Ignorance is Weight Gain Bliss

It used to be somewhat surprising when people new to The Wine Diet would tell me they were SHOCKED by how many calories they eat in a day.  But as more people talk about The Wine Diet, I have come to realize that people have just lost touch with what they really eat every day.  If you were to ask most people how many calories they eat every day, you would be blown away by how many people wouldn’t come close to the real number.  There are some days where my calories get away from me even though I am generally diligent about tracking what I eat.  The fact that the majority of Americans are either overweight or obese is no longer surprising to me.  People just simply stopped paying attention to what they ate and how many calories it contains.  As American meals have become more calorie dense, the American waistline has grown equally as much. 

To solve the growing obesity problem, it seems logical that the first step should be to educate ourselves on what we eat.  Hiding our heads in the sand isn’t going to help us in this case.  So any successful diet has to have some sort of calorie tracking component to have a chance at offering long term results.  Which is why tracking calories is an important step in The Wine Diet.  If you don’t know how much you really eat, how can you decide how or what needs to change?  Once you know what you eat compared to what you are eating, you at least have a chance to make a conscious choice to make bad decisions.  Consider this example.  Let’s say you and a significant other are walking after eating dinner.  Your partner asks if you want to stop for an ice cream sundae.  What do you say?  If you had been tracking your calories, you might have enough room in your daily calorie to allow a sundae.  And if you don’t you have any calories remaining for the day or a smaller amount, you might settle for something smaller or something different.  Or you might decide to speed walk and eat ice cream so you can burn the calories as you consume them.  But if you are not tracking your calories, what decision do you make?  The only real decision is whether a hot fudge sundae or a banana split sounds better.  When you don’t know how many calories you are eating compared to how many calories you should be eating there is really no real decision.  Losing weight means has to start with understanding.  Once you know what and how much you eat, then you can focus on making positive and lasting changes.