Originally Posted by RedsManRick
I just finished reading "Why We Get Fat" (http://www.amazon.com/Why-We-Get-Fat.../dp/0307272702
). It was fascinating look at the subject from all sorts of points of view, very scientifically oriented. The short answer is the same one reached by Atkins, South Beach, etc. Our bodies aren't designed to run on the amount of sugar and carbohydrates we fill them with. Both spike our insulin and make our fat cells go nuts. Fat is a function of what your body does to the food that you put it in. Certain kinds of foods get treated differently. And once your body chemistry gets out of whack, your food cravings adjust to maintain it. You aren't fat because you're eating "too much"; you're eating too much because your fat. Counting calories doesn't it get it done because fat isn't a function of energy regulation.
You know, I didn't think about this until recently, but I've never had a problem with weight (knock on wood). And I've decided that this is probably 40% genetics/physical activity, 2% vegetarianism (I'm technically a pescetarian), and 58% due to the fact that I've never had a soda in my entire life.