Eat what you want…but eat in moderation. How many people in their 90’s and past the century mark have you heard about that avoided real butter, drank only skim milk, and never ate red meat. Most of those elderly people ate those bad foods their whole life and plenty of other foods that modern America has deemed evil and unhealthy. The key to their health was genes (which you can do absolutely nothing about so why worry) and the fact that they probably didn’t gorge themselves daily.
If you’re going to eat what you want and be healthy you can only do it through portion control. You control what goes in your mouth and you can control the size of the portions. You can eat a steak with a loaded baked potato but do you really don’t need the 12 oz steak? Unless you’re the size of an offensive lineman the 6 or 8 oz steak is more than enough and if that potato is the size of George Foreman’s fist you need to leave some of it on the plate. Your parents may have told you to always finish what is on your plate but that doesn’t mean you need to do it in one sitting.
Watching your portion sizes is difficult at the beginning but it is vital for success. Not controlling your portions and trying to make up for it by excercising or weightlifting is better than nothing but will probably just lead to stronger fat guy rather than a healthier man.
Eating what you want doesn’t include overriding any doctors orders due to specific conditions. As you age your body will change and changes in diets are often necessary. So, if you’re given specific orders from your doctor, get a second opinion if you want, but make sure you’re following what your doctor says. A big part of a doctors job is to give you the information needed to help you maintain your health but it is what you do with that information that makes the difference. Knowing about a condition doesn’t mean much if you’re not following the given advice and heeding the warnings.