This protocol is all about restoring your metabolism, It is about getting the full use of ALL your metabolic tools. Hopefully it will further your understanding of both the protocol and how your body functions. Here goes.....
Basically everything on this planet exists on a fragility scale. For all of history an object/thing (including organisms) existed on the fragility scale some where between extremely fragile to very robust, regarding any particular stress. Also existing on this planet for all of history (according to an object/thing) is a stressor. A stressor might be an earthquake, the sun, a food stuff, a load, the wind, another object, a fall, a transfer of energy, a change in stock price, get my drift?
So if we have a bit of a look at stress in the eye's of an object, we can see stress taking one of three forms... A Stressor could be "destructive" if it is too acute/strong for the object to handle, the object then breaks and is said to be fragile to that stress.
A stressor could be "chronic" in that an object has to deal with the stressor for too long, it starts out robust then ends up fragile to the stress (think metal fatigue).
Finally a stressor can be "absorbed" with the object still as it was before the stressor came, the object is said to be robust to this stress.
The above has been common human knowledge for eons....
Until last year when a certain Nassim Taleb (an ex options trader on the NYSE) released a book, based on his forming of a new word called antifragile. Something that is antifragile actually gains from absorbable stressors. It turns out that most life on this planet has this ability. Here's an example of how this came about and why it is.... an organism senses a stressor incoming, it gathers all its tools it has evolved to absorb this stressor and pits them against the stressor, If the organism comes out the other side still intact, it high fives and congratulates it self cause it is robust to that stress, but the organism isn't out of the woods yet... what if next time the stressor comes a little stronger? well the organism reacts to the stressor it dealt with now and strengthens the tools it used to beat the stress so that next time it might be successful as well. this is the reason why; our immune system works so well, our skin goes brown in the sun, our muscles get bigger when we lift a weight, we can run further then we did last time, we are afraid of the things we have always been afraid of (the tool worked), you get my drift.
So a stressor causes a response in an organism, stressors are information your body uses to reconfigure it self. There is also another factor that needs to be considered, In the absence of stress our bodies atrophy their systems (don't need big strong tools sittin round taking up resources if we don't need to use them). In short, organisms need stressors to live, to configure their physical forms.
The only trouble with this antifragility system arises when the stressor that comes is "destructive" or "chronic". when this happens we are even more awesome than I described above, our bodies can heal themselves (think broken arm from a tree fall) even if a stressor was destructive, although this is not a permanent solution.
lets summarize my points so far:
*Stressors come as either absorbable, destructive or chronic.
*Lack of stressors is harmful.
*Stressors can cause us to be fragile and break, they can also cause us to get stronger and grow.
*Our bodies can heal the damage caused by destructive stressors, though over time we will eventually fail at healing.
Ok this is where we get back to the concerns of MDA readers.
Food = Stressor.
Mark Sisson has done a great job of reducing the stressors our bodies face coming down their gullets on a daily basis (by introducing his primal food list), particularly destructive stressors... PUFA's, free radicals, heavy metals, BPA's, preservatives, anti-nutrients (from grains, legumes) and many more all destroy our bodies on a daily basis, which we have to (awesomely) repair on a daily basis (think high cholesterol, inflammation etc etc), thanks mark
So as MDA readers we have really only greatly reduced destructive stressors in our diet, we are still subject to lack of stressors and to chronic stressors. This is where we get to our metabolisms, If you follow any number of the CW eating protocols trumpeted in this forum, like daily Reduced calorie, daily specific macro percentages, daily low and very low carb, you very much expose your self to both chronic stress and lack of stress, both causing metabolic problems.
Where my protocol steps in to help is thus; It gives your metabolism a specific stressor that it has to use specific tools to deal with, then it gives your metabolism a rest from using those tools, so that it may get a chance to make those tools stronger (hence antifragility)(this is the same concept as building muscle), this greatly reduces the chronic stress faced by your body. Also by providing your metabolism every stressor it has the tools to deal with, it stops the atrophy of organ function and body systems that result from a lack of particular stressors.
So the basic premise of my protocol is to:
*eat foods off marks primal food list to reduce the destructive stressors going down ya gullet.
*eat those foods under varied conditions so that they don't start becoming a chronic stressor.
*make sure all the dietary conditions our bodies evolved to deal with are present, so that the body shan't suffer from lack of stressors.
If all these are present in your eating philosophy, after a short while your body will magically configure it self to what is it's ideal configuration. Your metabolism will be fully online, it will not require your (conscious) input to self sustain these ideal conditions (ie you won't have to count calories). If you have specific problems with your "tools" (eg a thyroid problem) it may take you longer, with harder work (more conscious effort) to achieve ideal configuration, but it is possible. Many people have walked despite doctors telling them they will never walk. how did they do it? They unknowingly used our bodies "antifragility" to slowly increase their legs ability to overcome specific stressors, I imagine the same would apply to our organs / metabolism.