The key to avoid disease and obesity is avoiding bad carbohydrates and starchy food.

They turn to sugar and immediately increase sugar levels in your bloodstream. Which then causes the pancreas to secrete insulin, a fat-storing hormone, to lower the body´s sugar levels. Simply put, the more insulin, the more fat and bad health will prevail.

You are what your body chooses to store from what you eat. It is all about insulin. Avoid bad refined carbohydrates and starchy food! Read more under Food.

From the book ”Why we get fat and what to do about it” by Gary Taubes. One of my favorite books!

When insulin levels are elevated, we accumulate fat in our tissue; when these levels fall, we liberate fat from the fat tissue and burn it for fuel. This has been known since the early 1960s and has never been controversial.

Our insulin levels are effectively determined by the carbohydrates we eat – not entirely, but for all intents and purposes. The more carbohydrates we eat, and the easier they are to digest and the sweeter they are, the more insulin we will ultimate secrete, meaning that the level of it in our bloodstream is greater and so is the fat we retain in our fat cells. ”Carbohydrates is driving insulin is driving fat”.

Eating easily digestible, carbohydrate-rich foods; refined carbohydrates, including flour and cereal grains, starchy vegetables such as potatoes, and sugars, like sucrose (table sugar) and high-fructose corn syrup. These carbohydrates literally make us fat, and by driving us to accumulate fat, they make us hungrier and they make us sedentary.

Stay away from carbohydrate-rich foods, and the sweeter the food or the easier it is to consume and digest – liquid carbohydrates like beer, fruit juices, and sodas are probably the worst – the more likely it is to make you fat and the more you should avoid it. Until the 1960s, this was the conventional wisdom.  Carbohydrate-rich foods – bread, pasta, potatoes, sweets, and beer – were seen to be uniquely fattening.

We do not get fat because we overeat; we overeat because we are getting fat. The carbohydrates in our diet make us fat.

Control Issues:

Do CHILDREN grow taller because they consume more calories than they expend or do they eat so much because they are growing?

Do ADULTS grow taller because they consume more calories than they expend or do they eat so much because they are growing?

Read more of the book
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
by Gary Taubes