He seems to be vague by design so that you buy the ebooks.</blockquote>
True. He also thinks he knows everything and everyone else is wrong. But his HED is not the SAD. He avoids omega 6, fructose and processed foods. He also avoids wheat IIRC.
Also, the more I learn about metabolism and nutrition and the more I eat primally, the less I believe in low-carb. I'm not sure low-carb diets are harmful like Matt Stone says, but there is no reason to be afraid of carbs, like so many people around here are, as long as those carbs come from fruits and vegetables. At least it works for me. Eating VLC makes me hungry and miserable and doesn't help me lose weight.
I've been reading a lot about lipotoxicity, which explains how gaining fat causes insulin resistance for many. Gaining fat CAUSES insulin resistance, not the other way around. Despite what's been said in low-carb books, there is no direct evidence that eating starches causes insulin resistance (fructose is still suspect), but increasing the levels of fat in the blood (lipotoxicity) does cause insulin resistance. This has been measured directly. And it does NOT imply that eating fat is bad either, only that insulin resistance is a consequence of obesity, not a cause. And what causes obesity? Leptin resistance. And what causes leptin resistance? The jury is still out, but current suspects are fructose, omega 6 fatty acids, inflamation in general.
Height: 5'4" (1.62 m)
Starting weight (09/2009): 200 lb (90.6 kg)
No longer overweight (08/2010): 145 lb (65.6 kg)
Current weight (01/2012): 127 lb (57.5 kg)