Food Reward and Low Carb Substitutes
Over on his blog, Stephan Guyenet has been unveiling his theories on food reward, setpoint and weight regulation. I'm not sure I'm really getting how the food reward itself - or lack thereof - re-sets one's adipostat, but that's neither here nor there.
This is going to be a rather short post from me. GRIN ;-)
Observations on long term low carb aficionados. Many:
- Lose a little or no weight at all - remaining obese or overweight
- Lose significant weight but plateau out at a weight that is still obese or overweight
- Struggle to maintain weight loss and regain despite adherence to the low carb WOE
What do these have in common? Well, it seems that almost any significantly overweight person who switches to, say, Atkins, and commits to extreme food restriction will lose weight. It seems to work. LC'ers mock the "LC foods are boring" angle on this. Perhaps there's more to it than this reflexive response.
There are tons of LC equivalents to SAD foods that many find highly acceptable. Perhaps even develop taste for over the formerly rewarding food. Boom. A short list:
- Taco shells made with cheese
- Baked goodies made with coconut and almond flours
- Mashed cauliflower
- Spaghetti squash lasagnas
- Pizza's on a pepperoni crust or on LC bread crust
- Recipes galore mimicking favorite or highly palatable foods: The Eades and Stella highlight many low carb "comfort food" recipes, White Castle Pie, this sort of thing.
- High cocoa dark chocolate
In the end, those who just replace the probable cause of their prior overeating with low carb alternatives seem to have lesser overall longterm success. I think when someone can say: "I served this dish at a regular party and everyone loved it and nobody believed it was low carb" ... it spells trouble.