I read an interesting article in the New York Times this morning about weight and diet in general.
“But what if we’ve confused cause and effect? What if it’s not overeating that causes us to get fat, but the process of getting fatter that causes us to overeat?
The more calories we lock away in fat tissue, the fewer there are circulating in the bloodstream to satisfy the body’s requirements. If we look at it this way, it’s a distribution problem: We have an abundance of calories, but they’re in the wrong place. As a result, the body needs to increase its intake. We get hungrier because we’re getting fatter.”
In addition, the food industry — which makes enormous profits from highly processed products derived from corn, wheat and rice — invokes calorie balance as its first line of defense. If all calories are the same, then there are no bad foods, and sugary beverages, junk foods and the like are fine in moderation. It’s simply a question of portion control. The fact that this rarely works is taken as evidence that obese people lack willpower, not that the idea itself might be wrong.”
In a nutshell, “the popular emphasis on calorie balance reinforces the belief that we have conscious control over our weight, and that obesity represents a personal failure because of ignorance or inadequate willpower.”
Once again, it comes down to the non-useful, highly-refined carbs and the effect those have on insulin, which in turn has an immediate and long-lasting effect on fat creation and storage. A wretched cycle indeed. The article doesn’t suggest we don’t HAVE control over what we eat or how we manage our weight, but it does point out that we’re probably tracking and counting the wrong things.