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  1. Phil, this is a great article. Unfortunately obese is the new normal in America. People seem powerless to control their burgeoning weight. It does take a lot of hard work to loose weight especially when people tip the scale into obese. I am not obese but I can almost feel their hopelessness – at least those who seem lost.

    I think usually there are a lot of factors going on mentally and psychologically. I don’t people would abuse food if they were in a good place because of the obvious consequences. what do you think?

    • Phil

      Hi Mashal, the whole theme of my website is that what seems hard or impossible is actually EZ, with just I slight change of perspective.
      I was Morbidly Obese, and a tv show on PBS, changed my perspective and my life. I went on “Eat To Live” and have never looked back.

      I just want to introduce what I’ve learned to as many people as I can. I hope they find it, Fun, Delicious and EZ.

      A main part of that is looking at what we put in our mouths differently, not everything you can shove in your mouth is food.

      Eating Organic, is one of the most important things we can do. I’ve had guest blogs on Growing your Own and avoiding GMOs.
      Thank you for your website.
      Phil

  2. According to your BMI calculator, my BMI is 24.5. I don’t know if that is good or bad, but Phil, I weigh more now than I have ever weighed! Its mostly belly fat, which is the most dangerous. In Louisiana they have a saying, the Cajuns here live to eat. I had my crawfish today and managed to get a little exercise too. I’m not overweight, but I am not skinny anymore either.

    • Phil

      Well Ken, at 24.5 you’ve got a better BMI number than I do. But, you know better than anyone if you’re at your ideal weight or not.

      I’m of Italian descent and I’m a great cook, my Mom taught me. I know about living to eat, but now I choose to “Eat To Live”. Life is a matter of choices. My choice right now is to get into the best shape of my life. If I have to give up something to get what I want, I will.

      Last weekend I watched the Super Bowl, I made a mess of Buffalo Chicken Wings and they were wonderful. Blue cheese dressing, salad, carrot and celery sticks and a couple of Foster’s. I enjoyed the game and my feast immensely. This weekend I’m fasting and doing the detox you suggested to me. I’m enjoying this weekend as well, because it’s getting me closer to my goal.

      It’s all a matter of choices.

  3. Nemira

    Yes, you right. We like comfort. We do not think about future. Today a food is tasty. It does not matter from where it came from. We do not care what type of ingredients are inside. Most of programs on TV keeps us glued to seats. Just when we see blood sugar levels getting up and our pictures are so different compare with couple years ago, it is time to think: what it is wrong?

    • Phil

      We’re sending ourselves the wrong message. Food should first nourish, it should be enjoyed, but not as a form of entertainment that never satisfies.

  4. It is so strange how we have changed the way we see things; when I was a kid I thought Hoss, one of the Cartwright brothers, was fat! When I,by chance, saw an episode a while ago I realized that according to today’s standard he was skinny, or at least normal.
    It is really freightening to see how many people are overweight and worst of all; all the overweight children. I hear that the young generation growing up now will have shorter lives than their parents, isn’t that awful?

    Thank you for a very good post!

    Regards, Kristina

    • Phil

      Kristina, you are so right on all counts.
      We’ve played a terrible trick on our children. We have fed them too much garbage and told them it was food. We “Supersized” their portions of, sugar, fat, salt, empty calories and poisons that kept them wanting more. They’re overfed and undernourished and we allowed it all to happen.

      I work with a young single mother, she hates vegetables, she thinks a hamburger is good eats. She goes from sipping a light and sweet coffee and a Coke. I have to wonder what her 6-year-old son thinks of vegetables and what is his drink of choice. I’d be willing to bet it’s not water. What chance does that kid have?

  5. HI Phil Great information here. I have just lost about 34ib so am feeling pretty good about all this. According to BMI I am in a healthy weight range for my height. I agree with waht you say about you knowing what is right for you – I think I still need to loose a bit more. I have been fascinated by the excuses peoplehave given me as to why they can’t loose weight – heavy bones! I’ve never seen a fat skeleton. To some extent I blame stretch clothing as it just gets bigger as you do and stay comfortable as well giving people no reason to slim down.

    • Phil

      Vicki, I loved your website, the subject is near and dear to my heart. I’m sure growing and eating your own vegetables contributed to your weight loss. I was morbidly obese for many years and ate healthier than most. I just could not figure what I was doing wrong. I blamed my metabolism and my thyroid, but that wasn’t it. It didn’t come together until after I started on “Eat To Live” then it all became EZ.

      Whatever it takes for somebody to take control and make changes. We can only add what we’ve learned and hope our message gets through to somebody else.

      Thanks,
      Phil

  6. Jazmin

    The problem with my family is that It’s 5 of us, my parents and 3 girls, 19, 18, and 14. Daily arguments on what to eat because we all have different likes when it comes to food. Being on a tight budget us girls usually eat microwavable foods that we pick out ourselves when we go shopping. Right now we are all in good shape but I know that the older we get it will become a problem. Great article Phil.

    • Phil

      Jaz, I can appreciate your families situation. Your government has made eating healthy more expensive than eating garbage. But, we are all as individuals responsible for what we put in our mouths. I eat healthy, not to lose weight, but to live longer. The weight loss is just an added benefit.
      I can eat healthier for less than it costs to eat garbage. That’s not even taking into consideration the reduced health costs of, not poisoning yourself.

      To think that Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries and Seeds cost more than microwaveable processed, GMO loaded, ‘food’ is just plain wrong.

  7. Jeff

    Hello Phil,

    Excellent post packed full of useful and valuable content. As a country we must take this issue on and your website will prove to be valuable resource. I am very concerned for our youth today as the childhood obesity rate is out of control and climbing. Keep the post coming…great job.

    Well … off to dinner … a spinach salad.
    Jeff

    • Phil

      Hi Jeff, thanks a lot. I thought long and hard about bringing up childhood obesity, but I don’t think this website is aimed at kids. I’d like to get the parents and grandparents thinking about what they’re feeding themselves and their kids, and what they’re doing to them.

      Obesity is an Epidemic, killing one out of five, and they want us to worry about Ebola. They want us to fear Isis and not Monsanto. I don’t get it.

      Enjoy your salad, I’ve decided to do a ‘water fast’ this weekend.

  8. Hi Phil,
    It is definitely a serious issue! And it is a combination of reasons why. All those you have mentioned and more.
    So many people out of work adds to the issue in more then one way, because they are eating the cheaper unhealthier foods that are affordable to them and many are eating more because they are depressed.
    I think the thing that amazes me the most is that with the great popularity of such shows as Extreme Weight Loss, Dr. Oz and others, there hasn’t been a greater change in our culture.
    Thank you for helping to spread the word!
    Christa 🙂

    • Phil

      Christa, you are of course right, there was so much more I could have covered. I will be revisiting this topic many times. I’ve found the poorer the neighborhood the worse the selection of quality fresh produce, fruits and vegetables.

      But, obesity is not just limited to the poor. I know quite wealthy people who think you can actually buy ‘Food’ at a fast food joint. They fail to understand that just because you can shove it in your mouth, doesn’t make it food.

  9. I am not Obese as such but over the last month I have developed a good pair of moobs.THey actually disgust me but I am to see the doctor this friday,I think there could be a chemical imbalance causing this.I never had anything like these before as I usually am quite fit.

    I do take medication for depression and I have an under active thyroid but I have looked this condition up and with men this happens with too much estrogen in the diet.

    • Phil

      Mark, you just touched on the subject of the next guest blog for here. I will make a point of emailing you the article as soon as it’s up.
      I’m curious as to what your BMI is? You can email me if you don’t want to make it public.
      Email me at phil@makeitez4me.com

  10. Nice read. Now that women are wearing tights as pants, it is even more noticeable. I see people in restaurants that are 3x my size (while I’m eating salad) wolf down their soda, double fries and huge burger. Don’t they know or do they just not care?

    • Phil

      Debbi, maybe they just don’t care to know.
      I know I let myself get Morbidly Obese, 245 lbs. When I lost 60 lbs only one person at work noticed. People told me they never thought of me as fat. Fat! I was immense!
      It’s all about what we now consider as Normal.

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