the science reasoning escapes me, but here I will cut and paste what he said and we can parse it together....
"- If one's goal is to minimize blood sugar levels, then eating nothing but fat would seem to be the most effective way to reach that goal. However, if one's goal is anything else (for example, avoiding overweight and being healthy and happy), adding nutrient dense proteins and non-starchy vegetables into the mix would likely be a good call. History and the scientific literature agree on a couple things here:
1. Natural fats are good for us.
2. Natural fats aren't the only thing that's good for us.
3. Carbohydrate is not essential, protein is...so are vitamins and minerals
4. There's quite a bit of individual variation on how much carbohydrate, fat, and protein we can tolerate and our individual blood sugar or general hormonal response to each
I say this because I think this is an area where science shows us the fundamental building blocks we need to work with (non-starchy vegetables, nutrient dense proteins, whole food natural fats, and low-sugar fruits) and it's up to us each as individuals to find the proportions of these foods that help us to each reach our respective goals as efficiently and enjoyably as possible.
I'm happy that Jimmy and co. (here he is specifically responding to the discussion in the thresd) have found an approach that works for them...and it's my goal with SSoS to help us each have a foundation of science on which we can find an approach that works for us. There's one "right diet" like there is one "right outfit;" there isn't one
PS It seems like part of human nature (or at least some of the internet nutrition world) to see things as black and white. For example, we should either eat "no fat" or "only fat." As Aristotle told us thousands of years ago, the right answer is probably somewhere in the middle and depends on our unique circumstance.
PPS SSoS's protein recommendations are within the range Volek and Phinney recommend (albeit on the higher end of that range...and we can attribute that to my recommendations assuming we're also doing eccentric exercise which increases our protein requirements)."
Since the last time I actually lost weight was when I was low carb and pre-primal (I literally have not lost a single pound since I began primal) I am working my way back toward that but in a manner that I can live with. When I did it successfully I was doing a "Mediterranean" version, which was a bit higher in veggies than Atkins. I also did cheese but not other dairy so I will likely go back to that, because it is easy appetizer for company, and cottage cheese and plain yogurt feel like a diet to me.
I will eventually add more movement. We should get the car back, finally, after 3 months, which will give me time to get back to my morning 20 to 30 minute walk. As to the whole weight thing-hopefully sooner rather than later, I just have to get over despising it!