The healthy/unhealthy continuum

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
The healthy/unhealthy continuum
364
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?















Pages

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-08-2010
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 6:57pm

Yes and sometimes it "looks" like someone is living healthy but you really do not know what happens behind closed doors. I have worked with some overweight women. At work, they eat like birds and get exercise. Little do you know (I have found out years later) that when they go home, they eat alot and unhealthy.


I do NOT believe you get overweight by eating healthy (for the most part of your diet) and exercising. I DO know many people who have problems with losing weight but they have PROBLEMS in other areas than food and exercise.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-09-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 6:58pm

What about the people who say they eat healthy and exercise for years on end and don't do/have any of these problems?


You know....there are very few people that I know well enough to make that assumption.

********
Ducky

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-08-2010
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 6:58pm

Oh, and I know all about reasons why people MIGHT not lose weight.


Too much healthy? How so?


iVillage Member
Registered: 03-08-2010
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 6:59pm

And you're right, honey, pictures do not lie. LOL


??

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-07-2003
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 7:00pm
All a person needs to do to gain a pound is eat 3500 more calories than they burn. That can be spread out over a long time. So let's say Sara is 5'6" and weighs 135 pounds. She exercises 5 days a week. Over 5 years she eats a really healthy diet, but 100 calories each day more than she burns. Over that time, she would gain about 10 pounds each year and weigh 185 pounds at the end of that five year period. That's not taking into account metabolism issues, but she would be considered obese at the end of those five years.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2010
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 7:01pm
A girl that I work with is about 5'10" and MAYBE 100 lbs. She eats and eats and eats, tries to get her weight up, but it just doesn't happen. People have accused her of being a heroine addict, or ask her if she has an eating disorder. I've met people who have bodies that behave the opposite... they exercise, they eat sensibly and small portions, yet they are still overweight. Your assumption that if someone just works hard enough, they will be able to be thin is plain wrong.

"It is said that men may not be the dreams of the Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men."


-Carl Sagan

"It is said that men may not be the dreams of the Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men."


-Carl S

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-10-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 7:01pm

<your diet) and exercising. >>


I would agree with that. But it's very possible to eat healthy and exercise and MAINTAIN a weight that is considered overweight.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-19-2010
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 7:03pm
They eat healthy, but too much food.

"It is said that men may not be the dreams of the Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men."


-Carl Sagan

"It is said that men may not be the dreams of the Gods, but rather that the Gods are the dreams of men."


-Carl S

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-08-2010
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 7:03pm

You should know better than anyone, right?


Not sure what you mean. Is this some type of personal attack on me as I was speaking in general and not ONE poster?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-10-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 7:03pm
I have a friend from HS who had a stroke about a year ago (during delivery of her daughter ... very scary time). She's recovered very very well now, but has one major lingering issue. She's underweight and is having a hell of a time maintaining a healthy weight.

Pages