As many out there are eating excessive carbohydrates, long term damage is occurring and the carbohydrates are being turned into fat, but it is not their fault.

Many would say that it is the obese person’s fault because they overeat and are sedentary. Whilst both may be true, that is not the reason people become obese. After meeting Gary Taubes this week at the Low Carb USA conference, something came back to me that I once read in his books. The calories are not feeding the fat cells, it is the fat cells that are demanding the calories.

There are many ways this happens, but that is beside the point. The main thing to realize is that the food available today is causing the fat cells to demand the calories, no matter the number. It is not calories in and calories out, (no matter what the metabolic ward studies show). There is no almost no possible way that this is the case for the majority of people out there. If it were really just about the number of calories, a person would have to eat within 20 calories, as Gary Taubes puts it:

“So now the question: if all you have to do to become obese is store 20 extra calories each day on average in your fat tissue — 20 calories that you don’t mobilize and burn — what does overeating have to do with it? And why aren’t we all fat? Twenty calories, after all, is a bite or two of food, a swallow or two of soda or fruit juice or milk or beer. It is an absolutely trivial amount of overeating that the body then chooses, for reasons we’ll have to discuss at some point, not to expend, but to store as fat instead. Does anyone – even Jonah Lehrer or the neuroscientists he consults – think that the brain, perhaps in cohort with the gut, is making decisions about how much we should eat, on how long we stay hungry and when we get full, so that we don’t overshoot by 20 calories a day. That’s matching intake to expenditure with an accuracy of better than 1 percent. (We consume, on average, about 2700 calories a day, so matching energy in to energy out and not overshooting by 20 calories requires better than one percent accuracy.) And, of course, if we only overshoot by ten calories a day on average, we’re still going to put on 20 pounds of excess fat in 20 years. So really when we talk about being in energy balance – or practicing energy balance, as the experts now like to say – we actually have to be perfect in our matching of intake to expenditure or we’re going to get inexorably fatter (or leaner, if we err on the side of going hungry), or at least we have to average perfection over decades.”

The majority of the weight gain comes just like it does in the liver. Eat too many carbohydrates and sugars, the insulin chronically goes up, and the fat cells demand every calorie that becomes available, no matter the number. In a sense, it is the fat cells controlling the person much like some parasites control insects.

Next let’s throw in the fact that you had obese parents and that there was some insulin resistance during the pregnancy. This could even be relevant if it was your grandmother who had the insulin resistance. This sets you behind the eight ball before you even have a chance to kick your first ball.

Then consider the junk chemicals that are thrown into our food chain. Endocrine disrupters such as BPA, food coloring such as Yellow number whatever, anti-caking agents, artificial sweeteners that wreak havoc on the insulin receptors, and the list continues.

Finally, is this a rich person’s disease, who can eat all of the calories that are good to the very last bite? Nope. The majority of obesity in our population happens in the poorest? And the fastest growing group are the poorest children. A report from US News and World Report Wellness predicts the rate of obesity will be 42% by 2050; that’s over 200 million people (assuming a US population of 400 million).

And as history has shown us time and time again, there is no easy way around it. You can get bariatric surgery, which will work at first, yet 50% of these surgical patients gain the weight back in one year. You can take pills or go on unsustainable diets, only to regain the weight. You can join the Biggest Loser television show, and you are guaranteed to gain the weight back 99% of the time (chapeau Jillian!).

So I hope that you can understand a little better now, it’s not about the calories consumed, rather it’s the cells consuming the calories. When you are optimally fat adapted, maybe “calories in” roughly correlate to “calories out.” But what is for sure, in a carbohydrate dependent state, “calories in” is raised to a power of 3 (cubed) as it relates to calories out!

Calories in3  = Calories out

A termed coined by OFM founder Peter Defty of Vespa Power products during his speech at the Low Carb USA conference. While there is no hard science behind this, but when you work with enough people inflicted with obesity, the equation becomes pretty clear.