Obesity

As per conventional view the obesity results from overeating lavish foods. Increase energy intake and less energy consumption due to physical inactivity leads to increased circulating body fuels like glucose and lipids. This results in fat storage and anabolic adiposity.

Reaching a healthy weight is considered as a balancing act. The secret is in learning how to balance energy intake and energy output. Thus the responsibility of maintaining weight is solely with the individual and how one balances it. That is why they advise to eat less fats , so that less energy is supplied, fats being the highest calorie food.

But the fact of the matter is maintenance of body weight is not that simple. Body weight is under biological control. Body weight is under control of a complex interconnected feed back mechanism between brain, fat cells, muscles, liver, pancreas and Gut.

In conventional treatment of obesity treatment based on calorie diet, yes there is weight loss to begin with, but then the body reacts by increased appetite, fatigue and resultant weight gain.

Insulin a dominant anabolic hormone regulates availability of all key metabolic fuels. Insulin also stimulates fat synthesis and deposition. At the same time Insulin inhibits fat release and oxidation.

This is how increased action of insulin causes weight gain and decreased action of insulin causes weight loss. High glycaemic foods increase insulin levels. That is why hypoglycaemia results after 3 to 5 hours of eating hyperglycaemic foods. Hypoglycaemia causes brain to permit release of epinephrine hormone . The person starts feeling hungry and starts eating again.

Diet rich in high carbohydrates increase secretion of Insulin resulting in fat storage, reduced circulating metabolic fuels. This results in increase energy intake and a situation of fatigue.

Thus we see that a conventional approach to weight loss with restricted calorie diet yields poor results with tired body.

There are other important factors which effect fat storage. Fatty acid profile, gut microbiome , micronutrients and phytochemicals, type of protein intake and its quantity all play very important role in maintaining weight.

Microbiome communicates with brain and fat cells. Stress and sleep deprivation has important metabolic effect.

Any successful treatment programme for obesity needs to be based on comprehensive balanced diet plan and not merely on restriction of calories. Maintenance of gut health with balanced Microbiome through addressing food sensitivities is also very important. It goes without saying that stress free life with normal healthy sleep ensures healthy weight.

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