Cake is good for the soul!… but not so good for your heart.
Nothing goes together better than a cup of tea and a piece of cake whilst watching The Great British Bake Off. The country’s best amateur bakers hit our screens and create some fantastic culinary master pieces.
You might think this is a strange notion coming from the Forest Foot and Health Clinic where our podiatrists spend a lot of time helping people understand how to be healthier and fitter. The truth is, everyone needs a treat from time-to-time – something sweet to relieve the cravings and keep us sane. Even elite athletes crave a sweet treat now and then.
However, this is where it can all go wrong – becoming a regular indulgence – rather than an infrequent treat.
The complicated science of diet, weight and activity boils down to a simple conclusion:
If we eat more energy than we use, we will put on weight and store excess energy for later! Extrapolated from David L. Katz’s book, the average 70kg adult has enough body fat to survive a fast for 1,200 hours. That’s 50 days!!!
This makes complete sense if you imagine our early ancestors as hunter gatherers. When the next source of food was variable and unpredictable, storing excess energy as fat is a clever survival strategy. We still have the same inherent survival mechanism but, put into our modern world, it becomes unhelpful, as we can pretty much guarantee when our next meal will be. This has brought a surge of worldwide chronic disorders such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
With food at our finger tips, we have gone from master hunters to master swipers. We no longer need to hunt for our food, the food is brought to us. Literally if you have it delivered! This can be a huge convenience to those of us who have busy lives, but this means we are using less energy whilst eating the same amount!
Of course, dieting and weight management is not as easy as ‘calories in, calories out’ because a variety of other factors are implicated but this simple idea is a good start.
* In summary, you can have your cake and eat it BUT as part of a varied balanced diet with increased exercise.
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With food at our finger tips,
we have gone from master hunters to master swipers.
We no longer need to hunt for our food,
the food is brought to us.