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High Carb Weekends And Low Carb Weeks
Food Components: Generally, the components of all food (which can be burned to release calories) are composed of carbohydrate, fat &/or protein molecules. The rest is water, indigestable + trace vitamines & minerals. Carb refers to carbohydrates, meaning sugar molecules, both simple &/or complex. Fat refers to all fat (aka oil, lipid, hydrocarbon) molecules. Use google images to see the molecular patterns of atoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vegetables: Most vegetables are low in carbohydrates and high in fiber. Fruits are higher in carbohydrates and lower in fiber than vegetables. Meat has no fiber, fowl and fish have no fiber. Whole grains and beans may contain a good amount of fiber but are high in calories compared to vegetables. Make half your plate fresh vegetables and youre off to a good start. ...Read more
Is taking high protein140g/day low carb <150g diet safe?140pd male doing strenuous workouts for health&vanity.
Unsafe, unwise: I believe most extreme diets are unhealthy and unwise and this is a good example. I advise limiting protein to about 70 grams a day. Higher amounts puts stress on the kidneys, can cause osteoporosis and may reduce longevity- esp. if the main source is animal protein. I believe it's not wise to limit all carbs- but it is wise to limit sugars and starches. See http://tinyurl.com/hqxta7c and comment. ...Read more
Are low carb high fat diets bad? You can lose lots of weight, but is a long term approach not good for your health?
Extremes: I believe it is better for most to eat nearly everything in moderation instead of going on an extreme diet. I don't see how getting ketosis, which may reduce your appetite, can be good for the body. As for the high fat, too much saturated fat is likely harmful because it promotes inflammation. If you must, try unsaturated fat. ...Read more
Weight loss: Insulin is the master fat storage hormone. If you turn the "insulin thermostat knob" up you could weigh 500 lbs and if you turn it all the way down you could weigh what you did in highschool. If you limit your' insulin spikes you will effortlessly lose weight without hunger. So what causes insulin to be released? Fat? none. Protein? some. Healthy carbs? some. Refined carbs and sugar? a bunch. ...Read more
No: That is the best way to gain weight. ...Read more
Is carb cycling (2 high carb day followed by 1 low carb day) long term safe for someone who is athletic and don't need to lose weight ?
Depends what type of: exercising you are doing? High intensity, triathlon, marathon, or short burst, walking, running, sprinting? If you are a long, term high intensity runner, triathlon, you need to have more calories (carbs) before hand to not burn up (or consume) your muscles as fuel instead of the carbs. If you just do mild exercising (nothing long distance), it will be safer. Moderation is key! ...Read more
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