Yes, sometimes the scale drives me nuts, rarely ever tells me any good news, yet I am grateful for its non-biased input. I gained 5 pounds, took my time admitting it to myself, then lost it right away. It’s hard to tell sometimes, as the scale jumps, especially for pms, salty foods. So, yes, I don’t blink too much when it jumps 5 pounds, as long as it jumps back down within a few days. But this time, it didn’t. It stayed up a month, that’s not just noise, and DaNile ain’t just a river in Egypt. I can’t tell 5 pounds from my haphazardly fitting clothes, and even if I suspected, I can justify it. I need the scale to keep me honest. Not sure what caused the gain, I suspect that my veggie/whole food consumption drops as cheese/bread consumption rises. The scale will let me know, it is too easy for me to go that way. I am, once again, not overweight. Barely. But dropping again!
I’ve been reading summaries of studies, being too lazy (and not so great with statistics) to read them and understand them myself. First one I liked was about junk food addiction, once again. Rats were given either no access, restricted access, or extended access to “cafeteria diet”. Only the rats with extended access became obese, and only these rats had certain brain chemistry changes associated with addiction. The authors conclude that “common hedonic mechanisms may therefore underlie obesity and drug addiction.” The rats with restricted access became neither obese nor showed signs of addiction. The author compares this to human MRi studies that show OVERCONSUMPTION of highly palatable foods decreases certain dopamine receptors, contributing to reward hyposensitivity. This is why I feel no need to give up white bread, burgers, pizzza, bacon, ice cream, potato chips. I recognize these things as not great for weight loss nor health, but I really enjoy them in moderation. I may eat pizza almost weekly, potato chips, maybe a handful a month, but I enjoy these foods even more due to rarity. The battle is mostly psychological for me, and I don’t like to feel denied, but I don’t mind moderation, even extreme.
The second post I like talks about the “meat and potatoes” pattern of eating, and what various studies and metastudies show, and don’t show. And various holes, weaknesses in the studies. Interesting reading, I like this guy and am glad I found his blog. Of course I don’t expect to agree 100% with everything he says, but he seems smart, reasonable, and rational, which works for me. Sorry the post is over a week old, I’m not very punctual with these blog posts. And just because I take so many, some random pictures. A man was shot while sitting in a car a block away from where these chickens were last Thursday, only our second murder this year. Nobody saw anything. This is my bike route.