German Fat2Fit Programme

Skinny German Shepherd

So, the more we lose, the more we gain. One day she was craving a hamburger, a food she wouldn't typically have eaten. But that day, she ate a hamburger and fries for lunch. And I was done. End of story," she says, with a hint of wonder in her voice. No cravings, no obsessing over calories, no weeklong binge-and-restrict, no feeling fat" and staying away from exercise. She ate a hamburger and fries, and nothing terrible happened. I just wish more people would get it," she says.

I've lost about 55 pounds over the last two years. In the midwest. No dieting involved, just changing habits. Whole grain breads, preferably where I can get fresh baked, not prepackaged in the grocery store (unless it's Whole Foods.) No processed foods. Lots of veggies and fruits, whatever is in season. Smaller portions of things others might consider taboo when trying to lose weight. Allowing cravings to be satisfied, but with small portions too. Let's face it, if you crave creme brulee or cheesecake or eclairs, you are going to eat anything in front of you until the craving is satisfied. Since the first five or six bites of something are usually the best, that seems to satisfy me.

Body Mass Index (BMI) rather than body weight itself is the most widely utilized tool for assessing weight problems and the degree of their severity, although these measurements do not actually determine the percentage of body fat in a person. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines being overweight as a BMI equal to or higher than 25, and Obesity as a BMI equal to or higher than 30.

Hartmann and Siegrist 9 highlighted that a behavioral change is needed in more prosperous countries to reduce substantial environmental damage caused by food consumption. Sabate and Soret 10 also specified that the drastic diet changes are complex, which implicates behavioral and policy challenges at many levels. Therefore, dietary recommendations should be tailored to regional conditions for preserving cultural eating habits and contributing to more environmentally friendly consumption 11 There are already Western country-scale studies about citizens' behaviors and attitudes towards meat consumption and sustainable diets (see e.g., Belgium: 12 , 13 , Finland: 14 , 15 , Germany: 16 , Netherlands: 17 , 18 , Scotland: 19 , United States: 20 ). However, the information about nutrition, food safety and dietary recommendations is increasing and changing constantly, and thus diet changes among citizens constitute a heterogeneous and dynamic research area.

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