The fight between people and their weight has over recent times become a major issue. Unfortunately for many people battling against weight, they always seem to be losing. An interesting thing about this titanic battle is that the people themselves are in most cases their own enemies in the fight against excessive weight.
A golden rule for any fight or battle is Know thine enemy. However, people who are battling their body weight do not really sit down and study this enemy. Since they do not really know their enemy they are therefore not able to know how best to combat it.
To know this enemy called excessive weight, we first have to understand the human body and how it works. The human body works like a machine. Like any machine, the body needs fuel to function. We provide our bodies with the fuel/ energy that it needs by eating food. The food we eat is what provides energy for the body. Not all foods are the same. There are some foods that are good for providing the necessary energy needed for the body while other foods provide other necessary requirements and not necessarily energy.
In prehistoric days, man did not have a steady supply of food as we have today. Many days he would go hungry or he would survive on very little food. On other days, he would have bountiful food supplies especially after a successful hunt or during maturity seasons for fruits and grains. As this interchanging conditions continued, the body adapted such that when man ate surplus food, especially energy giving foods, the body would convert the excess energy into fats and store them for later use, such as during times when there was insufficient food.
The body adaptations have not changed and this is what still happens today. Fortunately or unfortunately, man today rarely encounters times of food shortage. As such, the body is continuously storing energy without it being used up due to food shortage. This is the principal cause for persons gaining unwanted weight.
So what is the solution? The solution is simple. Do not eat up excessive foods rich in energy and if you do, find ways of using it up.
Carbohydrates or starch are the prime energy giving foods. In man’s modern diet, it is evident that starches usually make up the bigger percentage of the diet. If one needs to control his/ her weight, the supply of starch should be reduced greatly and only enough should be taken to provide energy for bodily system functions and for performing daily duties. Starch should be substituted by eating other healthy foods that will not lead to fat generation.
People who have trouble controlling their appetites can try using food supplements such as apple cider vinegar that helps fight body weight by reducing the appetite.
Working out or engaging in intensive physical activities is another way of fighting body weight. Physical activities engage the body muscles which burn up calories for energy. Therefore the more muscles one has and the more they work them, the more they are able to burn up more fats.