A fellow fitocrat shared the following Yahoo article with me that I thought was quite fitting for this month’s habit of:
Eat More Fat!
2 twin doctors (physicians Chris & Xand) experiment between a low-sugar diet & a low-fat diet.
Chris chooses the low-fat diet, while Xand chooses the high protein diet, eliminating all forms of sugar/carbs including table sugar, flour, & fruit.
- Similar genetics
- Same fitness regimen
My 2 cents:
These doctors admitted ‘they really didn’t know much about nutrition and diet’, & go on to explain “These topics fall between the cracks at medical school. Yes, we understood biochemistry and food metabolism, and knew a lot about the consequences of being overweight … but which diets work, why we eat too much and why losing weight is so hard don't sit within any medical specialty."
My problem is specifically with Xand’s results: he initially thought he had the better deal with eating protein/fat; however, he said no-sugar gave him side effects like bad breath, constipation, fatigue, & brain fog. He also felt he lacked endurance & energy compared to his carb-eating brother. There is much focus on him taking the “high-protein” route but not much talk of anything related to “high-fat”. Which is where my issue lies…
Xand was the weight-loss winner (dropped 9 lbs in 1 month); however, his low-sugar diet wasn't chosen as the "winner".
The article then enlightens readers about keto, saying that a high-protein/low-carb diet causes the body to go into ketosis –in the article’s words: ‘a state in which the body burns fat but doesn’t effectively provide the brain with the glucose (sugar) it needs for energy’.
1. Not only does your body naturally produce the amount of glucose you need, but the ketones your body starts producing from fat (instead of glucose from carbs) is a very efficient source of energy - derived from food as well as your stored body fat.
2. It sounds like Xand’s main focus was high-protein, not fat; low-carb/low-fat diets are never a good idea & are so rough on your body, your organs, & for sure your mood & energy. You need either one or the other, & protein just won’t cut it; you need to replace carbs with some other form of energy, and the answer is FAT! With talk about mood/energy levels, I don’t know about anyone else (actually I do), but fat definitely fuels my brain! My energy levels & alertness are literally through the roof when I’m high on fat.
Here are a few other issues I have with this article:
Being in a state of ketosis isn’t necessarily bad or unhealthy if done intentionally & done right. The article says that ketones can lead to kidney failure, & just leave the statement at that. Technically, yes, if you’re eating both a low-carb & low-fat diet, you are FOR SURE messing with your kidneys. If you eat a lot of fat, a little less protein, BOOM – problem solved!
More on keto re: kidneys: http://robbwolf.com/2011/06/16/clearing-up-kidney-confusion-part-deux/
The nutrition expert goes on with her recommendation of at least 100g of carbs a day because “people cannot sustain this way of eating and therefore, they re-gain the weight.” I have talked to & read about numerous people that have been keto long-term. Even though, I, myself probably won’t do this forever, I make sure to eat A LOT of fat regardless, & I am completely happy with my body, energy-levels, & health. Compared to before, I definitely am a lot healthier & feel amazing! No one, no- not even this Yahoo article – can convince me against my own personal experience. And no, I will never stop eating a high-fat diet.
My take on the conclusions:
Conclusion: neither diet was superior.
Agree & disagree. I disagree because Xand was SO close, if he just ate more fat, he would’ve been so much happier; so yes, I agree they both did it wrong.
Conclusion: the real problem is the combination of sugar and fat.
Disagree. There is nothing wrong with fat (as long as it’s the good fats that have superior omega-6/omega-3 ratios).
Conclusion: "searching for 'one toxic ingredient’ [is] fruitless and we should rather be watching calories, portion size, and eating whole foods whenever possible.”
Eating whole foods, yes. All the other garbage in this sentence, no. One toxic ingredient = carbohydrates. Specifically processed carbs & grains. No question about it.
Have any inputs? Please share!