Friday, September 21, 2012

Epiblogue

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.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Charles .. hope you aren't quitting trying. We just need to keep learning more :-)

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  2. >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.

    You seriously need to try a ketogenic diet. It's a special kind of low-carb on steroids and has a lot of good science behind it. In particular, it's an "adequate protein" (1-2 g per kg of body weight to spare your muscles from catabolism), high fat, and low carbohydrate (60 g/day max; ideally 20 g/day or fewer) diet.

    I'm new to your blog here, but I noticed that you've experimented with water fasting. So have I. And I rebounded, too. Bad. The problem with longer-term fasting is that your metabolism is slowed to conserve vital energy just in case you can't "find" (i.e., hunt or gather) food soon. So, once you re-feed, your metabolism is screwed, and, in my case, I put on 40 pounds above what I started at at the beginning of my 15-day fast. Silly me.

    Enter ketosis.

    So, as you know, when we fast we rely on our fat for energy. Usually we use glucose (a product of carb metabolism), but our body can use "ketones"--produced from fatty acids by the liver--just as well. The small amount of glucose our brains need (5% of their total calorie usage) can also be produced by the body as necessary.

    So, when you fasted you were in a state of ketosis: fat catabolism. You can achieve ketosis through diet as well.

    The pounds will shed off effortlessly. No exercise necessary. AND you can eat all the FATTY, RED MEAT and CHEESE and EGGS and BUTTER you want! NO CALORIE COUNTING. Just limit yourself to major carbs ONLY from primarily green vegetables--broccoli, lettuces, spinach, cauliflower. Meaning, eat a big fat salad covered in full-fat dressing and bacon bits and chicken. Holy shit.

    Vitamin- and mineral-dense, dark-green veggies are absolutely essential on this diet because (1) most of your diet is straight fat and protein which doesn't contain vital micronutrients found in plants and (2) with all the weight you'll be losing, your body will need more vitamins and minerals than usual.

    No starches. No sugar. No bread. No pasta. But there ARE EXCEPTIONS! Due to how your body uses energy in ketosis, you can try a "Cyclical Ketogenic Diet" where you periodically eat all the complex carbs (no sugar! except pure glucose) you want for one meal. Your liver will use all the glucose (the product of complex carb metabolism) to replenish your glycogen stores, and none of the carbs will be converted to fat. Just don't "cycle" or "re-feed" on complex carbs more than once every week or two, or more frequently if you exercise regularly.

    Omg what an easy diet.

    Really, though, most people's cravings for carbs disappear after a week or two on the diet. How? Well most everyone on the standard American diet is leptin-resistant. Sugar consumption, for example, promotes leptin resistance. Leptin is the chemical that signals your brain to tell it you're full. A "leptin-resistant" person's brain needs way more leptin than normal to realize you're full. On the ketogenic diet, you'll feel fuller for longer and always completely satisfied.

    And it's easy to monitor yourself. When you're in ketosis, your urine will contain ketone bodies. Ketone test strips are very affordable at Wal-Mart. They're in the diabetic section. Test your urine regularly and you'll be able to tell when you're eating too many carbs.

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    You should do some research about cholesterol and saturated fat (search "The Oiling of America" on youtube for starters; and en.wikipedia~.~org/wiki~/~Saturated_fat_and_cardiovascular_disease_controversy (remove the tildes)). Also, I'm not a doctor, I'm not your doctor, and you should consult one before changing your diet yadda yadda. You may want to have your cholesterol monitored, but be sure to be educated and healthily skeptical in the doctors office, because many people's total cholestorol does go up, but their ratios improve and their overall health improves. sdLDL is the only bad cholesterol. What's the use of having low cholesterol when you're obese? If the ketogenic diet is your only hope to get down to a healthy weight, then is a higher total cholesterol temporarily really worse than being obese for the rest of your life? Know that your body WILL adjust to your new diet, so even if your total cholesterol increases at the beginning, it'll regulate back down within a month or three. Or, that's what I've heard anecdotally.

    Anyway there are probably some details I'm forgetting and I've rambled on now. A great community for this it reddit~.~com/r/keto (READ THE SIDEBAR FOR ALLKINDSA INFO-SCIENCE!). Today, there's been several pictures of the keto-friendly "holy grail pizza" on the font page that I'm sure will make your mouth water. Also there's reddit~.~com/r/ketorecipes .

    Don't give up. I did. But I tried keto and it's like a switch was flipped and I'm only three days into it. So many people like myself have said that their energy levels boost, chronic fatigue goes away, blood pressure improves, their skin evens out and looks better, etc etc on this diet. You have to try it. It is so goddamn worth it. It's absolutely not just another fad/crash diet. It's just 100% wonderful.

    Let me know if I can help you out with any more info. You're not alone.

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  5. Oh, one last thing.

    When you're starting out, you might get a "keto flu" for no longer than a week. Usually like three days. You'll need extra sodium and potassium to get over it. Use bullion cubes (2/day) or Morton Lite salt (50/50 sodium/potassium).

    And here is a doctor describing the foods you can/can't eat:
    http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf

    And all sorts of scientific videos:
    http://martin.ankerl.com/2012/01/15/low-carb-high-fat-big-video-roundup/

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