The Complete Guide to Intermittent Fasting
“Our ancient ancestors, whose bodies we inherited, ate and weighed a good deal less in relation to their size than we do. Over hundreds of thousands of years their desire for food was checked by its scarcity and the effort it took to collect it daily from the countryside. Thereby they set the reference standard for living and eating normally and healthily, not we. We eat as much as we like. No creature has ever been adapted to that.” Nobel Prize winner, Hans G. Demelt University of Washington
Anthropologists tell us that human history was filled with periods of scarcity and famine. Evolutionary biologists note that this would most certainly have an effect on the human genome, meaning that we are designed for periods of scarcity and or immanent starvation.
What then are we to think about the modern habit of eating three meals plus snacks, 365 days a year, with periodic feasts and frequent overeating? Clearly, we are out of synch with our genes. Some of the consequences are obvious (our expanding waistlines), but others are invisible.