In his first post in some time, KGH seems to be persuaded by Stephan's food reward series.
"I've not had a chance to do big blog posts about food reward yet. Those who might have seen some comments of mine elsewhere will see I find merit in the idea, but I don't know its ontological status yet.
Whether reducing food reward is restoring the EM2 or whether it is just a useful fat loss maneuver I am not sure. Either way, I think that is part of how diets like mine and maybe all diets may work, so I have emphasized that a bit more in the rank ordering.
There is also a notable but not strictly scientific bias I have used for this re-write.
It could fairly be called data mining or reverse engineering, but I've tried to write the steps such that most of the weight optimization failures that I know of would have not been following the new steps.
For example, I know of people who failed despite eating very low carb, but I cannot think of many that actually ate only twice a day with no snacks, never ate from a box, avoided restaurants and never ate ANY liquid calories, including milk and cream. So this has resulted in modifications that make my own current diet noncompliant in a few ways (I still add cream to my coffee), but I think these changes make it more universal.
This does seem to work well for many people, but nothing works for everyone. If it optimizes your weight and health and you are satisfied, you can always break a few rules and see what you can still get away with.
I'll try to do a re-write of "how to lose weight" sometime soon and add more therapeutic tricks for when the whole foods low-NAD idea is not enough."
As he goes to looks for the mechanisms behind food reward, where will the smoking gun be found?
In other news, Peter in his most recent post thanked Stephan for "getting him off [his] arse" and in comments seems to be implying that he's looking into some of the issues brought in up their heated back and forth(read his posts in comments section also). I think this dialogue between these guys who i think are all intellectually honest is a win for all involved.
Special shout out to J. Stanton at gnolls.org for his recent series on satiety.
Where do you guys see the conversation on obesity causes and treatments going? It seems to be starting to coalesce around food reward and low carb and how it relates to satiety in healthy vs damaged individuals.