Eat like an an­i­mal

Re­ally! Here’s what you can learn from their smart nosh­ing habits

Women's Health Australia - - APRIL 2018 -

Di­etary wis­dom straight from the wild

Mon­keys Snack on fresh pro­duce WILD WIS­DOM

Mon­keys are the orig­i­nal lo­ca­vores, grab­bing fruit and leaves hang­ing nearby. What that means for you? Cor­nell Uni ex­perts found that women who do the same (that is, dis­play fresh pro­duce out in the open) were six ki­los lighter than those with­out a fruit bowl in sight. Di­eti­tian Dana Hunnes’s top tip? Cut up fruit and ve­g­ies and pack them in small, clear con­tain­ers [in the fridge], so you’re more likely to grab them. Smart! She also sug­gests choos­ing snacks that com­bine fat, pro­tein and fi­bre, such as hum­mus with whole­grain crack­ers, and car­rots or cel­ery with peanut but­ter.

Pen­guins Take a break from food WILD WIS­DOM

Th­ese aquatic birds fast for a month or more, but you need to aim for a nightly 12-hour break from nosh­ing. The rea­son: peo­ple who stop eat­ing ear­lier in the evening take in nearly 1045 fewer kilo­joules per day, on av­er­age, than those who nib­ble late at night, ac­cord­ing to re­search from North­west­ern Univer­sity in the US. “When you fast, your body also uses up its pre­ferred fuel and starts burn­ing fat stores for en­ergy,” says Hunnes.

Sheep Chew – a lot WILD WIS­DOM

Re­ally chomp­ing your grub as if it’s cud (we’re talk­ing up to 40 chews) be­fore swal­low­ing may lower lev­els of the hunger hor­mone ghre­lin, mak­ing you feel more sat­is­fied, and re­duce how much you eat later, ac­cord­ing to a re­view in Phys­i­ol­ogy &

Be­hav­ior. “Chew­ing more makes you pay closer at­ten­tion to what you’re do­ing,” says di­eti­tian Kristin Kirk­patrick. When you take note of flavours, tex­tures, and sen­sa­tions – known as “mind­ful eat­ing” – you take in about 1254 fewer kilo­joules per day, re­searchers say. Wow!

Whales Don’t fear fat WILD WIS­DOM

When young, th­ese mega mam­mals sub­sist on milk 10 times fat­tier than what’s in your bot­tle. In the hu­man realm, stud­ies show that women who choose high-fat dairy are 8 per cent less likely to be­come over­weight or obese than those loyal to low-fat. One the­ory: when you limit fat in­take, you of­ten eat more su­gar and carbs, which are less fill­ing. Full-fat foods are higher in kilo­joules, but your body breaks them down slowly, so you feel sa­ti­ated longer and eat less, adds Kirk­patrick.


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