Carbon dioxide makes you fat

According to a new article in Liar Magazine, I mean ScienceNordic, increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are making people fat

"Orexins – which are neuropeptide hormones – in the brain stimulate wakefulness and energy expenditure. These hormones may be affected by CO2, and this can cause us to go to bed later, affecting our metabolism so it is easier for us to put on weight. But orexins are also involved in the stimulation of food intake.

'The normal theory is that fat people get fatter because they don’t move as much as they should,' says Hersoug, now a post-doc at the Research Centre for Prevention and Health at Glostrup University Hospital. 'But the study showed that thin people also get fatter, and this happened over the whole of the 22-year period of the study.'"

I had a heart virus last year, and one of the side effects of my heart's weakened state was that I found it incredibly difficult to eat.  For 4 months I had difficultly swallowing and digesting.  I was forced to eat very small meals and I subsisted mainly on yogurt and Ensure.  During that time, I lost close to 40 pounds.  I also learned a valuable lesson.  Weight loss is all about what you eat.  Exercise helps, but without a proper diet, you'll never lose much weight.  In other words, if you want to lose weight, all you have to do is eat less.  There are no tricks, no South Beach diets, no hot yoga classes and no carbon dioxide intake reductions that can help you.  It's all about food.   

So that's my secret to dieting success:  Get a debilitating illness and watch the pounds disappear!


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