The original question dealt with why people like Lyle McDonald, Rudy from Outlaw Way, and many others are NOT on the "wheat is evil" crusade...jakejoh is giving what their reasons are.
First of all, grains are not empty calories. Orange juice is empty calories. Candy bars....an empty calorie means that you can consume it with little to no satiety. Say what you want about eating a sub sandwich, it fills you up.
This is all being totally over-complicated. The reality has nothing to do with studies from 3rd world countries, or studies of much of any kind. Here is all you need to know for their reasons:
1) Avoiding all grains is very difficult. Try going to much any restaurant and avoiding them entirely. It takes a lot of patience and want to. Same goes for social gatherings. It can be done and I've done more than my share of "hold the bread" at a party, but it's not easy.
2) When you are a young male doing competitive Crossfit workouts (Outlaw Way), trying to set PR's using glycogen bumps (Lyle McDonald), or training for an Ironman, you are left with a problem...these require enormous amounts of calories. Sure, you could eat sweet potatoes (and they do), but if you can just as easily get it from a subway sandwich, have it taste better, suffer no ill effects, why wouldn't you?
I don't eat grains very often. Like anything else, they are a tool. They produce huge insulin responses and pack a lot of calories into a small amount, like a lot processed food does....AT TIMES, this is my goal. It's not about "What is the absolute most we can do?"....it's about "What is the minimum effective dose to hit my goals? What is ESSENTIAL to hitting my goals, and what is peripheral?" They are prob a bad idea for a newbie or someone wanting a lot of fat loss that isn't doing long fasts or super intense workouts....but calling them evil FOR EVERYONE is ridiculous.
Last edited by TheyCallMeLazarus; 06-24-2013 at 11:00 AM.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.
No, the questions that haven't been addressed are my #1 and #2.
I.E. This weekend was a LONG hike, which I did after fasting for 36 hours. Seeing as my basal rate is about 2900 Kcal, it is fair to say that between my fasting and hiking for 7 hours, I had created a HUGE calorie deficit. It is MY core paleo principle, and I don't care to argue it now. Fasting is human.
So conservatively, the fasting created a deficit of of 4300 kCal just at basal rate.
Then add in the hiking for 7 hours (it was actually longer, but just for the math). Using a basic calorie calculator as a guide, at 185 lbs, walking up hill half of it with 25lb pack on, that burned about 600kCal per hour. That's 4200 kCal of deficit I had created by Saturday night from hiking alone. That is 8500kCal deficit total. I am in huge glycogen deficit. Any carbs I take in are going to go to refilling it. Insulin is my friend at that moment. It is the energy gatekeeper to help me recover.
Now, the question is this, and it is why those people previously mentioned don't 100% outlaw grains....if I can use some grains, along with the turkey legs I made and a lot of veg (I made fajitas), to makeup that calorie deficit....AND I have no ill effects, why would I not do it?
(Saying "eat a sweet potato instead" isn't an answer. You could do that down to "eat skirt steak and green peppers for every meal". Life needs enjoyment. Taste matters.)
"A good teacher knows the rules. A great pupil knows the exceptions."
Assuming you wish to eat grains though WAPF is the resource I would use to produce those with the least likelihood of ill effect. Not to mention we all know that "grains" are on a continuum of rice (fairly inert) - GMO dwarf wheat (this aint food). So if someone is choosing to include nutritionally devoid items simply for caloric load then choose that item and prep method wisely.
Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like the Perfect Health Diet a lot.
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Selecting: I don't mind it too much when someone is ignorant about something and they admit it -- but to be this ignorant and so strongly opinionated is insanity.
Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
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Not really sure what you're trying to say, maybe you could re-phrase?