It appears it may be at least in part essentially for the same reason that I froze on my SW Gold Wing trip. I'M GULLIBLE!
I've been a firm believer that it was 100% my fault due to "gluttony and sloth", although since I work out for an hour 4-5 days a week, it was never "heavy sloth". I certainly enjoy my food and have a good appetite, but nothing out of the ordinary -- I've known many much more slender folks that could out eat me. I really saw no other option beyond 100% self blame (I'm not a martyr), neither parent was heavy, it pretty much had to be gluttony and sloth!
Now I read a book that makes a pretty good case that Global Warming is far from being the only scam being run on us! This book goes WELL down the way of PROVING it is a scam, and why. It extensively covers how we went from completely understanding that carbohydrates and sugars cause insulin to rise which causes our bodies to store fat, to forgetting that fact, telling everyone to replace fats and protein with grains, and then saying that if they were fat it HAD to be due to some mix of 1). Gluttony (eating too much) or 2). Sloth (not burning enough calories)
This book makes an EXCELLENT case with statistical documentation, biology, and common sense that too many carbohydrates is GOING to make most people fat, and it is impossible to burn off and keep off fat by exercise. Raise your carb intake and the body stores fat. Try to exercise, and your body is going to demand you eat more and/or make you tired so you burn less calories. The author finds it no coincidence at all that our "obesity epidemic" got under way pretty much as soon as we went ton the "low fat / increase exercise" bandwagon. NOTE -- He makes very clear that being active is good for OTHER reasons, just not for losing weight!
The message of eighty years of research on obese animals is simple and unconditional and worth restating: obesity does not come about because gluttony and sloth make it so; only a change in the regulation of the fat tissue makes a lean animal obese.There is A LOT of evidence like this in the book ... for humans and animals.
Taubes, Gary (2010-12-28). Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Kindle Locations 1486-1488). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
There is also a lot of information like this that WE ALL need to keep at the VERY FRONT of our minds. Humans do science, and humans are VERY fallible!
A more insidious problem is that all involved— the researchers, the physicians, the public-health authorities, the health associations—commit themselves to a belief early in the evolution of the science, arguably at the stage at which they know the least about it , and then they become so invested in their belief that no amount of evidence to the contrary can convince them that they’re wrong.Scientists getting the idea that the planet is warming due to CO2 early on in there research --- nah, no evidence of that !
Taubes, Gary (2010-12-28). Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Kindle Locations 2725-2727). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
I was struck rather hard by the following personally, having religiously worked out 40-60min a day 4-5 days a week for 30+ years and having consistently had low HDL(the good cholesterol), a significant risk for heart attack, but having NEVER been told the obvious following fact by my doctor:
When you replace fat in your diet, even saturated fat, with carbohydrates, you lower your HDL, which means you make it more likely that you’ll have a heart attack, at least by this predictor of risk. Once again, if you give up scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast and replace them with cornflakes, skim milk, and bananas, your HDL cholesterol, your “good” cholesterol, will go down, and your heart-attack risk will go up. If you’re currently eating cereal, skim milk, and bananas and switch instead to eggs and bacon, your HDL cholesterol will go up, and your heart-attack risk will go down.
Taubes, Gary (2010-12-28). Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Kindle Locations 2759-2763). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
You may ask, "Oh, come on, why would a physician not give someone clearly beneficial possibly life saving information if they knew about it? " How about this?
Physicians who tell their fat patients to eat less and exercise more, and particularly to eat the kind of low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet that the authorities recommend, will not be sued for malpractice should any of those patients have a heart attack two weeks or even two months later. The doctor who goes against established medical convention and prescribes carbohydrate restriction has no such safeguard.Think about Global Warming -- if you start going against the "approved message" and you are in science or some related area, you become a "Denier" and ALL your judgement is called into question! If you are a Dr, it is WORSE, you may well be sued for malpractice and LOSE even though you are actually following true science rather than the current government funded "established medical convention".
Taubes, Gary (2010-12-28). Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (Kindle Locations 3200-3204). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
So I enjoyed my bacon and eggs for breakfast this AM with no toast. I'm not going to "zero carbs", but I'm going to take a shot. I have a yearly physical coming up in early July where they always do blood work, so we shall see if there is any HDL improvement by then. I remember years ago when my LDL number showed up a little bad giving up ice cream as a common late night snack and going to cereal -- lovely. Both my weight and my numbers certainly got worse at that point, but the message was "must be age, or you are not working out enough"!
Why do I feel kind of like I did when I got caught in snow at Flagstaff all of a sudden?
In the meantime, please don't believe everything that ANYONE (even me) tells you, but ESPECIALLY not what Government / Academia / The Party (TP) tells you!!!