I love Dr. Sharma’s thoughtful articles. Here’s a provocative one that explains why “Energy in vs. Energy out = Weight” is a flawed equation for so many of us.
The whole article is available here, but the fundamental flaw in our thinking may be that we weigh too much because we eat too much. What if, instead, the amount we ate was a function of our weight? That weight was not the result of eating too much but that in fact, those who weigh more eat more?
“Generally speaking, heavier people tend to eat more because they have a stronger drive to eat and/or need more calories to function – in other words, body weight itself may very much determine energy intake and output (and not just the other way around).”
The premise is, fix the physiology that leads to increases in weight, and you fix the weight. My own experience has led me to believe that for me, insulin sensitivity and an increase in ghrelin as my body fought to regain the 40 poundss I lost in 3 months while sick, led to an insatiable hunger that I could not control. Once I got the insulin sensitivity under control by eating lower carb meals, the hunger corrected. A combination of that plus the sleeve got to me to the point I am today.
Very curious to hear others’ perspective on this article.