There is a severe case of ignorance
I think this is the nail being firmly hit on the head. I've worked in my office a few years now, and despite the attitude i displayed in my previous post, I generally try and be as nice, understanding and friendly as possible (not counting the last 6 months, though). I was always of the opinion that it was a shame really, because these people don't know what their putting in their mouth, and if they did, they would change. I know, 'coz I used to be one of them... sort of.
So I change my attitude from trying to give them tips / advice (which they don't hear, let alone follow) to saying things like 'the best thing you can do is learn a little, learn about protein, carbs, and fat. What they are, what they're needed for, recommended requirements. Good carbs and bad carbs. Etc'. Then this changed to, "OK, the BEST thing you can do, is write down EVERYTHING you eat from now until this time next week. Don't leave anything out, write down everything, even and especially calorie containing drinks and what time you eat / drink each item. Then, next week, you look at your food log and try and identify where your going wrong. you can count your calories, see what time of day you get most calories, etc etc etc". I also gave them a link to a site that has most foods and drinks you can buy in the UK, and tells you what calories are in them, so they can count them up easily.
It's all worthless. in saying that, the people that come to me with a specific question or questions seem to be much more motivated - these are the ones that don't really need to diet, lol.
Anyway, now I just say,
"i recommend the smoothie diet".
Maybe not, but i might just start ;-)