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Eating healthy and working out aren't worth it, amirite?

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Has nothing to do with longevity for most people and everything to do with quality of life. Eating the foods you mentioned on a daily basis is just going to lead to multiple health issues, obesity, multiple heart issues, anxiety and depression, sleep apnea, etc etc etc. All things that can come and progress pretty quickly on you (and everything compounds on you, one condition making the other worse etc). Even if you live another 20-30 years like that, every year you're body will be doing worse. It will effect your mobility, ability to breathe easily, your mental health dramatically (so much is connected to your heart health and sleep), acid reflux etc. You're not going to want to eat that big mac or nuggets if you're gagging up pink foam every time you eat fried foods.

So I guess if you want to be immobile, anxious and depressed, in need of daily medications (many of which will limit your ability to eat certain things), CPAP machines at night, frequent visits to the ER.... then go at er.

I've lived the life you're describing. I am now 43 and feel like I'm much older. I had major surgery earlier this year and if I indulge my unhealthy cravings I can't poop for a week and that stresses my surgery area something fierce. Basically I had to decide if I want to live or die this year.

I'm not telling you to never eat junk food, but if that's all you eat you're going to end up like me or worse. Constantly in pain and deep in debt. Please don't do that to yourself and your loved ones.

I feel much better now that I eat healthier. I used to eat a lot of unhealthy crap and I was quite heavy. I felt sluggish, big, bloated, and got sick more often.

Since drinking more water, eating better, exercising regularly, and severely restricting alcohol and fast food I feel better. It's tough, but breaking any addiction is. These greasy foods are addicting. Change your lifestyle for a week and see how much better it feels.

Eh. Some people actually enjoy a healthy lifestyle. You're assuming it's suffering. Just say you don't care about your health and move on lol

I said the same thing about smoking, it's only the end years that you live longer. And someone said to me but it's "The quality of life".

Idk I feel a lot better mentally when I eat relatively healthy and work out regularly

Achilles982s avatar Achilles982 Yeah You Are +4Reply

It's not just about lifespan. It's also about self-respect. I've never seen somebody compliment a morbidly obese person's appearance unless they were either trying to be polite or some sort of BBW fetishist. Many obese/severely overweight people face self-esteem issues, depression, abusive relationships, poverty, an inability to find clothes, bedding or bathing spaces, and they struggle with things like airplane travel and playing actively with their kids and pets.

I can't imagine why anybody would choose this. Obviously going the other direction towards thin obsession can be equally harmful, and being twig-thin comes with its own health issues and mockery. Still, maintaining at least a relatively healthy weight is about caring about yourself as a person. It's okay to be a little chubby or chunky, but if it's physically or mentally harming you, it's nothing to be proud of.

I work out multiple times a day 5x a week. But I eat whatever I want. Do i look in shape? Yeah. Do I look jacked and cut? No.

While I enjoy working out, I find I really only like working out because it affords me the ability to eat whatever, whenever I want.

Openeyess avatar Openeyes Yeah You Are +4Reply
@Pheniz21 What do these multiple workouts a day consist of?

I lift weights for about an hour and half around lunch. Then when I get home after work I do a round of 12-3-30s on the treadmill and 30-60 mins of yoga.

@Shussz 5 days a week huh? That is some extreme dedication.

Uh huh. Some days my wife and I walk our dogs instead of the treadmill. But yeah weights 5 days, unless I'm traveling. But I also don't eat straight crap.

Kionixs avatar Kionix Yeah You Are 0Reply
@Dairyqueenemployee I'm impressed.

Well I was in the military for awhile so that helps. But I also played sports my whole life so I enjoy it.

freq432s avatar freq432 Yeah You Are +2Reply
@freq432 Well I was in the military for awhile so that helps. But I also played sports my whole life so I enjoy it.

Oh yeah that makes sense. I am fairly active myself due to my job, and I try and eat healthy sometimes. But I wasn't into sports in school so I'm naturally more sedentary.

KilljoyXs avatar KilljoyX Yeah You Are +2Reply

common man, just eat your freaking salad

i can be happy and 200 pounds vs sad and 400 pounds because i cant run

Prettydottys avatar Prettydotty Yeah You Are +4Reply

I like salad. It's genuinely one of my favorite foods. I dislike McDonald's. It's overly greasy, salty and just tastes bad. Fast food was literally engineered in a lab to appeal to children and adults who can't handle vegetables.

It's the same trade off with drinking. You can choose to "enjoy" yourself every night, or be boring and feel amazing. Just depends on your goals.

Don't ask me to pay for your healthcare though.

You don't have to just eat salads to be healthy. There are tons of delicious ways to cook veggies and healthy food and it is way tastier than fast food. Also, working out can be fun and once you build the stamina and start to feel the benefits, it can be quite addicting.

Most people want to be physically fit and healthy. If you read Shrill by Lindy West she goes deep into fat shaming. West thinks that when you fat shame you are mocking people with disabilities.

Also there are fast food swamps.

"Food Swamps Predict Obesity Rates Better Than Food Deserts in the United States "

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29135909/

There is also the link between poverty and obesity. Next, there is a lot of health misinformation and disinformation. When someone makes an anti-fat joke they are shaming and stigmatizing people who lived in poverty, in fast food swamps, misinformed, and are suffering from disability.

That's why old athletes usually look terrible.

Yeah old fat people are really nice looking though.

It's all fun and games until you develop a chronic illness.

@Thatoneduderyan It's all fun and games until you develop a chronic illness.

Which is inevitable if you Macdonalds + candy every day.

mattyh2433s avatar mattyh2433 Yeah You Are +1Reply

I enjoy myself knowing I'll live longer. Also knowing that when I get older I can still do most of the things I do now without issue, unlike my friends who aren't watching their health now and will complain about how hard it is to walk up the stairs at 50.

If you're going to eat unhealthy, you can do better than choosing McDonalds. If you're life is going to suffer, eat tastier options. Come on!! I have faith in you!! Do better!!

Some-Noname-idks avatar Some-Noname-idk Yeah You Are +3Reply
@Some-Noname-idk If you're going to eat unhealthy, you can do better than choosing McDonalds. If you're life is going to suffer...

Had to scroll way too far for this lol. They literally picked the most trashy garbage dumpster food possible lol.

I have found that there are only three reasons anyone offers me unsolicited advice about diet or exercise:

1. To make me feel bad
1. To make themselves feel better than me
1. To sell me something

If you think eating gummy worms and McDonals is tasty, then you aren't getting the most out of your life. There is so much 'unhealthy' food that you can make and eat that at least tastes good.

You are also conflating professional athletes with people who work out to stay fit. There is a big difference betwixt a professional athlete trying to outperform others and someone who goes three times a week to the gym and does a little bit of yoga to stay flexible.

DueBodybuildes avatar DueBodybuilde Yeah You Are +3Reply

Don't know a single person who is eating clean and exercising to "live 20 years longer". Quality nutrition and exercise will have the mind and body feeling better day in and day out. I think you think people who are into fitness suffer to stay in their routine when in fact it's fun and rewarding. Indulgence is a behavior to ration so the dopamine levels stay balanced

@ambitiouscorner Don't know a single person who is eating clean and exercising to "live 20 years longer". Quality nutrition and...

Quality nutrition and exercise will have the mind and body feeling better day in and day out.

Not much better, though. Not when one obsesses over losing hours on them every day. The hefty costs don't go away just because it's ultimately rewarding. It's worth it, but only just barely.

@contextrip Quality nutrition and exercise will have the mind and body feeling better day in and day out. Not much better...

What else are you spending all those hours on? People who complain about exercise being a waste of time forget that just thirty years ago, people used to walk everywhere, and decades earlier, many grew their own vegetables, worked manual jobs and had more pedestrian commutes. Even shopping required a lot of walking. Today, we spend a high average of hours just mindlessly browsing the internet and playing on phones, watching TV or sitting sedentary at a desk or in bed. It only takes an hour a day or so to help make a difference. Most of us can afford that hour.

@tonywonderslostnut What else are you spending all those hours on? People who complain about exercise being a waste of time forget that...

A very valid point. "It's a waste of time!" As opposed to what? Playing Call of Duty 7 hours a day?

If you keep eating McDonald's and gummy worms you are much more likely to get sick and depressed, you think of food as a delicious treat rather than medicine. You get in the best shape of your life and you eat well, you'll never want go go back

Tanmoykayesens avatar Tanmoykayesen Yeah You Are +2Reply

We all have our own values. If you want to be an unhealthy fatass then all the power to you. To others, having a responsibility to themselves and their own body is very much worth it.

Mrtechnohawks avatar Mrtechnohawk Yeah You Are +2Reply

If you are adapted to healthy eating, it tastes better than McDonald's and gummy worms

@Crazymotherfuker If you are adapted to healthy eating, it tastes better than McDonald's and gummy worms

Facts! I quit drinking soda for a year and when I finally had one, it was so bad… all I could taste was the sugar.

Tanmoykayesens avatar Tanmoykayesen Yeah You Are +4Reply
@Tanmoykayesen Facts! I quit drinking soda for a year and when I finally had one, it was so bad… all I could taste was the sugar.

Honestly i do drink only water but that's by preference. It tastes good to me. I dont need flavoring to make me drink it like a lot of people. At work i was drinking fruit punch every day for a few months but now I'm back to water. It does make room for more sugar in what i eat for sure

Enjoy that diabetes and high cholesterol my guy.

Shiny244s avatar Shiny244 Yeah You Are +2Reply

I enjoy my life because I eat healthy and keep fit. A year ago I felt like absolute trash because I was eating McDonald's and gummy worms all day.

stevnev88s avatar stevnev88 Yeah You Are +2Reply

Hard to enjoy life when you aren't healthy. The reason you like junk food is because you're addicted to sugar, cut down your sugar intake and all of the sudden healthy food tastes great. Exercising is also a great way to blow off stress.

If you want to compulsively eat a pile of sugar while watching 8 hours of TV every day that's your business but I wouldn't look at you and go "Boy, that guy is really enjoying life."

Ever heard of the saying "a healthy mind in a healthy body"?

Because that's true. If you keep yourself in shape and eat healthy, you will be happier.

You get to meet your grandkids this way. Very much worth it.

Pheniz21s avatar Pheniz21 Yeah You Are +2Reply

When someone complains about eating healthy by complaining about eating salads it just means they have no idea what healthy is

Pro athletes don't work out for health. They are pushing their body to the extreme for performance now regardless of the damage they are doing.

Also that's not how the heart works

Personally, it's not worth it to feel like crap even if the food tastes good.

mattyh2433s avatar mattyh2433 Yeah You Are +1Reply

There's plenty ways to eat healthy that go beyond eating lettuce.

As you age all your unhealthy habits begin to catch up with you. It's much easier to maintain health and fitness.

i got lucky - i've always had a natural fondness for salads and a strong aversion to fast food, plus years of doing physical work kept me pretty fit/strong

but in spirit i have to say that i agree, i'm a hedonist at heart who just happens to do/like some healthy things

i wouldn't trade five of my destructive partying years in my 20s for twenty more years of retired life - those were ridiculously pleasurable times and worth every dead brain cell

Eating healthy doesn't have to suck. You just have to be halfway decent at following recipes, which is very easy.

Working out is also enjoyable for me, so I don't consider it a chore. That combined with hiking/backpacking and I'm in very good shape.

I lost 55 pounds at the age of 30 and remained in fantastic shape throughout my 30's by exercising and dieting obsessively. I did all this to look better and thus feel better about myself. It had nothing to do with my health or living longer. I absolutely hated every aspect of this lifestyle other than how I looked in my clothes. I don't do it anymore - I eat what I want and don't work out - because I'm just not motivated enough but my self-esteem is so low that I actually avoid going out in public.

Being strong and in good shape is fun but you do you man.

Shusszs avatar Shussz Yeah You Are +1Reply

It's worth it if the healthy food is delicious or suit your taste. And working out help keep your body strong and in good shape. All of these can help save money in healthcare.

Shut up fat ass /s kinda

I would get sick of gummy worms in no time but I can enjoy a salad everyday idk what people have against salads...

dankXDs avatar dankXD Yeah You Are +1Reply

You're the reason why I'll fight universal Healthcare forever. Enjoy your chickie nuggies fat boy.

Kionixs avatar Kionix Yeah You Are +1Reply

I agree. I rather live a short life filled with delicious foods and treats than a slightly longer life full of eating tasteless and boring salads and torturing myself with extra stress and exercise.

Cheytuflyas avatar Cheytuflya Yeah You Are +1Reply

Whatever floats your boat, it's a free country....and looking around I'm not sure your opinion is actually unpopular.

This is just your typical, boring, watered down, young adult take on existentialism/nihilism.

lazar94s avatar lazar94 Yeah You Are 0Reply

Eating healthy doesn't end at salads. It's a lifestyle and is also about portions and nutrition balance.

Your take sounds like an excuse to maintain a sedentary lifestyle.

People don't do this as punishment. It's rewarding and feels good to be healthy. Doing physical activities and sports becomes easier, you look better, and you also mentally feel better. Obviously, you can eat unhealthy foods, but having a balanced diet is important. Your mindset is why 40% of Americans are obese as it's quite common of an idea. Now, you can do whatever you want, and if eating poorly is what you want, then more power to you. But to have the mindset that people that try to stay healthy are miserable is completely incorrect as you are mentally more healthy when you take care of your body.

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