reply to post by Illusionsaregrander
To share my own experience, and my observations on it.
Jan 3 i weighed 429. My son (5'10") had just spent about 4 months in a wheelchair for a broken femur, and had put on over 80 lbs, and was at 385.
The majority of his problem is his body chemistry is a mix of my wifes and mine. I, at 400 lbs, look about 100lbs lighter. I am a former
powerlifter, and have a big frame...with what used to be a lot of fat wrapped around it.
My metabolism is a typical "offensive lineman" metabolism, where i can eat what i want and not gain or lose much weight as long as i am active.
Lower activity put about 150lbs on me since my wedding 16 years ago. My wife has the kind of metabolism that will never, ever see her lose weight
(which i like, to be honest...i am a fan of the rubenesque). My son is about half way.
We have been doing a low carb diet. I stray from some Atkins concepts, but for the most part we are doing atkins. Since Jan 3 i have gone from 429
down to 342. My son has gone from 385 down to 307. He eats far less carbs than me, as he won't eat much veggies (i work flax into the diet, and he
drinks metamucil and takes multivitamins). But my body will tolerate carbs a lot better than his. I could eat about 60 carbs a day before i stop
losing weight. He can only do about 35. A slight difference in metabolism.
But the kicker is, his eating habits mirrored ours. Unsurprisingly, he had similar results, if not worse (my apetite with my wifes metabolism is a
bad combination. she eats like a freaking bird, it is strange). We were big fans of pasta and rice. Fried rice at least 2 times a week (i make a
killer fried rice), and pasta 2 or 3 times a week. Carbs, carbs, carbs. High glycemic diet, and it really took its toll on the two of us especially
(my wife not so much, as she really eats very small portions).
I think that the connection is a similarity in metabolism combined with a similarity in eating habits. My oldest son took completely different eating
habits. He is 20 years old, is 5'10', and weighs maybe 120 before he pees in the morning. But he chooses to eat different foods completely, and
physically looks different because of it.
Sometimes i think scientists are full of it. The connections they see are intuitive and obvious, and do not need DNA testing to comprehend.