There are numerous debates about the macronutrient makeup of our ancestors’ diets. One would be forgiven if, after a cursory glance at a site similar to paleohacks, they thought that all we ever took into consideration with regards to whatever template we derive from our ancestors was food choice. Some believe more in the “carbohydrate-scarcity and thus a lower carbohydrate-intake” line of thought. Some skew more towards a tuber/starch-dependent way of eating. These topics have been covered well by us, and repeatedly come up for discussion. They are still almost always of interest to me.
I wonder if there should perhaps be a larger focus given to strength (ie lean muscle mass – which does NOT mean one has to be lean, you can be well-padded and yet have a lot of lean muscle mass underneath). The more muscle one has on one’s body the more leeway one has in consuming both pure calories and the macronutrient ratios that make up those calories, as regards any possible detrimental effects those foods may possibly have (you can define “detrimental” however you’d like).
I wonder if you could argue that many of our ancestors probably had a lot of lean muscle mass. I’m not arguing they were all ripped; I’m sure they were as fat-padded as they could possibly be given their resources, which I would think were at some level of constant variance. This lean muscle mass’s control of (or at least active directing of) their metabolism must have been responsible for effective metabolism of whatever fuel was available.
So, I simply wonder if, given the quantity of discourse regarding our food choices (composition of those food choices, timing of those foods’ consumptions, etc.) it would be in most people’s best interest to spend more time and effort in performing activities that would work towards developing a metabolism (ie lean muscle mass and the recruiting of that muscle mass by the CNS) that would be more efficient at utilizing whatever calories are available.
Would this not be more inline with the thinking that says if we (at least) use our ancestors as a starting point, a template, a fundament with which to then incorporate modern science we will be at our healthiest?
We are always burning both fat and glucose, even the sickliest among us. However, the more lean muscle mass one has the better at burning BOTH fat and glucose one becomes.
I am not a practitioner of the "if you run the engine hot enough it will burn anything" thinking that then results in one eating crap and being OK with it. But I can't help but believe that there is some truth to it.