Motivation: What’s yours?

Weight loss is a great motivator. Let’s face it: everyone wants to wear nice clothes and look good in a swimsuit. We all want to look lean and healthy. Nobody wants to look overweight and unwell.

However, while weight loss can be a great motivation, it helps to see the bigger picture of why weight loss can be a great idea.

Truth is – and we all know it – being overweight is unhealthy. While that might not be a huge problem when you’re younger, years of being overweight stacks up on your body balance sheet, doing years of damage over time. While it might not affect you too much in your twenties and thirties, by the time you hit your thirties, forties and fifties, you’re staring down the barrel of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more.

That’s not fun at all.

There’s now strong evidence to suggest that, while most people won’t develop Type 2 diabetes until they hit mid life, the cause of that diabetes has been their lifestyle for the last decades of poor habits and overweight / obesity. Your body has needed more and more insulin to deal with the sugar hits being thrown at it from our high carbohydrate, high sugar processed diet, until diabetes is the inevitable result.

Likewise, heart disease and cancer are also the result of insult after insult to our bodies – feeding ourselves poor quality food and generally ignoring what our bodies need while giving ourselves lots of what we don’t need.

Wanting to look better is a great motivator, but wanting to be better in all respects – well, that’s a terrific motivator.

Think about some reasons why you might want to lose weight permanently and write them down. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Look better in all clothing – and in no clothing! 🙂
  • Lower risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Who doesn’t want that!
  • Able to move better, with less pain and discomfort. I found when I switched to a keto / carnivore diet I stopped feeling achey and sore in the mornings.
  • Able to keep up with younger family members and children as they rush about. If you have young children you’ll know exactly what I mean!
  • Able to achieve fitness goals, and travel goals. If you have plans to travel, you’ll want to be fit and well. Fitness goals can often involve adventure travel (hiking, paragliding, diving, swimming.)
  • Learn to enjoy food again. By putting food in its rightful place as a part rather than the centre of your life, you’ll learn to enjoy tastes and textures more fully.
  • Be able to afford great quality food and drink. Fasting and reducing quantity enables you to afford quality instead.
  • Be able to buy – and wear – the nicest clothing. Fashionable clothing is often only made for leaner bodies. That’s not fair, but its the way things are. Losing weight means you’ll be able to shop in a wider variety of clothing stores and enjoy a wider variety of clothing.

What else can you think of?

Modern evidence: The “Alone” show

What would YOU eat if you were stuck out in the wild on your own, to live as long as you could, with nothing but ten survival items (and no gun)?

This is the premise of History Channel’s “Alone” show. It is riveting viewing. Ten individuals are send to different challenging wilderness locations to survive as well as they can, for as long as they can, with virtually nothing apart from a tent, sleeping bag, a knife, and a fire starter. They film their own footage, and they have to find whatever food they can to survive.

Last man – or woman – standing will win.

The show, which has run for a few seasons now, is a real eye-opener. Straight away you realise how calorie-rich our modern society is, and how different things much have been not so long ago in our history.

As you can imagine, some individuals don’t last very long at all, but some do – and their experiences are everything from heartbreaking to glorious.

Regardless of how long these people survive in the wild, their dietary experiences are all the same, they all live on the same things.

They fish, hunt, trap, gather greens, some insects, find a few berries. Mostly fishing.

Overnight they all become hunter-gatherers. And the diet they follow is the keto diet. Meat and plants, fish and plants, insects and plants. With the vast majority of their calories coming from animals.

When we watch the “Alone” show, we’re looking at our own history, and what we too would have eaten, not so long ago. The show teaches a new respect for the land, and illustrates brutally how far removed we have become from nature in our modern society.

I strongly suggest watching the show to catch a glimpse at what life might have been like – minus the cameras and the modern equipment, of course. But it does give a glimpse into how we may have eaten.

It also provides more strong evidence for what the natural human diet, outside of modern society, may be.

If you can’t access the show, Bear Grylls did similar survival shows which are available on YouTube. Look for them, and you’ll see the same dietary patterns emerging.

To my mind, the evidence is clear.

Looking to our ancestors for lifestyle evidence

Asking the big question: What is the natural human diet?

There is a lot of debate about what the correct / natural human diet is. This isn’t surprising, because humans live all across the world in everything from ice and snow (the Inuit) through the Africa and Australian deserts. We’re very adaptable, and clearly very flexible with our diet.

Until very recently with the development of supplements that enabled the arrival of the modern vegan diet in 1944 (which is not even a blip on the scale of human history), no human society on earth has evolved or subsisted on a completely animal-free diet. All societies and cultures consume and use animal products to greater or lesser extents, and the vast majority consume animals as a significant part of their diet.

Furthermore, as more than 90% of human history predates agriculture and the advent of farming, humans developed as hunter-gatherers, and I believe it is safe to say our bodies and brains naturally evolved and are suited to this lifestyle.

Farming is very recent to humanity. Agriculture is believed to have been developed about 10000 years ago in the area that is now Israel and Syria. China is believed to have developed rice cultivation approximately 6000 years ago. By comparison, anatomically modern humans have been hunter-gatherers for at least 200,000 years. Some societies around the world never developed agriculture and are still hunter-gatherers.

WHAT DO HUNTER-GATHERERS EAT?

Hunter-gatherers eat by consuming wild animals and plants, and do not generally have a fixed meal routine (i.e. three meals a day, eating a standard number of calories every day).

Their nutrition is very seasonal, their food is local, and there are often significant differences between the periods of feast (particularly in spring and summer) and famine (in autumn and winter).

Contrary to common beliefs, archaeological and modern evidence suggests human hunter-gatherers were and are, for the most part, well nourished and well fed, rather than starving.

Typical foods for human hunter-gatherers include large game animals, seafood, nuts, eggs, fruits and insects.

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM ALL THIS?

We can learn the following from all this:

  • Physiologically speaking, human bodies are primarily “designed” for hunting and gathering, as for more than 90% of our history this is exactly what we were doing.
  • All human societies included animal products in their diet. Typical animal foods included big game, seafood, eggs and insects.
  • Some human societies, such as the Inuit, consume virtually no plant-based foods yet remain completely healthy, which indicates that plant-based foods do not have to be the core of the human diet.
  • Hunting and gathering included irregular eating, periods of fasting (no eating) and no set meal schedule.
  • Food was seasonal, local and unprocessed. Fruits in particular would have been available only seasonally.
  • The foods of farming (bread, cereal crops, grains, processed sugars and refined oils) came much later on and much more recently.
  • All hunter-gatherer societies included significant movement in their lfestyles, but none needed to go to a gym to keep fit and well!

Introduction

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HOW DO I KNOW IT WORKS IF I’M STILL OVERWEIGHT?

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21 April: Hello world

Fit, Fed and Fasted is my online log of my adventures with fasting and the keto-carnivore diet, and today is Day 1 of my first fast.

My goal for this fast is to manage 4 days. It’s Tuesday and I want to try for four days, but if I can’t manager that (which is likely), I’ll stop at whatever point I have to.

I want to note how I manage, what the difficulties are, and how I get around them. I’ll document weight loss and inches lost (f any), and how I feel generally, as well as how my body responds.

What will the blog cover?

My health approach has two main prongs of fasting and a low carbohydrate diet. So the title of this blog is a play n words of those two points 🙂

IF you run a blog with similar themes, please comment. I’d love to learn from what you’re doing 🙂