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The Impact Of Human Nature

Here is a definition of the term “HUMAN NATURE”: the general psychological characteristics, feelings, and behavioral traits of humankind, regarded as shared by all humans.

Although we are all different in our behavioral patterns, there are many “human nature” behaviors that we share.  Here are some examples:

  • Being protective of our spouses, children and other family members
  • Being desirous and striving for having more materialistic possessions
  • Wanting more vacations and other relaxing times
  • Warring with other people/countries (if you doubt that, please name a time in world history when there were absolutely no conflicts going on)

There are obviously countless other examples of “human nature” behaviors.

Human nature plays a very large role as to why it is so difficult to lose/control weight.  Some of these factors include:

  • Our propensity to obtain immediate gratification.  For many, including me, one of the quickest and least expensive ways to immediately gratify is by consuming a high caloric/high sugar food or drink.
  • Being driven by good “deals”:  Getting a free dessert bar at a buffet restaurant or a “Buy One Get One Free” deal at a fast-food restaurant
  • The “Herd Mentality”, i.e. when people around us are drinking alcohol and eating lots of carbs/sugars, we are driven to do the same
  • Giving in to chemical cravings for sugars

There are many other examples of how “human nature” behaviors impact our weight control efforts in a deleterious manner.

We cannot overcome being humans but we can use the animal kingdom’s highest brain acumen (human intelligence) to overcome the instinctual “human nature” parts of our brains.  The first step is recognition of how/why we are reaching for the foods and drinks that make us less healthy. Then, we need to “think through” the behavior patterns to block those behaviors that damage our healthier pursuit efforts.  Easy?  Hardly, as 70% of our country is overweight/obese.

Fending off human nature instincts/behaviors is difficult.  Try to keep the “good” parts of human nature present and fight off those that are not so good.

And how could I post a blog about Human Nature without posting the Michael Jackson song?

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