Listening to your body is great….if you speak it’s language

Coach Jack talks about Listening to your body.

Listening to your body is something we hear alot. It would be great advice but for one problem.

Most of us don’t speak the same language as our body.

Most of us became sick and overweight by listening to our body. We ate bad food and the body said give me more. We did. Drug addicts listen to their body. It tells them to get more drugs and they do. Why was it wrong to listen to our body then but now it is right?

When it comes to keto people are always saying if you aren’t hungry don’t eat. What I find very interesting is that you never hear the same thing said about water. You never hear anyone say if you aren’t thirsty don’t drink. You always hear “Drink 2 liters a day” or “Drink your body weight in ounces or you’ll die.” Why are we expected to listen to our bodies for hunger but not for thirst? Our body is smart enough to tell us when to eat but not smart enough to tell us when to drink? Considering water is far more important to life than food I would think the thirst would be the smarter of the two signals. We can live for weeks without food but die within days without water. Why would thirst be a poor way to hydrate but hunger should be listened to?

Hunger is a very complex and varied signalling process with many moving parts. Many hormones at play that are affected in different ways.

Eating carbs causes massive hunger. Should we not listen to our body then?

Eating fat causes loss of hunger. That one is OK to listen to but not the hunger of the carb eater? I just don’t get it. Do we only listen to the signal that suits our narrative? Hunger is bad and no hunger is good? Even if we clearly aren’t meeting our bodies requirements? Sounds a little biased to me. Sounds like something made up by CICOpaths and their calorie is a calorie mentality.

This is actually what happens when you eat high fat and why you lose hunger.

The body cannot distinguish eating a very high fat diet, 70% fat or higher, from surviving on body fat alone. When you are eating above this level of fat the body assumes it is living off of fat reserves. This equates to a lack of food. This lowers insulin. The low state of insulin lowers leptin, the hunger hormone. Low leptin, extremely common in keto dieters, causes hunger signalling to stop. This is for one reason. To keep you sharp for getting your next meal. If you had constant hunger pangs, the hunger gather would be pre-occupied by the anguish of hunger and not be a very effective hunter and effectively they could perish.

So listening to your body is great but you have to understand the language and listen to all of the message not just the parts you like. In order to properly use hunger signals you have to understand the underlying mechanism. Everyone is different with their hunger as well. Myself for example, when I get severely hungry I feel nauseous. Only eating gets rid of the feeling of needing to throw up. Some would mistake this for illness but  over the years I have discovered this means I really need to eat. Our ancestors absolutely didn’t fast intentionally and didn’t have to try to decipher what the body was telling him. He ate whenever he got food. Even if he wasn’t hungry he ate. When you never know when your next meal is guaranteed you do not listen to you hunger. This is a luxury of todays excess.

Our grand parents and their parents had it right. They didn’t have any of the problems we have today. They ate 3 meals a day. They didn’t snack. They ate real foods that were natural and in season and they ate lots of fat.


Coach Jack McAnespy

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