I really liked a recent interview with Gary Taubes on Angelo Coppola's Latest in Paleo podcast
. It was a wide-ranging conversation that touched on a lot of points, some of them usually not talked about in low-carb or paleo circles. One of them is the question of why everyone's weight doesn't always normalize on a low-carb or paleo diet. Though I know people who have lost over 100 pounds and kept it off, it doesn't always work that way, as I can personally attest. I lost about 35 pounds, and have kept it off for over 10 years, but am still overweight. Why is this? I have my theories. I was pleased that some of my thoughts were backed up by Taubes, who pointed out that:
- There are many more factors involved in losing weight than in gaining it, especially "once you're metabolically deranged".
- Those of us who have lived through the low-fat/high-sugar years (I personally came of age at the exact wrong time) and have screwed things up in our bodies are simply different physiologically than active young people who are avoiding sugar and refined carbs today. They, hopefully, will never have the problems that we are having, e.g. having carbohydrate intolerance issues.
- "Meal-to-Meal" studies (investigating the short-term effects of foods on subsequent eating) are unlikely to tell us much about obesity, which is a longer-term (and much more complex) phenomenon.
I also talked a bit about this issue with Dr. Robert Lustig at the Ancestral Health Symposium last month. He had given his lecture focused on the dangers of fructose consumption and its role in obesity and diabetes. I mentioned to him that I haven't eaten fructose in 15 years and am obviously still overweight. He rejoined that the same is true for him (he's not skinny). All he could really say is that we are all different genetically and physiologically. I think that no one wants to hear what some of the experts have been saying: that we may not have ultimate control over our weight, and that at some point it's more productive to shift our focus to being as healthy as we can. It's not a very popular thought, but I believe it's true.
I've written before about the Latest in Paleo podcast
, which I find to be both thoughtful and informative. Here's a recent thought from Coppola: "Most of us understand that artificial synthetic processed denatured substances fortified with a few nutrients held together with gluten and seed oils and wrapped in cellophane is not the same thing as food."
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