I think overdosing on one food can help get rid of a craving but mine always come back. Every two weeks I have a day where I just binge on nuts (still healthy since I can't have any fun food). I always look forward to it though, and have yet to get tired of them, but I guess there are worse things.
Dude I have read Matt Stone's work and don't really agree with it. I think the best diet recovery is just eating as you please within reason. He seems to have a set minimum calorie intake from what I recall and advocates sugar. I read his forums a long time ago.
Based on our initial "meeting" on the other thread -- where I learned you had read in-depth on Ancel Keys -- and my reading a bit about
your "dieting" history, I wondered if you had found Matt Stone or some of the other folks that are somewhat in his area of influence, such as Maddy Moon, Caroline Dooner, Summer Innanen, and possibly Scott and Antonio at the now-defunct podcast "Evil Sugar Radio."
I certainly understand your concerns with Matt's recommendations. He will be the first to say that his "plan" is definitely not for those with an eating disorder. And, whether or not it's advisable for those without
an eating disorder is up for debate, too. To me, I consider it as a final act of desperation, when nothing else works. A Hail Mary pass, so to speak.
In addition to listening to his "Diet Recovery" and "Diet Recovery 2" audiobooks, I've also listened to his audiobooks "Eat for Heat," "Food Ninjas," "12 Paleo Myths," and "Solving the Paleo Equation" (the latter co-authored by Garrett Smith, ND). I think the last two books are the most compelling, in my opinion.
But, I've also read enough of his blog posts over the years to know his "High-Everything Diet" (HED) / "Rehabilitative Rest and Aggressive Re-Feeding" (RRARF) plans don't work for everyone. But, they have reportedly worked for some. So, for those whom it didn't work, the question is whether or not they followed the plan long enough.
The question can't be answered, of course, so we'll never know. Some have stated it took six months, a year, or even more of gaining weight, before the weight gain stopped and the body spontaneously started shedding weight. This was said to have happened without exercise. Then, once people started experiencing an increase in energy, they would eventually feel the desire to exercise and then do so. From what I recall, in a couple of his books, Matt suggested people only exercise when they felt the desire.
I'm curious what Ari Whitten has to contribute on the topic, since he's done some guest posts on Matt's blog. Ari has released a few of his own books and I have a couple of them in electronic format, but haven't read them. I'd like to, but reading is challenging. I do better with audio. The few episodes of Ari's "The Energy Blueprint" podcasts to which I have listened have been excellent. I like Matt's sophomoric humor, but it's difficult for most to take him serious and his language turns-off a lot of people. I think he's a really smart guy, but his laissez-faire attitude can be off-putting.
On the topic of eating nuts, you don't experience any sort of digestive distress, when overdosing on them? If not, that's good. They seem to be problematic for some. I guess the type of nut matters, too.
Thanks for responding!