will get annoyingly greasy.

    In a nutshell I think it is about moderation. If you deny yourself too much you want it more, if you desire it too much you eat too much.
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    Feb 06, 2008 1:52 AM GMT
    At 56 I can still eat what I want without a weight problem. I seem to have a great system that burns it off.

    Once, I was going to start an eating system (diet) that was supposed to bring all of your body's levels of cholesteral, etc. to a safe level - you had to get a lengthy list of stuff measured by blood tests before beginning. The initial blood test showed all of my levels were better than the goal of the eating regimen!

    Although I am sure that it helps me to have a high metabolism, I really think that my mental committment to being fit keeps my body in check. I worked out six days a week for 26 years and now work out a little less and still have no weight problem. I think your mental state will guide your physical state.

    p.s. I hate the word "diet." There are thousands of "diets", but there would only be one if it really worked.