People are literally going nuts for healthy eating. A year ago, I’d never heard of a spiralizer or spirulina. Now they’re household terms amongst the hip and health-conscious.
Forget wearing Raybans and a leather jacket to try and look cool. All you need now is a blender, the latest overpriced cookbook, and Instagram account with a username like ‘CLEAN-GREEN-MEAN-LEAN-LIVING’. And then there’s the hashtags, OH the hashtags. #eatclean #cleanliving #gogreen #fitnessgoals blah blah blahh.
And it seems that people really are going overboard. For some, it can totally ruin their lives. We’re now being warned that ‘orthorexia’ is now a thing, where the desire to eat healthy and ‘clean’ can become a ‘life-ruining compulsion.’
We’re All Going To Die Anyway
What’s the point of it all? Healthy eating is overrated. People are so obsessed with the act of eating as little as possible that they’ve forgotten to enjoy food altogether. We’re all going to die anyway, so we might as well embrace those calories. Let’s die with a bit of podge.
What’s happened to the days of having pride in excessive eating accomplishments? You know, the times when you’d order a large Big Mac meal, with a side of 20 nuggets, snack wrap and McFlurry and your mates would give you a high five and a bro hug?
The times where you’d chant your pal’s name with increasing levels of excitement until he or she demolished that last foot-long hot-dog. Or ate every single cheesy bite on a Pizza Hut extra large crust then asked for dessert?
Everyone is so serious about it. The polite and generous act of offering a single chocolate is now often met with sighs of despair, rolled eyes and deep exhalations followed by, ‘Oh I couldn’t possibly, I’m on a diet’.
Just for a second, imagine a world in which people didn’t worry about eating one more chocolate hobnob. A world where you didn’t have to go to the gym to burn off those extra calories. A world where you could eat whatever you want, whenever you want, and not put on a single pound?
Believe it or not, this reality isn’t too far away. Researchers have announced that through studying the molecular structure found in males before and after intense exercise, they’ve been able to come up with a ‘blueprint’ to replicate these results. Understanding these molecular changes means that it may be possible to produce an ‘exercise pill‘. A drug that can be taken to mimic the changes in the body following exercise. I mean, WOW. This could be great, or it could be a nightmare.
And if you need any more proof that healthy eating is overrated, listen up: a paper published in PLOS Medicine states that weight loss isn’t necessarily linked to eating more fruit and veg. By studying the intake of these in men and women over 24 years, they found that people didn’t lose weight by upping their fruit and vegetable portions. In some cases, intake of specific types of starchy veg such as potatoes, corn and peas, were actually associated with weight gain.
So given all of the sciencey stuff, why not stop worrying about reaching for some green veggies over a Mars bar and enjoy yourself a bit?
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