They say they can eat what they want, but in reality they do not, and are trying to hide eating disorders.
They eat what they want, but the calorie intake is always 1200/1500 each day minimum and there is always a deficit/ slight over indulge that balances across a week.
It is just a statement that is not really based in fact as (bar illness and medication) anyone can eat what they want without putting on weight as long as intake does not exceed expenditure on a regular basis.
I think there are people who just don't put on weight no matter what they eat. Of course, they are not eating extremely large amounts of food most likely. I agree with you that they probably not going over their needed calories but they may need more calories than your average person because of a faster metabolism.
They pick all day long on veggies and stuff that has zero cals. Out to lunch with them and they order things like turkey sandwich on lowfat wheat bread and ask for water with lemon nothing that is fattening. So yes most ppl saying this really do watch what they eat and only end up with bare minimum of cals for the day. Im not sure what prompts ppl to say things like oh i eat what i want i dont diet. When you can so blatently tell they are fibbing.
Breakfast: Full english breakfast
Snack: king size Mars Bar
Lunch: 2 bacon & double cheesburgers from macdonalds
Dinner: Large steak, vegetables and Mashed potato with butter
Dessert: Apple pie and cream
Snacks: 5-6 pints lager
Maybe it's different for men and women. My hubby can eat whatever he wants and as much as he wants and he hardly ever gains weight. He wants to gain weight and it is so difficult for him. We actually worked together to help him gain 20 lbs and he lost it all again without even trying in a few months. The man eats like a horse! I just don't understand it. His father was the same way, though. He didn't start putting weight on until he was over 40 no matter what he ate (and I mean traditional southern food) and even now, for what he eats, he should (in my mind) be much heavier. Neither one of them are overly active. My hubby can come home and spend the entire evening plopped in front of the computer or reading and still not gain weight. So you know, today for "dinner" he had about 6 waffles with 1/4 cup of real butter and about 1/2 cup of maple syrup. He had his regular lunch (some insanely high calorie soup ... I think around 750 cal) plus one of the Halloween cupcakes I baked which are easily 400 cal a piece. Not to mention his powerbar snacks, other snack foods or his breakfast food. The scale has not budged. I don't believe it will, lol.
Maybe he underestimates how physically demanding his job is. That's the only thing I can think of besides an alarming and completely unfair metabolism. ;)
No, I don't eat 2500-3000 calories and stuff my face all day long! But I don't *want* to eat that much! I would feel totally sick. Instead, I get full and stop when I've had enough. And then I eat when I get hungry again. I have also noticed I naturally seem to move a little more the day after I've eaten a little more. I probably average out to about 1800 calories per day, but some days I'll barely eat 1400 and other days I'll eat 2000. It all seems to magically even out. So yes, I am the type of person who might be seen indulging in pizza one day, then the next I'm just not that hungry and I'll be craving massive amounts of low-cal veggies instead. It all evens out over the week.
How do you arrive at such a place? In my experience, I think the keys are:
1) Eat as close to a clean diet as you can. You needn't be perfect, but high amounts of sugar, sodium, and trans fats/saturated fats have a way of disrupting the body's natural cues and messing them all up. Instead of craving fruits and veggies, you end up craving sugar and sodium.
2) If you're going to count anything, count fruits & veggies. Eat at least 5 servings a day, and more is better. I have noticed sometimes I will be tempted to eat a third slice of pizza, simply because I haven't had enough veggies that day. I do think it's true that the stomach needs a certain volume of food each day!
3) Exercise. For me, it controls my insulin, which in turn controls my appetite.
The first two were definetly my issue back in the early 90s when I gained a ton of weight. I was actually exercising quite a bit. However, I was eating the Traditional American Diet, eggs, bacon and toast for breafkast, fast food or lunchmeat for lunch, and meat & potatoes for dinner with ice cream for dessert. Not a veggie in sight, and packed with sat.fat, sodium, and sugar. Despite eating way more calories than my body needed, I was still *constantly* hungry!!! I was on a roller-coaster of cravings for something sweet... then I'd need something salty to cut the sweetness... then something fatty... then something sweet again!
Once I moved to a clean, whole-foods diet low in sugar, sat-fat, and sodium, (and later on became vegetarian), it all changed for me. I was able to have reliable cravings - for healthy foods. And weight control became pretty much effortless.
(It wasn't until over a year ago that my weight went bizerk due to a med/or underlying condition... and hence why I ended up here.)
When I am out with friends I eat a lot of food and I think they might assume that I can eat whatever I want without gaining weight. Truth is...if I count my calories and if I want to eat a huge dinner (1,000-1,500 calories) I eat low cal foods all day so that I don't go over my allotted amount. I also work out everyday so my metabolism is in good shape. I believe that your weight reflex calories taken in versus calories worked off over a long period of time.
When I was younger I was skinny and would say "i can eat whatever I want and not gain weight lol!" I was a bitch about it too, and once ate an entire bag of chips while waiting for my sister to finish her fitness class at the gym (with other overweight children). :/
In retrospect I just didn't have an interest in food, I didn't eat much and often because I genuinly didn't think about it. Those times that I did indulge were offset by the times that I didn't eat enough. So really it just balanced out and my weight stayed low and didn't change a lot.
yes, it really depends on the person, deffinately.
I heard about a girl who was about 100lbs and had to eat over 3000cal a day just to MAINTAIN her weight... insane!
I don't know, but maybe it is possible that your metabolism is somehow "trained" when you are younger... for exampl if your mother ate a lot when she was pregant, and breast fed you while still eating a lot.. then would it be possible for your body to be initially used to eating higher amounts of calories?
But then again those people who seem to eat fast food all of the time, may eat just that one meal a day...
tricky question, it really has to do with who the person is.
Original Post by tmac46:
I think i am like 1 out of a million teenagers that actually works hard to be skinny and doesnt have high metabolism. And saying that i dont see what the skinny people eat everyday is false. My best friend is skinny and ive spent like weeks straight with him and hes all about leftover pizza, poptarts, oreos, milkshakes, popcorn, and he never works out. i do agree though that one day it will catch up with them and i think that even though they are skinny on the outside, on the inside they probably have like clogged areteries and all that stuff.,.and i know this is true because my one friend who doenst work hard to be skinny weighs the same as me and is about 1 inch shorter. and one night we weighed ourselves first then he had 3 hot dogs, a bunch of chicken, and alot of doritos,.that same night i had 1 hot dog, 1 bite of chicken, and no doritos.,we saw that i gained 2.2 lbs and he gained 0.4 lmaoo
tmac46, I completely agree that it will eventually catch up to you. In high school, I was a lot like your best friend. I could eat all the cookies, pizza, milkshakes, etc I wanted. Never gained anything from it. (Granted, I was also on the dance team in high school) Having that faster metabolism does not prepare you at all for when it slows down. I went to college and ate the same way I always did. Only the weight started to stick to me. Since I was used to getting away with not worrying about food, it was very hard to control myself and before you know it - I had gained 50 pounds!
Unfortunately, it's hard to see the damage one causes when he or she is not seeing the effects. And even harder to face it when it does start to show.
Original Post by udokier:
Sure, there are some differences in metabolism and build, but I think the main thing with "people who eat what they want and don't gain weight" is that those people want less, less often, than those of us who tend to put on weight.
That's my wife. When we got married, she was 110 lbs. 24 years later, she's packed on an additional whopping 5 pounds and has never been on a diet. She constantly say things like: "I really need to eat something but I just don't feel like it." You can imagine how annoying this is for someone who could eat constantly if I let myself.
Original Post by moosebouse:
The only people I have ever known that do this for real are men. My husband, my father in law, my uncle, friends -- they all eat recklessly without consequence. But I haven't known any adult women who could do that.
Without immediate consequence, maybe. There are reasons why women outlive men by 5 years, and this is probably one of them...
Original Post by aftonmae:
I think these people just aren't eating more calories then they need in a day. They probably have fast metabolisms and burn a lot of calories in a day.
I sometimes wonder. I'm a 19 year old college female, 5'5" and 125 pounds, size 2 pants, and very muscular but I eat a TON and don't gain weight. In middle school I used to be really short and thin without much of an appetite then grew a lot in highschool, but have been about the same height/weight since junior year. I used to do competitive gymnastics and a lot of dance and in college work out for an hour and a half most days, but I will not go to the gym for an entire week sometimes if I'm busy with schoolwork or my knee is bothering me, and still I don't really gain weight.
I have added up my daily caloric consumption and it's usually about 3,000 calories which seems extremely high. I am also not the healthiest eater, yesterday I ate: a bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich, a hashbrown, 24 oz powerade, and a muffin for breakfast, a 6 oz yogurt, small bag of baked lays, 2 oz bag of pretzels for lunch, a chewy bar as an afternoon snack, then had a grilled chicken breast, a cup of spinach, 16 oz skim milk, and half a cup of whole wheat pasta for dinner, with an ice cream sandwich for dessert. I also had a snack bag of cookies before I went to bed.
My friends are amazed that I am not fat and do not gain weight based on what I eat. Is it really possible that my metabolism is that high so that I can eat 3000 calories a day and not get fat? I do have a lot of muscle for my size and low body fat, if that makes a difference, but even though I am an active person and spend a lot of time walking around campus, it just seems like a ton of food. I should also probably mention that when I go to the gym I do about 45 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights, and it's a 10 minute walk (about 3/4 of a mile) each way to the gym. Based on the readings from the machines I normally burn about 400 calories doing cardio and then however much weight lifting burns. I am a very energetic person and am on my feet a lot but I feel like I'm always eating and am consuming way more food than most other girls my size do.