Date: 2016-11-15 06:41 am (UTC)
As I recall, my dietitian said that getting fat into cells requires glucose, sodium, and water, so yeah. I suppose that's why a diet of potato chips and soda is an easy path to weight gain. (I haven't tried this approach because most sodas have a low calorie count, they may exacerbate acid issues, and potato chips tend to get stuck in my throat if I'm not careful.)

I also read this year that the speed at which someone eats can influence their glycemic levels which in turn influence whether or not they retain or burn the calories. That source said something like "The same food, eaten more slowly, might lead to less weight gain." Unfortunately for me, having restricted swallowing capability means that eating a meal quickly isn't an option.

I spent a lot of this year focusing my intake on protein and fat, the former because amino acids are crucial and the latter on the principle that it's easy to blend and carries 9 calories per gram instead of 4. On this scheme my body kept functioning for the most part but I didn't make any headway on weight. There were also several days when it seemed like my stomach had to work really hard to process the input. I suppose one way to lose weight is to eat foods that require a lot of work to break down, like whole grains, fibrous vegetables, and steak.

My friends run ketotic.org, a site focused on science behind a ketogenic diet, so I've heard a fair amount about the idea.

I don't buy the claim that carbohydrates (as an entire class) cause weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, etc. because almost every large society over the last five thousand years[1] has had grain as a key dietary staple[2], most without wide incidence of those problems. I do accept the observation that not eating carbohydrates can lead to wait loss and reduce incidence of many health problems, though it may in part be the elimination of some specific food type that a person has trouble with, so cutting all carbs is throwing the wheat away with the chaff, so to speak.

Until this year, I ate a lot of carbs and remained at my high school weight. Most of these carbs were from high-fiber sources[3] and my intake of refined sugar was pretty low.

[1] Which is all of history that had large societies, because it's really hard for a society to get big without agriculture.
[2] I think this is in large part because it's a lot cheaper to grow grains than it is to grow livestock (or carbs vs. protein more generally). Global or even nation-wide adoption of a ketogenic diet, short of major engineering advances in in-vitro meat, would be an utter ecological disaster.
[3] Reading the low-fiber-diet instructions for a colonoscopy was pretty surreal. The intersection of "things on the recommended list," "things I normally eat," and "things I'm currently able to swallow" was very small indeed. Fortunately I spent the weekend in the Midwest, home of low-fiber diets.
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