Healthy eating is quite possible in America
Just drink diet soda. I’m a very fat guy, 280 lbs right now and in vastly the best shape of my life at 33. I used to be 350. But I’m not diabetic nor have ever been pre-diabetic. I drink diet soda like it’s water.
My brother is six years younger, much thinner, much more active, but drinks regular soda. He’s on the verge of pre-diabetes and is having to change his habits.
One meal a day?! That is some strong willpower.
100% this: “So if the combination of increased low-intensity exercise and healthier but increased eating while on vacation in Europe leads to weight loss, how unhealthy must the typical eating/exercise habits in America be?”
Just look at all the processed foods in our grocery stores--someone is buying them!
I have read these articles and realize I am pretty much living the European vacation everyday. I walk an average of 5 miles a day, don't eat too much during the day but don't really pay close attention to what I eat at dinner. An on weekends I tend to indulge. Result is not exactly perfect fitness but I'd have a hard time reducing my activity level and concurrently my eating.
Three things: 1) Obesity rates in Italy are rising, especially among children https://www.vox.com/2016/8/22/12552592/italy-obesity-rate. Turns out they're not eating the Mediterranean diet, either.
2) Where are you getting chicken thighs for $0.88 a pound?
3) What's the matter with frozen vegetables?
Good information. I read that WSJ article also. Thanks for laying out what you buy and prepare.