one of my friends is just learning about Paleo/Primal. He posted something on his blog about a post by Dr Greg Ellis regarding eating a high fat/high protien and saturated fat diet being good for you:
his friend K responded below"
"I think it's BS, unless you enjoy being acidotic, spilling ketones all over the place. "
Mine response "if it is in line with Primal eating then I love spilling ketones so far. NO wheat has improved my breathing, swelling in joints, no milk other than whole cream and butter has cleared my skin and I have had better sleep since I started in January. Men tend to lose the weight much faster. also helps if you can eat red meat but I haven't been able to eat red meat for 8 years due to my stomach issues. Plus since I am not eating sugar or few carbs a day I dont crave food and I am not constantly thinking about food! yay!!"
"Kidneys just can't keep up with all the protein forever. They'll fail eventually. Balanced diet and exercise are best for anyone trying to lose weight or just be healthy."
I don't know how to respond but this is how I feel: Really I wont be dumping ketones the whole times unless I am trying to constantly lose, right?
It seems kind of weak to respond with "yeah it's a serious problem and I'm probably dying, but I lost weight!" People with ketoacidosis lose weight, it's not good.
The correct answer is that diet-induced ketosis isn't the same thing as ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis takes place with very high glucose, by definition, and dietary ketosis is going to take place with low serum glucose. One is pathological, and the other is not. Here is a professional paper with references and such that explains things http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2129159/?tool=pubmed
edit: also protein and renal health: http://www.jissn.com/content/1/1/45 It isn't problematic for people with healthy kidneys. Try not to go too high, though. If you get to the point where you are too full, stop eating protein, it's not like the more the better.
Let your results be the response, but I don't blame you for trying to help people see the other side.
Dr. Wolfgang Lutz in his book Life Without Bread explains the ketone thing very well. Ketones are no big deal. I was taught the inaccurate stuff in college. Just shows us college gets it wrong too.
The mistake I see most people making when transitioning to eating more protein is that they do not eat enough fat. Saturated fats are needed for all biological functions including digestion and assimilation of all nutrients, especially protein. Adequate protein without enough fats will cause kidney damage, digestion problems, gout and hamper healing.
you'll do fine, just stick with it. The skinnies won't understand unless they try it too, they will have amazing health response too if they tried. Thin people can be very sickly, too. Sometimes it's too hard to go total Paleo immediately. Gradually reduce carbs til you're down to 72 per day. Then transition to a Paleo mindset. This suggestion is from Dr. Lutz's book.
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