Ok, I admit, I am strongly against listening to my body to see if it is hungry. Maybe it is just me, but there is no freakin way I am listening to my body about this. Now I can listen to my body about exercise and recovery, but not eating. I don’t think it is my body’s fault though. I think it is my mind. I can’t tell if it is my body or my mind. 99% of the time it is my mind and I will eat and get fat by doing this with the “listening” method.
My wife says that she feels that her body needs such and such so that is what she will eat. I just don’t get this. I am not saying it is impossible or that it doesn’t happen. My body tells me that I need to eat cheese, and burritos, and reeses peanut butter cups. HAHAHA A person recently told me that this is all hard wired into me and that I should trust this “instinct”. That my ancestors learned to live off of this listening process and that that is why they never were fat. Well, I just to buy it. I think I have to go on what I KNOW works and that is a science based calories in and calories out.
I think like this. People waaaaaaay back in the day were skinny because they worked physically hard all day long, sometimes to just catch/grow their own food. Then, they didn’t have access to food at every second of the day either. If I worked all day long physically, had no constant access to food, and when I got home I had limited resources so I couldn’t just eat all the food around, then I would have to prepare my food, I would have never of gotten fat. Now, there were many people back in the day who were really fat. Who were those people, the rich people. They had workers that did a lot of the stuff for them. They had resources to have food and plenty of it at their disposal. In fact, back then being fat was like a sign that you were doing good in life. That you had it nice and easy. These “ancestors” had the same “instincts” that the others had but why did they get fat. They could have listened to their bodies and stayed skinny but no, they ate to their little hearts content.
Call me an idiot, but I am not even or ever going to consider “listening” to my freakin fat mind about when it is time to eat and what I should eat. I know my “fat mind” , it is far more powerful than the cues from my body. I just don’t think I know how to listen to my body when it comes to eating.