Lose weight without losing your mind?
Once you understand a few key principles about satiety, combined with our innate biological drives to seek pleasure (high fat, high sugar foods) and avoid pain (hunger), it’s actually a simple fix.
You can’t fool Mother Nature
Nature built in the perfect controls that allows you to eat according to your hunger and fullness signals and create your naturally trim body at the same time. The critical piece that we forget to take into account – or deny in our struggle to scheme a way to eat ‘whatever we want’ and still be appetite satisfied and a healthy weight at the same time – is that food comes in it’s own ingenious packaging, and the less we mess with it the better.
The hypothalmus is a walnut-sized organ that regulates how much you should be eating, drinking, and breathing. Receptors in your gut give feedback to the hyothalmus in two distinct ways:
- nutrition reception
- stretch reception
In a whole foods, low fat, plant-based diet, these receptors signal your body when enough has been eaten while keeping you naturally thin. So far, so good. See The 3 rules of satiety & why they are critical to your weight loss plan: Becoming naturally thin part 1
But guess what happens when we mess with the works by messing with the edibles with food processing by removing fiber, blending, and squeezing out the oil and drinking it on our salads? The calorie density of what’s on our plates has shot through the roof. The oil squezed out of the olives and nuts has 4,000 calories a lb. Extracting the fiber from carboydrates increases their sweetness and hooks our biological survival drive for concentrated sweet calories.
Our biology hasn’t kept up with our technology
The result? Our bellies are overflowing with caloric load yet without the fiber the stretch receptors need to signal ‘enough’ to the hypothalmus. The problem is the modern processing of food that fills us with far more calories than we need before we get enough bulk to satisfy those stretch receptors.. It’s really as simple as that.
Hear Doug Lisle, PhD. author of The Pleasure Trap live-streamed on January 8
But don’t take my word for it. The king of this presenting on this concept – along with how our hypothalmus activity is interwoven in the complex network of pleasure-seeking, pain-avoiding, conserve-energy qualities of the human animal, is right here in video to give you the full scoop. Presenting Dr. Doug Lisle, who you’ll recognize from Forks Over Knives:
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