Eat like an animal
Really! Here’s what you can learn from their smart noshing habits
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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