Just read an article in New Scientist regarding gut flora
1 october 2005
they quote [mice] studies that seem to suggest that the bacteria in your gut are hugely responsible for the absorbtion of food.
Now obviously this is nothing new, but the essence of this article is that there is a huge difference between individuals.
So those obese people who swear that they never eat anything, may just have the most efficient gut flora around. And those hardgainers may just be lacking the right microbes.
ref [proceedings of the national academy of sciences, vol 102, p 11070]
now Lonnie Lowery and JB never mentioned that [no offence fellas, love your work]
People don’t get fat because of bacteria in their intestinal track…unless “bacteria” is now a code word for “cheeseburger” or “KFC” along with a shit load of inactivity.
Yes, intestinal flora are needed for digestive health, which can translate into increased immunity and a more efficient metabolism. However, obesity, outside of hormonal dysfunction, is the result of not moving enough while taking in more energy than the body needs.
Most people who claim they never eat anything also fall into the category of those who skip meals thinking they can “starve” the fat off of themselves, and then they gorge on one or two meals a day, don’t exercise regularly, and then wonder why their asses keep getting wider.
Many hardgainers who claim to eat all day fall into the category of those who may eat a lot on Monday, eat “so-so” on Tuesday, eat a great breakfast on Wednesday but starve the rest of the day until dinner, and then eat two meals on Thursday. They then don’t understand why they can’t gain weight. They don’t understand the concept of consistency and/or don’t understand that they may need more daily calories than they even eat on their best day.