LET’S FACE IT – food has a strong leash on us. Why do we find some foods so irresistible, and why do we overeat? How many times have we resolved to lose weight by eating less? And how many times have we found ourselves abandoning our resolution all too quickly, returning to the clutches of indulgence? Our diets repeatedly fail us; we continue to pile on the pounds. After I read The End of Overeating by David Kessler, everything suddenly made sense. This book changed the way I looked at food. I literally could not put it down.
1. It all boils down to 3 elements: sugar, fat, salt.
It may seem like a simple concept, but the leash that food has so securely fastened around our necks is made up of only 3 elements: sugar, fat, and salt. Think about it – what are your favourite foods? The most palatable foods are simply layers of sugar, fat, and/or salt.
Highly-palatable foods stimulate your appetite. They give you pleasure. They are rewarding. They beckon you to indulge. They make you want to eat more. MOARRR!!!
Why? Put simply, when you eat something delicious, it kick starts a chain of chemical reactions in your brain, producing an awareness of pleasure – even relieving pain or stress – and makes you feel better momentarily. When your brain perceives things that way, it’s hard not to seek out more of such foods for comfort. Which leads to… overeating.
So, what do you like? Cheese fries? That’s salt on fat on fat on sugar. Buffalo wings with creamy dipping sauce? Sugar on salt on fat on fat on fat. If you look at food this way, you’ll see that the most delicious things are simply made of layer upon layer of sugar, fat, and/or salt.
Taking 3 bare elements and combining them to form addictive substances? I was super fascinated. I started to analyse foods layer by layer, and each analysis only served to reinforce what David Kessler wrote about sugar, fat, and salt. Mind blown!