Saturday, February 06, 2010
After reading “Good Calories, Bad Calories” my view of obesity took a 180 degree turn, as did Dr. Andrew Weil’s. Here is a quote I want to share that he made in his overview of Gary Taubes, “Good Calories, Bad Calories” (quoted from an interview on the Larry King Show)
“Obesity is mostly a hormonal disorder genetically influenced in which insulin is a central player. That over eating and under activity is not causes of obesity but symptoms of an underlying disorder. It’s not that people eat too much and don’t exercise because of some defect of will or some behavioral problem. It’s that this is behavior that is controlled by a hormonal disturbance.” I find this statement profound.
I am constantly trying to explain to people “they” (the person they are) are not in charge. They do not overeat because “they” want to over eat. Our bodies want what our bodies want, our bodies are big chemical vats of hormones and whatever we consume affects the balance of those hormones.
The hormonal disorder must be corrected first if one to achieve the goals they desire. This does mean dietary changes need to be made but that is the beauty of restricting carbs, you don’t have to limit the amount you eat, just what you eat. If you’re filling up on good fats you just don’t miss those bad carbs (as much) and if you add to that the supplements that stop carb cravings it’s even easier, especially over time.