"68% of US adults are overweight or obese." -Journal of The American Medical Association
"1/3 women and 1/4 men in the US are on diets" (Colorado University) and 60 billion dollars a year is spent on diet and weight loss products.
The true definition of a diet is the food that a species habitually eats to survive. The way we see a diet is a way to deprive ourselves to lose weight and look better. We go on these diets to look better on the outside instead of getting healthier from the inside out.
Diets aren't usually very healthy and don't achieve lasting results very often. "Up to 2/3 of those on a diet regain more weight than when they started." -UCLA You can burn off 10 pounds with sheer force, but your body will take that to mean that there's a famine and will want to gain the weight back. We as mammals are programmed to store fat. It goes back to when we were hunter/gatherers and could potentially have to go a long time without food. We're programmed to store fat and programmed to want to eat fats and sugars and high calorie foods; it's a survival instinct. Going on diets goes against our survival instincts because it just makes our bodies think that we're starving and so they try to hold on to more fat and make us even hungrier.
Where we've gone wrong nowadays is that EVERYTHING is full of fat and calories. We're not eating food anymore, we're eating food like products that are dressed up and formulated specifically to be delicious and addictive. We're overeating, yet starving to death at the same time because we aren't getting the nutrients that we need. We live in a world of abundance and we just don't know how to cut down.
If we were to eat food that is our species would have habitually eaten BEFORE all the processed foods, we wouldn't have to even think about our health. The directors heavily promote eating "clean" and only eating natural foods, which is very good for you.
If you look at modern day hunters/gatherers in other countries (those people that still eat what their ancestors did), they consume a high amount of nutrients and a low amount of calories. If you look at us, we eat a high amount of calories and a low amount of nutrition. We've also moved from being active to working indoors and sitting for hours in artificial lighting. We live in an unnatural state eating unnatural food.
When you aren't getting enough nutrients (such as by eating only bad for you foods), your body becomes hungry because it's trying to get you to eat the nutrients it needs. This could explain why I've been less hungry lately; I'm taking vitamins (because I just can't seem to eat enough veggies) and I'm eating lots of vegetables and way less junk food. Now I'm not as hungry because I'm getting what I need. I'm losing weight just by being less hungry.
Another issue with dieting is that depriving yourself only make you want something more. We should turn "I want this, but can't have it" into "I can have this, but I don't want it."
SUGAR, SWEETENERS, AND MSG
"The average American consumes more than 150 pounds of sugar and sweeteners each year." -USDA The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar A DAY.
Sugar, as the movie put it, is the cocaine of the food world and they have a very valid point. The white sugar that we're use to seeing is just the highly refined form of sugar, just as cocaine is highly refined. Sugar can be very addictive as well. People can understand an addiction to alcohol and drugs, but not to food. Sugar can give you a high and, just like drugs, you get use to it and you need more to feel it.
When you buy fat free products, they usually pump the product with carbs which turn into sugar which makes you fat. Fat doesn't make you fat (unless you eat TONS of it, I suppose), sugar does. Sugar is in A LOT of foods, not just candy. It's in bread, pasta, tomato sauce, and potatoes.
"MSG and free glutamates are used to enhance flavor in about 80% of all processed foods." -Raymond Francis M.SC.MIT
MGS makes you want to eat more. It excites the part of your brain that controls fat production and increases it. In lab studies, where they need an obese mouse to test, they feed it MSG so that it will fatten up quickly. When you eat MSG, that's what it's doing to you.
When you drink soda pop, which contains the artificial sweetener aspartame and high fructose corn syrup, it makes you momentarily happy. When that feeling goes away, you need more. Artificial sweeteners cause you to lose bone density, can cause neurological issues, and corn syrup promotes diabetes. "Research studies suggest that artificial sweeteners contribute to weight gain." - Yale Journal of Biology. A lot of studies that have said artificial sweeteners have no negative side effects were funded by the industries that use them. Biased much?
Corn syrup is the number one source of calories in the US and is also highly addictive. It's like jet fuel for your body if your body were a car. You wouldn't put jet fuel in your car, would you?
The movie talked about how visualization can help you improve your life. A doctor in the movie tells people to look at themselves in the mirror twice a day and say "I accept myself unconditionally right now." When you love yourself, you become more positive and you become healthier. Visualization is a way to communicate to your subconscious what you want.
Totally not getting into this. Juicing vegetables and fruits delivers the nutrients better and can help you be healthier and lose weight. However, I can't afford a juicer or that many fruits and veggies. If you can, go for it.
MY TAKE AWAY
After watching this documentary, I really want to start eating more natural; they make a lot of good points about the benefits of eating naturally. However, it's also expensive. I think I'm on the right path now by starting to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my everyday diet. I want to start including more meats as well, like fresh chicken, turkey, and fish. Also beef because I love beef.
I also like their advice of "when you're stressed, don't eat." Mental and emotional stress make you eat more and you can't tell that you're full or eating too much because you're upset.
I suggest watching this movie. It's very informative and I actually really liked it.
Remember people, you want a lifestyle change, not a diet. :)
<3 - CFC