How do you pick what you eat?
"I listen to my body, I eat what I feel like eating" this is tricky since our natural drives (hunger, cravings, feeling full, feeling sick) are evolutionary traits that make sense in the context in which we evolved: food scarcity. When food is available all the time some of those natural drives are harder to read.
"I count calories" is a model that doesn't quite fit the purpose as discussed in a previous video...
- For details behind glucose metabolism, fat storage, muscle gain through short high intensity weight training: Body by Science by Doug McDuff who also gave a number of talks and interviews available on Youtube.
- Self-tested techniques for fat loss, slow-carb diets, blood sugar stabilisation using low GI food and muscle gain using short high intensity weight training: The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferris.
- Healthy eating in general with justification for each food type, detailed explanations on the role of hormones in fat storage: The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor.
- Detailed explanations for the reasons behind cardiovascular disease, the role of sugar in inflammation as well as oxidation of certain categories of lipoproteins (cholesterol) and why it's not about saturated fat: The Great Cholesterol Myth by Jonny Bowden.
- Nutrition and metabolism from a scientific point of view, detailed explanation of why thermodynamic calorie counting is wrongly applied to food, the risk in misinterpreting statistical results from scientific papers. The World Turned Upside Down by Richard Feinman.
- Food choices and supplementation specifically aimed at improving general mood and mental performance through fine-tuning of neurotransmitters, look up all Youtube videos by Steve Fowkes, in particular this Google talk. Steven's detailed breakdown of how body energy metabolism works is here (in the context of Alzheimer's).
- For cutting-edge info about nutrition, health, self-experimentation (bio-hacking): the Dave Asprey's podcast Bulletproof Radio.