Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The Antidote to Sandra Aamodt's "The Brain Won't Let You Lose Weight"


I have been struggling to reconcile Sandra Aamodts exhortation to end all dieting, with Jason Fung's that metabolic syndrome is curable through intensive dietary management.

Sandra Aamodt's hypothesis centers around the concept of executive function. It holds that if you "intermittently starve" as she calls it, you chew up willpower to the point that you can't do other important (e.g. exercise, or work related) tasks, and that eventually you run out alltogether and fall off of the wagon.

Mark Mattson above relies more on evidence around brain neurochemistry than psychology.  He asserts that just as we are better able to focuse in the morning before eating, with extended fasting we get the same or even greater cognitive benefit.

-Edit from Sam in the Future:   I've lost over 10% of my body weight in the past half year or so.  If Sandra Aamodt was to be right, I should be experiencing food obsession, and intolerable cravings.  The reality is that this is just not the case.