venture saidMy brother is on it. He has lost 40lbs so far and he loves it. In fact, our entire family is considering going on it since it would make meal times a lot easier. Based on what he has told me, it works really well and its a bit of work, but after a few weeks, you don't crave any sort of carbohydrate at all. And besides, who wouldn't want steaks every day? ;)
I can think of a slew of reasons why you wouldn't want to eat steaks every day, from environmental to physiological. I can also wonder what sort of workouts you are getting with a low carb diet.
But no one cares because it's all about the paleo craze now. Fuck science and real nutrition.
Dude, your statements demonstrate that you don't understand what Paleo is.
Paleo advocates eating a variety of meat, not just red meat. It's important to vary your diet because one protein source does not give you all the nutrition you need.
Paleo is also not low carb. It's just no grain. You can eat root vegetables, sweet potatoes, fruit, all nutritional sources of carbs. Grains do not give you the same level of nutrition. as you should know. At the height of my cycling training I was riding 100+ miles/week on Paleo.
Paleo does not ignore science and real nutrition. It advocates protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, and fat from healthy sources. All you're eliminating are grains, legumes, dairy, and seed oils. Since you have studied nutrition, you should know that you can obtain all of your nutrition from protein, fruits and vegetables.
I'm sorry you just jumped into the thread and are calling me wrong. The original poster is complaining that he misses carbs--but I'm sorry paleo fanboy who read a propaganda book on paleo (how trendy of you) thinks he's an expert on nutrition. Obviously fruits and vegetables have small amounts of carbohydrate in them that can be used for glycogen storage, the main fuel in endurance exercise. However, you will not obtain enough glucose in your diet as an endurance athlete, unless you're fine with diminished standards of performance, without including grains and legumes in your diet. Where is he going to get carbs from? Eating countless sweet potatoes and potato products?
There is nothing inherently wrong with a whole grain. The problem with grains is that a sedentary population tends to over eat them in the refined forms. They are the primary fuel for endurance athletes who need to be eating a high carb (65-70% carbohydrate calories) diet. Not eating grains means you are limited to legumes OH WAIT you can't eat those either for complex carbohydrates, AND you're cutting out a major source of soluble fiber, which removes cholesterol. Now you're just limited to potatoes for complex carbs...mmkay. Have fun with your potatoes.
Instead, you're advocating not eating unsaturated fatty acids, found in oils, which according to actual scientific research (not your paleo book) improve the cholesterol ratio of bad to good. I agree that oils are refined from various seeds, which have fiber, but it is all about portion control. If you dump 3 oz of oil on your salad, that is inappropriate portion control.
The average American eats more than enough protein, especially if you eat any sort of animal flesh. Americans do not need to be told to eat more meat. The RDA is 0.8g/kg per day. For endurance athletes it's only a little higher: 1.2-1.4 g/kg protein per day. The average American already over consumes protein, easily eating enough for a bodybuilder's needs daily.
Frankly, it's very American to eat meat--after all, it only requires a fortune more exponentially in terms of production costs to be the tertiary nitrogen assimilator (plants primary assimilate nitrogen from soil into amino acids, animals that eat plants are the secondary nitrogen assimilator, and humans raise these animals to eat the animals). This is not something to be proud of in our country as wasteful as we are with our resources.
There is nothing inherently wrong with seed oils either. Would you rather they use butter? Either way, it's concentrated fat--you make the choice whether it is saturated or not. There is scientific research that shows that if you do not consume fat with your fruits and vegetables, you do not absorb as many fat soluble vitamins (ADEK). The jury is still out on what other phytochemicals are and aren't absorbed. If you can't portion control, that's your problem. Not because the food itself is bad. What bullshit.
The authors in the book are not professional nutritionists. A professional nutritionist is called a dietitian, which is a legally protected title for good reason. Will you take nutrition advice from a physical therapist? :
"Dallas Hartwig, MS, PT, CISSN, RKC
(master of science in Anatomy and Physiology--good credential for a physical therapist, physical therapist (PT) (good for practicing physical therapy, not nutrition), CISSN--printout credential from the internet anyone can get...explained below, RKC = kettlebell certified--Wow, you can get certified in anything now! LOL)
Dallas Hartwig earned a BS in Anatomy and Physiology and an MS in Physical Therapy from Andrews University, and has been a licensed physical therapist since 2001. He co-owned and operated a strength and conditioning facility with Melissa until founding Whole9 in November 2009. He is a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition and an RKC-certified kettlebell instructor.
Melissa Hartwig (the wife)
She is a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition, and is working towards a Master's degree in Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University.
(she doesn't even have a masters degree yet, and she is a certified nutritionist through a credential anyone can get on the internet)
The International Society of Sports Nutrition doesn't even require a degree in nutrition to take their take-home exam. It is not recognized like the RD, CSSD credentials are. Universities that hire sports nutitionists generally have a masters degree in exercise physiology or nutrition, the RD credential, and the CSSD credential. Check out ISSN's website compared to eatright.org, which is for real nutrition professionals, not wannabes. It's like getting a personal training certification from something you can take home and print off the internet versus going to school for 6 years, interning in a program you have to be accepted into for 1200 hrs, and sitting for a professional exam. ISSN is a 3 hour exam to take 200 questions that you pay $500-600 for depending on whether you're dumb enough to buy their membership or not. YOU CAN TAKE IT ON THE INTERNET. Fail. Bogus credential any real professional would be ashamed to have and should be viewed as a lapse in professional judgement.
So please, once you pass all the coursework I've passed, which includes extensive study in physiology, biochemistry, organic chemistry that any premed major must take to get into medical school as well as completed a masters degree in physiology and get accepted into 1200 hrs of supervised practice program to actually be a professional to give out nutrition advice, just STOP. You do way more harm than good. The last thing this country needs is more people confusing others on matters of nutrition. No one knows a real professional when they see one. It is not illegal yet for these physical therapists to pretend they are nutrition professionals. That's a problem in the USA. Anyone can call himself a nutritionist. The real professionals are called registered dietitians.
And finally, just like there are good doctors and quack doctors, not all RDs are ethical either. Some make money off the fact that nutrition is so unregulated in the US. Chiroprac