The healthy/unhealthy continuum

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The healthy/unhealthy continuum
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Fri, 04-09-2010 - 8:56pm

On a dietary continuum from 100% healthy (not a single non-nutritive food consumed EVER, all dietary recommendations met daily) to 100% unhealthy (all processed food, no fruits/veggies/whole grains), at what point do you consider a diet no longer to be in the healthy range of the continuum? Do you consider one or two vices to disqualify an otherwise healthy and well-balanced diet as being healthy? Or do you judge the healthfulness of a diet based on whether basic dietary guidelines are followed?















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Registered: 03-08-2010
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 4:27pm

So if someone says they go to the gym and eats healthy, how can they possibly STILL be overweight?


(again this is in general)

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Registered: 03-08-2010
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 4:30pm

And I do NOT see how someone who says they eats healthy and goes to the gym can be overweight. (in general of course). Pictures don't lie ;)

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 4:34pm

Yes, the horror of carbs cracks me up too sometimes. I think I made pretty clear that I was not talking about the occasional piece of white bread, but using white wonder bread and those yucky buns as staples for kids. I try to avoid demonizing food, so I don't disagree with you in any serious way.

But, OTOH, I have always tried to be careful about the foods that are regular, everyday foods in the house for the kiddo. It might be OK for an adult to have a soda daily, but I really don't think it is ok for a kid. Ditto for daily wonder bread.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 4:36pm
I am not seeing a problem even if someone chooses to use white bread exclusively. The main advantage of whole grain over white is the fiber. If someone is getting enough fiber in fruits vegetables, beans, whole grain cereal etc then I do not think that using white bread is a huge problem.
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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 4:37pm

Genes, metabolism, bone structure... For some people, eating right and exercising means you're healthy but still big. The only way that some people will ever be skinny is to have an eating disorder. I'd rather someone be healthy and big than be unhealthy and skinny.

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Registered: 03-08-2010
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 4:42pm
ITA with you.
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Registered: 03-08-2010
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 4:46pm

I am sorry but (beer) bellies and double chins are NOT considered "bone structure", IMO-lol!! (speaking about anyone who claims they eat healthy and exercise).


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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 4:46pm

Quite easily.

Because of genetic some people will never be at a statistical healthy weight no matter what they do. But exercising and eating healthy does keep them at a better weight then they would be otherwise.

Some people are works in progress. Weight does not fall off immediately. They can be eating healthily exercising and eating healthily but it still takes time to get to a healthy weight if they had not done so in the past.

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Registered: 05-10-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 4:46pm

I disagree, in theory.

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Registered: 05-10-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 4:48pm
Because one can't eat healthy choices and still consumer more calories than they burn.

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