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    Quote Originally Posted by Pebbles67 View Post
    No Problem.
    The 5000 mg number comes from Phinney and Volek "The art and science of low carb living".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    Sorry, you'll have to filter out the sugar bugs. J3nn, Derpamix, Zach and a few others think candy = health, and push their glucose-loving ways on people truly interested in being fat-fueled.

    It took me six weeks to get fat adapted, where I could drink a stick of butter and have it all digest properly, etc. But this has me worried. I hope you're about 4 feet tall. Eat more, that might help!

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    Um, I have never suggested anyone eat candy, except for chocolate, which you say you eat loads of. Libel much? I also don't equate sugar consumption with health. Way to oversimplify. Every human uses fat for fuel; some low-carb zealots think the entire population should suffer through painful transitions to use fat and ketones as primary fuels when it's not necessary. Having to go to great lengths to ensure your electrolytes are balanced via supplementation does not seem like an evolutionarily advantageous diet to me.
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    J3NN, I'm sorry for lumping you with Zach and Derpy. I'm wondering, do you keep a glucose IV running while you sleep to stay out of ketosis?


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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    That's just a suspicion I have as I no longer worry about how many carbs I consume (or don't consume) and never see any difference. What does result in a difference is if I just eat less period, and if I stay away from grains, seed oils and processed foods. Eat less = lose some weight. Avoid grains, seed oils and processed food = feel awesome and healthy.
    I've found the same. I think getting enough protein may impact how comfortable I am on fewer calories, but fat vs. carbs obtained from totally primal foods doesn't seem to make any difference in weightloss or satiety. At the moment I'm usually 120g carbs/day because that's where eating what I like puts me, and still, the lbs are still slowly dropping.

    I'm not sure what fat adapted really means. If it means being comfortable at <50g carbs/day, it might not be achievable for everyone. I am emotionally unhappy and physically uncomfortable if I deliberately push for less than 100g/day for more than a week. (Actually, that goes for any kind of macro manipulation. I find it 1000X more stressful than calorie counting.) Even so, I often skip breakfast and sometimes skip lunch too and feel great when I do. I'm pretty sure I'm not a dedicated sugar burner. That happened pretty painlessly over about 6 months just by steadily reducing grains and processed foods. I never felt badly, only better and better as every week went by. If you look at my sig, I was obese. And I had every physical sign of metabolic syndrome.

    I'm so glad i didnt find MDA until i was well on my way. I really think all the fat-adapted, sugar-burner, broken metabolism, carb curve stuff would have completely distracted me from focusing on fixing the crap quality of my diet and the crap quality of my emotional relationship with food and eating. My suggestion to the OP is to pay less attention to the "rules" and more attention to what makes you feel amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    J3NN, I'm sorry for lumping you with Zach and Derpy. I'm wondering, do you keep a glucose IV running while you sleep to stay out of ketosis?
    Nope. I also do IF. I think ketones are wonderful, I just havent felt the need to force my body into NK on a permanent basis. I'm a part-time fat-burner, just like everyone else who doesn't take measures to hack it. It can be a very beneficial hack for some people, no doubt. But some people are under the impression that they don't have fat-burning metabolisms at all. The whole fat-burning beast thing is misleading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j3nn View Post
    The whole fat-burning beast thing is misleading.
    And obviously makes some people perpetually grumpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmilloy View Post
    Hey... I'm curious where you get this "fact"... I've got a pretty decent understanding of hormone function, and I've certainly seen the evidence to support how sugar consumption impacts your cortisol levels, but I'm unaware of how fat metabolism affects you cortisol. Also, your body actually can't "become accustomed" to running on cortisol... Cortisol is a temporary measure to get you through stressful times. That's why chronic stress leads to adrenal fatigue, rather than the consistent energy and improved neural function that people report from being in a fat adapted state...


    High blood sugar is just another stress state caused by not having enough sugar, and your body provoking fight or flight hormones to supplement that.

    Derp gets all his factoids from the same place. The alter of the Holy Ray Peat. A guy who is actually a scientist but then has a bunch of folks like Danny Roddy and Matt Stone out interpreting his works for the masses. Derp lives on cigarettes, soda, candy, copious amounts of sweetened coffee, highly sweetened milk and OJ, plus other illegal substances with an occasional piece of liver and has the nerve to come here and preach about health. Eating the liver and the fact that he is only a bit past 20 are probably the only reasons his lifestyle hasn't killed him yet. Consider the source of your info around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derpamix View Post


    High blood sugar is just another stress state caused by not having enough sugar, and your body provoking fight or flight hormones to supplement that.
    This is a great diagram, but I think you might be taking the message out of context. The "stress hormone" (epinephrine, norepinephrine, adrenaline) fight-or-flight response is an acute, fast acting response. It occurs 1) to give you energy by mobilizing glucose stores (if, say, you need to run from a bear or deal with a more modern day sudden stressor) or 2) because your blood sugar dips too low, which is dangerous. They're kind like light switches... They turn on gluconeogenesis (opposite of glycolysis) and other metabolic processes to stabilize the blood sugar and give you the energy you need. But once the light switch has been turned on, you don't need to keep pressing it. The stress hormone response may get the ball rolling, but its not what keeps it in motion. So, for the first few days of a VLCD, you're right, you've undoubtably induced a stress state, but it's very temporary. Those hormones are very short acting. They're meant to deal with short-term stressors, and they actually become ineffective after any sort of prolonged exposure (hence why stimulants that work on this pathway become less and less effective the longer you use them).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kmilloy View Post
    This is a great diagram, but I think you might be taking the message out of context. The "stress hormone" (epinephrine, norepinephrine, adrenaline) fight-or-flight response is an acute, fast acting response. It occurs 1) to give you energy by mobilizing glucose stores (if, say, you need to run from a bear or deal with a more modern day sudden stressor) or 2) because your blood sugar dips too low, which is dangerous. They're kind like light switches... They turn on gluconeogenesis (opposite of glycolysis) and other metabolic processes to stabilize the blood sugar and give you the energy you need. But once the light switch has been turned on, you don't need to keep pressing it. The stress hormone response may get the ball rolling, but its not what keeps it in motion. So, for the first few days of a VLCD, you're right, you've undoubtably induced a stress state, but it's very temporary. Those hormones are very short acting. They're meant to deal with short-term stressors, and they actually become ineffective after any sort of prolonged exposure (hence why stimulants that work on this pathway become less and less effective the longer you use them).


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    Read this: it addresses your responses, and it's where that diagram is from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derpamix View Post
    Read this: it addresses your responses, and it's where that diagram is from.

    Low Blood Sugar Basics – Functional Performance Systems (FPS)
    The article actually doesn't address my point (which I now realize I may not have fully articulated), but it is interesting.

    My point really was that low sugar intake does not equal low blood sugar. Your body is perfectly capable of making any and all glucose it needs from protein and fat. Low sugar intake may temporarily cause low blood sugar if your body has become accustomed to exogenous sources of glucose, but it adapts really quickly. There's a temporary increase in stress hormones, which kicks off a cascade of metabolic processes that stabilize your blood sugar, and everything's kosher. Unless, of course, you give your body a bunch of exogenous sugars, in which case it gets lazy, stops making its own sugar, and the whole, process starts again. So the article is definitely right about poor for choices, hypoglycaemia and stress hormones, but the poor food choices are not too little sugar, but too much.


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