Giantism and weight loss
Monday, March 28, 2011
I have been doing some research into obesity and the causes and treatments. I have found a very good question to chew on, pun intended. If I was 7 feet tall and still growing, no one would tell me that I needed to eat less and direct my energy elsewhere, like exercise, in order to stop growing taller. No one tells a person with dwarfism that they just need to eat more and try harder to grow. No! The medical community would look at those individuals and say, "There must be something going on with the hormone levels that control growth." Then, a slew of blood work would insue in order to discover the reason for the abnormal growth.
Now, let's think about obesity in this light. I have a friend that is super thin. He cannot gain weight even if he tries. I was trying to eat a "normal" american diet, with the current USDA recommendations in mind and I could not stop gaining weight. What is we are just experiencing the opposite ends of the same problem? It makes sense to me, then, to ask "What hormones regulate fat storage?" & "What might be going on in my body with that system and is different than my friend who cannot store fat?"
I also suffer from a group of medical conditions that are so sweetly called metabolic syndrome. This include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and various other problems. Now, they know that insulin resistance is a major factor in this syndrome. So, it makes sense to me to be asking, "What can I do to regulate insulin production and release?"
Here's my train of thought:
1. Insulin regulates blood sugar.
2. Sugar and carbohydrate intake determine insulin levels.
3. Insulin encourages glucose storage as fat and protects those fat reserves from lipolysis (of fat burning)
4. I can limit the level of insulin in my blood by limiting sugar and simple carbohydrate intake.
5. The logical result will be fat loss, and hopefully, reversal of those metabolic syndrome problems.
So, I am experimenting with my diet using these principals. I have lost 9 pounds already this month and I feel good for the first time in a long time. I am waiting for my copy of the book "Good Calories, Bad Caolries" to arrive so I can read more about the abundance of research the author has done on this very subject. I can't wait!!!