As a response to this post, a reader (Darren) asked a really good question:
I am curious about a comment you made...
"The truth is, our love affair with our metabolisms is a main cause of obsessive compulsive eating."
I Would love you to elaborate on that, as on the face of it, I am skeptical that it is the MAIN cause of obsessive compulsive eating.
This was my response:
My point was that it was 'A' main cause, not 'THE' main cause.
However I beleive this point to still be very valid...if we are afraid to eat less because we are worried about our metabolism slowing down, we are doomed to continue to overeat.
If we eat extra foods because we think they will speed up our metabolism, we are doomed to continue to overeat (There are NO negative calorie foods).
And if we rely on eating styles that don't cut our calories, but simply rely on metabolism boosting foods, then we are doomed to continue to overeat.
So it may not be THE main cause, but I beleive it is A main cause.
While the word 'Metabolism' is amazing for selling magazines and supplements, the fact that it is over-hyped as being an easily manipulated part of our lives does (in my opinion) contribute to the obesity epidemic.
If we continue to look for answers in the wrong places, we are never going to help anyone.
Eat less and enjoy the foods you eat.