I know I'll get dinged for using the benefit of hindsight (because I have been before) and I'll be accused of ageism for wielding such a weapon (because I have been before), but votes, in my view, are no referendum on truth or my own personal experience. Hence, this might provide some insight into why some might perceive this to be a civil war between the VLC/LC faction and the opposing group. I turned 65 last week, thank you, but I'll go ahead and flaunt my own empirical evidence once more, much to my reputation's demise, in order to possibly provide some perspective to any who might be willing to listen. This obviously will be meaningless to those who are dead set in their views.
I've mentioned in other posts that I have come full circle starting with essentially full paleo in the early 1970s with Atkins (twice) with the same result of losing 20 pounds in 6 weeks each, then going vegetarian with unhappy results similar to Robb Wolf's (even opened a vegetarian restaurant), and then followed a "natural foods" low protein, low fat, high carb, whole foods regimen for the next 20 years where I slowly put on 35 pounds with triglycerides through the roof, and other numbers swinging mildly in out of range. Then in the mid-90s the Zone lost me the 35 pounds, dropped my triglycerides almost 400 points and restored all my numbers to happy balances. I did this for the next 15 years and as anyone familiar with the Zone knows, you can have carbs, starch or whatever, as long as they are kept in proportion to protein and fat, with an eye towards lower glycemic values. Everything stayed in range as much as I stayed tight with it and they wandered if I wandered so I'd tighten up again.
But over time the weight started to creep back up but the numbers were all good until one lab result showed my blood sugar just on the wrong side of the (arbitrary) limit, but too high nonetheless at 105. This freaked me and the Zone didn't seem to restore it. I bought a blood sugar test kit and started monitoring it myself and it verified what the lab test had shown, and what was worse it that it was starting to move higher. The postprandial numbers were fine so that was a relief but I was still disturbed. I read in one of Chris Kressers papers that this could be normal for some people under certain circumstances but that didn't mean that it applied to me.
So I eventually started the Quilt's leptin prescription, got the carbs down under 50 getting rid of any starch or fruits. After more than a month, the blood sugar has crept back down to the (arbitrary) limit and the weight is coming off, with some more to go. So thank you, Quilt!
My assumption is, and I'm hoping that anyone can provide some insight here, is that my continued higher carb use over the years eventually led to some insulin resistance. Please enlighten me.
But, still, when I see some low mileage paleos who have been at it "for two years" or several years, or months, all delighted with the latest research or paper, declaring that starch or high carb is a mighty fine thing, my only thought is, lets see how that's working out for you when you get to be an ageist.
So go ahead, take me down to zero.