I'm glad you've never been fat and never had a problem processing carbs and sugar. Neither have I! However, I'm not willing to extrapolate my N=1 to the rest of the world, many of whom clearly do have such a problem. (There's this thing called "metabolic flexibility"...)
Yes, I personally eat a more Perfect Health Diet level of carbs. However, I don't feel it necessary to tell everyone who does better on VLC that they're Doing It Wrong and will inevitably wreck their thyroid/adrenals/whatever, because I don't see evidence that this is the case.
For instance: intermittent fasting. I'd say that IF counts as carb restriction...for 16-20 of 24 hours, you're eating no carbs at all. Furthermore, your liver doesn't contain enough glycogen to run your brain and blood cells for 16-20 hours, and your body will never let your liver get that low on glycogen anyway...so if you IF (or, even more impressively, ADF), you're going to be undergoing OMG GLUCONEOGENESIS CORTISOL ADRENAL FATIGUE!!!11!!1 for much of the day.
Yet I don't see legions of Peatarians and Potato Dieters rushing to excoriate Martin Berkhan or IF protocols.
A few tips:
1. Just because something works for you doesn't mean it'll work for the rest of the world.
2. Just because something works for you doesn't mean something else might not work even better.
3. Therefore, be cautious about getting all evangelistic about your individual dietary protocol.
I've criticized IF plenty. If you have problems with carbs, you have other issues going on, simple as. Macronutrient balance is essential. Everything works together. If you cannot digest sugar on its own, take it along side a little bit of protein so it's less stressful. Protein pulls blood sugar down. If you balance your nutrients your glucose levels will be stable and long lasting. There is no reason to entirely cut out carbs.
Time is passing so quickly. Right now, I feel like complaining to Einstein. Whether time is slow or fast depends on perception. Relativity theory is so romantic. And so sad.
Even some people who feel better on carbs still have to be careful because for them, they might go overboard with being able to control intake to a reasonable level. There are just so many aspects to consider.
I think people do vary, but "carb sensitivity" is not as common as people think. I don't think carbs are bad for anyone, just like fat isn't bad for anyone. I think the carb paranoia on this website is on par with the old fat paranoia.... For the vast, VAST majority, good carbs simply are not an issueI'm pretty sure that this weekend I proved that I can't be trusted even with the "good carbs."
I had a few meals that were gluten free but had fair amounts of squash, sweet potatoes, and the like and I STILL felt bloated and lousy afterwards.
You cannot make a blanket statement that there are certain carbs that are just "good" for everyone.
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Also, it's funny to see you trolling by defining HFCS as "not sugar", with some bizarre pseudoscientific claptrap about "HFCS in studies has been shown to have 500% and upwards of calories because of undigested cornstarch molecules." Citation? I'm pretty sure HFCS can't be more than 100% cornstarch...and I'm also pretty sure the real figure rounds down to 0%.
There's apparently something about extreme diets that compels their practitioners to troll. The more prescriptive and restrictive the diet is, the more evangelistic people seem to get about it. Peatarianism is just the latest example of that.