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As some people argue over the best methods to lose weight and get lean, others simply ignore the debate, and just learn how to cook.
Cooking at home is a big step to formulating a dietary lifestyle that can squelch the rise in body disproportion and help promote weight loss.
Commercial food preparation is an obvious yet overlooked driver of weight gain; a decreased reliance on which may be a huge step in reversing the problem.
But decreasing the reliance on commercial food preparation is nearly impossible in a society whose lifestyle is based on general busyness and whose gastronomic belief is that we must eat constantly but having no time to prepare the meal.
Plus, losing weight by reducing the occasions of eating out sounds so boring and downright un-American.
While it’s true that many factors trigger and perpetuate excessive adiposity, incessantly eating out, buying out, and tuning out can be considered a major behavioral cause of weight gain, or at least weight loss failure.
We’ve become a busy society that outsources everything, the most prominent of which being the preparation of our food. Restaurants make our foods. Factories make our foods. Corporations make our foods.
I’m not saying that they all put excessive calories and deleterious ingredients into our food, or spit into it. And I still enjoy eating out with friends and family — I enjoy the whole event surrounding eating out, not just the food.
But cooking at home serves us a much better promise that we’re eating adequate nutrients without excessive calories.
I love to cook. It’s a time to enjoy good music, a glass of wine, a conversation with my wife. Cooking is a human skill shared and enjoyed by cultures across the world, no matter the preparation style or the recipe.
But equally important is what the act of cooking provides: the opportunity to use our imagination, be creative, plan and chart procedures, visualize patterns and colors, organize thoughts, and work with various materials and with our hands. I believe cooking develops or reinforces skills that may be useful in other areas of life.
I also love simple recipes that make great meals. The most disappointing recipes are those that are complicated and yet end in a meal tasting no better than that from a simple recipe.
It’s like a complicated weight loss program vs. a simple weight loss program.