You are designed to survive and replicate. Every thought and biological urge you feel drives you towards optimal situations for reproduction and the survival of your genes.
Forty thousand years we ate berries, fruit and small rodents with the occasional bigger kill.
We then domesticated animals and learned farming. We no longer rely on our small group to survive and now have food in abundance. We now cook our food so the entire day doesn’t need to be spent chewing just to get enough nutrients to survive. This has freed up a lot of time. Machines have made a lot of other things easier. We each live today in greater luxury than Kings and Queens of only a few hundred years ago.
But we are still ruled by the emotions and desires that powered us for life on the African plains. We eat whenever we can and our bodies rapidly lay down any excess in fat stores because the next meal might be days or even weeks away. We are driven to fit in with the group for its survival benefits. We are driven to gain social status where we can and to seek out and find the best possible mates to pass on our genes. This is what makes us tick.
Understanding this can help us regain control of our waists once more.
We eat like there is a famine coming. But there is a better way. This is how:
- Accept that your body has biology which will make you fat unless you concentrate hard and make a bit of an effort.
- Learn what hunger is and what it isn’t.
- Make better food choices each and every day.
- Use your body the best way that you can. Keep yourself fit and active.
- Sleep well. Rest and recuperation are part of a healthy life.
- Recognise snacking for what it is – unnecessary calories and best avoided.
- Keep busy and focused working towards SMART goals.
- Keep a journal of progress, calories in and exercise done, along with daily thoughts.
- Change lifelong habits around food. This is very achievable, worth doing and takes about two months.
- Changes feel strange at first like new shoes, but become automatic and comfortable with time.
Buy the book, learn how it makes sense and fits together, complete the daily journal and start living the dream.
About the Author:
Dr Peter Windross lives and works in the South of the UK near the New Forest. A General Practitioner for over ten years, he has a special interest in weight management. He reads more about running in his spare time than is good for him. He is often told that he should get out more, though he obviously thinks that means on the trails.
He enjoys writing books about how to do stuff a little better. He is no expert and has made more mistakes than most. He is thus well qualified on really how not to do things ‘this way’.
More information available at: http://brainsolutions.co.uk/