I'm far from being a big thinker in the paleo world but it seems to me there's a lot of discussion going on about higher carbs vs. lower carbs and all kinds of micromanaging of dietary minutia to affect this, that or the other hormone that supposedly has to do with blood sugar or appetite or obesity.
Is this really what paleo is about at the core for a lot of people? Just losing weight?
I mean, I know many people struggle with weight loss for a lot of reasons, often interrelated with other issues that are affected by paleo style eating. And I don't want to minimize that obesity is a problem for many people, and that neolithic eating contributes to increasing obesity rates. But it seems that writings by a certain segment of the paleo sphere define paleo eating as being fundamentally about getting/being lean, and all other issues are secondary to that.
I'm curious to see where people stand on this issue... Be honest, paleo for you is it at it's core about becoming lean? Did you start eating paleo to lose weight but then got more interested in other aspects? Or did you come to paleo eating out of other reasons (performance, gut health, etc...)? If you came to it for other reasons, what's your viewpoint about all these debates about insulin and leptin and food reward?