SAVAGE PALEO Optimal Health Delivered Efficiently


We are told that gaining and losing weight is all dependent on your energy balance. To lose weight you must expend more calories than you consume and to gain weight you must consume more than you expend. The first law of thermodynamics dictates that these statements be true.

The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy can not be created or destroyed.

The problem is that this tells us nothing about WHY people get fat. This is the equivalent of someone asking why the room you are in is crowded and responding because more people entered than have exited.

The assumption is that calories consumed and calories expended are independent variables so all you have to do is eat less and exercise more and you can start losing weight. The problem is that these variables are not independent. Do you think that you would eat the same amount if you were an Olympic swimmer or an accountant sitting at a desk 8 hours a day?

The truth is that obesity is the result of hormonal changes (specifically the hormone insulin). These changes are influenced by our environment and diet. Eating certain foods will release hormones that signal your fat cells to store fat. This means that we aren’t fat because we are sedentary, we are more sedentary because we are fat, and we are fat because of hormonal signals influenced by the type of food we eat.

Following a paleo diet will prevent these hormonal changes from happening and thus keep you from getting fat.


Question: Why is the room full?

Bad Answer: More people entered than have exited. This tells you nothing about why?

Smart Answer: There is a health seminar on obesity starting in 10 minutes. Many scientists are interested in this subject, because there has been a lot of misinterpreted studies conducted on this subject. This answer answers the question why and gives a cause 


Question: Why are we fat?

Bad Answer: We consume more calories than we expend. This tells you nothing about why?

Smart Answer: Our modern diets are full of foods that induce hormonal responses which influence our behavior. Some types of foods will send hormonal signals to tell our bodies to accumulate fat and others not. This answer answers the question why and gives a cause . There is obviously a lot more to this argument (see note below).


Note: I found these ideas in a book called Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. He goes much more in-depth into the studies done that have led researchers to believe the calories in calories out hypothesis. I highly recommend this book to have a better understanding of the misconceptions people have about what constitutes a healthy diet.

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