Whether your first statement is true or not, the only way to succeed with an attempt at balancing calories in with calories out is to avoid starving while doing it. If you just reduce calories, that's not sustainable. If you exercise more, you work up a bigger appetite and eventually starve, not sustainable. For many, many of us (and Taubes' latest book gives the science behind why), we will not achieve a calorie deficit unless we go very low carb, b/c carbs drive appetite, and we'll stay starving. Make each and every one of those calories nutrient-dense (the very opposite of high carb foods), and your appetite naturally lowers.
Originally Posted by Dragonfly
It's sustainable, b/c it's the way our ancestors ate for millions of years.
OTOH, I think there is a gender difference. I believe that something more than insulin drives weight gain, and that's off-balance gut flora. My observation has been that some people are naturally not at all drawn to lots of carbs, even if they're available, and others will binge if they're available. One possibility is that it's related to genetic heritage - that those whose ancestors ate moderate amounts of carbs can handle moderate amounts w/o obsession, and that those whose ancestors ate few or no carbs (other than some non-starchy veggies) can't. I think that's likely true, but yet to be studied, and has more to do with insulin than gut.
Another possibility is that women are more prone to the gut-flora-imbalance-creating conditions that drive carb obsession in many of us: frequent antibiotics (UTIs, mastistis, infections that are much more common in women), low-fat/high-whole-grain diet (b/c we're dieters and much more into a healthy diet overall, in general), following doctors' orders, ...
There's just much more to it than calories in, calories out, and if you ignore the insulin & gut flora issues that drive carbohydrate obsession, you'll eventually fail. If you heed and persevere in fighting the issues that cause them, you can create an appetite that naturally eats the amount and kind of food it needs to thrive.
(Clearly I'm trying to avoid cleaning the mess that surrounds me from the Super Bowl party my children threw last night ... need to quit rambling...)
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