I came to the USA almost 8 months ago. Since high school, I have been struggling with my weight, however cutting down sweets and eating food cooked at home helped me keep my weight on a good level for so long. During my university years in the UK, I have lost some weight even though I have not been eating too healthy. Being short on budget and being always busy helped me avoid eating too much. This is how I looked at my best:
I was glad to finally have the flat tummy, it is so hard to get! I think I was weighing around 62 kilos (136 lbs) at that time, what with my height 177 cms (5.8 ft) was pretty decent.
But then I decided to move to the USA…
My first step was to say bye-bye to the UK and come back to my home in Poland for a month. Being back with parents mean that you have nice meals ready for you anytime. It’s such a luxury after being a student in a foreign country, additionally supporting myself from my very own funds only. “Yes mom, I’ll have seconds of that dinner” “Oh yes please, this cake was so delicious that I cannot refuse the extra piece”, etc… It’s how it happened, 4 kilos (~9 lbs) more… It still wasn’t that bad. I would be able to lose it quickly after going back to the UK. It’s how every Christmas looked like. I was coming back to Poland to put on weight 5 kilos (10 lbs), just to lose it within the next two weeks while being on my own again. But this time, instead of coming back to the UK I left for the USA. That was a crucial difference, which complicated the whole situation…
The very first days I came to the USA I wanted to try everything, so it came with no surprise to me that I looked like in food pregnancy all the time. However, after a few days, I stopped eating as much and normally my stomach would come back to normal, but not this time. Even when I hardly ate anything, my stomach was still bloating. Even celery diet gave no results and it was always a perfect remedy for getting my flat stomach back. I found out that the food in the USA has a huge impact on my body. Unfortunately, it was a negative one. It didn’t matter if the food was “organic” or not, still, I felt heavy and terrible. I guess all kind of food has too much sugar added. Here, even the bread is sweet. At least it tasted like that when I first came but after a while, you don’t even notice that anymore. You can get used to the worse quality of food very quickly. I think this picture shows how dramatically my body changed:
Still, I cannot be too upset because at least my body got bigger curves at the same time but my mom is really distraught as I got “Americanized”. In Slavic culture, the skinny figure is the most desirable one. If I came back with a shape like this, my friends and family would tell me straightforwardly that I am fat now. Nevertheless, people here claim that I am still “slim”, but I don’t feel in a slightest bit slim and I need to get back to shape. The same thing happened to my other Polish friends while they have been living in the USA. They said that since they came to the USA, their stomach is all the time bloating and they put on weight so easily on no matter what they did.
I was trying to eat more healthy and exercise almost every day, however, it didn’t really help too much. I kind of gave up and then it happened. One day I checked my weight and it turned out that I managed to lose 5 kilos (11 lbs) since the last time I checked it (it was like 3 months previously)!! I was so happy! Apparently, my party diet started to work! My sister and I found out this diet during our university years and so far it seems to be the most successful one. This diet can be summarized to drink as much as you can and go party. Even midnight McDonald’s after nightclub wasn’t able to reverse effects. Maybe I should exactly describe this miracle diet some other time. If I’m gonna get back in shape with it, I’ll for sure post about it!
I can feel that the food here is so bad for keeping a body in shape. Even with my eating habits that always helped me stay fit it is so difficult to stay slim here. However, Americans can’t blame only the quality of food for contributing to their obesity. I see on a daily basis how terrible eating habits they have and what’s even worse, they pass those habits on their kids. This combination gives an obvious equation, the USA is one of fattest nations around the world.