Could Low Self Esteem Be Caused By Dietary Carbohydrates?

Low self esteem cripples millions of Americans who suffer from obesity or overweight.

If you’re one of these people, no doubt you've gone on and off dozens of diets over the years to get your weight under control... all to no avail.

Does this describe you (or a friend or loved one)?

  • People often gawk at your body.
  • You’ve been mocked by co-workers, harassed by friends, shamed by doctors, and guilted by your family.
  • You’ve tried every diet plan under the sun, but every time you make progress, something happens and you “fall off” and gain the weight back.
  • You desperately want to lose weight and end the cycle of low self esteem.
  • But you've come to accept that you "lack the willpower" to stop "overeating" and exercise more.

What if you found out that your weight is no more your “fault” than your height is?

In fact, obesity and overweight may be purely physiological problems: that is, these disorders may have nothing to do with willpower.

You’re probably like: "Yeah, right. Wishful thinking."

After all, health authorities ranging from the American Diabetes Assocation to the American Heart Association tell us the only way to lose weight permanently (and thus end the low self esteem and despair cycle) is to either eat less or to exercise more.

These "experts" say the reason you're fat is either that:

  1. You’re eating too many calories.
  2. Or you’re not doing enough activity to burn off the calories you do eat.

In other words: “It’s Your Fault You’re Fat, Fatty.”

But what if the ADA, the AHA, and other authorities are dead wrong?

There is another, potentially valid explanation for why people get fat. This idea is that our fat tissue is endocrinologically active. When the fat tissue becomes dysfunctional, it sets off a chain of biochemical events that drive us to store more calories as fat and to slow the metabolism down.

So why, according to this other theory, do people get fat?

If we assume that our fat tissue regulates how and why and where we fatten, then theoretically anything that intereferes with fat tissue metabolism can change how much we weigh.

And dietary carbs, via their action on our insulin levels, appear to do just that.

The theory is that we fatten because eating carbs makes our fat tissue dysfunctional. Low carb diets reverse that damage and thus make us healthier and happier.

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