The dark evenings and morning nip in the air leave us in no doubt that summer is over; but wasn’t it a great summer?
Autumn is the season when your body wants you to put on weight so that you will survive the bitter temperatures and food shortages of winter.
In these modern times, we have houses, heating and year-round food so we don’t need an extra couple of stone to stop us from dying before spring arrives. Your body doesn’t know that things changed only a few short decades ago; it’s still working the way it always has.
Suddenly we have irresistible urges to eat ‘comfort foods’ like blackberry and apple crumble. Yum. The autumn harvest is rich in fruit which contains a type of sugar called fructose. Your body deals with fructose differently to other carbohydrates and most of it is turned into fat.
Autumn also brings nuts and seeds which are rich in omega 6 fats. We used to get foods rich in omega 6 only before winter and we’re programmed to store it. Now, we get it all year round and far more of it than we need, in the form of cooking oil (eg sunflower oil). If you check the labels you’ll find that most bought products (puddings, cakes, biscuits, pastries) are made with vegetable oil.
Omega 6 and fructose create a recipe for piling on the pounds that assured our stone-age survival. We instinctively love them. However, your mind might not agree with your body about the desirability of laying down extra fat so when you smell a fruit pie or your mouth waters over a sponge pudding, be aware of the consequences to your figure of over-indulgence.
Top tip – Resist omega 6 and sugar urges.