Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Feast Mode

Humans run on dual fuel, carbohydrates and fat. Fat is the long term storage form of energy. To get rid of fat, we need to bury it off. Fast. Starve. Reduce diet, half enough food. Something. Perhaps fast ever second day? Only a salad in the evenings. Something less. Only salad every second day as the Panama Diet? I did lose weight on that, but was hunger a lot, but not craving.

Do we also have two modes, a normal mode and a feast mode. Feast mode is just my name for the phenomenon. Lustig suggests that seasonal insulin resistance is brought about by fructose, blocking the leptin signal, and blocking of the satiety signal.

Kessler suggest that abundance of carbohydrate rich highly palatable food is by it's self a sufficient stimulus to cause overeating.  Sugar, salt, grain (bitter) sour, and zesty, some flavor, the perfect storm to make up a feast.

I postulate that when both occur together, I (we) are into feast mode and off to obesity. String theory, simply put. The eating occurs and the body deals with in a survival of the specimen approach. (singular member of species, what is good for the member may be good for the species, or at least it is one more variation)
I think this is what Beth said in her comment " 
I think two things are going on. One, our brains evolved in times of food scarcity and fight or flight. Industrial food pings multiple appetite systems in a way that stimulates overeating. 
At the same time, if this happens more than it did for Grok (i.e., a irregular feast), the down stream systems get overloaded and broken. I believe that the biggest damage happens to the liver, as we're essentially feeding it tons of toxins and not giving it the nutrients it needs to do the job. 
I'm not sure if one has to happen before the other, but the combination is definitely a recipe for disaster! 
So how does one switch to reduction mode physically when food is available? Is that willpower, or by a plan.

How do I eat below the threshold to kick into feast mode? I guess that is the the big question.

If that is the case, the system is not broken, just doing what it was designed to do, to store rather then waste food, even if that is not what we want it to do.

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