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    I blame the fork.
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    Why the F is this article on here??
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    Obesity is caused by taking in more calories then the body needs to survive, so the body stores the excess calories as fat. If it were a genetic issues we would be seeing people in third world countries suffering from obesity, but that doesn't happen because most people in third world countries get under or just barely enough calories to survive.

    This is like introduction to biology stuff man I mean really, how much money are these guys getting to research this crap.
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    Ironically, Bigcountry08, Obesity is also caused by taking in a far less amount of calories than the body needs to survive.

    Remember, obesity is a reflection of body fat%, not an overall body weight number. Why would I even mention this? Let me tell you why..


    When you starve your body of calories (I'd say 20% below your maintenance level is a form of semi-starvation), your body is always trying to stabilize its weight. It wants to be in a homeostatic state. So to do this, your body will deteriorate its muscle mass to lower its Basal Metabolic Rate. It can do this quite easily since amino acids can be broken down into usable glucose molecules much easier than fat can. By lowering BMR, the body's maintenance calories begin to approach its current intake of food. This is especially true for very active people as well.

    In the mean time, your body's hormonal system is also doing something else which is very contrary to your efforts. Because you are starving yourself, the body will adapt to said changes and plan for the next starvation event as well. It piles up more fat in an ever-increasing amount. It does so to avoid starvation in future situations. We call this "starvation mode". You can read a brand new article all about starvation and its downfalls here:

    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/conte...stopping-3454/

    So by eating too little calories, you eat away at muscle mass and store up more fat. Basically, you make good progress in getting fatter, approaching obesity, even though your total body weight is less than when you started. Furthermore, your starvation diet plan isn't sustainable and eventually you will start eating more food again. Whats worse, your body stays in starvation mode for some time after you stop starving yourself. This is to create additional stored energy (fat) for the next round of starvation. The body is adaptive. As an example, think of the "skinny fat" guys who are sticks but carry 25% BF!! There are tons of those guys!

    This is also what causes yo-yo dieters. They lose weight, only to put it all back on and usually another 5lbs within 12 months after the diet.

    I personally say it has more to do with our work culture - this idea of being extremely efficient with time and to value productivity so much that we create unhealthy, processed and fast foods, we eat as little as 2-3 times per day and we don't exercise near enough, if at all. This productivity era has to end in order for people to start getting healthy again. We just want everything quick and easy and in doing so we have neglected the need for long-term, hardcore efforts at staying healthy - which is what it takes.
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    Originally Posted by fueledpassion View Post
    Ironically, Bigcountry08, Obesity is also caused by taking in a far less amount of calories than the body needs to survive.

    Remember, obesity is a reflection of body fat%, not an overall body weight number. Why would I even mention this? Let me tell you why..

    When you starve your body of calories (I'd say 20% below your maintenance level is a form of semi-starvation), your body is always trying to stabilize its weight. It wants to be in a homeostatic state. So to do this, your body will deteriorate its muscle mass to lower its Basal Metabolic Rate. It can do this quite easily since amino acids can be broken down into usable glucose molecules much easier than fat can. By lowering BMR, the body's maintenance calories begin to approach its current intake of food. This is especially true for very active people as well.

    In the mean time, your body's hormonal system is also doing something else which is very contrary to your efforts. Because you are starving yourself, the body will adapt to said changes and plan for the next starvation event as well. It piles up more fat in an ever-increasing amount. It does so to avoid starvation in future situations. We call this "starvation mode". You can read a brand new article all about starvation and its downfalls here:

    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/conte...stopping-3454/

    So by eating too little calories, you eat away at muscle mass and store up more fat. Basically, you make good progress in getting fatter, approaching obesity, even though your total body weight is less than when you started. Furthermore, your starvation diet plan isn't sustainable and eventually you will start eating more food again. Whats worse, your body stays in starvation mode for some time after you stop starving yourself. This is to create additional stored energy (fat) for the next round of starvation. The body is adaptive. As an example, think of the "skinny fat" guys who are sticks but carry 25% BF!! There are tons of those guys!

    This is also what causes yo-yo dieters. They lose weight, only to put it all back on and usually another 5lbs within 12 months after the diet.

    I personally say it has more to do with our work culture - this idea of being extremely efficient with time and to value productivity so much that we create unhealthy, processed and fast foods, we eat as little as 2-3 times per day and we don't exercise near enough, if at all. This productivity era has to end in order for people to start getting healthy again. We just want everything quick and easy and in doing so we have neglected the need for long-term, hardcore efforts at staying healthy - which is what it takes.
    Your spot on perfect with your explanation. This is what I have been trying to tell my wife for a long time who thinks dieting is skipping meals and eating horrible carbs. Yet I take in 3400 cals and I'm losing roughly 2lbs a week for this summer.
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