Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Right Nutrition for You - No One Knows

The links that follow tell an interesting story.  The author makes the case that very low carb is not a good formula for fat loss for a female CrossFitter who is perhaps over training, who is not consistent yet in low carb (binging occasionally on carbs/booze), and who is therefore hungry.

I think her advice is solid, but if the client really needed to be low carb, there's an option that was apparently not tried - using blood measures of beta-hydroxy butyrate (ketones).  If the athlete were able to fly right for 3 weeks, and thus convert to a therapeutic production of ketones, she may find her physical performance would improve, and her appetite would be moderated even while losing fat.

The other option to test is an AM carb fast (just protein/fats for breakfast), with minimal carbs for lunch, and a generous portion of carbs for dinner.  This may also generate a therapeutic level of ketone production, and deliver this athlete from her hunger and poor physical performance.

But there's no way to be sure without testing!  Different folks will have different needs and preferences.  This is why the food prescription based on the paleolithic model is so potent.   Eat meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, little fruit or starch, no sugar/wheat/industrial oils.

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