Post # 1
My parents picked this book up during christmas, and have been raving about it ever since. My dad lost 7 lbs in two weeks by following this guys diet. My dad is very skeptical of all things diet but he was impressed with the amount of research and support this guy has for his way of eating.
It sounds a lot like Atkins or the Caveman diet, where you cut out as many carbs as you can and eat mostly lean meats, nuts and cheese. That’s right, you can eat all the cheese you want. This book is about how our bodies regulate insulin and how some of us just may not be able to eat certain foods, like breads and pasta. I haven’t weighed myself, but I’ve been sort of trying this diet and I actually feel better. I notice now the days that I eat more bread I get headaches or feel sleepy earlier. But when I have a diet high in fat and protein, I’m energized all day.
Has anyone else read this guys book? What do you think? Once I get a scale I’m really putting this to the test!
Post # 3
Ive never heard of this- but, personally, I would be skeptical of any diet that lets me eat an unlimited amount of cheese! Have you read “French Women Dont Get Fat?” Thats more about moderation and has yielded great results.
Post # 4
The author is an accomplished awarded scientist who has gotten great reviews on both of his books. He actually argues against the moderation argument, because it doesn’t necessarily work for everyone. He talks about our hormones, and how insulin and our fat cells make us absorb all the nutrients before they get to the parts of the body that need them, then we’re left starving for nutrients and we keep eating.
I have been trying to lose 10 lbs for a year, I’ve counted calories, I’ve done kickboxing 5 days a week for 3 months, with no effect. But I am a HUGE carb eater. I love potatoes, pasta, sandwiches, everything. Livestrongs Daily Plate recommended that I starve myself to lose the weight (eating under 1200 calories a day) and when I did that, I STILL saw no effect.
I have heard of the french women book, and I’ll check it out, but the sheer amount of research this guy has done to back his theories up is amazing.
Post # 5
I agree with @Arancia: on eating everything in moderation. What has really worked for me in the past few months is portion control, and adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet. I’ve also found the weight watchers points scale really helpful, because it has helped me keep track of how much I should be eating each day and what size portions I should be eating. I started watching my portions/ using the points system in mid October, and since then I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference….my stomach has shrunk, and my clothes fit so much better, especially my jeans and work pants. This morning, I even managed to comfortably fit into a pair of pants that I haven’t worn in over a year because they were too tight. I also feel a lot better too.
Post # 6
Sounds somewhat like the South Beach Diet logic. It goes into the glycemic index etc, although it allows for complex carbs which I think come phase three is a much more reasonable and healthy mix.
Does this outlaw all carbs?
Post # 7
Since I love carbs, i just couldn’t do it. I’m on Weight Watchers now and still get to have my breads/pasta/rice, etc. and I’ve lost 16 lbs. since early January. Without carbs, I would feel super weak. Protein is great, but I think too much protein and not enough carbs is not good. Just my opinion! If it works for you, great!
Post # 8
@forforever: It is similar to South Beach, I haven’t read enough on that to know what the differences are though. Basically you should stay as close to 20 g of carbs a day or less. ANY carbs are bad for you he says, and yea it all depends on the glycemic index. A slice of white bread and a slice of whole wheat have the same glycemic index. A flour tortilla has half the glycemic index of a slice of bread, so it is the better choice if you have carbs.
His Basic theory put succinctly (found on a blog)
- The calories-in/calories-out model is wrong.
- Carbohydrates are the cause of obesity and are also important causes of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and most of the so-called diseases of civilization.
- A low-fat diet is not healthy.
- A low-carb diet is essential both for weight loss and for health.
- Dieters can satisfy their hunger pangs and eat as much as they want and still lose weight as long as they restrict carbohydrates.
Post # 9
I think insulin-centric approaches to eating are really beneficial to some people, but I know for myself they make me feel terrible. I’m the total opposite of you – I feel terrible when I don’t get enough carbs and starches and seem to have trouble turning protein and fat into usable energy. I have trouble believing any of that low carb stuff simply because of my own experiences, but not all of us process sugar / insulin / etc in the same way.
Post # 10
By “Caveman diet” are you referring to the Paleo diet? In the Paleo diet, you eat a peice of meat the size of your fist, then load up on veggies. Zero or minimal grain and dairy.
I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s on my Amazon wishlish (Along with his other book “Good Calories Bad Calories”.)
I’ve read other low-carb books, and I truly beleive this is the ideal diet for the human body. In fact, out of all the nutrition writiers I’ve read (Michael Pollan, Nina Planck, Michael Eades, Mark Sisson, Loren Cordain, Mary Enig, Sally Fallon, just to name a few), NONE of them, even those that are not “low carbers”, advocate for the diet that the “food pyramid” is built on.
Post # 11
If you feel effects from things like bread/pasta, it may also be that you have some form of a gluten intolerance (not celiacs….that would be far worse…my sister has it). Especially if you get stomach aches associated with it after. Just a thought. Also, I love cheese.
Post # 12
@Jenn23: I totally get that, my dad and I were just lamenting about no more bagels 🙂 But I don’t think we were meant to eat food this way. Bread doesn’t grow on trees, you know? Thats why I referred to the caveman diet. Carbs that don’t come from fruit or vegetables aren’t healthy and they don’t satisfy cravings. I shouldn’t be hungry for another slice of bread when I just ingested 26g of carbs from one! But if I eat a slice of turkey, I don’t feel like I need to snack any more. I’m going to try and seriously follow this diet for a couple weeks and see what happens. I’ll post with a review later if it worked!
Post # 13
I haven’t read this book or anything like it, but I’m skeptical of these no carb diets. Though, I do believe that people are different and maybe some just dont process the carbs well. But I always look at it this way… there are how many billions of asians whose main diet is rice? And they are mostly slim as hell, so surely carbs cant be completely to blame.
Post # 14
@arenyth: The way you feel when you eat bread is the way I feel when I eat meat or any other combination of fat or protein without carbs. idek what is going on with my body, but two pounds of steak = combination of feeling sick to my stomach and yet still hungry whereas a few ounces of steak plus a slice of bread = satisfied and happy.
I have a friend who does the paleo diet and swears by it, so we’ve talked about this fairly extensively because it just seems like our bodies and metabolisms are built entirely differently.
Post # 15
My method may not be perfect, but I eat foods I am in the mood for and stop when I’m full, making a special effort to incorporate fruits and veggies. But if I want steak, that’s what I’ll eat! Or if I want a cupcake I go for it. And doing this I’ve managed to maintain my weight after a 30 lb weight loss for more than 3 years. I think depriving yourself of any particular type of food can be dangerous.. I just don’t see how it’s sustainable long term, you know?
Post # 16
@abbyful: I definitely think the food pyramid is horribly outdated! And he does talk about that, we’ve been trying this for 200 years and we’re getting fatter, so something isn’t working.
@Entangled: I believe his approach is to start off cutting out everything, and then allow some things back in to see if you can still keep the weight off. He says we all process everything we eat in different ways according to our hormones, so it is about finding a personalized diet.
@abbyful: Heh yea, thats what my fiance calls it. And yep that’s what we’re trying to do. Eat minimal carbs and stock up on veggies and meats. He also says we can eat as much nuts and cheese as we want (although I am skeptical of the cheese, only because I know how much I love it and I figure it has to be a contributing factor). I do think that if we eat totally natural, instead of manufactured things, that we will be healthier for it.
@NauticalBride2011: I actually experimented with my diet for gluten intolerance, thinking it was affecting my skin. But I didn’t see any difference. And I don’t get stomach aches after eating, I just notice my energy doesn’t last as long – which makes sense since carbs aren’t meant for long lasting energy.