Food Addiction – Eating too Much
If you’re experiencing being overweight right now, it might be more than simply a question of eating too much.
Since we first learned to walk on two legs, our bodies have evolved over the last two million years to cope with the frequent problem of food shortages. Food simply wasn’t available on a daily basis. That’s a fact. And our distant hunter-gatherer ancestors had to adapt to this problem in order to survive. So how did our bodies respond to those frequent shortages in the food supply? The answer was ingenious. We adapted by storing fat in our bodies. It’s a powerful survival mechanism, a portable energy source that would save us from starving in times when food wasn’t available. Our bodies obviously evolved to cope with the frequent threat of starvation. Our genes are conditioned in many ways to ensure we don’t starve.
We certainly didn’t evolve too many genes to protect us from overeating! We evolved to put on weight whenever possible and it’s such a fundamental part of our heritage that the powerful drive to avoid the risk of starvation can be traced to the oldest part of our brain – the limbic system. The drive to eat, to fight or flee in the face of danger, the need to reproduce – these primitive impulses stem from the limbic system and they clearly evolved to support our chances of survival as a species.
If you’ve ever heard a baby crying, you’ll recognise that the limbic system is fully operational from birth. So our brain produces very strong chemical signals that can influence our behaviour at the deepest level. That is why it is absolutely essential to make sure that you’re eating enough calories every day. You have to prevent your body from tripping into starvation mode, because that’s when fat storage really kicks in. If you cut the calories below the baseline threshold that you need to function normally, your metabolism slows down to conserve fuel supplies. Once you initiate starvation mode, your body will respond to incredibly powerful signals from the limbic system and you’ll be overwhelmed with the frantic urge to eat and that will usually involve high-fat and high-calorific foods – exactly the raw material of weight gain.
It’s easy to see now why so many diets end in failure. Cutting calories triggers the starvation response and we end up bingeing as if our lives depended on every loaded forkful! The problem is severely compounded by the risk of losing valuable muscle mass. About fifty percent of every pound you lose is essential, calorie-burning muscle tissue. And when the pounds pile back on, it isn’t muscle that miraculously re-appears – it’s more of those pesky fat cells.
We need a much more efficient way of controlling our weight. A method that respects our genetic makeup and avoids the pitfalls of simply cutting calories; calorie-restricted diets will make you fat.
We can begin by recognising that most of the processed food we consume every day is highly addictive. That’s correct. Addictive, The sugars, salts and processed fats produce chemical reactions in the body that make them irresistible. That’s why the food processing industry uses these ingredients on such a massive scale. But there’s a simple answer to all of these problems and it can be broken down into seven key points
7 steps to Stop Overeating and Lose Weight
- Cut out all processed food and eat only natural, whole foods.
- Eat with total awareness of what you are doing.
- Become aware of trigger foods.
- Get enough sleep.
- Learn to turn down your stress levels.
- Exercise the right way.
- Supplement in a smart genetic way
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