i see a lot of confusion about insulin levels and carb eating based on a failure to distinguish between fasting hyperinsulinemia (a pathological condition), and post-prandial insulin spikes, which are utterly normal. neckhammer, i don't know if you fall into this category, but there are lots of smart people that seem to confuse this, and argue for eating no carbs because the insulin spike after the meal will blunt lypolisis. that's ridiculous. if you're insulin levels are chronically elevated, without regard to meal timing, you have a major problem, and are pre-diabetic. otherwise, there's no problem with an insulin spike, and any normal body can burn both carbs and fat, and should be able to switch with ease. if you eat more fat, you'll burn more fat, eat more carbs, burn more carbs.
"dean ornish and dr. davis think the palmitic acid our bodies use for fuel while we sleep is poison if we eat it. zero-carbers like charles washington think the oldest fuel in our evolutionary history – glucose - used by organisms a billion years ago and without which the brains of modern mammals cannot survive for more than a few minutes – is an unnatural toxin if you eat it. both views ignore basic facts of medical physiology and defy evolutionary history." - kurt harris