Avoid too much protein?
I read Gary Taubes' book 'Why we get fat" which Tim said he agrees with most of what he says. In it, Taubes warns about having too much protein saying that it can cause light headedness, diarrhea etc. and not to restrict the amount of fat you get. I've also heard that fat is a much cleaner fuel compared to protein since it doesn't tax the liver as much.
I watched this youtube video also which the doctor recommends 10-15% carbs, 15-25% protein, 60-70% fat as the ideal ratio.
The slow carb diet seems to promote leaner meats, maybe to burn more fat? I guess it depends on your goals, I've lost most of my weight now and am trying to focus more on general health.
What do you think is the most 'healthy' balance?
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This is called the Ketosis Diet. The increase in fats produce Ketones in your kidneys telling you that your body has burned off the excess glycogen and is now in fat burning. You can measure your ketones by using Ketostix. The Ketosis Diet was first used to control Epilepsy, but are now finding that the increase of medium chain triglycerides (ex// coconut oil) with or in between meals that there has been significant improvement in Parkinsons and Alzheimer Disease. The added benefit is that the good fat keeps your insulin low which causes your body starts to use the fat as fuel.
I have increased fats (1 tsp melted in an 2oz of water with each meal or in between meals to control insulin), a little less protein and low carbs for a few days the body starts to produce ketones and I loose 1-3 lbs. Great way to kick start a diet if you start to stall. As an added bonus, increasing fats also drastically decreases sugar cravings and appetite.
I also notice that after having a cold bath for 30 minutes that the body produced Ketones. Another way to support Tim's approach to Cold Therapy.
Hope this helps a bit. Take care.
I eat lots of both fat and protein
TF did bring up a study where subjects were fed a 90% diet of either fat, protein and carbs. The subjects that were fed a 90% fat diet lost a small amount MORE than those on the protein diet. However, a 90% diet does not seem very palatable to me.
As I progressed on the SCD, I found myself moving towards Taube's ratios. I raised my fat quantity mainly to offset the decrease in carbs. I kept losing fat.
I am on Occam's Protocol. I would estimate that I am at 50% fat, 30% protein, 20% carbs. Part of that ratio is based on aiming to eat 1.25 gram of protein for each lb of LBM and maintaining around 80 -120 grams of carbs. The rest of my calories by default comes in the form of fat.
I don't think the issue is too much protein or too much fat or carbs for that matter. I think it's a matter of what sort of lifestyle you have (are you an endurance athlete, looking to put on muscle, or just looking to maintain general health).
I think Taubes guidelines are a good place to start but I think it's up to each person to self-experiment and find a balance that works specificially for them. In the end, for me is to be more intuitive about my eating rather than follow some ratio of macronutrients. Part of that is to retrain/recalibrate the body so it runs cleaner and better so it seeks a healthier diet naturally.
In the end of all, if your diet is making you sick (diarrhea, light headedness) then you need to examine it.
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