Why Can ‘t I Eat Whatever I Want?

“Why can’t you eat whatever you want?” is a great question but rather incomplete. If we’re going to be honest with ourselves then the real question we want to ask is “Why can’t I eat whatever I want and not get fat?” You may think you know the answer to this question; you may be blaming bad genes, a slow metabolism, or thinking it’s just not logical to be able to eat whatever you want and not get fat.

But in actuality the more correct response surprisingly enough is that you can eat whatever you want and not get fat.

People do it everyday and it’s kind of irritating when you see a slender young woman chowing down on a big bowl of brownie fudge sundae with extra whip cream or a really muscular man ordering two double cheeseburgers with bacon…

If you’re not in the best physical shape then seeing something like that would really get you wondering why you consume the same types of food as these “fit” individuals yet you have a bit more jiggle and wiggle than you care for. Well here’s the reason why you can’t eat whatever you want and not get fat: one, you’re probably not burning more calories than you are taking in in a single day and two, you’re portions need to be moderated. And lastly, it probably helps if you’re overall diet was 95% clean and healthy foods and only 5% drenched in fudge and covered with cheese and bacon. Basically, everything in moderation and an active lifestyle can give you relief from having to eat lettuce and celery all the time.

Think about it, if you had a chocolate chip cookie the size of your head for a snack (approximately 300 calories) which isn’t really considered healthy and went to the gym later that evening and ran for about an hour on the treadmill (which is an estimated 600 calories burned depending on your weight and speed) then you burned that calorie intake as well as excess stored fat. So you can see how exercising in any form can somewhat cancel out those fatty and sweet indulgences you have every now and then. Otherwise, if after eating that cookie you went straight home and took a nap don’t be surprised if you wake up feeling a little bit flubbier.

Also eating things in smaller and more moderate portions is another factor that allows you to eat whatever you want.

Who says you can’t have a cheesecake for dessert or some ice cream for a snack but just as long as you don’t eat the whole cake or gallon. Take just enough bites to satisfy your sweet tooth and then put the rest away for another time. If you’re the type who dines out a lot, don’t be compelled to finish your order, especially since restaurant portions are usually bigger than normal. Cut your steak in half and put save some of that baked potato for later. Let the doggie bag be your best friend.

So can you really eat whatever you want and not get fat? Absolutely.

Just make sure to couple it with proportionate eating and exercise and you’ll no longer have to limit your taste buds to green leafy veggies. After all, life is a little sweeter when you add sugar especially when you get to eat whatever you want and not get fat.


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