I took last week’s New York Times Sunday Review section to the gym this morning. It was the one with the giant multi-decker sandwich on the cover. The article, titled "Always Hungry? Here's Why," written by David S. Ludwig and Mark Friedman, poses the question:
“What if we’ve confused cause and effect? What if it’s not overeating that causes us to get fat, but the process of getting fatter that causes us to overeat?”
To boil it down, the laws of thermodynamics go screwy in the presence of excess body fat, and you end up in a vicious circle of losing and gaining the same few pounds because your body is perfectly happy at its set point -- even if that set point is too high. Cutting back calories only exacerbates the problem as the body seeks its normal.
So what's the enemy? What can we blame?
Rapidly digested carbohydrates, aka, everything that isn't a broccoli or a chicken.
Dang it, I love those starchy things! But I know that my weight loss goes much better when I replace those foods with -- gasp -- fats.
And it totally effs with my mind.
But I really need to wrap my head around the fact that, for me at least, 100 calories of avocado is a better choice than 100 calories of bread. I've written about this before, I know, but the paradigm shift is so radical for members of "Generation SnackWell" that it bears repeating.
Put down the air-popped popcorn; pick up the almonds.
I thought about my breakfast as I read and pedaled on the bike. Two eggs scrambled with spinach and a couple pieces of gluten-free cinnamon-raisin bread. You wanna talk about rapidly digested -- most gluten-free products are as starchy as starchy can be. When you take out the wheat gluten (protein) you're often left with a low-fiber, low-protein product. Why am I eating gluten-free raisin bread? Because it's freaking delicious. (It's Rudi's, by the way. Celiacs, have at it.)
While I didn't have to completely forgo the bread, I could have been perfectly happy with one piece.
I read and pedaled some more, waiting for the "magic bullet" paragraph that would tell me exactly what I need to do to improve my weight loss. There really wasn't one but the recommendation is fewer refined grains, concentrated sugars and potato products.
(Cue the whining.)
It's funny -- I had a 100-calorie bag of popcorn this afternoon and it did NOTHING to satiate me. In fact, it made me want another bag of popcorn. Instead, I ate a serving of fatty, fat, fat pistachios and -- BOOM -- I felt satiated.
I'm not sure if I need to completely get rid of starches but they do need to go to the back burner of my go-to snacks.