I continue to be amazed at how hard it is to lose weight and keep it off. I've gone from 252 -> 192 and back up to my current 210. This has been over ~4 years. The 4 year mark is when I started cycling as an adult.
Over the last year, I've begun to pay attention and interview my normal friends, normal being from a BMI POV or damn fit, from my POV. I've avoided folks that are skin and bone and limited it to folks I consider have at least an appropriate amount of muscle. I've further limited this to folks over 40 years old. The way it's turned out, all are cyclists except for one. This is a very small group of 6 folks and not scientific at all. I've taken them out for meals individually without them knowing my "research" was on. I've also asked them for complete daily intakes, after I took them out for meals. Here's what I've learned.
- None were ever much overweight. Very small sample size here.
- All but one, don't really pay much attention to what they eat, other than sugar. The one that does thinks he's overweight but most of us here would love to have his body/fat ratio. He's a bike racer and obsessive with body/fat ratios.
- All of them either didn't eat a great deal of their food or they took to go boxes. When I asked them post meal, all replied they were full and the ones that took to go boxes reported it would last them another meal or two.
- Four of the group don't pay any attention to meal times or the social aspect of eating. They eat small amounts of food when they're hungry and it's convenient. If not convenient, they just don't eat.
- Food is a low priority as opposed to me. I think about it all the time.
- All but one use Alcohol at least once a week, and report they don't eat more when they drink.
Down here is South Louisiana we don't eat much corporate food. But to put this in perspective the meals they had with me were about like going to Applebees size wise.
I found the sugar thing interesting, that they all seemed to eat very little of it. For me, to eat like them I'd have to stop paying attention to all the diet fads/theories/religions/systems and just eat way less portions at every meal without fail. I'm not sure I've got it in me, anymore than I can grow a foot taller. I'm going to give it a try, eating less not growing a foot taller