I was down to 210 six months ago before creeping up to 228 (probably more now after taking Carrie to Manhattan Beach Post, a bistro where I gorged). So let's just say I've gained an even 20 pounds.
According to Robert Lustig, leading researcher on the effects of food on our biochemistry and hormones and author of the compelling Fat Chance, the problem is sugar creating leptin resistance. This condition of leptin resistance makes us always hungry and tires us.
So I gave all my protein bars to our babysitter. At 20 grams of sugar a bar, that's a good place to start.
Going off sugar won't be easy, but I feel motivated to give it a try.