reply to post by sligtlyskeptical
As for Diet soda - I usually only see fat people drinking it. Everyone I know who drinks a bunch of regular soda is barely overweight. Sugar
burns off with quite fast with just a little bit of activity.
That's because it's not just sugar that is causing the weight gain. That is an urban myth that has been used for decades to sell diet plans and
processed cardboard food.
Sugar is food; food is sugar. Proteins, carbohydrates, all forms of nutrition are broken down into sugars before they can be used by the body. It's
not the sugar that is doing the dirty deed; it is the absorption and usage of that sugar. The human body is designed to withstand a certain amount of
stress from famine, overwork, etc. The way it does this is by regulating the amount of energy reserves it maintains. If one is at the weight the
body's chemical mechanisms are trying to regulate to, they will not gain or lose weight easily, irregardless of whether they eat a feast of
cheesecake or run a marathon.
Depending on the body's perceived needs and the availability of food, the body will absorb what it needs from the food eaten. The rest will be
rejected and passed out as waste. Should the body detect the need for greater reserves, it will try to absorb more sugars from available food and
store that energy as fat to be used later. Should the body detect that too much is being held in reserve, it will start to decrease the storage
capacity of the fat cells by burning stored sugars instead of absorbing the needed energy from food.
Several factors can affect this "fat thermostat", or even overpower it. Gross overeating will cause some weight gain in spite of the body's attempt
to regulate; continual exercise without sufficient energy intake will force the body to use its reserves regardless of how much it thinks it needs
them. But in both cases, as soon as the overpowering influence is removed, the body will restore itself to its original condition with some allowance
for the change it made to the "fat thermostat" (which is usually opposite to the desired result... thus stopping a diet plan usually causes extreme
weight gain to a heavier weight than one had before starting the diet).
Certain additives in food such as massive amounts of growth hormones, can also play havoc with this system. Certain organic substances can overload
the sensory systems and cause the body to react in a way inconsistent with how it was designed. This raises or lowers the "fat thermostat" to levels
inconsistent with normal operation, and the body's own regulatory system then acts as the body's own worst enemy, being tricked into following bad
If the calorie calculations were true, only those who religiously followed a strict calorie intake and exertion schedule (which I am not even sure
would be possible to do accurately) would be able to maintain their weight. If the calorie calculations were true, it would not matter what one ate,
but how much one ate. If the calorie calculations were true, everyone who ate a particular amount with similar exertion levels would weigh the
None of those are true; therefore the calorie calculations are not true.
And again, all this is irrelevant to the bigger question: why is it acceptable for any reason
to remove the freedom of choice to live one's
life as one sees fit?