Worked hard to lose all that weight? Your new category is “Pre-Obese”. Thanks.

Is it me or is there an article a day on what makes us fat?  The pile-on factor is beginning to bow my shoulders. This one posted on June 30th in the New York Times basically says that all folks who have lost weight should be regarded as “pre-obese” because “their most assuredly going to get fatter”.

Here is a paragraph from the article:

“On the very low-carbohydrate diet, Dr. Ludwig’s subjects expended 300 more calories a day than they did on the low-fat diet and 150 calories more than on the low-glycemic-index diet. As Dr. Ludwig explained, when the subjects were eating low-fat diets, they’d have to add an hour of moderate-intensity physical activity each day to expend as much energy as they would effortlessly on the very-low-carb diet. And this while consuming the same amount of calories. If the physical activity made them hungrier — a likely assumption — maintaining weight on the low-fat, high-carb diet would be even harder.  Why does this speak to the very cause of obesity? One way to think about this is to consider weight-reduced subjects as “pre-obese.” They’re almost assuredly going to get fatter, and so they can be research stand-ins — perhaps the best we have — for those of us who are merely predisposed to get fat but haven’t done so yet and might take a few years or decades longer to do it.

Here is a podcast discussing the article and the author from NPR, Talk of the Nation.  Here’s another who discusses the original study in the Journal of American Medical Association with the physician from Children’s Hospital in Boston.

I don’t have time to listen to it right now because I have to go out and run up Mt. Kilimanjaro before sunset.  I had a high carb day if you know what I mean.

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