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Resistance to weight loss and weight gain...what's up with that?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 04, 2012 at 6:09 AM

I just saw this question and was thinking about how I tend to eat more than most of the people I know and maintain my weight. But I've had periods recently where I don't eat very much for extended periods. Oddly enough this has not resulted in appreciable weight loss. I pretty much remained the same weight.

I also occasionally try to gain weight and this also has proven extremely difficult (if you could see my massive food intake during these times you'd know it's not for lack of trying).

So basically underrating and overeating (within reason) does little to change my weight in any direction, and this has only been the case since adopting an ancestral/paleo style diet. Does anyone have any ideas why this is and has anyone else had a similar experience?

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Dr. Wahls mentioned that she thinks that the cause of obesity is when the body signals to the brains it does not get enough nutrients. My take on it is that people with good digestion get all the nutrients they need from their food. They eat very little and do not crave more food.

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on July 04, 2012
at 07:39 AM

Thank you - I have just re-read what I wrote, I messed up. :)

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"your food too well thus to enable you to remain skinny, or too poor, so people gain weight" ----- wouldn't that be just the opposite?: environment where gut flora is able to convert fiber and sugars into butyric acid and other attendant nutrients would allow harvesting more nutrients than otherwise?... or i'm getting it completely backwards?

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 04, 2012
at 06:25 AM

I have an idea (as always). Actually, two ideas.

  1. Idea #1. Our bodies are brilliantly designed. They have some kind of internal mechanism to regulate our food intake to maintain weight that would support our livelihood. Whenever we don't get enough nutrients, a special "mode" is activated (automatically) to either decrease our energy or increase our food intake (extreme hunger). So there is an built-in autopilot that will make sure your body survives. However, if you mess up your autopilot, your body will come to a complete stall and there will be a point of no return.

  2. Idea #2. It is very odd, but it is not mine, so I cannot take either credit or blame for it. Our gut provides home to numerous bacteria. This bacteria is a part of us. In fact, I read one study, where when they would transplant gut bacteria from an overweight person to a skinny person, a skinny person would gain weight. Your gut bacteria (depending on its composition) either processes your food too well thus to enable you to remain skinny, or too poor, so people gain weight. Can you alter your gut bacteria? I do not know.

If you want references, I have none. I read tons of articles and some of them stick in my mind, but I cannot even remember where I read them for the life of me. Sorry.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 04, 2012
at 07:39 AM

Thank you - I have just re-read what I wrote, I messed up. :)

A7925ab8ea44e6d4d5d7c6f202632c6c

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on July 04, 2012
at 07:22 AM

"your food too well thus to enable you to remain skinny, or too poor, so people gain weight" ----- wouldn't that be just the opposite?: environment where gut flora is able to convert fiber and sugars into butyric acid and other attendant nutrients would allow harvesting more nutrients than otherwise?... or i'm getting it completely backwards?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 04, 2012
at 08:12 AM

Dr. Wahls mentioned that she thinks that the cause of obesity is when the body signals to the brains it does not get enough nutrients. My take on it is that people with good digestion get all the nutrients they need from their food. They eat very little and do not crave more food.

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