Just a simple question. If reduced food reward reduces calorie intake, should underweight people follow a high rewarding (but healthy) paleo diet? (Consisting of all those highly delicious baked goods and recipes combining fat and sugar)
I would be hesitant to suggest that high sugar ("paleo" or otherwise) is a good idea, even if someone is trying to gain weight.
Otherwise, it would seem reasonable that high-reward foods (thus greater sustained caloric intake) would help an underweight person gain body mass.
This is my theory, yes. I've been 10-16 lbs underweight by BMI since my mid-teens, with the help of high-reward paleo I am only about 5 lbs underweight these days. I would say I ate a normal amount of food before I really started trying to overeat, but the plain fact is I need to be eating A LOT more than most people do to maintain my weight, much less gain, and my natural appetite is not all that strong and needs to be prodded along.
I eat hyper-palatable, very flavorful foods, tons of fat (specially dairy fat) and I combine lots of fats with my sugar and starch (fruit and tubers usually). I also find it helps me to eat a lot more if I have many options at the same meal, rather than larger portions of the same old thing.
I've tried pot-induced binging and I did gain, but felt like I was in a total fog mentally. Not worth it just for 'vanity pounds'.
I wouldn't think so. I'd tell the underweight person to simply eat more quantity of plain whole foods with minimal spicing.
In other words, I wouldn't recommend someone to eat highly rewarding (or whatever these foods are called: overly tasty, salty, etc stuff) stuff ever.
If a person needs to eat more food than simply eat more of the same food they're currently eating.
I don't know about eating lots of sugar. I'm on a maintenance Primal diet, and I have to eat starchy foods every day, as well as fruits and some dark chocolate in order to stay at my current weight. I do indulge in sugar and fruits more now than when I was strict Paleo and trying to lose weight, but I still try keep my total sugar intake (counting fruits) to less than 50g/day.
Potatoes, yucca & occasional white rice are my Primal starch sources. And I can't seem to be able to make a decent-tasting Paleo pastry, so that option is out the window for me, lol.