A Common Problem

- POSTED ON: Jul 21, 2011

                               

Originally posted by member in a weight-loss forum

"After looking over my data for the past 9 months,
I conclude that I need to be eating about 1200 calories a day
and exercising the equivalent of 200 calories a day.
Otherwise, I am going to stay right where I am.

Now, can accomplish this behavior???
I am not sure.
I know I don't like being stuck where I am.

So, it is my choice.

I realize that due to injuries my daily movement
has been curtailed and conserved.
My "need" for food stays the same, however."

This is an excellent statement about the problem that many of us have in common,
especially older "reduced obese" women.  After carefully recording our food-intake
and weight data in computer software journals, our data reveals a rather unpleasant truth. 

The calorie needs of our older bodies is far, far less than our appetites;
many of our aging bodies simply will not tolerate heavy exercise;
and our true calorie need is a number far, far lower
than what the "expert" charts indicate is correct for us.

We have to ask ourselves:
"Are we willing to trade the food to be a "normal" size?"
and
"Can we get ourselves to eat in that manner?"

There's a lot currently written about what our bodies required in Paleolithic times,
and I've been thinking about elderly women in that time.
First...there weren't very many post-menopausal women around...
and I imagine that those who did survive to become old, 
had to "earn their keep". 

Since the women were past childbearing years;
the ability to do a lot of physically hard work reduces with age;
and age doesn't necessarily come with increased wisdom,
it would be reasonable to assume that they had less value for their "tribe"
so probably it would have been an important asset 
to have a body that required less food to survive.

What does this mean currently?
I don't know, but I find it interesting to consider.

 


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On Jul 21, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
so probably it would have been an important asset  to have a body that required less food to survive.**** An unpleasant thought I have been mulling over along these same lines- The body wants to be efficient, doing the most it can with the least fuel required. I have been reading quite a bit on ancestor type diets coupled with traveling and visiting native peoples when possible. This is unpleasant for me who enjoys eating a Kilwin's Turtle ice cream sundae, after having 2 s'mores earlier in the day:-)!


On Jul 21, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Karen, the desire to eat more than my body needs is always with me.


On Jul 21, 2011 TexArk wrote:
I don't know what the caloric requirements were for post menapausal paleo women, but I do know it would have been impossible for them to eat empty calories. So, for me, this is just another argument for me to make each bite count...for nutrition and satiety as well as for those very rare pleasure trips. I have noticed that the elderly really do cut back on their calories by following their appetite. Many only eat 2 meals a day. My dad is 95 and his sister is approaching 101. He tells me all the time he doesn't eat supper and that no one should eat after 6:00! This was a man who could put down lots of food and esp. ice cream in the evening.


On Jul 21, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             TexArk...I'm sure you recognized the quote above. Every bite really does count, so I also work hard to make my choices good-for-me and good-tasting. My hope is that as I age, my own appetite diminishes. Here in my mid-60s it hasn't, and most people don't live past their mid-80s. I'm in good health, but based on my appetite so far, I'm not sure that one lifetime is long enough to see that happen for me.

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