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Apparently it's cutting back on the carbs, not increasing exercise...

I just read an article in New York Magazine online that newer research indicates that exercise alone only makes one hungrier and that cutting carbohydrates is what causes weight loss. Apparently, it is insulin and a hormone called lipoprotein lipase (LPL) that are the biggest factors in the feedback loop that determines whether calories consumed are stored as fat or burned in muscle. Hmm, this may require some dietary thought on my part.

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As usual, the NYT isn't telling the whole story. You can probably find that research at Pubmed. The truth is, it's a combination that causes fat loss. Cutting back on carbs is a good idea because it changes your macronutrient ratios, allowing you to retain more muscle while losing fat.

Women, especially, seem to binge after doing cardio, btw.

And ultimately, if you don't have excess calories, they can't be stored as fat. ;-)

Yeah, the NYT is famous for missing some of the news that's fit to print

The New York Times is off the hook on this story though. This is from New York Magazine. The rest of the comment is certainly food for thought. ; )

Mainly, I was most intrigued by the idea that much of medicine and health journalism had been influenced by black-box thermodynamic thinkng.

Re: Yeah, the NYT is famous for missing some of the news that's fit to print

Ha ha! I didn't read carefully enough. That's what I get for multi-tasking!


Re: Yeah, the NYT is famous for missing some of the news that's fit to print

Mainly, I was most intrigued by the idea that much of medicine and health journalism had been influenced by black-box thermodynamic thinkng.

I agree. Whenever I hear 3500 Kcals=1 lb I cringe. It's not valid and for some people it's like comparing Toyota's gas mileage and a Hummer. Not everyone's metabolism is the same.

Re: Yeah, the NYT is famous for missing some of the news that's fit to print

Yes, I see your point but that's not exactly what I was meaning. In treating the human body like a thermodynamic black box, medical professionals are building a mindset of energy in vs energy out, as opposed to a better, more useful framework where the focus is on what happens to the mass consumed and how it is actually used by the body. It's true that everyone's metabolism is different, but reducing studies to mere thermodynamics accounting simplifies even that subtlety away. Mostly, I'm kind of incredulous that the medical profession, as a group, would adopt such simplistic models where diet and exercise are concerned, when they have gone to such admirable lengths to study other various biological processes and pathologies in the body to such an amazing detail. Maybe people are just inclined to take nutrition for granted, to a certain extent — it just doesn't have the "drama" or "sexiness" that the study of pathologies apparently does.

Except for the exercise part, this has been my "take" for years, especially since I'm diabetic. I was surprised about exercise not helping, though.

It's not that exercise doesn't help; it does. But you can lose weight without exercising if you reduce carbs. It's much, much more difficult to lose weight with only exercise because it actually increases your hunger. Most people are going to eat when they are hungry, so they eat more. Hence, they do not create a caloric deficit, so they don't lose weight (and may even gain).



Cutting Carbs really helped me this year and I feel tons better when I don't eat them in excess. When I overload I nosedive for the sofa...don't eat as much either. Go figure! :)

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