The chapter I was reading last night from Dr. B’s book talked about how obese people feel hungry ‘all of the time’ because actually, their bodies are starving. Starving for good nutrition. Since they eat junk food as the bulk of their calories, and their bodies are so burned out trying to deal with the resultant sugar/glucose/insulin overload from sugary foods AND starchy foods (that turn to sugar immediately in the body), the healthy cells aren’t getting the nutrition or attention that they need, so they send out signals of FEED ME GOOD FOOD. The problem is, the human brain only hears “FEED ME.”
Interesting stuff! I’m not going to go into the science behind that….gotta buy Dr. B’s book for that (or research further on your own.)
What I DO want to talk about today is Hunger Pangs; the psychology of them.
Specifically, why do obese people have such a paranoia about being hungry? About the actual ‘pangs’ of hunger?
Honestly, have you ever just sat there, rationally, and felt hunger pangs? All it is is a grumbling, weird feeling in the stomach. NOTHING you are going to die from if you don’t fix. (assuming you don’t live in a poverty state somewhere. Pretty sure if you can sit at a computer and read this, that is not the case for you.)
We get SO WORKED UP about being hungry! Really, when you stop and think objectively about it, it’s silly!
SO MANY obese people react frantically to even the CONCEPT of being hunger, let alone the benign little hunger pangs themselves. MUST EAT MUST EAT MUST EAT reigns. Now, if they were grabbing some protein or fresh veggies…fine. EAT. But that’s not what they eat when they get hungry, is it? Hell NO. They pick the very worst things in the world they could eat. More sugary or starchy foods. That just make the whole thing worse.
On and on for dozens of pounds, year after year, decade after decade.
And we wonder why diabetes is skyrocketing. Yes skyrocketing:
The incidence of diabetes has doubled in the past 30 years, AND nearly TRIPLED in the last 40 years!!!
25.9% of the population, over the age of 60, has diabetes.
In 1980, an estimated 153 million people were living with diabetes. In 2010 that number jumped to 347 million – a 56 percent increase!
2014 American Statistics on Diabetes:
Diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes in the United States
Total:29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes.
Diagnosed:21.0 million people.
Undiagnosed:8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed).
Even more frightening is the growing medical/scientific proof that ALZHEIMER’S is actually a type of Diabetes. In fact, it is now being referred to as Diabetes Type III/3. Here’s some scientific proof:
Okay, if the very real threat of Alzheimer’s Disease doesn’t scare the living shit out of you…I’m not sure what will. (Obesity is considered the slowest form of suicide.)
But anyhow, back to very basic HUNGER PANGS.
THEY WON’T kill you! They don’t even, really, HURT. Annoying, at best. But we build them up into this big awful thing, that MUST BE AVOIDED AT ALL COSTS, and
That is just stupid!
Feel the hunger. Instead of turning it into the bogey man, just ROLL WITH IT. The sooner you have a glass of water, or eat maybe 100 calories of pure protein (not sugared up), the sooner it will go away. BUT HUNGER PANGS DON’T HURT.
HONEST TO GOD.
QUITE DEMONIZING THEM!
People can be so dumb.