If Americans Eating Healthy Why Are We So Fat?

A recent telephone poll conducted in August by Zogby International, and commissioned by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston revealed that 70% of Americans say they are careful about what they eat. Yet 56% of these same people admitted to being overweight.

These polls really measure the ability of people to be truthful. Think about it. If someone calls you and asks, “Do you make healthy food choices?,” Are you going to say, “No. I eat crap and nothing but crap,” or are you going to say, “Yes, I think I make good choices. I try to eat healthy, blah, blah, blah.” People are going to lie. Ask them if they are overweight and 56% say yes, when the statistics show that closer to 70% of the population are either obese or overweight. Someone is not telling the truth.

They might have had a better result had they asked these folks what they actually ate. How often do you eat out? How often do you cook fresh vegetables at home? How often you do you eat fruit?

Many health experts believe that Americans think if they eat some healthy foods that their overall diet is health, and that’s simply untrue. The fact is, unless you eat healthier foods the majority of the time, you’ll be overweight. Case closed.

Where To Find Healthier Foods?

If you want to get more healthier foods in your diet, shop the outside aisles of the store. The produce, meat, dairy counters. Go down the frozen food section and stock up on frozen vegetables and find entree meals with less added sugar and fat. Cook at home at least once a week and

Limit bakery visits to once a week or less. Avoid the inner aisles as much as possible where they offer meals-in-a-box and pre-packaged cookies, crackers, Little Debbies, etc.

If you eat cookies every day, wean yourself down to no more than a couple of times a week. You can change your eating habits by making small changes, but it starts in your head. Take a close look at what you’re eating now and then make a few changes. Once you are used to those changes, make a couple more. Slowly, over time you can begin to eat a healthier diet.