Apr
16
2013

Lose weight like a grizzly bear: eat seasonal foods and forage

Diet like a grizzly: Zookeepers in Chicago helped grizzly bears lose hundreds of pounds of weight by making some simple diet and behavior changes.Courtesy DiliffWhen zookeepers at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo noticed their grizzly bears were getting flabby, they came up with a novel idea on how to turn their health around. They got the bears acting and eating more like they do in their natural environments. And the lessons learned for the grizzlies can easily be applied to us humans to eat better, too.
In fact, there's a growing trend in medicine now to for doctors and veterinarians to share their research to find out if new behaviors that can help animals could help humans, too. You can read all about it here.
But looking specifically at the grizzly bears in Chicago, zookeepers ditched the laboratory composed diets of mixing dog foods and ground beef for the bears and went to more traditional berries, grains and meats the bears would actually prey on like fish and rabbits. The food was no longer delivered on metal trays the same time each day, but hidden around the bear's enclosure, forcing them to forage and work to get their grub. Within a year, both bears had lost hundreds of pounds.
So what's the human equivalent diet modifications? For one thing, not stockpiling up several weeks worth of food is a good start. Rather, buy just a few days worth of fresher, seasonal foods at a time. Most vegetables at grocery stores now days are engineered to have longer shelf lives, but less nutrition. Buying foods at farmers' markets and the like can lead to healthier greens.
And like a grizzly, we can burn more calories if we "forage" by walking or biking to the market. Not using a cart in a store or a car to transport our food home will also limit the amount of what we buy to what fits nicely in a basket or bag.
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Peter Parker en Espanol yo's picture
Peter Parker en Espanol yo says:

wow that is really interseting....but the best diet is duck tape, is you tape it over your mouth then you wont eat anything!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 12:50pm
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Peter Parker en Espanol yo says:

it depends on how much weight a grizzly bear loses but even if it usually loses alot i will still try to keep up so i can stay healthy!!!!!!!!!!! :)

posted on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 1:07pm
megan smitherton's picture
megan smitherton says:

so true. i like staying healthy

posted on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 1:23pm
Natalie Iceriver's picture
Natalie Iceriver says:

staying healthy is great, but one time when my aunt went on a health kick she would not get in the car, she walked everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 09/28/2013 - 12:49pm
jonathan's picture
jonathan says:

It is a good thing that the bears lose weight

posted on Mon, 11/11/2013 - 3:41pm
mystery  's picture
mystery says:

Grizzlies don't eat Oreos, thats why they are in good shape!

posted on Sun, 01/12/2014 - 1:54pm
Nejjy's picture
Nejjy says:

They had a great idea of helping the bears and it's also good to apply the same concept for humans. Another good approach to losing weight.

posted on Wed, 02/26/2014 - 2:41am
senoraa jessmess's picture
senoraa jessmess says:

ohhhh you dontttt say, eating fruits and veggies helps you lose weight?

posted on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 10:52am
Mr.O's picture
Mr.O says:

Grizzlies are in the best shape! They don't eat junk like me!

posted on Sat, 04/05/2014 - 2:06pm
Samara's picture
Samara says:

Well PERSONALLY... I LIKE the junk food I eat. hmph

posted on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:51am
mary's picture
mary says:

us americans are addictid to sweets and bad food

posted on Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:39pm

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