Dr. Harris has changed his viewpoint on carbs and has adopted a very similar diet to PerfectHealthDiet.
Paleosphere is slowly shifting from carbophobia to a balanced approach.
Yes, I read that too. I wad intrigued that he put pulses ahead of fruit! I don't eat pulses now, but why are they better than fruit?
And I have started eating potato again some time ago, so I am really pleased that he thinks they are OK. I find my digestion is better with potato.
I think carbohydrate should vary by goals and activity level, plus current state of health.
As Dr. Harris says in his article, people who are diabetic or overweight may be better off going very low on the carbs. People who are healthy and more physically active, or trying to build muscle, could probably do with a bit more carbs in their diet.
A lot of people here seem to ignore the fact that Mark himself recommends 100-150g of carbs per day for maintenance mode!
Is fiber intake taken into consideration in Mark's recommendation?
Last edited by O_O; 02-07-2011 at 07:27 AM. Reason: to add to it
Eliminating fruit is not a goal, but eliminating legumes is. I guess he is coming from the point of view that too much of sugar is bad for you even if it comes from fruits. Excess of fruits is worse than legumes in moderation.
Last edited by Anand Srivastava; 02-07-2011 at 02:32 AM.
From blog post:
That's wtf a few of us here have been saying for a while and more often than not get perpetually shut down. I think what ends up happening (that makes people gain once they up their carbs) is they over-estimate how much work output they have so they over eat IN GENERAL which leads to weight gain. I think a half a sweet potato everyday, or a full one every other day is sufficient for people that are working out more than 3x a week. I think if you're truly only engaging in deliberate physical activity twice a week with decent intensity you may just need that sweet potato (or squash, etc) on that workout day and if you're really carb-sensitive (or just are scared of carbs) you can just do half a sweet potato not a whole one.The only thing that made me change my carbohydrate intake was a dramatic increase in physical work requirement.
I find it interesting that he went for a completely nutritional devoid food like toasted white rice, would seem to me he would choose something with nutrients but sometimes the geekiest paleo-heads make the oddest choices.
It appears that he thinks that legumes are less toxic than fructose. I'd be interested in knowing why, since we clearly evolved to handle small amounts of fructose without harm. My understanding is that the glucose/fructose ratio common in fruit is optimal for liver conversion efficiency. I generally eat fruit for my post workout refueling for that very reason. Have I misunderstood things?