Well, I am not going to downplay the possible effect of chemicals like high fructose corn syrup, but I would say in my own personal experience there
is actually two factors that seem to actually effect the triggering of hunger effect more then what you eat, and those factors are how you eat.
The first factor is eating too fast, if you eat really fast, gulping down your food, without actually chewing it, you will consume a vast amount of
food, long before you ever get hungry. I personally have found, if you do just slow down, eat normally, you will feel full.I think it's one of the
factors that actually make "fast food" even worse for people; besides just the calorie content, people that eat fast food are usually in a hurry and
usually shovel the food into their face in short order after receiving it.
The second factor, is not consciously paying attention to eating and instead concentrating on something else, while the act of eating almost becomes
like a robotic or unconscious act. In my personal experience I have found that if I watch TV or a movie or do something else while eating, it takes
longer for me to feel full.
Now of course there are many factors to why many people over eat, but I would say the two I mention are big ones in the equation. I would also say,
another problem is people think they are suppose to eat until they feel full, which is silly in the first place; the feeling of hunger signals it's
time to eat, it shouldn't signal how long or how much to eat.
I think another problem is the human system is designed to survive, as hunters and gathers, which means sometimes you go days without eating, so when
you do get food your body wants as much as it can get. Also, as hunter/gatherers you don't really get to eat all you want when you did find food,
because it probably wouldn't be all that much, maybe a small game animal, maybe a couple of pieces of fruit or a couple of handful of berries. Add to
that fact you had to walk and run to get the food in the first place, even if you ate a whole boar yourself you still wouldn't get fat. lol
That, is just the way it is, obesity arises from modern day convenience and abundance of food. Of course, if the average person had more common sense
about eating, we wouldn't have problems with obesity. A good rule of thumb, which isn't perfect but will help people from getting fat regardless of
"genes" is measuring a portion as about the size of the palm of your hand. If you eat a few small portions like that, stop eating when your done and
not when you feel full, eat slow, and pay attention to what you eat, and also, get a little exercise; even moderate, the genetics won't matter you
still won't eat to much or get fat.
And really what is up with geneticists lately trying to excuse every problem with modern humans, as some genetic flaw or feature, talk about taking
the power from the people; "Oh you eat to much, sit on your rear and are obese?...Don't worry it's just your genes, not your fault at all." lol
Just my opinion anyway.
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