I never had to worry. I ate what I wanted. I exercised because I liked it, or to improve sports performance. Then my endocrine system got trashed in a bizarre accident in my kitchen.
And I started to gain weight. Not a lot, but a lot for me. I went from 6’ and 175 lbs, pretty much my lifetime weight since Army basic training, to 200. It carried well, but I knew it was there.
So, for the first time in my life, I entered the arena of limiting what I ate. And it sucked. Bad. And, I didn’t cheat. And yet, I gained weight. It wasn’t supposed to work that way.
Ah…. and there is the rub. As it turns out it DOESN’T work that way. All those “expert” nutrionists, all those personal trainers, all those Surgeon Generals… they were wrong. Fat isn’t really about physics, but biology. In fact, they were way wrong, global warming proportions wrong.
Gary Taubes explains this in his new book, Why We Get Fat (and what to do about it). He explains that insulin makes fat, and carbohydrates determine how much insulin we make. Known science for, well, forever. But ignored. Lost in decades of fad (and war), while a “balanced” diet loaded with carbohydrates was recommended for decades. But fortunately, rediscovered.
Taubes divides the book into two parts. The first part examines the history of “calories in/calories burned” and shows the science proving everybody was wrong. The second part explains how the body really works, how and why fat is made, and what general approach to eating you can take to avoid making fat.
It all made for interesting, if frustrating reading. It is yet another story of how fallible, corruptible, scientists and those that “interpret” science for us make a killing while having disastrous results for citizens and the world.
I recommend the book highly, especially the 2nd part about how it all works and what to do about it.