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The food and beverage industry spends over $11B per year to get us to eat more. The message is about eating.
The diet industry — an industry that claims to help us lose weight — spends almost $40B a year to get us to eat a certain way. The message is still about eating.
Social and cultural practices encourage us to celebrate everything around eating. The message is all about eating.
Our local health guru warns that we need to eat 6 small meals a day to stoke our metabolism. The message again is about eating.
For profit, for celebration, or for weight loss… we’re conditioned to have eating on the brain 24/7.
I’m not so disillusioned that I think anyone can stop these forces from making the act of eating such a central focus. I can only say that, to get lean, the message should be to just stop eating.
Obviously I’m not saying we should stop eating forever. I’m saying we should just stop eating so damn much.
Forget the complicated dietary hypothesizing. A termination of excessive energy intake is a major step in reversing overweight and obesity, and repair much of the metabolic derangement we suffer.
Forget special diets. Just stop eating.
Forget low carbs. Just stop eating.
Forget eating grain-free. Just stop eating.
Forget eating whole food. Just stop eating.
Forget eating clean. Just stop eating.
Forget eating grass-fed. Just stop eating.
Forget eating vegetables. Just stop eating.
Forget eating organic. Just stop eating.
Forget eating your blood type. Just stop eating.
But when we do eat, eat well and enjoy. We’ll be healthier and leaner, merely by taking a break from eating all the time. Find a way to remove much of the act of eating from our life.
Then if we still want to discuss the dysregulation of energy metabolism caused by eating cheap commodity grains, processed carbs, and refined sugar, then we can check out Gary Taubes’ book, Good Calories Bad Calories.
But merely eating less is likely to resolve most of the metabolic ailment associated with overweight and modern degenerative diseases.
Hey, here’s a weight loss diet: Go out and play.