I just read Paul Jaminet's post inspired by the article discussed in this thread and I must say, it really helped me understand why I was always so obsessed with food--and hungry--while steadily gaining fat.
I think I already knew what he was explaining, but the reinforcement is very helpful.
What do you think of his message? Do you also find it meaningful?
I'm disappointed. Why can some ppl eat junk food and stay skinny and be energetic? Why doesn't the malnourishing junk food diet create obesity every time? It could be explained by differences in genetics, some are more able to get by on less nutrition. If only I had nourished my lean mass none of my obesity would have happened? No doubt in my mind that eating zc left me malnourished and adding veggies helped and eating safe starches has helped more but I was eating all of those things for years and I was fat. One difference is wheat and another was PUFA's.
Edit: I'm not disappointed anymore. Quote from Dr. Paul in his comments: "Malnutrition is not a sufficient condition for obesity – only a contributing factor. I am using it here to explain the “fat trap” that makes it difficult for the obese to sustain weight loss, not to explain obesity itself. Wait for parts 2, 3, 4, etc." I jumped the gun.
The results, at least as reported by the Times piece, aren’t what most dieters want to hear. The people who kept weight off were those who basically continued some form of calorie restriction indefinitely
If your daily energy intake matches your total daily energy expenditure, it's not calorie restriction it's calorie sufficiency. I don't see why he's playing into the sour grapes/defeatist tone of the article.
More to the point, he has a pretty novel theory there about lean tissue with an all-too-convenient circumstance where it is "invisible." I'll keep an open mind though and see how well he backs it up.
Edit: Oh man, Paul's weight loss diet has buoyed my faith in mainstream (such as it is) paleo. Finally someone is giving real advice. Everyone's going around in circles when we all should have just asked the body builders what they do. Sure, some of them dick around with cyclic ketogenic diets etc. but the majority of them over the years eat at least 100-150g of carbs, a bunch of protein, and cut way back on fat. It's hard for me to read further with my eyes welling up....
I enjoyed reading his theory of lean tissue feedback and look forward to him stepping into the ring with the Taubes and food-reward theories.
I'm also very interested to see more about how lean tissue determines leptin sensitivity, and how others will receive that idea.
I hope he addresses the fact that leptin resistance can occur in the liver, muscles, and brain, and whether lean tissue is affecting the leptin sensitivity in all places and in tandem with what else.
Those stories - its clear case of vitamin/mineral deficiencies.
Blaming genetics is easy escape.
Your results are because you didn't do it right. Look random zero carb study, go for supplement regimen section, multiply doses by 5 - 10 and repeat everything again with adequate supplements.
Shortly: What good is your bank money if the bank is on the Mars and you are without a space ship ?
To know more
The Starving Cell: Metabolic Syndrome as an Adaptive Process B. A. Golomb
Chapter - Micronutrient deficiencies commonly attend obesity