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Fit, strong, and sexy yet? At this point, I have offered enough advice. Take it, or do not. Take it, or donut. It's your life, as I say all day long to people regarding all sorts of things. Brief as that of a butterfly, from God's view.
I take your advice, but first I took it from Dr. Bernstein, and from Gary Taubes.
I have always disliked the dismissal of Taubes because he is 'just a journalist'. But first he was a physicist. Physicists 'get' what science is - and what it is not.
So I am sure you'll get a lot of silly 'push back' on this, but a low-carb diet is, at least for me, a life saver. For those of us that tend toward Type II diabetes (fast rise, slow decline in blood sugar), there is no other answer. Except of course, drugs. Anyone who takes drugs to control blood sugar and has dismisses a low-carb diet, as far as I am concerned, deserves their fate.
Before low-carbing (started many years ago), I lived in a continual state of gnawing hunger. The only thing that seemed to quell it was --- you guessed it. Carbohydrates. Lots of carbohydrates. Eating beyond, way beyond being full. Still I was HUNGRY. This was not psychosomatic. This was full-blown hunger.
Once I read Dr. Bernstein's book, it took me 2 weeks to convert to low-carb dieting. It was hard, very hard to give up carbs, but I have never looked back. I'm 65 now. I have energy to burn up in the gym, I do not have that continual craving for carbs, in fact, none at all.
Well, far too much detail. I know that I preach to the choir, as you have often talked about this diet, and some on this site dismiss it out of pure ignorance. The biochemistry is very clear. But it may be beyond most people to understand. Sigh...
Thanks for posting the video. BTW: Another excellent source of information is Peter Attia. He has a TED talk here:
He, with Gary Taubes have set up the non profit NUSi. They are doing ACTUAL science. So little is done these days that it is a breath of fresh air to hear what they are saying. (They run the institute - it provides money for studies. They do NOT direct the studies.)
It's not that Gary Taubes is "wrong". If you are in good health you can easily tolerate any of the fad diets and even those which aren't fads. But it is unlikely that Taubes diet will help you in any meaningful way. I like carbs and sugar. It's 7:30 and I just finished my first snack of the evening about 8 ounces of chocolate. Chips are next. Somenights I don't have chocolate but have cookies instead. I have eaten an entire package of oreos in one sitting many nights. Usually when I don't eat them all it is simply because I am saving some for tomorrow. This is my anti-Taubes diet and I claim it has the same health benefits as Taubes diet. I am going to be 72 in a few weeks and will climb a mountain in August as soon as the snow is gone. More hiking in the fall at the grand canyon where I plan to hike down and back each day for a week. I thank my high carb diet for all this. Not really any diet can do it and that's the point.
Glad you can tolerate carbs. I could too when I was... around 60 when my fasting blood sugar went out of control. Dropping carbs kept me drug free and still does. No carbs, except those that come with vegetables which I like, and too much protein. You are clearly superhuman, or at least think you are ;->
Keep eating your carbs. How about the cookie and iced-cream diet? That should work for you.
Meanwhile, I'll stick to my minimal carb diet. No insulin, no drugs. Just fat and protein. Emphasis on fat. No aerobics, except walking, lots of heavy weight lifting.
You workout too hard. Too many days of feverish aerobics. You need to figure out what your main goal is and work toward that. I've been a gym rat since I was 18, am now 65 (female, and yes, I am a Captain). I have watched the advent of 'personal trainers', and have rarely seen one worth the money. Mostly I see them taking an overweight person and putting them on the treadmill until they drop. Very bad. Very bad idea. Rowing machine (Concept II, which I own one of) may be the best 'aerobic' machine, if done properly, but that is hard for a person with a big belly to do as you WILL round your back.
To reach the point of diminishing returns for a 'newbie', lift weights for, say, 4 days a week (MT, ThF), NO MORE THAN 30 minutes in the gym. Walk for a mile on off days, go gently and enjoy the day, no need to hurry. Do not run. DO NOT RUN. Hear me?? It is possibly the worst thing that a middle aged person can do. Unless you are among the 5% who could be classified as gazelles. My husband, at his extreme weight and height skims along the ground, it looks like he barely touches down - he's an ex-footballer, though, and they tend to be extremely fine athletes. I shamble, you probably do too (no insult intended).
I do a lower/upper split. But I am pretty advanced. Wish I was up there and I'd offer to train you for free, given all the work you do on this link-farm that I read every day, it would be a pleasure. Also, I have some knowledge of body-mechanics, so I would get you hurt.
If you could get a session with an exercise physiologist who trains, it would benefit you amazingly. But I am talking about someone who is a physio-therapist. Not a matchbook-cover trainer...
"Glad you can tolerate carbs."
That's the point. Anyone who doesn't have a health problem can indeed tolerate carbs and protein and fat. It what is commonly thought of as "food". It is the fad diets that claim meat is bad or there are good carbs; bad carbs that are odd and outside the norm.
"around 60 when my fasting blood sugar went out of control"
That's the definition of a health problem. But do not conflate a diet designed to help in treating a health problem with a diet for everyone.
" How about the cookie and iced-cream diet?"
Indeed, and sometimes I do that diet too along with lots of chocolate syrup on top. But I do prefer milk and cookies.
"You are clearly superhuman, or at least think you are"
Nope. Just normal, average, typical. Like most people I can eat whatever I want without any negative effects.