That’s an excellent question and a very fair question. We have already said that it’s not normal for a human to gain weight except for pregnancy and illness. That is all true. Some people want to compare us to hibernators who gain weight for the winter and lose it in the summer. The problem with that analogy is the hibernating animal does not get chronic illness accompanying weight gain. And the hibernator gains regardless of whether its diet is restricted in a laboratory or not. And the weight comes off without any changes in diet as well.
Gary Taubes has a new book out – The Case Against Sugar. I found links to 3 video lectures by Gary Taubes on dietdoctor.com.
Links to reviews of the book, The Case Against Sugar;
The Sugar Wars – review
Those of us in our search of better health have learned how damaging and addictive sugar is, but it’s not just sugar, it’s really,the taste of sweet, that’s addicting. People, and doctors, think replacing sugar, with artificial sweeteners or other natural sweeteners like, honey, agave, or stevia is better or healthier.
By: 10 year Zero Carb Veteran
In response to a question about our cholesterol levels since we eat a high fat, Zero Carb diet.
Just a couple of points I might add to these thoughts: Excepting other rare/genetic conditions, it is having elevated levels of glucose in the blood which actually causes atherosclerosis, not the cholesterol itself being shuttled on lipoproteins through the blood vessels.
Here is a link to a series of lectures by Dr. Richard Bernstein – Author of the book “Diabetes Solution – The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars”, that explains why and how using a very low carb diet can help control your insulin levels and help with fat loss.
By – Stephen Visio Ewen
In reference to the Zero Carb Health, Diabetes Discussion.
Buried in the replies section of comments to a post was a fascinating conversation that deserves to be curated. Content curation is a powerful social media technique that really helps clarify all the information presented by so many different people.
Some commenters warned about too much protein and some warned that there is no such thing as too much protein. To me both are right depending upon the amount of damage or adaption to a disordered metabolism a person is dealing with. I think this curated information belongs in the diabetes thread. So I took it upon myself to curate the info and add it to this thread. Read More
One of my favorite books on low carb eating is Barry Groves book, Trick and Treat. After reading the chapter “Why Five Portions?”, I realized just how dangerous sugar was.
This chapter is about why and how the daily recommendation of fruits and vegetables became 5 portions. But, to me, the most profound section in this chapter was the one on how sugars, especially fructose, depress our immune systems and disable our white blood cells ability to destroy bacteria and illness causing organisms.
Another informative post from Dr. Paul regarding plant food anti-nutrients.
In response to the question: “don’t people who eat a Zero Carb diet have nutritional deficiencies?”
All plants have natural defenses against -predation by animals. (See: Plants Bite Back. ) These include out and out lethal poisons like the ricin a quickly fatal neurotoxin in Castor Beans, lethal cardiac glycosides in Oleander and other nightshades (same family as tomato and potato) and at least 10 highly lethal poisons found in mushrooms. Read More