I have been reading Gary Taubes’ new book, Why We Get Fat. It is an interesting book with a lot more science than I tend to enjoy, but still a relatively easy read – even with one impaired eye.

The battle of the bulge and dieting have been a part of my life since my earliest of years.  My Mom took me to a Doctor at about age 14 to figure out how to lose weight.  There were no books on the subject and no internet, after all it was 1958.* I have been successful in losing weight on every diet that I have undertaken. I have – until now – been totally unsuccessful at keeping the damnable weight off.

Well it appears that I am a Sinner.  Just to refresh your memory, the Seven Deadly Sins are:

  • Lust
  • Gluttony
  • Greed
  • Sloth
  • Wrath
  • Envy
  • Pride

It is obvious to the world around us, repeated constantly in the media and by jokes made to our faces and behind our backs that we are Sinners.  Our Sins – Gluttony and Sloth.  Why else would we be fat if we did not Sin.  We are gluttonous in our eating and lazy in our activities.  We are couch potatoes doing nothing but watching TV with an 3/4 empty large bag of potato chips on our belly.  Why else would we be Fat?

Taubes has a different view, one in which our weight and energy levels may be – in large part – symptoms of other things happening in our bodies.  He’s convinced me and I will share more with you in future posts.

However, I still lust after six-pack abs, gluttonously enjoy a well marbled steak, am greedy with my time set aside for exercise, am slothful as I limit my cardio to 20 minutes, three times a week, explode in full wrath when someone tells me I am eating all wrong, envy the young guys at the gym who can press their body weight, and take pride in all the progress I have made on this journey to health and fitness.

Forgive me for I have sinned.  Evil

* ETA: I have been trying to remember what that 1958 physician told us.  Thinking back some 50 years ago, it was basically a reduced carb diet.   Since I was a teenager and still growing and maturing, the tweek did not have to be substatial – nature took care of the rest.  The only problem – it was viewed as a temporary measure to reduce weight – not for the long haul.