Why you shouldn’t listen to your hunger

Yo yo yo. 

I never was a multiple “yo” guy. One is fine. I like one. But I'm useless stringing together more. What about you? 

Anywho…

Ant here.

Below is a snippet of second version of Big Win Fat Loss I'm working on. This is smack dab in a discussion about meal timing and meal frequency. 

I like the idea. I think it's an important idea. So sucking it out from behind the pay wall and into the free world. As Mario would say…hewegoo ~

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Imagine a world where everyone acted immediately upon their sexual impulses.

You see someone you're attracted to. You either (a) sexually assault the person, or (b) masturbate in public.

Not a very fun world.

But think about it…

We have sexual impulses and sexual desires hardwired into our DNA. If we didn't, we'd be Emo Sapiens. So depressed about life we'd just cry in a corner.

Emo Sapiens would go extinct. And quick. No desire for sex = no babies = no human proliferation.

So why not act immediately on sexual impulse…?

Well…

There may have been a day when humans did such a thing. After all, the majority of human evolution occurred in a world that looks nothing like today's world.

So us humans were gently shaped with certain traits advantageous for survival…in a world that looks nothing like today's world. Meaning those same traits aren't exactly lamb to today's world's tuna fish.

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Humans work on a different frequency than the one broadcast by the modern world.

Females are sent a Victoria's Secret catalog every second. There are billboards. TV commercials. Radio commercials. Crowded cities filled with way more people than humans are used to being around.

(And porn is a click away. Don't know if you were aware. I wouldn't know though. My friend told me. That's how I know. So I'm just spreading the word.)

The input we digest now is staggering.

And said sexual impulse happens (probably) a lot more because of the volume of sexual input in the world today is a lot higher than what it used to be.

So we don't give in to our immediate sexual impulse. It would be nearly impossible to function as a modern society if we did. And we know passing on the urge won't ruin our chances of reproducing in the future.

Now…

Being hungry is similar to being horny.

We get hungry for the same reason we get horny. Imagine never being hungry. You wouldn't care about food. Another trait of Emo Sapiens.

Ever had an elderly family member lose his or her appetite? Happened to my grandma. Doctors recommend pounding milkshakes spiked with protein powder.

Without the energy and nutrients, humans become frail and fragile.

No food = no energy and nutrients = no human.

So the impulse is there…

And the huger story is quite the same as the horny story: 

The world us humans spent the majority of their time evolving within is a lot different than today's world. Things we have were great for the old world. Maybe not so much for the new world.

There are billboards. TV commercials. Radio commercials. Crowded cities filled with way more food than humans are used to being around.

(And food porn is a click away. Don't know if you were aware. I wouldn't know though. My friend told me. That's how I know. So I'm just spreading the word. My Instagram page? No. No food porn there. Nope. No beer either. It's the pleats. Some kind of optical illusion.)

Our hunger mechanism isn't fit for today's world. Just like our horny mechanism.

The difference?

Where we (decently) regulate our sexual desires, we TERRIBLY regulate our hunger desires.

OHMAHGERD I'M HOOONGGRY. IF I DON'T EAT I'LL DIEEE.

Hunger is SUPPOSED to reflect a state of TRUE biological hunger. And maybe it did a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.

But a lot of cultural customs have taken us away from truly communicating with our bodies.

We hardwire hunger into us with habits. Like Pavlov's dog. Ring the bell, the dog drools. Without the bell, no drool. This is the world around us dictating when we are hungry. 

Same thing happens when the clock strikes 12:00PM for lunch…or whatever eating habits you're used to rolling with.

And even worse? If you try to ignore these external cues (remember those?), you fall trap to pink elephant syndrome.

Try to NOT think about a pink elephant…and all you can do is think about a pink elephant. Try to NOT think about food…and all you can do is think about food.

A willpower killer = trying to IGNORE something. Much better to acknowledge, accept, and surf the emotions.

(It's worth pondering: how many “bells” are in your life?)

And this circles us back to what Wansink warned: we are slave to external cues.

You can be sitting in your office, head down working, with no thought about sex. But if you happen to look out your window for a split second and see a naked woman streaking down the street, suddenly that's all you think about.

Same goes for the truck driving past with the billboard on its side advertising for a quarter pounder with cheese.

So although hunger is this great evolutionary thing we have, the thing that differentiates us from Emo Sapiens, it's worth understanding: 

The world our hunger mechanism was cultivated within is not the same world that's now abusing our hunger mechanism.

Point of this talk =

If you absolve any cultural barriers attached to meal timing and meal frequency, you could say that humans have a built in mechanism to tell them when to eat: when hunger strikes.

But this is also like saying you should have sex when you're horny. 

It's true…kind of…

…but you need to wait for the right time and place to satisfy your urges.

And we're good about doing this sexually.

Not so much with hunger.

We hate hunger because we've been culturally indoctrinated to hate hunger. But what if I told you hunger wasn't bad? And what if I told you hunger was actually good? Necessary? Perhaps a cure for cancer?

What then?

Because it all might all be true.

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And that's the end of the lesson, which leaves a marvelous cliffhanger for the next lesson. Because storytelling told me it was a good idea. Especially because most sport and fitness resources are drier than the Mojave. 

Anywho…

Next week, I hope to have episode one of #ASKANT up and running. There is still time to submit a question. Most of the work I've done to this point = logistics.

Until next week…

 

Ant, out ~

 

P.S. If you're a Z2B owner, the hinge unit hath been unlocked! Official email will be sent to you on Wednesday. I'm going to comb it over tomorrow.

P.P.S. Some exciting things are happening. I can't wait to share them with you. 

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You’re capable of more than know.

You just have to open your eyes.

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Unless I’m hungover.

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What I’m trying to say is that it’ll come Monday.

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