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.
The issue that just won’t go away, “too much protein” has taken another turn because a more visible person has adopted the theory. ZIOH (and ZCH) has been pretty clear about our position but Dr. Paul Mabry has invected some new arguments in a recent blog post. Because this is such a divisive issue within ZC communities, it’s important to define and sharpen our definition in the face of competing ideas. There are many things that appear close to ZC but are not the definite article. Hopefully, this post will set this aright for you and as always you’re free to make up your own mind.
By: A 10 year Zero Carb Diet, meat only, veteran
Subjects covered in this post are, broadly speaking, IF and other forced fasting, Keto and LCHF protocols such as fat-shots, electrolytes and other supplements, restriction of food, macro-manipulations and various other mind-influenced ‘dieting’ interventions:
Most people, when they begin ZC, bring all sorts of LCHF/Keto ideas with them. This includes beliefs about adding extra fat, intermittent fasting and the ‘need’ for electrolytes as well as other supplementation, among many other things.
Edited by Yasmin
Unfortunately for some, Zero Carb Health doesn’t do coddling. We tell it like it is directly and devoid of emotional attachment. It is extremely important that we do this because for newbies transitioning off carbs, it can be an emotionally unstable experience.
Based on my experience, these emotional outbursts seem to come from people who are in the 5 “bargaining” stages of mourning carbs.
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.
When faced with the major upcoming holidays or occasions, where alcohol will no doubt be frequently offered…… Will you, won’t you? What to do? And if you do, what to expect…so that you don’t make the mistake of thinking that those drinks are no big deal or won’t affect your weight or any other progress your body is starting to make on a Zero Carb diet.
Yes, alcohol is one of those things which some ZC’ers do partake in, now and then. This isn’t a post telling you NOT to have it, if you choose to do so. Instead, it is an attempt to help lend some insight into how to perhaps then change your expectations about your own body and what the effects of alcohol upon it may be, if you do choose to imbibe:
Some of our veterans of Zero Carb:
Many of these people have been eating a zero carb (animal foods) diet for more than 5 years. Some of them are active on the Zero Carb Health Facebook group, some are not as active, or may not even currently be members. Please do not inundate any of these members with private questions unless they initiate such a conversation. This list is posted only after several requests for help with recognizing the names of Zero Carb veterans.
These people may not all be in perfect health, but they have improved their health by sticking to zero carb eating for a period of many years. Also, lots of us have met each other over the years, and can vouch for them being more than just a profile pic on FB.
If you would like your name removed from the list, please let us know. If you feel you were mistakenly left off the list, also let us know.
Zero Carb desserts are non-optimal and not one of us veterans eat these, but for people starting out, who are craving or just need something different, Zero Carb desserts are a much better option than carb filled desserts that will derail your progress. These are a great treat for kids.
Zero Carb Coffee Mousse
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.