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Aug 24, 2009 05:17 PM

Do you eat like a pig but stay skinny?

Do you pig out yet manage not to gain weight? How? Do you even know? Have you ever worried about your weight? Do you ever think about fat and calories?

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  1. Funny, people rag me about this constantly. They always have. I have an insatiable appetite and think about food all the time. I don't fill up quickly, but I am conscious of portions and I don't overeat. My weight fluxuates maybe 5 lbs. Right now I'm about 5 lbs heavier than I would like to be. But I don't fret over it. People are always saying "how to you eat so much and stay so thin?" I think it's a combination of things. Good DNA, primarily. I'm also type 1 diabetic so I eat well and regularly. I love veggies, whole grains and don't eat much sweets or simple carbs. I don't reallly worry about fat and calories - just carbs.

    1. Oh god, don't I wish! The day a doctor says to me, "Caroline, you've got to put some meat on those bones," I will KNOW there IS a god and she loves me...!

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      1. re: Caroline1

        "I will KNOW there IS a god and she loves me...!"

        Love that, Caroline!

        1. re: lynnlato

          Thanks, but I consider myself living proof that God is a misogynist. If God REALLY loved women, we would have to eat to stay slim, and chocolate would be the world's most effective diet food. But since things are the way they are, can there be any doubt?

          1. re: Caroline1

            This kind of thinking is problematic, but it is hardly your fault. Why do we consider skinny good? It is because we live in a patriarchy and a capitalist society. When women are pressured to reject their natural forms by shrinking their bodies, they become less strong and less powerful. Their enery is focused away from the change they can affect in the world and toward self-hatred. That pressure is manifest through all forms of media constantly and has proliferated the thinking of most every being in western culture.Why would you say that if God "really loved women" he'd keep us thin? Love is acceptance, not rejection. Be kind to yourself. It could change the world.

              1. re: liabon

                you can't blame men/patriarchy for this. before twiggy men were quite content w/ marilyn monroe and jane russel

        2. No, but thanks for asking. 8^P

          1. I definitely eat what I want, when I want, in the quantity I want. That being said, I havent always been 6'2" and 170lb that I am now. Through hard work, dedication and eating right, I managed to drop 75lbs about 10 years ago and keep it off. Resistance training, running and eating healthier allowed me to get to where I am and as a side affect rev'd up my metabolism to the point where I now, by my best guess, eat about 3500-3750 cal. a day. I still work out daily(either running or weight lifting), but make lots of time to enjoy my food exploring/eating hobby.
            That being said, I find it highly dismissive and snarky when someone says something to the effect of, " oh, you are so lucky to be born with such a fast metabolism!". They would not have said that if they knew me when I weighed 245lb! furthermore, you arent saddled with a particularly slow or fast have control over it to a large extent!

            Sorry for the Thread Hijacking rant!:-D

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            1. re: nkeane

              I'll support your rant. More than once people have said to me "how do you eat like that and yet stay thin?" or yes, more snarkily, "boy, you're lucky to have you metabolism." (I'm 5'4" and 125lbs with a good amount of muscle.) what people don't realize is that they're seeing me out at restaurants or parties or other social occasions where yes, I pretty much eat and drink what I want. What they don't see is me dragging myself to the gym 5-6 mornings a week, or what I eat when I'm making myself a "non-event" meal, which is a lot of egg whites, plain grilled meat, fruit, steamed or grilled vegetables, salads with lowfat dressing, cottage cheese, a few nuts . . . pretty darned exciting. So if I'm thin it's due mainly to discipline, not winning the random metabolic rate lottery.

              1. re: cookie monster

                i'm also same height and weight, and exercise 5 days a week. not on a diet but i eat well and sensibly. after returning from a holiday i can't wait to work off the extra kilos and everyone says 'what extra kilos?!'. lol...

                yes, discipline and my exercise love do help loads. i still fit into my clothes from 20 years ago....

            2. Yeah, I do have to watch what I eat, though fortunately I can keep my calorie count relatively high and still maintain my weight; that's due to my activity levels. But 25 years ago I weighed 250 lbs. Today I weigh about 145 lbs. I've gotten back up to 165 but never even remotely approaching two-five-oh. And given how cruel people are to the obese, I don't ever want to go back there. So, yes, I can eat a lot but I can't totally pig out (well, a day or two here and there is okay).

              I watch carbs too, but only to make sure that I eat plenty of them before a long run (there's a noticeable difference in my endurance if I run the day after meals heavy in protein and/or fat). I understand that is not true of everybody but it is for me.