Body Weight Control System Gone Bust?
If you can’t fix it, patch it …
Nutritional ketosis may work as a patch for you.
For decades there has been interest in the idea that a person’s body weight control system can start to mal-function. This has been thought to be part of the reason that it can be very difficult for people who have been obese to return to a normal body weight and maintain that over time.
This topic became prominent again last week with the publication of a paper that sheds a tiny bit of light on the matter.
To read about this study, see:
- Being Overweight “Resets” Normal Body Weight and Can Lead to “Irreversible” Obesity (medicaldaily.com)
- Is obesity irreversible? Timing is key in weight loss, U-M research shows (esciencenews.com)
“Obesity-programmed mice are rescued by early genetic intervention.”
“effectiveness of treatment to normalize body weight and adiposity declined progressively as the level of obesity at the time of Pomc induction increased. Thus, our study using a novel reversible monogenic obesity model reveals the critical importance of early intervention for the prevention of subsequent allostatic overload that auto-perpetuates obesity.” LINK to FULL TEXT
The meaning of all this is just that it supports the notion that a person’s body weight control system can start to malfunction in a way that doesn’t just recover when the cause of the weight gain has been corrected. It doesn’t prove this and doesn’t tell us how this might happen or what to do about it.
If you can’t (for now) fix it, find a work-around.
The goal in the long run is to have the best functioning of your body that is possible, within the context of what you find worthwhile. That includes the best functioning of your body weight control system – which is expressed in the functioning and balance of the appetite/satiety system.
There are countless things that can interfere with the proper functioning of these systems – leaving you fighting a tendency to gain weight or having great difficulty in losing weight without chronic hunger (or, on the other hand, being too thin or too easily loosing weight). Some of these things can be changed and some can’t. Hopefully , over time research and new understandings will keep shifting these interfering things from the “can’t do anything about it” group to the “this is what you can do about it” group. Some things might theoretically be in the “you can change it” group, but those changes might be out of reach (currently) for the individual. Some examples of that may be certain medications that are currently essential for that person or chronic poor sleep they are (currently) unable to find a way to remedy.
The core strategy, from the start and ongoing, is to do as much as you are (currently) able, or (currently) know how, to support the best functioning of your body weight control systems. All too often, though, that is not enough to allow a person to meet their body weight goals (without sustained hunger). Yes, the core strategy still is to keep trying to find ways to improve your health, including ways to improve the proper functioning of your body weight control systems. But if you are still struggling with your weight health or hunger, is there something more you can do while you are waiting for the perfect answer or personal perfection (not recommended)?
I think that nutritional ketosis is, for most people, a valuable option here. I have addressed this topic in more depth in my recent post:
- Ketosis in a Nutshell – Part 5, A Hunger Haven (itsthesatiety.com)
To take this from concept to real life, consider the personal stories posted on
- Partial Sleep Deprivation Associated With Obesity (medicalnewstoday.com)