I read a wonderful blog by Steph-Knee this morning about obligation vs. desire
Her story is inspirational and she writes really well.
However, my data driven mind kept thinking about one paragraph in particular.
“Why do I have to track my calories when MOST (emphasis mine) people don't? Why do I have to work harder than THOSE (emphasis mine) people that are naturally skinny and can eat whatever they want? Why can they eat out every night and I have to miss out?”
66% of our population is overweight, obese or worse and a certain percentage is battling eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia (5% estimate). That leaves 29% in the recommended weight range.
So MOST people may not be tracking calories or working harder but it sure hasn’t resulted in being skinny.
That’s because MOST people are not naturally skinny while eating whatever they want.
Sure, we all know someone for whom this is true, but they are not the norm, not by a long shot. It just seems that way when our motivation drops, but that’s just part of the mind games we all play with ourselves.
MOST people are just like those of us who have to pay attention to nutrition and exercise
Of the 29% who are in their recommended weight range how many are being vigilant in their efforts toward nutrition and exercise? At my height I have a 40 pound range to still be considered of “healthy” weight and I have to pay attention if I want to stay there.
Certainly there are millions of us here on Spark and similar online communities. Add to those the followers of all those very profitable commercial diet programs and you’re taking a big chunk out of that 29%. They are not in that group naturally or without effort.
Occasionally someone tells me how lucky I am that I can eat anything I want. Only then do I tell them about my 5 years on Spark.
We’ve all faced the frustration that Steph-Knee describes so well.
MOST people are right there with her.