“You are what, how, when, and why you eat” Ayurvedic Proverb
What and when you eat is what keeps you healthy and also what causes your ill health” – Anon.
“Cutting back on calories is not the answer to successful weight loss and successful health… you have to increase the quality of what you eat, not just reduce the quantity” – Joel Fuhrman.
“Now an anti-fat diet is based on the commonest and most active cause of obesity,… it is only because of grains and starches that fatty congestion can occur, as much in a man as animals; this effect… plays a large part in the commerce of fattened beasts for our markets, and it can be deduced, as an exact consequence, that more or less rigid abstinence from everything that is starchy or floury will lead to the lessening of weight”. – Jean Anthelme BrillatSavarin wrote in 1825 in his book ‘The Physiology of Taste’
In 1862, William Banting followed such a diet to lose his extreme obesity and described his treatment and his own modifications to the plan in his best selling ‘Letter on Corpulence’.
We need to understand the Diet we have evolved to eat. From about the earliest times till the advent of agriculture, about 10,000 years ago or less, our ancestors lived mainly as hunters or fisher folk, supplementing their diet with other foods as gatherers. With 60 percent to 90 percent of the calories in their diet coming from meat or fish, and mostly from fat of one sort or the other, supplemented with other edible foods such as roots, shoots, berries, seeds and nuts as may have then been available, for the balance. We have evolved to burn fat for fuel not carbs. With the availability of any food in adequate quantities being irregular, their genes necessarily had to be good at storing any excess calories as fat. The most important factor motivating a hunter gatherer life style was, and remains, hunger, as the SAN Bushmen even today say.