I hypothesize that foods containing starch and sugar create an addictive response and that overconsumption of these foods creates an an inflammatory response in the body. This inflammation manifests differently across populations, is almost certainly influenced by genetics, and remains the root of all major modern disease and epidemics, particuarly obesity.
The elephant in the room here is that ‘Obesity' is simply a fancy name for food addiction. We don't really want to see it or believe it. We want to find a way to have our cake and look good too. But we can't. I mean, I know I can't. I have been trying to find a way to moderate these substances for years, but it's too much work and I'm not very good at it. Science shows that we are able to regulate our energy intake and expenditure naturally without thought or struggle. If we aren't already doing this naturally – which, let's be honest. why would you be reading this if you could – you are addicted and any attempts to moderate will only stress your willpower and abilities further.
I personally would rather be using my mind to think of cool solutions to help myself and others change their behavior to be happier, healthier, and more productive. I think it's important to have a creative and empowered population and that means finding ways to overcome the everyday addictions that make us miserable.
My Obesity Hypothesis experiment is as follows:
My attempt to adhere to strong dietary changes to support my recovery from food addiction and cure my lifelong struggle with obesity will be documented to for the period of 1 year – from August 26, 2015 through August 25, 2016.
This includes the following food-related changes:
- Completely abstain from sugars (simple carbohydrates) and starches (complex carbohydrates).
- Replace with copious non-starchy vegetables at every meal. This should be primarily from the leaves, stems and flowers, and fruit categories. Root vegetables contain excess starch and will be excluded for this period to assist in physiological addiction recovery.
I enjoy desserts or starchy meals in the same way that I used to enjoy a cigarette. Sure, it tastes delicious and that gives me a hit of dopamine, serotonin,and delight, but in the end, I feel bad – physically and mentally. It upsets my digestion and I carry around shame and feelings of failure. I want to be free from the battle with food choices and obesity. I know from experience that the most effective way to overcome addiction is complete abstinence.