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People can eat what they want without weight gain.... Or can they?


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I often hear the line I can eat what I want without putting any weight on, and wondered of the following what your opinion is ?

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.
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I think it truely depends on the person....My hubby is one of those can eat what he wants and dosent put on weight.....He isn't very active just the occasional walk and he can eat 5 pieces of pizza for dinner.....or he has been known to eat two qudoba burritos for lunch ( the tortilla alone has to be 600cal apiece) He is 31 now and has not gained more then 10-15lbs since freshman year in highschool.

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.

You can eat what you want but in moderation. I do believe some ppls metabolism or whatever it is thats going on with them make it possible to consume way more cals in a day than many other ppl. I also get a kick out of ppl saying ' oh yes i can eat what i want all day long and not gain a pound' but if you watch these skinny minnies long enough and are around them long enough you come to find out they really dont eat much of anything.

 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.
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.  IE, they may eat a bunch of pizza sometimes when we happen to be looking, but their OVERALL AVERAGE EVERYDAY CALORIE COUNT over the long term is less.
Some people can eat more because they have faster metabolisms. My sister lives off pizza, ice cream, and cheeseburgers yet her BMI is technically underweight according to this site. However, it will catch up to her when her metabolism slows down. Some people will always have to watch what they eat if they don't want to gain weight because they have a slower metabolism. But in the long run I think those that have to be careful are the lucky ones. The people who eat junk because they can are coating their arteries with a fatty lining and are causing damage to their bodies. They also will have a harder timer losing weight once the need comes because they have been eating whatever they want their whole life. Then there are the people that have to work to stay skinny. The ones who work hard to maintain their figure. So when someone says they can eat whatever they want and not gain weight they might be telling the truth depending on their metabolism.
My DH is a huge eater and he still weighs the same as when he was in school.  An example day for him would be

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.  ;)

I think "I can eat what I want without gaining" is all about the body being in a certain place of balance, and things like leptin and all that are working as they are supposed to work. I have achieved that balance before, and sense that I'm getting back to it again now.

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.)
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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

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.

I agree that it REALLY depends on the person; all of my brothers (five of 'em) have gone through a phase they gain weight during eighth grade and then SHOOT up to be over 6 feet but they don't gain weight to compensate for the growth. They end up looking like string beans AND eating whatever they want.

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.

 

I agree... the "calories in, calories out" thing always holds true, but the number of "calories out" differs from person to person, even holding things like weight, activity and muscle mass constant.
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.

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.
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...

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. The two closest people in my life, my best friend, and my husband are both the type of people that thought they could eat whatever they want and not get fat. My best friend is 5'4". I first met her when she was 18 years old and she weighed 90 pounds. Everyone thought she was anorexic. She has had two kids, and after both pregnancies she went right back to looking anorexic. I was always jealous of this because I was having kids as well, but I kept weight on from it. She is now 27 and weighs about 125. She is still thin and looks great but I notice she has "saddle bags". Not a big deal, she looks great, but I have realized that she CAN'T eat whatever she wants and not put on weight. Her weight gain is very very slow, and at the rate she is going it will probably take another 3 years for her to start looking like she might want to hit the gym. But as she ages, and her metabolism slows down, and her energy declines, it's becoming apparent, she is just like everyone else. Now, this is the same for my husband. He is 6'1", and 4 years ago he weighed 145. I've known him since he was 15 and he was always the tall lanky skinny guy. He and everyone else thought he would be thin forever, it was just how he was built and he just has a fast metabolism. Well he weighs 175 now. A big part of that weight gain is probably a result him just growing older and filling out like men do, and the job he has had the last 3 years as an underground miner, he is gaining a lot of muscle. But he has, especially in the last year been building himself a nice little gut! So they are two very good example to me that no one can escape weight gain forever if they eat nothing but fatty foods. Because we all eventually get old and our metabolism slows down and we become less active and it all catches up!
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.

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