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 make up 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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But food choice and diets are complicated areas that can produce a great deal of unnecessary confusion. One of the challenges when working within this complex area is the contradictory information that’s often published by well-meaning enthusiasts. You can read that a Vegan diet is great for weight loss, that it can reverse diabetes and lower cholesterol. But studies report similar results for the Paleo diet books that fill our bookshelves. The problem is that researchers are often highly selective about the data they report. They look for the evidence that will support their conclusions or philosophies. No wonder things can get a little confusing!
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The Epigenetic Diet Revolution is a breath of fresh air in the world of healthy eating and favours the following approaches:
Very low in terms of glycemic load, meaning zero sugar, zero grain flour and zero refined carbohydrates of any kind.
High in fresh vegetables and low fructose fruits. The deeper the colours, the more variety, the better. These are the characteristics of a high phytonutrient content, the key to protection against most diseases.
No pesticides, antibiotics or hormones and no GMO foods.
No chemicals, additives, preservatives, dyes, MSG, artificial sweeteners except stevia
Higher in good-quality fats from olive oil, nuts, seeds, coconuts and avocados.
Adequate protein for appetite control and muscle synthesis.
Organic, local, fresh foods should form the majority of your diet.
Avoid dairy. The main reason to abandon dairy (according to respected medical opinion) is that it is a source of inflammation. Whilst there some individuals who can tolerate the casein in dairy, for most it contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer and may increase (not decrease) the risk of osteoporosis.
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For millions of people around the world, a grain-rich diet provides far too much gluten, which in turn creates inflammation, digestive issues, IBS, weight gain and obesity.
Beans might score highly as a great source of fiber, protein, and minerals but, unfortunately, they create digestive problems. Beans contain lectins and they create inflammation. They also contain phytates, which reduce mineral absorption.
The Paleo approach favours animal meat. But not all meat is created equally. Eating sustainably raised, clean meat, poultry and lamb can be a part of a healthy diet. Aside from the moral question of eating animals, meat consumption also adds enormous strain to the planet, including more water use, more rapid climate change and more energy use. Eat meat as a balanced addition to your overall meal, and only consume grass-fed, line caught, wild or sustainably raised animal protein.
Eggs have been exonerated and don’t have any impact on cholesterol and are not associated with increased risk of heart disease. They provide a great low-cost source of vital nutrients and protein.
Choose small, omega-3 fat-rich fish such as sardines or wild salmon to minimise mercury. If you are a Vegan, you need omega-3 fats, and not just the alpha linolenic acid (ALA) found in plants. You need preformed DHA, which is what most of your brain is made from. Look for an algae-derived DHA supplement. Everyone needs vitamin D3. For vegans, vitamin B12 is also critical.
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