Once again, not much time for blogging. Pounded the keyboard until 1am last night, until good and tired. But, then found I was so jacked that the last time I glanced at the clock before drifting off was 3:30. Up at 8:30 with 5-hrs uninterrupted, and back at it with clear and purposed enthusiasm. Just now, at about 12:30, I had breakfast at the desk. You simply must try my Filipino-inspired garlic fried rice.
“there’s no escaping the fact that eating less than your body requires to maintain weight over time looses weight and eating more gains you weight.”
It HAS to be true given enough time for the energy conversion processes to occur. However, we also know that you can’t gain / maintain weight drinking 2,000kcals of only water—all foods lie on a spectrum affecting how we convert their energy into mass (fat, muscle or other).
Again, ‘calories in calories out’ must hold true but it still doesn’t tell us anything about how or why different foods ‘behave’ the way they do.
What it does do is play down the obvious differences between real foods and (supposedly) edible-items (after all, if everything is just energy…)
“Again, ‘calories in calories out’ must hold true but it still doesn’t tell us anything about how or why different foods ‘behave’ the way they do.”
Well, this is kinda Taubes’ line. Fine, but I also think Paleos in general understand a lot about this, having tried different mixes of foods by now. And I think what it comes down to is that because protein cannot long term be more than about 30%, then it’s a teeter-totter between carbs and fat and what seems clear to me is: high carb? Fine, then low fat; and if high fat, fine, then low carb. What seems to be clearly ill-advised is high fat AND high carb….which is an apt description of a lot of processed food and even home cooked “comfort food” (think mashed potatoes loaded with butter and cream/H&H/Milk, with a fat-based roux and milk or cream based gravy on top; think chicken fried steak with the same gravy—plus the mashed potatoes with still the same gravy; think fried chicken, with, you guessed it: same taters & gravy…and don’t forget the bread & butter, 500-1000kcal fat-dressed salad, or dessert) I’d wager that in the long history of human home cooking, “comfort food” with copious carbage and fatage is responsible for more obesity and ill health than the brief history of processed and fast food.
The fallacy, as Fed Hahn found out, is the simplistic notion that carbs make you fat per se. Simply not true, and done right, from natural foods, I see no compelling evidence to suggest it’s unhealthy, either. Too many rice, legume, potato as staple eating populations to just dismiss.
All that said, the question I’m most interested in is: why do we eat to excess no matter what the macro composition? Insulin? Leptin? Other hormones? Or, more fundamentally, is it the 100 trillion bacteria in our gut whose chemical secretions influence such hormone release and signal resolution. It’s the latter where I’m placing my bet.
I’ll add to that last thought that, given the positive anecdotal results for so many from so many realms—from blood glucose control to satiation to sleep to vivid dreams to feelings of well being to bathroom habits to body temperature to body composition, and on and on for those supplementing resistant starch—that: it’s that latter that represents the most likely complete picture. Just fucking think about it. There’s 100 trillion of them to your 10 trillion human cells, in up to 1,000 different strains, with 3 million non-human genes that dwarf our 30,000. There’s 900 times more of them in a single human than the total number of individuals who have ever lived.
The idea that some single—or even a few in cocktail—synthesized drug-conglomerate product—given a government monopoly to score billions—making it worth it to spend hundreds of millions on advertising fit for Saturday morning cartoon time—is as fucking implausibly laughable to me as those stupid commercials designed for these kind of people:
Voters, Healthcare and Drug Consumers in Training
The Occam’s Razor, more plausible answer is that we can’t possibly begin to understand what everything it is those gut bugs are all about … how they interact … communicate …do… individually and collectively—and all depending upon the strains present and their relative proportions, one to another. Hopefully, one day we’ll understand a lot more but it’s probably a long way off, since we don’t even seem to understand—much less agree on—what causes obesity (overeating does, but then why, really, do some people overeat and others never do—no matter how much palatable, rewarding food you put in front of them?)
I’d say that the ‘drugs and more drugs’ approach is hubris on the part of medical science; but for that to be true, ignorance can’t justly apply—unless they have hubris over their own ignorance, but faith-based religious people have the space locked. Ignorance in the scientific realm is a valuable thing, of course, so that’s always changing, always ushering new realms of ignorance, and so on. So, that’s really my prime mission now. That’ll still take a while, so hubris is probably a long way off, yet. Profits demand it.
Alright, discussion is hereby open. Keep yourselves occupied while I work on that ignorance deal.