Food is not just carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals; the body also looks at it as information about what season it is and planning how it should respond and ultimately your survival. This has been programmed into our genes over thousands of generations and we unconsciously respond accordingly every time we eat.

Before the advent of modern agriculture and grocery stores the changing of the seasons meant our diets changed too throughout the year, there were times of plenty and inevitably more sparse periods. These changes in food type and quantity caused our bodies to react differently to what we were ingesting. In the late summer months when more ripened sugar laden foods are more plentiful and the days are longer the body is programmed to store as much as it can as body fat for the long winter ahead when food supplies will dwindle. So along with the invention of artificial lights the abundance of fruits, sugars and other out of season the foods our bodies thinks it’s constantly late summer and it keeps packing on those pounds in preparation for the winter that ultimately never comes.

Eat like its winter.

In order for the body to relinquish its store fat reserves it needs convincing it is winter. This means cutting out all those foods which prompt the body to store, and instead now triggering it to release fat for energy. Curtailing the use of bright lighting right up until our head hit the pillow (and beyond if electronics are taken to bed) will also have a positive effect too. Maintaining a slight caloric deficit to elicit the use of fat is also essential and as we have spoken about before, not such a drastic caloric cut that it sends the body spiralling into starvation mode which presents a whole new set of issues.

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