Tuesday, June 24, 2008

B2BBC: Day 7

You Are What You Eat

Yes, I'm finally going to talk about food. After all, it's something we put into our bodies every day. Sometimes for pleasure, sometimes for boredom, sometimes for comfort, sometimes because we think we're hungry and sometimes because we actually are hungry.

There's a multi-billion dollar industry out there that wants to tell you what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, why you eat. We're bombarded with news of the obesity epidemic, the diabetes epidemic, supersize this, fast food that. Eggs are bad for you, eggs are good for you. The same goes for coffee, beef, milk, bread, potatoes, tomatoes, wine, chocolate and every other food out there that's on the right/wrong side of someone's agenda.


I'm not going to tell you anything that you haven't already heard. It's not rocket surgery after all. To lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit in your body through a combination of reducing your caloric intake and burning calories by moving more. To maintain your weight, you must keep a balance between the two.

Here's something to think about, however. There's a lot of truth in that old phrase, "You are what you eat," as well as in the computer programmer's axiom, "Garbage in, garbage out." Just as quality parts make a quality product, the quality of the calories you consume has a great bearing on how the final product turns out.

No matter why you're paying attention to what you eat, I just want you to think about something. Would you rather be made of the stuff that comes from real food like fresh fruits and vegetables, real meats and other whole foods, or would you rather be made from the things you can't pronounce that go into the things inside the box of that processed food-like substance that you picked up at your local supermarket?

Just remember, we all answer that question every time we put something in our mouths.


Grace said...

Good question. When I eat a kimchee bowl (loaded with salt, etc) I feel crappy. When I eat a fresh salad or a meal prepared from scratch, I feel much better. It really is a no brainer.

Skinny Guy said...

Thanks for stopping by, Grace.

The difficult part is when I make certain eating choices and knowing beforehand how I'm going to feel afterwards, but I still decide to eat whatever it is anyway.