Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Eating = Choices

How many people do you know that complain about not being able to lose weight, get rid of excess fat, of yo-yo up and down with fad diets. That is because we, especially Americans, look at food from the wrong perspective. We look at food as enjoyment, as comfort, instead of as fuel for the body to operate. Foods with fats, oils, carbs, processed foodstuffs tend to make our palettes happy and satisfied. We like that feeling and many of us are driven to seek that feeling at every meal or snack. For some folks it is almost a psychological issue somewhat like an addiction.

Let's step back for a minute and look at human beings as a functioning processing unit.....
Humans are similar to machines. Machines need fuels and materials and maintenance to continue to function properly. We also need the right inputs to function properly. We need to come to an understanding about food (as well as many other things we ingest, smoke, drink, etc.) needs to be viewed as fuel for the body to function. This is not easy to do, trust me on this, I struggled with this for a long time.

Looking at "food as fuel" is a mindset. It is an attitude. It is looking the logic of just what is necessary to maintain a well functioning being. I guarantee that me just preaching will not change your mindset about food. So, recommended reading from experts is what I prescribe.

I will leave you with a reading list to elaborate on the details towards developing a different attitude towards food as well as give you an education on good nutrition is as follows:

The South Beach Diet by Dr. Arthur Agatston - A must read
The Zone by Dr. Barry Sears - Also a must read
The Abs Diet - David Zinczenko, editor of Men's Health magazine

If you are serious about your health and want to understand how to best control your weight, read the books, and then eat to live, not live to eat.


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