Your weighing scale shows that it is time to cut down the fat. While looking like a butterball with chubby cheeks isn’t that bad, you know the thin line between being plump and stout. So you start ignoring those muffins and cupcakes, and embark on the weight loss regime – walking, jogging, and eating light, balanced diet, etc. Nevertheless, in spite of the measures taken, the weight somehow keeps finding you!
But before you are taken down by the idea of weight management, let us highlight the road of wellness afresh, with some vital understanding about our body and diet that will help you discern well and cross the hurdles:
Role of Food and cravings
We all have an inherent urge to enjoy the food we eat. Other than this, human body requires food for energy, growth and as a synergist to enhance important reactions (like converting food into energy). Among these, the need for energy gets manifested as a feeling of hunger unlike the other needs which do not get noticed as apparently.
What do we do when we feel hungry? We tend to reach out for foods that taste best and are high in energy. Now, can you figure out why those donuts and burgers are competing to get an entry into your belly? In the process, they are satiating your need for immediate energy and heavenly taste. Oomph! Imagine the advantage for modern commercial providers who are easily exploiting our biological programming!
How fat is stored in the body
Our body requires calories each day to derive energy. Daily requirement of calories differ in case of men (2900 per day) and women (2200 per day). Source of these calories is the food we eat (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, etc.)
When we eat more than necessary, the excess calories get stored in the form of fats. In case of men, it shows up in stomach and for women, it appears in the thighs.
Why it is tough to reduce stored fat?
Let us now come to the essence of this issue. When calories get stored as fats in our bodies, why don’t they easily get converted into energy when we need it? Here are the reasons:
Our body anticipates food from outside when hungry
Instead of utilizing stored fats, we look for food rich in carbohydrates that can saturate our appetite. Plenty of readily available food does not let us gain control over our impulsive desire.
We could rather keep it in check with a little discipline. For e.g. by not consuming food immediately and quickly when we are hungry, reducing the quantity and eating slowly while properly chewing our food, we are consciously choosing wellness.
Stored fat molecules are complex in nature
Whenever we are hungry, our body takes on an effortless approach. Instead of using the stored molecules of fat in the body which are difficult to break down, it takes the readily available simple molecules of carbohydrates and breaks them for energy. So we tend to eat more without using our fat reserve.
Upsurge in calorie requirement to satiate hunger
Once we are habituated to eat more than necessary, our body sets in a new equilibrium point (which is higher) to satiate hunger pangs. Till that point is reached, we keep on eating, even though the necessary requirement has been fulfilled.
Quality of food we eat
Ostensibly meant to be healthy, the foods we eat today are in fact low in quality and high in fats. Remember the good old days when our ancestors ate a pure, healthy diet and compare it with the food produced nowadays with hormonally treated animals and chemically treated fruits and vegetables.
If we could recognize these issues that result in over eating and poor nutrition, we would make informed choices and be in the pink.