According to a new theory by prominent nutrition experts, we may be approaching weight loss the wrong way. What if instead of overeating leading to obesity, it’s obesity that leads to overeating?
Let us explain. Weight gain involves the creation of fat cells and the storage of calories therein. More fat cells means more calories removed from the bloodstream en-route to other vital bodily functions. This triggers a demand for more calories – hunger. So we eat more, and the vicious cycle continues.
If this bodily mechanism holds true, why have rates of obesity skyrocketed in recent decades? Humans haven’t evolved dramatically in the last 50 years to develop a new biological mechanism such as this.
According to Professor David Ludwig, M.D., the lead scientist of the paper, there is a simple explanation – refined carbohydrates. Our bodies react to carbs by releasing the hormone insulin. When there is an excess of highly digestible carbs in our body, insulin production goes into overdrive. Excess insulin has been shown to lead to weight gain. That’s why so many fat cells are created as a result of our love affair with sugary soda, french fries, and snack bars.
The conclusion is simple – people should focus less on calorie restriction, and more on quality of food. That is, if the hypothesis is correct.
What do you think?