Author: Dr. Claude Martin-Mondière
Stay fit in a food rich and robot assisted environment is a challenge.
In an environment of abundant food, to keep weight constant is far to be simple.
The first idea is limiting the food intake, the results are frustrating, there are more reasons not to accept it than to choose to do it.
Over time, weight increases in “normal lives.” Is it an inevitable aging process? Is it a decreasing interest to stay youthful healthy and keep activity?
Studies after studies, the results are the same: an increase of BMI results with a higher risk to get numerous diseases.
First, what is the need for energy today? With modern life, we stop to walk, and little robots are always ready to assist whatever we are doing. We still need to eat to maintain life in our body, but not to release energy to feed the muscle but to keep the rheology in the vasculature clean. The food needs to deliver nutrients with scavenger power to keep our signals ready to respond to the different events we face. Calories are not only to be considered.
Energy expenditure must be increased to match food intake, or food must be different. A nutrition plan has to be designed in accordance with the needs. Must we go back to monk diets, as activities are extremely limited? Whatever is the religion, a monk diet is around a daily 1200 Cal with a fast from the different rituals. A Buddha bowl and Matcha tea may be just what we need to stay in shape and alert face to screens. Are we ready to change our food, to educate the taste buds to reduce the intake, the time to get a healthy weight?
To match the food intake with the energy needed, is not a simple equation because there are physiological mechanisms applied to energy expenditure and digestive efficiency. The failure of any diet to fit all resides in the fact that any individual is unique, and it is a science to design the appropriate diet to restore the healthy weight and then another level to maintain it.
Numerous studies reported the link between ingested food, the gut work, and cell work recently.
Controlling the intake and the feces was the routine of the imperial Chinese medical team to adapt the menu of the emperor. The actual science is establishing the link between brain-gut, mental health, and general health but also aging.
Today we can transport food all over the world in good condition, in a short time. There is no more risk of deficiencies because of the season or poor harvest.
There is a danger to be overweight. It is linked to chemicals in the environment, abundance of foods, and robotic assistance.
Daily metabolic rate and efficiency of energy is a complex combination we have to work on with more attention to overcome if we want to. It is our choice to eat organic in a portion control mode, to protect what we eat but also the soil of this planet and the air we breathe.
It is our choice to walk to go to routine activities, to go shopping, to go to Church, again this protects the body which has not already the software to convert abundant rich food to reduced activity, and this measures help keeping the planet clean.
Keywords: Activity, Obesity, digestive efficiency, metabolic rate, body mass index (BMI), Food energy density, Appetite control, Passive overconsumption, High-fat, Body composition, sleep, physical activity, fruit and vegetable intake, sleep quality, quality of life, subjective health, multiple health behaviors, age-group differences
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