True, true

21 thoughts on “True, true”

  1. Here’s my dieting tip: I’m amazed that I’ve never seen the point made before.

    Do you feel like a dessert? Ooh, 60/80/100 or more grams of carbohydrates! Nooooooo!! So chew a toffee instead: only 8 grams and quite enough sweetness to round off a meal pleasantly.

    I should call this the Toffee Weight Loss Diet or the Toffee Anti-Diabetes diet. Anyway, the message is clear – what matters isn’t an individual part of your diet – cut out sweeties, they are the devil’s work – it’s the whole diet: eat sweets if they substantially reduce your consumption of other sugar/carbohydrate foods.

    I still think that for an adult to drink lots of brown sugar-water is a mug’s game, mind.

  2. Eating just the cheese and meat (+ “veg”) will suppress the appetite for longer than eating the whole lot will.

  3. You want a way of losing weight?
    Don’t eat for a week or so. It won’t do you any harm.
    Now you know what hungry feels like, as opposed to wanting something to eat. A reference point.
    Now eat when you’re hungry & get on with your life.

  4. You want a way of losing weight?
    Don’t eat for a week or so. It won’t do you any harm.
    Now you know what hungry feels like, as opposed to wanting something to eat. A reference point.
    Now eat when you’re hungry & get on with your life.

    This is so true. One of the things to a healthy weight is being comfortable with mild hunger pangs.

  5. Steve,
    Too right.
    That woofer looks a damn sight more intelligent than May and her cabal put together.
    Arff!

  6. “Eating just the cheese and meat (+ “veg”) will suppress the appetite for longer than eating the whole lot will.”

    Can confirm. 2 eggs + 4 small Euro rashers of bacon (under 400 kcal, almost all fat and protein) will get me to lunch. Add a slice of bread to that (another 100 kcal, but carbs) and I’m utterly gasping by about 10 am.

  7. Slash your wrists, but longditudinally along the vein. Works every time and causes you to cease to worry about the future of democracy.

  8. Harry Haddock's Ghost

    Understanding some of the more simple laws of thermodynamics can help you loose weight.

    Eat less. Move more. The end.

  9. Ahem,

    We all differ. I digest protein so fast I overheat if too much, fat induces nausea.

    Bowl of Bran Flakes & milk at 08:00 will easily see me through to 18:00

    Eat what works for you, not what others want.

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    “Eat less. Move more. The end.”

    I lost 15kg a few years ago and was often asked how I’d done in. When I responded “eat less, move more” there was generally a look of disappointment as if I should have discovered a magic formula I could share with them.

  11. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes six years ago. Eat less and move more has been my method for maintaining a fairly ideal weight. When it comes to moving, you have to find something that you like doing, or at least don’t hate. Triathlons do it for me.

  12. Eat less. Move more. The end.

    It turns out to be more complicated than that, because of the very different effects different types of food have on the body.

    Specifically, carbs break down as sugar and, to control your blood-sugar level so you don’t die, insulin is released. Insulin is the fat storage hormone. This has two results: A) A proportion of the energy you consume gets directed to your fat cells and B) your existing body fat remains locked up.

    Fat, by contrast, doesn’t produce anything like this insulin response so A) essentially all the calories you eat can be used as energy and B) your body will readily use existing body fat as fuel.

    To use some entirely made-up numbers by way of demonstration. Suppose you need to expend 2000 calories per day. If you eat carbs then you might need to actually consume 2500 calories, since a significant amount will be unusable as it gets directed by insulin to your fat cells. So you get fatter. By contrast, if you instead consume fat you might only need 1500 calories, since your body will make up any shortfall by burning body fat and you’ll feel fine and get thinner.

    It is very much the case, then, that people on a standard diet consume a lot because they are getting fat, rather than getting fatter because they are consuming a lot.

    It’s this insight/science which explains why the Keto diet works so effectively and is sustainable over the long term, because people lose weight without being hungry or having to exercise.

  13. @wat dabney
    Out of amusement I went looked at the Keto diet. It asked me what meats I liked? Ticked all. Then what other foods. Ticked all Then it asked me how many times a week I “worked out”. Worked out? FFS It’s for wankers. You could have warned.

  14. You’re in Spain. Vegetables are probably a distant memory, so you’re already well on the way to a Keto diet. 🙂

  15. It’s always “more complicated”. Yet simple energy calculations show “eat less, move more” must work. Simply must.

    It’s awkward. Tiresome. Painful even. Complicated it’s not.

    If eating less doesn’t work, how is it that stomach stapling is so effective?

  16. Yet simple energy calculations show “eat less, move more” must work. Simply must.

    That’s what I used to believe as well, because it so obviously must be the case.

    Except it’s not. That paradigm is premised on the assumption that the calories we consume are all available to be expended as energy. But they’re not. Not when insulin is being triggered by carbs, resulting in calories being directed instead to fat storage. Also, simply eating less will result in a lower resting metabolism, increasing the difficulty in losing weight. For many people controlling their weight would mean permanent hunger, and that’s not sustainable and no way to live. Eating is one of life’s pleasures. I enjoy my food now more than ever.

  17. …Incidentally, I might add that I was first made aware of this stuff a few years ago listening to the Econtalk economic podcasts by Russ Roberts. On one occasion Russ took time out from Hayekian economics to interview Gary Taubes, author of the influential book “Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It.”

    https://www.econtalk.org/taubes-on-why-we-get-fat/

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