Many of my associates are living the Low Carbohydrate High Fat lifestyle….
With this way of eating the other vital macronutrient PROTEIN is kept in the medium range….. not too little not too big – I hate to use a cliché but a ‘Kellogg’s’ would be ‘just right’!
The lower the carbohydrate consumption – the less glucose will enter the blood.
The lower the amount of glucose – the lower the amount of insulin needed to transport – or shove that glucose out of the blood and into the cells. This also will help to prevent insulin resistance, as over time, if too much insulin is released by the pancreas, in response to too much glucose needing to be dealt with, the cells become resistant to it and Type 2 Diabetes is the next step in the equation.
When carbohydrates are lowered some other nutrient is needed to fill the gap. With this lifestyle good healthy fats come charging in to the rescue. Ask any LCHF lifestyler, and they will tell you about how they are not hungry between meals, enjoying bacon, avocado, pork cracklings, fat on their pork chops, coconut oil and lashings of butter on their vegetables. The human body needs these to transport the fat soluble vitamins into the cells where they are needed. Eating your broccoli without butter seems such a wasteful exercise…… those healthy vitamins in the broccoli NEED the fats to do their job – otherwise they will simply sail through the digestive system and end up as fertilizer somewhere!
But when it comes to protein LCHF aficionados choose to be moderate…. yes MODERATE in how much they consume, and there is a good scientific reason for this. You see it has been proven that excess protein (amino acids) can be converted by the body into glucose – and that would be the very last thing they would want to happen. Why – well as mentioned earlier, glucose needs insulin and excess insulin can lead to resistance and type 2 diabetes. The technical name for this process is gluconeogenesis.
WHY IS IT SO then that a scientist would scream headlines that the ‘faddish’ Low Carbohydrate Dieters eat too much protein and are going to become very sick people? (paraphrased) Mind you the study used Mice – not human beings, bear that in mind when considering the findings please, as I seem to remember that meeces munch readily on grains, and I honestly cannot remember seeing any at table devouring a nice filet mignon recently!
Professor of geriatric medicine David Le Couteur from Sydney’s Anzac Research Institute was part of the team which modified the diets of 900 mice with dramatic results.
“If you’re interested in a longer life span and late-life health, then a diet that is low in protein, high in carbohydrate and low in fat is preferable,” he said.
“You can eat as much of that as you like.
“You don’t have to be hungry, you don’t have to reduce your calorie intake, you can just let your body decide what the right amount of food is.”
The paper is linked here for you to read , however I think it noteworthy to observe that he also stated: …. plenty of data in humans already exists that shows people who choose a high-protein diet have worse outcomes in terms of death and disease.
“Certainly we found and we expected to find that high-protein diets led to weight loss and led to increased muscle bulk, but this was associated with worse outcomes, whether it was blood pressure or diabetes or life span,” he said.
Now where I wonder did the Professor get the idea that LCHF Life styler’s choose to eat a diet high in protein…. YES he has his facts wrong seems he has wax in his ears!
It is such a pity that they did not leave the poor meeces to much on their ‘Kellogg’s Diet’ which I can guarantee would not contain HIGH protein at all!
The other question I have is who funded the research? I think that is a fair question to ask.
The article that I am quoting from has closed off comments from the general public – how convenient is that – however if you are curious, do take time to read some comments that managed to be posted from other people.