By Dr John Piesse 2008
About 20,000 years ago, our ancestors were 'hunter gatherers'. They did not practice agriculture nor didthey keep farm animals.
They hunted game animals and fish, but also relied heavily on plant foods - leafy root vegetables, seeds and nuts, and seasonal ruit.
They did not have agriculture, so they had no cereal grains, dairy foods, sugar or potatoes - the foods in modern diet which most favour weight gain.
They had lean times when food was scarce, so their metabolism was adapted to storing energy as fat for the times when they had sufficient to eat.
Research has indicated that modern man has a gene code almost identical to that of our hunter-gatherer anscestors. It is our gene code that determines how our metabolism functions. For most of us that means that we gain weight easily, like they did, in order to have reserves for hard times. They are of course genetic variants called polymorhisms which may explain why some people don't gain weight whilst others struggle with weight gain.
Our hunter gatherer ancestores had a very active lifestyle. They were constantly on the move in search of food. They needed all the energy that their relativelylimited food supply provided. By contrast, modern man has a much less physically active lifestyle. For many of us, we have to go out of our way to eercise in order not to gain weight. In addition our food supply is abundant and energy rich, over refined and often nutrient poor.
Caloric over indulgence (eating too much) + lack of exercise + depletion of key nutrients + other factors (eg. stress, food allergies) = weight gain.
The Message of Our Ancestors
If you want to lose weight:
In other words, live according to your genetically determined metabolism - like they did.
Chromium - deficiency favours drops in blood sugar and carbohydrate yearning:
L-carnite - which may boost energy and aid fat burning with exertion:
fish oils - deficiency of omega-3 essential fatty acids is preventative in our society.