Do you know if there are people who will never lose weight no matter what they do and how much they starve themselves? I ask this because people do talk about this and I do think I’m one of them. I’m not yo-yo dieting because I just don’t lose the weight in the first place, and I’ve been struggling with this for more years than I care to say. I’m very careful about what I eat, and I only eat healthy food, but nothing ever changes.
Let’s begin with the idea of a fuzzy concept. Are you familiar with this? I discovered the book, Fuzzy Thinking some years ago and find it useful and applicable to so many things.
The idea is that any ‘fact’ is almost never absolutely true or false; rather a matter of degree. So often arguments, discussions and various conflicting points of view are fuelled because this fundamental point is missed. It’s black! No, it’s white! No, it’s black! Well, it’s actually quite complex shades of grey.
As one example, a couple of days ago I watched a video by Dr Robert Lustig on his favourite subject of sugar. I like a lot of what he has to say, and appreciate the research he’s done, but he was entirely black-and-white absolute about one ‘fact’ in particular with regard to overeating:
“When you fix the biochemistry, you fix the behaviour. Everyone says the behaviour is the problem. No, it isn’t; it’s the underlying biochemistry.”
This is exactly the kind of comment that could benefit from some fuzzy thinking, by recognising a matter of degree. So yes, overeating sugar creates a biochemistry that contributes to continuing the behaviour of overeating sugar.