It all gelled a while back from my copious reading on the subject from a variety of sources and different perspectives and concluded that most (if not all) fat people are addicted to carbohydrates. There is a LOT of evidence to support this, the least of which is the obesity boom when “fat” became a bad word in foods and all sorts of non-fat and low-fat foods came out in the 60’s and 70’s. Fats slowed the blood-sugar and ensuing insulin spikes, which ultimately released the same neurotransmitters in the brain that nicotine produces in a smoker, heroin to the opiate junkie, etc. Coupled with this are the ever-growing food portions that restaurants serve. Back in the early 70’s, McDonald’s intruduced the BIG Quarter Pounder. It was way bigger than most burgers at the time. Nowadays it is ho-hum and most premium burgers are 1/3 lb with half-pound doubles becoming increasingly common, so we’ve become accustomed to 33%+ larger servings. It all plays out almost like a mystery novel, with some of the results being side-effects, human nature, or unintentional, and others are outright conspiracies designed to get us addicted to foods and consume more. Other researchers (Eades) have made this same discovery, but their recommended diets were impossible to follow for long– remember the carbohydrate-free diet where the media showed people eating several eggs, bacon, butter, etc and losing weight?
If you’re overweight or downright obese, PLEASE kick the carb addiction by simply avoiding sugar and flour and to a lesser extent, milk, potatoes and corn! If you endure the withdrawal that ensues for a week or two,you will find your appetites getting back to “normal” and you will be satisfied with way less food and your hunger will no longer make you feel “starved” or ready to kill for food under most circumstances.
Note, too, that sugar-free “diet” foods trick your brain into thinking you’re eating sugar and the insulin response is the same as if you had sugar. Ditto with alcohol.