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Lack of bone density causes obesity, not the other way around. A hypothesis.


The silly analogy #

Here is a silly analogy: if your bones break during a car accident, should the paramedic say broken bones cause accidents? It is that stupid to initiate hypotheses with obesity and diabetes as root causes. There are many studies and articles that start as such. If you search for a study that weak bones cause obesity, you will only find the reverse titles: Obesity causes weak bones. That's dumbest thing a researcher or scientist could create. Unless they are paid or forced to produce.

My hypothesis #

I have explored and thought many scenarios on why and how weight again/loss happens. Just recently, I have came across information that having more muscles, helps with increasing basal metabolic rate, provides more room for glycogen and as a result hyperinsulinemia can be cured. Well, now hold on to this bit and let's jump into a more recent experience.

It's winter and icy cold out there right now. Literally black ice. I am sitting in my room, scared of going out and breaking my bones by slipping on icy surfaces. And I start thinking about how heavy a person could be and what's body's natural response to avoid internal bleeding caused by breaking bones? Simply, add more cushion! 💡 That's basically more fat. Isn't it that simple? If you have weak bones, regardless of the environment, body would want to protect them by adding more lipids under the skin 🤷‍♂️ So my hypothesis is that obesity is a protective mechanism for weaker bones. This is of course a more natural thinking rather addressing our modern yet terrible diet. Sometimes, it is very hard for people to lose fat even with the right diet, which I like to think that my hypothesis has a stronger reason for body to avoid losing the fat.

This also makes sense for teenagers losing weight, because that's their prime time to create more bones. Conversely, older adults losing bone density and gaining fat.

So back to the initial part, the "having more muscle helps with easier fat loss", I think building muscle actually improves bone density and mineral absorption. Simply, it's not directly the more muscle mass that causes weight loss, but the increased bone density. Though they both work together, but I insist that having really really strong bones is crucial and not the amount of muscle.

I tried keto many times, plateauing here and there, but having cheese always helped. Let's not forget that to build stronger bones, there are a few more ingredients than just calcium; e.g. protein, vitamin D and K, and many more minerals and vitamins. Having proper recovery and sleep are also critical, otherwise since body didn't get enough time to build bones, it craves carbs and junk food to gain weight to fall back to the simple solution of let's make more cushion, aka fat to protect the half-ass-built bones.

What now? #

I will have this in mind and focus primarily on making stronger bones along side ketogenic diet, proper sleep, be generally active, etc.

It would be nice to have a few more people to try this hypothesis. Please let me know if it did or did not work for you.