Thursday, September 27, 2012

Post Epiblogue (Is That Allowed?): The Preoccupation Principle

Obesity can result from an adaptation to one's preferred foods. It is not the foods themselves which "cause" or "cure" obesity. It is possible for a person to become overweight eating low carb or all fruit (and they have). Persons can also remain lean eating so-called "junk" or "processed" foods (there are numerous examples of that, as well). So how does one lose weight?

Weight loss can only happen between meals. The longer one goes between meals, the more weight they will lose. But an obstacle arises when one becomes preoccupied with eating. The solution is to become preoccupied with losing weight or finding something else to occupy your time more effectively away from food or eating.

Too much preoccupation with losing weight can result in anorexia. Preoccupation due to depression or other extreme emotions can also lead to losing weight. What confuses people is that extreme emotional periods can also lead to obesity when one is trying to constantly take a break from a burdensome emotional state. Finding a preoccupation that enables weight loss is not as hard as it sounds. It's just a matter of keeping yourself busy in a way that effectively avoids focusing on hunger or eating.

Harnessing preoccupation is the cure for obesity.

Friday, September 21, 2012


There comes a point where one must decide if their analysis is producing results or if they are simply experiencing apophenia.  When it comes to obesity, it is obvious that food is involved.  But the trade-off of using strategies which reduce caloric quantity seem to produce an increase in hunger, food obsession, and other interferences in creativity.  "Curing" obesity by reducing the quality of life is no cure.

My strategies and experiments have produced no long term efficacy that I can tell.  What seems to be "logical" turns out to be a trick of the mind.  I first experienced this phenomenon while trying to imagine a perpetual motion machine.  I also experienced it while looking for fossils, trying to come up with systems for gambling and forex, and back-testing stock market data.  The difference between myself and someone who cannot stop seeing the connections is that I seem to eventually realize it is happening.

Optimizing human nutrition with quality living is beyond the scope of my capabilities.  There are complexities in human nutrition so entangled that even science is unable to resolve them without controversy.  There are components of psychology, physiology, and economic limitations which all play a factor.  Within those factors there are sub-factors which further obscure the goal.  There is also the possibility of pathologies involved which have yet to be discovered.

I want to eat foods that I enjoy.
I want to eat foods that promote health. 
I want to eat enough food to feel satisfied.   
And I do not want to crave any foods or become preoccupied with foods.
If that causes obesity, then there is something wrong.

There is something wrong.