To me, strong appetite supression feels like mild morning sickness. It would be interesting to explore what the body is trying to do regarding food avoidance and nutrition during pregnancy that causes appetite supression and see if there is any link to appetite supression for the average person experiencing weight loss and gain.I agree. The AS seems very connected to hormones.
Elsewhere on the forums they're talking about whether marijuana affects the set point.
It's interesting to look at conditions that cause the set point to be lowered or raised, and see if that can help us understand how SLD works.
- Getting high is known to give people the munchies -- could be a rapid and temporary rising of the set point. Alcohol does pretty much the same thing. Heidi pointed out that marijuana also stops vomiting for people undergoing chemotherapy.
- Stress: People eat when they're stressed. Does stress raise the set point?
- Depression: People lose their appetite when depressed. This is one of the tick-boxes doctors use to diagnose depression. Does depression lower the set point?
- Viral illnesses, like a cold or flu: Do viruses lower the body's set point? I note that people who have viruses are emotionally low throughout.
- Fear, nerves or shock: Kills the appetite stone dead. People are described as "living on adrenaline"
- after sex, people feel hungry. Well, I do. :roll:
In looking for factors that unite all these, it does seem that most are emotional.
I wonder... Maybe the following is true:
SLD doesn't cause AS. AS is just a natural response to eating the flavorless calories -- just like AS follows any meal. The difference between SLD's unflavored calories and eating food normally is that eating normally has an sensory/emotional attachment because of the flavor. And that causes us to eat more. Obese people get the way they are because their emotional response to the food is in excess of others---food makes them high! Note that the emotional response doesn't necessarily equate to the immediate response to flavor. In fact, the two might be diametrically opposed (as a fat person I'm much less aware of taste than many thin friends, who always go on about how great something tastes).
But, as always, all paths lead to Seth's original set point theory. We're just getting there by a different route.