Obesity Epidemic: It Ain’t the Fat

USDA Food PyramidForget the conventional wisdom of why and how people get fat.  Ignore the medical and scientific mouthpieces who have set the stage for the monumental rise in the rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Cancer.  And run from the Food Pyramids, the Food Plates, and all those Nutritional Guidelines put out by such bureaucracies as the USDA, the Food PlateCDC, the NIH, and all other establishment entities hell-bent on perpetuating the Fat Is Evil Fallacy.  Why?  Because simply put, it ain’t the FAT, people, it ain’t the FAT.  The obesity culprit has always been lurking in plain sight, but perversely, this demon of lifestyle disease has been given pride of place in the nutritional graphs of heart-healthy hedonists and weight loss fanatics who have arrogantly declared for decades that the bulk of our carefully calculated daily calories should come from carbohydrates.  Whether the political science pontifications issue forth from our federal overlords or from the interfering local loonies who would legislate against the cherry-picked eating peccadilloes of a long-suffering population, the wilted wisdom these medical politicos are fabricating is nothing more than half-baked science fiction.

Big FAT Lies

So what causes Obesity?  Well, the following two popular hypotheses put forward as fact by the medical establishment point the finger at FAT and Overeating.  But I dare to declare that:

  • It ain’t the Toxic Environment of Affluence where fast food and couch potato non-activity dominate the lifestyle habits of the average American.  Overeating and High Fat intake are singled out as the villains in this theory.

  • It ain’t Caloric Balance which is based on the Law of Thermodynamics and proclaims that weight gain results when calorie intake exceeds calorie expenditure.  In other words, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie and it doesn’t matter where those calories come from.  If you consume more calories than you burn, you get Fat, so this theory states.

It’s the INSULIN, Stupid!

But there’s an alternative theory of Obesity that has gotten a lot of play and press, but unfortunately, not among the medical aficionados.  This theory is called the Lipophilia Hypothesis and turns our understanding of weight gain on its head.  The Lipophilia Hypothesis states that all calories are not equal and that Overeating is the CONSEQUENCE of getting Fat, not the CAUSE.  Following is an excellent point-by-point comparison of the Caloric Balance explanation of weight gain with the Lipophilia Theory.

Phenomenon Caloric Balance Explanation Lipophilia Explanation
1. Weight Gain Over eating and inactivity–i.e.failed calorie counting–cause us to get fat. Overeating and inactivity are consequences of getting fat.
2. Weight Loss Appetite control and increased activity–i.e. being a good calorie calculator–cause us to lose fat. Appetite control and increased activity are consequences of losing fat.
3. Weight Maintenance To maintain a constant weight over time, one must consciously regulate calories in/calories out. Unconscious homeostatic mechanisms maintain our weight over time, just like they maintain other aspects of the interior milieu, like body temperature.
4. Calorie is a Calorie? The body is a simple machine: a calorie is a calorie. All calories are not equal. The second law of thermodynamics suggests that the body is a complex machine.
5. Obesity Epidemic An epidemic of overeating and inactivity has caused the obesity epidemic. The switch to a low fat/high carb diet has caused the obesity epidemic.
6. Diseases of Civilization Says nothing about why obesity associates with diseases of civilization like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, malnutrition and gout. Obesity associates with diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, malnutrition, and gout because they all stem from a common cause: chronic hyperinsulinemia.
7. Low Carb Diets Carb restricted diets and other measures taken to improve blood insulin levels only lead to weight loss if calorie counting leads to calorie restriction. The low carb diet and other measures taken to improve blood insulin levels can lead to weight loss even when calories are unrestricted.
8. Role of Behavior vs. Role of Physiology in Obesity Obesity is a psychological problem that can be fixed by being a better calorie calculator. Obesity is a physiological problem that can often be fixed simply by a low carb diet.
9. What is Our Fat Tissue The calorie calculator theory says absolutely nothing about how, why, when, and where excess calories ‘turn into’ fat and nothing about why some people get fat while others don’t. Provides a very specific explanation of how, why, when, and where fat accumulates as well as why some people get fat and others don’t.
10. Unexplained Weight Changes People who gain/lose fat as the result of drugs, genetics, diseases, brain injuries, natural body development, hormonal or metabolic shifts or other biochemical activity only do so because these factors somehow change their calorie intake/expenditure. Weight changes resulting from medications, genetics, hormonal changes, and so forth must be caused by indirect changes to fat tissue metabolism.
11. Public Conviction that Calories Count Health authorities almost unanimously support the calorie calculator theory because the evidence supports it and/or because competing hypotheses, like Lipophilia, have been disproven. It is the only correct way to interpret the first law of thermodynamics. Health authorities almost unanimously support the calorie calculator theory only because they are unaware that the Lipophilia Hypothesis even exists and because they have, by and large, ignored the science supporting the low carb diet and ignored the possibility that the first law of thermodynamics could support an alternative theory.

The Logic of the Lipophilia Hypothesis is Straightforward:

Carbohydrates Drive Insulin, Insulin Drives Fat

But getting the boneheads in the medical profession to give up their distorted pet approaches to the treatment of obesity is a battle of seismic proportions.  Focusing almost exclusively on symptoms and treating symptoms as if they were the cause of this diet dilemma has become an entrenched medical mindset.

Just look at the Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Scam that has been a boon to Big Pharma.  Despite all the clinical studies showing that cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are now calling for even more Americans to be placed on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs, medications that cost a mint and come replete with dangerous side-effects.  Oh, these statins will lower your cholesterol alright, but as all the studies have shown again and again, Cholesterol-Lowering drugs will not protect you from having a heart attack.  And excuse me for asking the obvious here, but isn’t that why people are supposed to be taking these damn pills?

You don’t have to be an Atkins addict or a Paleo Pal to benefit from a Low Carb Diet.  But if you need a little more convincing as to the research and real science behind the Carbs>Insulin>Fat concept, I highly recommend that you take the time to listen to the rebellious voices of Gary Taubes (Science Researcher), Donald Miller, MD (Cardiac Surgeon), and Robert Lustig, MD (Pediatric Endocrinologist).

Gary Taubes is an excellent speaker who presents his data compellingly and comprehensively.  Everything you’ll need to know about the fat is fatal fairytale is presented here in 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Donald Miller is not exactly Speaker of the Year nor is this luncheon venue super conducive to a dynamic presentation.  But he pulls no punches in his attack on the standard medical approach to cholesterol and cardiac disease.  So sit back and enjoy all that saturated fat.

Robert Lustig is on a mission to minimize sugar in all its forms.  As a pediatric endocrinologist who works with obese kids, Doctor Lustig presents a well-documented and evenly paced polemic on how Sugar, aka Carbs, is killing us not so softly.

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One Response to Obesity Epidemic: It Ain’t the Fat

  1. Kathy Hall says:

    I cured my Type 2 diabetes by following a low carb way of eating so I knew all this but it is great to see the word getting out to more people. I really enjoy the Fat Head Facebook Group – a lot of info and recipes etc. go up every day. I think you’d enjoy it.

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