The high insulin and relatively normal fasting glucose sounded so odd to me and none of the LCHF explanations were very convincing with regard to the insulin that I actually searched "elevated insulin normal fasting glucose". There were a ton of hits that addressed this specifically. I thought this one Blood Sugar & Insulin: The Essentials did the best job of explaining in simple terms. Be sure to scroll down to the section on insulin.
This one Insulin Resistance and Hyperinsulinemia is a lot more technical but does a better job of explaining how full blown Type 2 diabetes starts with your body over producing insulin. They call that stage pre-diabetes though.
After reading both those articles, I don't think blaming LCHF for elevated insulin makes any sense at all. If you were to start taking Metformin would your doctor monitor your insulin levels to make sure it was really working? If it brought your insulin levels down quickly it should make weight loss easier. It's also a drug that people stop taking once they have their insulin and blood sugar under control with diet, so it's not like it has to be a long term commitment.
CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
GW- Goals are no longer weight-related
Degenerative diseases associated with diabetes, hyperglycemia, etc; are only indirectly related to insulin. I've posted this several times before.
When in doubt, go back to the PB basics. Mark's guidelines below. I don't believe we are at chacosdailyapple.com. I am wary when someone is at this blog promoting their own blog with every post, no matter how authoritative they may sound.
• 0-50 grams per day: Ketosis and I.F. (Intermittent Fasting) zone. Excellent catalyst for rapid fat loss through I.F. Not recommended for prolonged periods (except in medically supervised programs for obese or Type 2 diabetics) due to unnecessary deprivation of plant foods.
• 50-100 grams per day: Sweet Spot for Weight Loss. Steadily drop excess body fat by minimizing insulin production. Enables 1-2 pounds per week of fat loss with satisfying, minimally restrictive meals.
• 100-150 grams per day: Primal Maintenance zone. Once you’ve arrived at your goal or ideal body composition, you can maintain it quite easily here while enjoying abundant vegetables, fruits and other Primal foods.
• 150-300 grams a day: Insidious Weight Gain zone. Most health conscious eaters and unsuccessful dieters end up here, due to frequent intake of sugar and grain products (breads, pastas, cereals, rice, potatoes – even whole grains). Despite trying to “do the right thing” (minimize fat, cut calories), people can still gain an average of 1.5 pounds of fat every year for decades.
• 300+ grams a day: Danger Zone of average American diet. All but the most extreme exercisers will tend to produce excessive insulin and store excessive fat over the years at this intake level. Increases risk for obesity, Metabolic Syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
Read more: How to Succeed with the Primal Blueprint | Mark's Daily Apple
Also, what I think Choco is getting at (btw, can we please spell this correctly? It is kind of irksome for many people to constantly misspell his username) is that our nature in general is to see what we can get away with. While most of the regular posters in this forum are reasonable about their food choices, most readers will browse, see that they can get away with eating sticks of butter and not put on pounds, and go about eating their pseudo-foods and passing it off as their Primal meal. There needs to be more emphasis on real food. Especially for the newbies.
I am 100% in favor of "eat real food" though.
And even leaner/higher carb for some folks... I have even specifically advised it to people!
People have different needs.
That is the simple truth.
Different people have different needs and all I have ever wanted from my conversations with Choco was for him to respect the fact that HFLC has a place here just like every other percentage of macros on the spectrum, especially for people with emotional eating disorders/binge eaters.
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.
We could, but OP specifically asked if ladies over 45 - has it been harder to lose weight on PB. I think she was looking for other suggestions on ways to make PB work better for her.
And I dont see what difference it makes where those suggestions come from. I listened to my OB-GYN and took his suggestions even though - and I could be wrong - but I don't think he ever tried to spit out a 9lb baby out of his who-who.
65lbs gone and counting!!
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I drink buttered coffee, mostly when I run out of half n half. 1/2 to 3/4 of a tblsp of butter = 50 - 75 cal. Not that much more than the half and half (40 cal for 2 tblsp). It doesn't seem to matter much in terms of maintaining weight.
Re: Chaco vs Choco. Not sure if it's a merging of Choco + Taco, or a genuine misspelling, but it always makes me think of the Chaco Chicken episode of XFiles. Relevance to Primal: the issue of feeding human remains to chickens.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine
Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.