I just got off of an interesting phone call with my mother who had some very... Enlightening things to say regarding my propensity for weight gain. Here are some of the things she mentioned: I was 6 pounds at birth, and by 6 weeks I was 12 pounds, according to her, I almost never stopped nursing on my own, and she would have to pull me away to get me to stop. I was breastfed until 14 months, and from then she made her own purees. But apparently I always had an insatiable appetite, and would do things like sneak butter from the fridge and just eat it plain. She says from 3 on she had essentially put me on a diet because otherwise I wouldn't stop eating, like I had an endless stomach. I went on to continue to gain weight past the point of cuteness, until she finally put me on Atkins when I was 10 and my weight normalized (until I became a vegan at 13 and proceeded to gain all of the weight in the world.)
I don't know a whole lot about babbies and such... But isn't this all a bit off? Could I have had a hormonal imbalance from birth? She said normally babies will wait a few days to nurse, but I was feeding literally right out of the womb like I'd been starved. Could it maybe have something to do with leptin? Could this have implications for me now? At the moment I'm experimenting with this food reward business, but it's too early to tell. If it's leptin, is it possible I would benefit from leptin injections? Low carb was working for me for a while, but after about 30 pounds I stopped losing, and I found my self control was just not there for a decent go at a PSMF. Is there anything else I could try to target specifically my appetite?