Early this morning I went for a four-mile run. Before you groan at my showing off, wait until you hear the rest…
I went for a four-mile run and came back hungry (as you do after exercise) so within 20 minutes of being home, I had easily replaced all the calories I had burned simply by eating a cereal bar and drinking a cup of tea!
Running for me is more about fitness than weight loss – simply because I am lucky enough not to have a weight problem. But it just highlighted to me how difficult it is for people to keep their weight down.
Meanwhile, every time we eat something in our house, the dog makes us feel really guilty as he stares at us longingly and in a confused way – wondering why we won’t let him have some.
We don’t feed our dog tit bits because we want to be responsible pet owners and look after his health – only giving him the right (weighed) amount of food every day. So why don’t we do this for ourselves?
The problem is for us humans is that over a very long period of time, our species has developed food to become such a pleasure, rather than a necessity, that it is impossible for us to eat simply for necessity any more.
The newspapers and websites are full of recipe ideas and restaurant recommendations. We are constantly bombarded with adverts for new and exciting foods and drinks and our whole lives revolve around the pleasure we get from food and drink.
We’re fighting a losing battle…