Carrying Too Much Weight?
Think of fat as ‘energy stored’. Weight gain most often occurs very slowly over many years. It is the result of taking in more energy than we burn up. The excess energy is then stored as fat. Fat stores are very handy for folk who cannot get their hands on regular food supplies: they eat when the harvest is in, and they store enough fat to carry them through the lean months of winter when food is harder to come by. This weight cycling, as it’s called, is what kept our ancestors from getting too fat year upon year: gain a bit in summer, lose it again in winter.
But affluent societies don’t have weight cycling. Food is available all the year round. This predisposes us to a slight weight gain week after week, month after month, year after year. This is how the vast majority of overweight people end up with flab. Even a tiny calculation error will result in significant weight gain over time. For example, if you eat an average of 0.3 per cent more calories than you burn up on a daily basis, you will gain 20 lbs (9 kg) in 25 years. That’s 6 measly calories per day, and that is the equivalent of 2 grapes per day! Hardly what you would call gluttony, is it?
Admittedly, food cravings can be an issue for some. This is where the notion of food allergy and weight gain came from. It’s not that eating ‘allergic foods’ makes you fat, but they can make you crave and craving makes you binge and bingeing makes you fat!
I would be delighted to help you lose weight if you need a helping hand.
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