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Basic theory of gaining weight

What is it to °»gain weight by starvation status°…?

2019.08.14

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I’m going to explain the core part of this blog.

  Some of you might think it’s different from what you expected, but I’m writing what I actually experienced. I was so thin that my weight was less than 40kg so I was able to clearly understand why I gained weight so rapidly (more than 3 kg in a few days).


1. Hunger in Africa and hunger in the modern era

  The idea of storing fat in the body as a “reserve” for starvation is something that every researcher thinks once. However, it is said that this theory is an idea denied by many researchers in history. This is because many obese people often eat more and African refugees are thin and malnourished.

Some may say “If starvation makes us fat, African refugee should be obese...”

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  However, please understand that this is a true state of starvation (malnutrition) in which the people can’t eat even if they want to and I’m stating that it is different from “intestinal starvation”.

  As a matter of fact, obesity is a problem even among the world’s poor. Common to them is the “quality” and “balance” of food, not the excess consumption of calories, carbohydrate and sugar.


2. Why do we gain weight in starvation?

  In my blog, I’ve said intestinal starvation increases your Base Weight and I want to explain it here. For the purpose of explanation, I’ve used plants as my example.

 (1) For plants, eating foods and gaining weight is done by adding fertilizer to the plant. Of course, we need to give fertilizer periodically for growth.
  As in the case of people, this corresponds to our meal. (if we take only one meal a day, as long as it’s well-balanced, there will be enough nutrition left in intestines to be absorbed.)

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  However, giving too much fertilizer doesn’t usually result in producing a bigger plant and if we give too often, it may sometimes have a negative effect. It goes the same for humans and just eating a lot doesn’t necessarily mean they will become obese.


 (2) Using an example of a plant (figure below), gaining weight by the increase of Base Weight due to intestinal starvation could be explained in the same way as a plant that is extending its roots.

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  When there is not enough nutrition, plant roots grow deeper seeking for nutrition and in the same way in our intestines of 6 to 7 meters when all foods have been digested, it seeks further nutrition. It is said that “the small intestine is the second brain” or “they have a will” and I’ve actually felt the will of my small intestine.

  Although the villus of intestine won’t actually become longer, something similar to plant roots will happen. If the amount of the absorption and ability increases (*) and even if you eat the same thing over time, you will gain weight. (It may be 3 kg in a year or 3 kg in a few days)

 (*) It is said that villus of small intestine is about the size of the tennis court if unfolded and its purpose is for absorbing more nutrition.

I think this largely affects being too fat or too thin (despite eating a lot).

 (These are the roots of weeds. They grow without fertilizer.)

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  Of course, we can’t gain weight only with water, but I think the Japanese expression of “getting fat by drinking water” is not completely wrong. It could mean that your absorption ability may be as high as that.

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<Once you gain weight, it becomes more difficult to lose weight>
  If your Base Weight increases, it basically means that that is the point where “weight is well-balanced”. Temporally reducing calories to lose weight means reducing fertilizer in the example of a plant. Even if you could lose weight temporally, your weight will basically go back to the original weight as soon as you start eating normal food.

  We often hear about rebounding after losing weight, but this is because skipping meals and experiencing hunger for losing weight induces intestinal starvation and the absorption level increases.


<More muscle too>
  After body fat comes on, it does not get muscle to support it, but absorption of nutrition is increased, so I think that it will get muscle at almost the same rate up to a certain point.
  When an obese person loses body fat, he / she becomes very muscled with thick chest. I don’t think the chest becomes thicker after they gained body fat just in order to support its weight.

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<Cause and effect reverses>
  Since digestive enzymes and hormones are made from protein (amino acid), digestive ability and appetite is thought to increase at the same time.

  There is nothing mysterious about a big person or persons with a strong stomach that can eat more than others. It’s not that they gain weight because they eat more, but rather, the bigger their body is, the more hungry they become, and in turn eat more. This reversal phenomenon of cause and effect exists.


<Those who tend to gain weight will easily gain weight and those who don’t gain weight, won’t gain weight regardless of age>
  Even if everyone eats exactly the same amount, people with a big body/ obese will be experiencing hunger, more often, so it means they eat relatively less and tend to gain weight more. It may be a vicious circle where a person eats modest amounts and gains weight, and if they overwhelm their intake amount, they gain even more weight (rapidly). 

°ŕrelated article°Ř→[What does it mean to eat relatively less?]

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  On the other hand, if a thin person takes 3 somewhat well-balanced meals a day, there will be no intestinal starvation and regardless of his / her calorie intake mount, his / her body shape won’t change often for life.

  Therefore, “easier to gain weight” or “won’t gain weight” is not due to an obesity gene at all.

  Also, for a person too thin like me, getting thinner means decreasing the amount of protein / nutrition intake (I’m still lightly anemic) and it results in less muscle supporting the stomach and less digestive ability. This is the vicious circle for a person who can’t gain weight.



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