I think also, because people don't understand the mechanism, when I say things like, weight gaina nd loss is regulated by hormones, they might assume that what I mean is ONE HAS NO CONTROL, JUST GO AHEAD AND BE FAT, but that assumption is wrong.
There are ways to encourage loss. Looking into eating without sugars and grains is a big one. I have done this (after reading GCBC) and have lost 25 pounds in six months, without counting calories or "dieting." I eat a huge amount of fat - approx 60-65%, all clean fats, coconut, animal, nuts, EVOO. I no longer have GERD (possibly undiagnosed Celiac, but definitely related to giving up grains), I no longer have OSA, nor do I even snore. And I feel so.much.better. I can't describe how much better.
The low fat high carb, standard American diet (and that includes the ADA recommendations, which are frightening) appears to be the culprit behind this jump in obesity in WW countries. Some peoples bodies regulate higher and so they appear - from the outside - to tolerate the SAD, whereas others are susecptible to insulin resistance and leptin resistance and enter a positive feedback loop which eventually destroys appetite regulation.
I found a succinct 11 point conclusion from Taubes' book that might encourage people to read it. You *really* need to read the book though.
The 11 Critical Conclusions of Good Calories, Bad Calories:
1. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, does not cause heart disease.
2. Carbohydrates do, because of their effect on the hormone insulin. The more easily-digestible and refined the carbohydrates and the more fructose they contain, the greater the effect on our health, weight, and well-being.
3. Sugars--sucrose (table sugar) and high fructose corn syrup specifically--are particularly harmful. The glucose in these sugars raises insulin levels; the fructose they contain overloads the liver.
4. Refined carbohydrates, starches, and sugars are also the most likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, and the other common chronic diseases of modern times.
5. Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating and not sedentary behavior.
6. Consuming excess calories does not cause us to grow fatter any more than it causes a child to grow taller.
7. Exercise does not make us lose excess fat; it makes us hungry.
8. We get fat because of an imbalance--a disequilibrium--in the hormonal regulation of fat tissue and fat metabolism. More fat is stored in the fat tissue than is mobilized and used for fuel. We become leaner when the hormonal regulation of the fat tissue reverses this imbalance.
9. Insulin is the primary regulator of fat storage. When insulin levels are elevated, we stockpile calories as fat. When insulin levels fall, we release fat from our fat tissue and burn it for fuel.
10. By stimulating insulin secretion, carbohydrates make us fat and ultimately cause obesity. By driving fat accumulation, carbohydrates also increase hunger and decrease the amount of energy we expend in metabolism and physical activity.
11. The fewer carbohydrates we eat, the leaner we will be.