A Metabolic Paradox: Obese and Starving


ASeafoodnyone who has struggled with trying to lose weight by the orthodox methods that our healthcare system promotes, or even by the unorthodox methods that are the purview of weight loss gurus and Hollywood stars – with the net result being a yo-yo-ing and ultimately disheartening experience – will have experienced this metabolic paradox. You will also likely have been told that it is a question of eating less and exercising more, of balancing calories in and calories out, and of simply having more willpower and being less lazy. That is what the best of orthodoxy has to offer us today, and the sum total of what has been offered to us my entire 62 years of life on this planet. In the face of obesity rising to epidemic proportions, the tune has not changed. One would think, in the face of this burgeoning health crisis, that healthcare professionals and government bodies would stop banging the same ineffectual drum and start looking at the research that has already been available for decades. I mean, I found it all, so why can’t they?

The metabolic paradox is this: for people who are obese, their bodies are locked into ‘starvation mode’. The human body is beautifully designed to regulate its metabolism according to the availability of food. When there is excess, we are designed to store fat for leaner times and to burn that excess when food is absent. If food availability continues, the brain signals the body to burn the excess as pure heat during the latter hours of sleep. It does this through a little known hormone called leptin, discovered in 1994 and the subject of thousands of studies. Leptin is excreted by fat cells and receptors in the hypothalamus, the brain’s ‘bean counter’ for fat cells, sense the nutritional state of the body (available fat stores). The hypothalamus then sends out a signal to either store fat or burn fat. It does this all by itself without calorie counting or the aid of a gym membership!

But here’s the problem: our modern day diet is loaded with carbohydrates that our bodies were never designed to handle, especially on a round-the-clock daily basis. That’s problem #1. When we load our bodies with starchy carbs and sugars, the body produces loads of insulin to handle the rise in blood sugar. Insulin is a fat-storage hormone. That’s problem #2. With the body continually swimming in insulin, fat levels increase, leptin levels increase, and eventually the leptin receptors in the brain get swamped and become insensitive to leptin. They simply can’t see it anymore, and so the body thinks that it has no fat stores and is starving even when more than adequate nutrition is available. That’s problem #3, and the one that breaks the metaphoric camel’s back. The orthodox approach of cutting calories and increasing exercise makes the ‘starvation’ situation worse, not better.

The system is broken at this point, but it can be fixed. The leptin receptors can be returned to normal sensitivity, overproduction of insulin can be stopped, and the body’s weight management system can be restored. Using an evolutionary approach – by changing the misalignments in our diet and environment that are creating the problem in the first place – the body’s natural control systems can be rebooted. I know, because I have done it and many others have, too. My book Reboot Yourself! A Non-Geek’s Guide to Reversing Chronic Illness and Early Ageing will show you where to begin, and my workshops and evening classes will lead you through all of the details of a ‘Leptin Reset’ protocol designed by Dr. Jack Kruse, an American neurosurgeon (Epi-Paleo Rx, 2012; jackkruse.com).

There is a way out, and going hungry is not part of the plan!

About the Author

Dr. Gerilynn Moline is the owner of Evolutionary Reboot®, an educational business based on the principles of evolutionary health and nutrition. Through workshops and coaching, she teaches people how to reverse chronic illness and early ageing by realigning their environment to their biology, allowing the body's natural healing process to work.

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