From Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle to Western Lifestyle to now The Fattest Place on Earth

Readtime: a quick message

It’s pretty simple. Processed food contains a greater density of calories. It also tends to be less satiating, and it triggers hunger sooner after consumption.

Eat whole, real food that is closest to its natural state. Eat less. Move around more.

Check out this video about the Fattest Place on Earth.

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10 Responses to From Hunter-Gatherer Lifestyle to Western Lifestyle to now The Fattest Place on Earth

  1. Steve says:

    Unreal, that is sad. The life expectancy is the real sad part. They used to have the perfect diet and our disgusting culture ruined these people’s lives.

  2. Steve says:

    Johnny, is there a way that I could send you a private email for advice? not sure if my email shows up on your posts but if you want to email me so I can respond I would greatly appreciate it.

  3. KevinT says:

    Whoa, rough situation down there.

    Small island, good amount of people, (I’m guessing) no fresh vegetation or animals to eat …. so they opt for cheaper, low quality processed food. Now they’re hooked on it and have a 95% obesity rate & life expectancy is under 50 years old.

    What’d they used to eat? Just fish? I’m sure that seems way too “backwards” to go back to something like that, wonder what they’re gonna do?

  4. David says:

    It was interesting to see them reference the processed meats over and over again with the high percentage of fat. Yet every picture of the islanders eating showed them eating french fries or some other sugar laced food/drink or deep fried carbohydrate. While I am not a fan of processed meats I think the media still hasn’t realized that high % fat within a specific food item is not the primary cause for weight gain. Rather it is useless carbs with no nutritional value and eating frequency. I bet when they were hunter/gatherers they didn’t eat three times a day with snack in between.

  5. Stephen says:

    It’s pretty simple
    Our instinct is designed to make us hungry as long as there’s lot of food available.
    That allows us to store fat for periods of famine and survive. There are many studies that prove that the more food there’s on a table the more we eat regardless of hunger.

    We’re wired to desire less when there’s less and desire more when there’s more.
    This is great on a natural environment where food is abundant from time to time and scarce most of the time but it’s bad when there’s lot of food available all of the time inside and outside.

    I don’t think this has anything to do with food quality either. There are lot of people who are gaining weight on paleo diets, low-carb diets and so on. Yeah, now that these diets have been around long term enough it can be seen that most people are gaining the weight back.

    If suddenly all the cities had restaurants, fast foods and bars that served only paleo foods like bacon, eggs, meat, cream… there would be the same rate of obesity.
    The Hardee’s low-carb breakfast bown with an hamburger patty, scrambled eggs, swiss cheese and bacon has almost 800 calories.

    The real difference between now and then is not food quality or food type but food abundance. Mediterranean countries were poor and there wasn’t much food available, hunter-gatherer societies don’t have an abundance of food available at every hour, those islanders didn’t have an abundance of food just like Asian farmers or Okinawans centenarians. Regardless of food quality, carbohydrate or fat content, level of processing, it’s having lot of food available all the time that triggers our instinctive conservative hunger. The only solution is conscious self-control, embracing hunger or resisting the survival instict to pig out whenever food is abundant.

  6. Jordan D. says:

    Well said, Stephen! 🙂

  7. Alex says:

    I am from Bulgaria and sorry for my broken english.Tell me how have i to cook the meet,so that it will be most close to its natural state?I prefer to cook it in a ceramic bowl in the oven at 180 C for 1.5 hour.Is that right,or i have to cook it in lower degrees,for example 150 C ot 120 C?

    • Johnny says:

      Alex, you can cook meat however you wish, as long as you don’t burn it to a carcinogenic crisp. What is meant by closest to its natural state is minimally processed — like bread, pasta, etc. This is not to say that these things are off limit. Just be conscientious if you eat them, but be OK with yourself if you have some.


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  9. Buffy says:

    Wow, this blog needs to be a headline on MSN!!!! I totally agree with almost everything you have to say.
    Yesterday, I was at work and someone started criticizing me because I don’t eat during lunch break, and I don’t eat breakfast either. You know the comment… your body will go into starvation mode if you don’t eat 3 meals a day. Thats total B/S, right!!! Really?… like, as if Im torturing myself by giving my colon a break. So dumb. But that’s what most people have been told; and they truly believe it.

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