ZEN+ : Helping you Stay Young and Age Well

My best current understanding of obesity is…

By Marcus Santer

Okay, so yesterday I left you with the common held belief that obesity is the result of a lack of exercise and eating too much food.

It’s certainly the view I had up until very recently.

But due to my research into the research of Gary Taubes, author of: Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It – I’ve updated my view and changed my mind.

Let me explain.

One of the things I’ve learned about taking a scientific approach to what happens in the world is that once you’ve got a theory of how something works, you need to go hunting for evidence that disproves your theory.

And when it comes to obesity being caused by lack of exercise and eating too much…

There’s a lot of evidence to disprove this theory.

There are many examples of poor, hard working populations with high rates of obesity. And those populations usually suffered the double burden of high rates of malnutrition too. Which is interesting because obesity used to be viewed as a form of malnutrition, with the focus being on the food supply.

Whereas now the popular view of obesity is that it’s the result of eating too much and moving too little. And the focus has shifted from the food supply to something being wrong with the people.

So let’s go back in time…

Let’s go back and look at the pre-WW2 view on obesity and we see:

“Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation. We don’t get fat because we overeat, we overeat because our fat tissue is accumulating excess fat.”

So overeating and lack of activity become the result of excess fat accumulation, not the causes of it.


If this is the case then the question now becomes what drives fat accumulation? What makes fat cells fatter? Because if we can understand what happens at the microscopic level, we can better understand the bigger picture.

And back in 1965 Rosalyn Yalow and Soloman Berson believed the answer was:

“It’s the hormone insulin that’s the principle regulator of fat metabolism.” And the release of fat from fat cells: “requires only the negative stimulus of insulin deficiency.”


More insulin = more fat accumulated in fat cells
Less insulin = more fat released from fat cells

The next question now becomes: What is the main controller of insulin secretion?

And tomorrow I’ll share what George F. Cahill Jr – a professor of medicine at Harvard, researcher for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a diabetes expert who made pivotal discoveries about the role of insulin in metabolism – has to say on the subject.

I think you’ll find it very interesting.

Because if you’ve ever struggled to lose weight and to keep it off then this might just be the solution you’re looking for.

Until then.

Bye for now


P.S. Exercise and a good diet are essential parts of a healthy lifestyle.

They’re two of the cornerstones of ZEN+

And ZEN+ isn’t just about weight loss and staying lean, it’s a blueprint for living a longer, healthier and happier life in all its aspects:

However whist researching the material in my ZEN+ book I came to realise that weight loss by:

Isn’t very effective.

Weight loss by calorie restriction and exercise combined is better.

But there’s another piece of the puzzle that’s likely to be sabotaging you if your objective is to lose weight and you’re not getting the results you want.

Join me for tomorrows Z+D and I’ll share it with you.

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