Britney Spears Fat! That’s the headlines that screamed out at us for years as the former teen idol and tartlet was gaining weight, first when she become a mom (congrats Britney, it’s a 50 pound stomach!) and then when she started eating piles upon piles of junk food. But why did Britney eat all that garbage? Why do any of us do it in fact? That’s the dark secret behind most processed foods today and one we’re going to talk about now.
Let’s start by discussing what we eat. If we want to, we can simply walk to the corner grocery store and Drakes cakes are at arms reach, for just a dollar. It’s a quick sugar fix and let’s face it, it tastes good. Hostess will happily sell you cream filled cupcakes for 50 cents a piece. Coca Cola and Pepsi will tempt you with their main products, both sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (that’s a fancy way of saying high potency sugar – instead of the old style of sugar, which was used in Coke before they introduced the “New Coke” brand, high fructose corn syrup is cheaper to produce and also makes for a sweeter taste).
Britney Spears became fat because she was eating this stuff and because it’s what she as a human being was programmed by her genes to do. Most of us in fact have that kind of programming in our genes. It’s a protection mechanism. The reality is that for most of human history, there just wasn’t enough food to eat. People lived constantly on the brink of starvation. Witness the Irish potato famine, where people died en mass in Ireland simply because the potato crop failed. The potato was the one thing that kept people alive and when there wasn’t enough of it to go around, thousands died.
But today, Britney Spears can become fat because of the fact that she was able to eat whatever she wanted and she didn’t need to worry ever about stopping, because it was cheap and readily available. The key to stopping this is to force ourselves to go against our natural instincts, which is to eat more when it’s available. It used to be that was a good thing because there would be times when food wasn’t available. Unfortunately, today it’s always available so we end up being giant balloons like Britney Spears when she was fat and it’s devilishly hard to take it back off.
So, if you are not already competing to have your name inserted into the headline, “Britney Spears Fat” I suggest you slow down and eat in moderation. It’s the best way to maintain a nice svelte body that we all want.