On various blogs I occasionally come across references to people with metabolisms that are "broken" due to a history of excessive refined-carb intake, usually referring to the obese. The blogger will often remark that such metabolisms simply cannot handle carbs in any amount without a serious backlash of some kind thus ending any discussion of the subject.
I certainly fall into that class as I am an avowed sugar junkie. (Or I should say a former junkie.) I am also obese, though I am 30 pounds less obese now than I was a year ago, thanks to you. I've read though that a very low carb menu can lead to various difficulties. Paul Jaminet, for instance, says, if I recall correctly, carbohydrates will keep a variety of intestinal problems at bay while a meat-and-fat menu will create problems. (Stomach cancer is the malady I remember from his book.)
Having read these dire predictions I am having difficulty reconciling these statements with the idea that carbs, per se, are not a required nutrient as our bodies manufacture whatever glucose we need. I have done a lot of experimenting in the past year and I can tell you that a small amount of sugar or a slice of bread or even a banana will cause a rather alarming blood glucose spike according to my test meter. (The banana sent the metered result to 146 mg/dl.) Even a sweetener like Truvia will send my desire for sweets to atmospheric heights, making the next 48 hours positively miserable while I fight the desire. It's gotten to the point I am almost phobic about carbohydrates of any form or in any amount.
Do you have any thoughts on this idea of a "broken metabolism" and this seeming dichotomy of "must ingest carbs" and "don't need the carbs?" (I am discounting the traces of carbohydrates found in green leafy vegetables, meats, etc.) In your opinion, can a carbophobic fat guy like me survive on an essentially carb-free diet? (A side note: I feel good on my current menu of meat and fat and very low carbs but I thought I felt good on my former SAD diet also.)
"In heaven they don't serve beer, that's why we drink beer here." From an Irish drinking song.