Why Low Carb Works… the Three Amigos 13



Hadza

Hadza Tribesman - From National Geographic website

If you are looking for a movie review starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short…sorry.  This post concerns three of my favorite things about “low carb”.

A friend and I were discussing “low carb Paleo” and they said, “doctors do not promote it because there are no long term studies proving it” .

… excuse me??  Before we lived in villages we hunted and gathered our foods. There are at minimum, tens of thousands of years of living “proof”.  “Hunter gatherer” is another term used to describe this meal plan, and if hunting and gathering did not work… we would not be here today communicating via the internet.

There are a couple of “hunter gatherer” societies still in existence today, although all have been “touched” by the hand of Neolithic living. (CLICK HERE for Hadza INFO) Additionally, there are 1,000’s of people who have been “low carb paleo” for years and even decades.

….so we know it works. But still some ask and need to know how it works before believing it.  Honestly, if we all took more interest into what we ate…we’d be better off.

Blindly eating and drinking foods that large corporations “recommend” and large government agencies “push” is why we are in the trouble we are in.

I certainly understand and applaud the “thirst” for information… if you need to know how  “Low Carb Works”…. below are three main reasons but certainly not the only reasons why.

WHY LOW CARB WORKS ?!

  1. Lipolysis  – is the breakdown of stored fats in the body. Pretty cool!  The body will “breakdown” stored body fat… for energy. FAT is the preferred energy source for your body… Click HERE for more Info on Lipolysis.  A “by product” of  Lipolysis is Ketones…
  2. Ketones –  as noted above is created when the body breaks down or “burns” fat.  An elevated state of ketones in the blood stream is called, Ketosis. Ketones are fuel for our body…it’s why I say that I am “Ketone Powered! ” :)  More information is HERE! You can test your blood for ketones using inexpensive testing strips… You can learn more about that process HERE.
  3. Gluconeogenesis –  When I learned about this one… I knew for sure that all the “propaganda” from the “ADA Minions” was a lie… a BOLD FACE LIE. Gluconeogenesis ( in partnership with other processes of course) is WHY WE DO NOT NEED TO EAT CARBS!  It is  ….

” … a metabolic pathway that results in the generation of glucose from non-carbohydrate carbon substrates…”

” Gluconeogenesis is a ubiquitous process, present in plants, animals, fungi, and other microorganisms. In animals, gluconeogenesis takes place mainly in the liver and, to a smaller extent, in the cortex of kidneys. ”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gluconeogenesis

… did YOU READ that ADA MINIONS!!!  …  GLUCONEOGENESIS results in the generation of glucose…. YOU DO NOT NEED TO EAT CARBS … therefore DIABETICS do not need to eat the ADA WAY… which requires most to take more and more drugs and insulin.

So there you have it… my “Three Amigos”… :)    You do not need to know all the  “hows and whys”… just know that it works and that it has been “tested” for tens of thousands of years…

WHAT “WE” have been eating … low fat, high fiber… has only been tested for about 40 years…and it’s a HUGE FAILURE!

Get with a  MEAL PLAN you can “live with”…  Go LOW CARB PALEO!!!

For MORE INFO on my specific meal plan …. just Click Here.

Do you need “hands on” support to transition to a healthy lifestyle? Click Here.


13 thoughts on “Why Low Carb Works… the Three Amigos

  • Tiffany

    Well said!

    I find it funny (still) that people think the way I eat is unhealthy. Hmmm…it must certainly be better to fill yourself full of processed, chemicals, and ingredients that we can't pronounce, much less know what it is. Sure thing! You keep eating your crap, and I'll stick with my meats and veggies.

    • Steve Cooksey Post author

      I must grudgingly agree with you… lol! :) My obese and drug ladened dad still shakes his head in disbelief when I refuse bread, pasta, cake or cookies. It is SO SAD how we are brainwashed and addicted to the evil foods… foods that cause much disease and ailments. :(

  • Brian

    Another AWESOME post my Brother!! Three of the BEST reasons for a Primal/Paleo lifestyle!!!

    Exactly right Tiffany!! Some of my friends think I'm the weird one for eating good fresh veggies and delicious Grass fed meats and fresh caught fish. They ask all the time “Now that your blood sugar is normal, can't you eat “normally” again”…. I have to laugh. Even if somehow my diabetes were cured TOMORROW, I wouldn't change a thing. I'm primal for LIFE! Literally.

  • Steve Cooksey

    Tiffany, thanks for the comment. I too still get those looks and “shakes of the head” when I refuse bread, grains, cakes or cookies…. IF they only knew what we know…. it may make a difference. Sadly, for many, the addiction is too strong. :(

  • svgaray

    Hello Everyone:

    I am just now beginning to understand this diabetes fight (I have been fighting it for 15 years now-whew!) and I was about to give up and do the gastric surgery this summer, but I felt like everyone thinks they know what is best and so I am trying to absorb all of these “lies” from doctors, drugs, etc… Now, my only question is since so many of the drugs taken (yes- I take a boat load too!) actually cause or prevent me from lossing weight, at what point do you stop all of it?? How to do you start?? Which meds are worth forgoing and which ones should you keep until you lose enough weight that you don’t need them anymore?? My doctor is extremely unhappy with me decision to stop Actos it just affects everything!

  • Goffi

    I am not diabetic, I have a healthy diet but know (instinctively :) after many years of weight gain, constipation etc..) that carbs / all sugars, and I have a nasty relationship. If we could all, more or less, adopt the carb-free, or at the least the lowest carb possible scenario, the world would indeed be a healthier place.. Not good for big food/pharma but they need to be stopped from killing us slowly.

    I applaud you Steve Cooksey for raising awareness for us all and for those all who ‘try’ the things that helped your body regain its balance.

    Good luck with your legal situation – may honesty prevail and your blog continue to educate us all.

  • EHope

    Hi Steve, I did not know about Gluconeogenesis – Thanks for the info! I also want to add what I had discovered on my own which Dr. Atkins didn’t address in his book (or I just missed). The reason why Low Carb works is because it also entails High Fat.

    Some dietetic experts on TV are trying to co-opt the Low Carb lifestyle by making it more palatable to mainstream scientific minds. “Yes, you can eat a lower-carb, LOW-FAT diet– but not all that fat that Atkins promotes.” What they’re promoting is DANGEROUS!

    If anyone tries to do that, they can get protein poisoning, aka “rabbit starvation.” That name comes from people who during lean times try to survive on just rabbit (low-fat meat) in the absence of available fats and carbs. Doing that leads to protein poisoning, ensuring their speedier demise if they had just fasted instead.

    BOTTOM LINE: If you’re going to consume a low carb & high protein diet, you MUST eat LOTS OF FAT! The Eskimos/Inuit did it during winter months for thousands of years & possessed great health (you have to be healthy to survive those brutal winters!). Please point this out – warn people of many “experts” attempting to whitewash low carbing in order to fit their low-fat dietary paradigm!

  • EHope

    Oh, one more thing: I think it’s crazy that the NC Board of Dieticians cited you for breaking the law – that there’s actually a law on the books in North Carolina forbidding someone without a license from dispensing nutritional counsel.

    Oh, heck – then all our unlicensed grandmothers should go to jail for making us eat chicken noodle soup to get over a cold! Jack LaLanne – the forefather of gyms, juicing and anti-sugar guru – would have been locked up before being able to go on TV and ADVISE housewives in the 1950s what to eat and how to exercise! Weight Watchers would never have been founded because Jean Nidetch was just a lowly housewife, not a licensed professional! Forget Jenny Craig!!

    Was Richard Simmons licensed when he started advising people how to lose weight? What about Jane Fonda? What about Paul Braggs, who promoted Apple Cider Vinegar to cure so many ailments? If this NC law was in place back then, none of these people would have been able to help millions of people. You know what? If this NC law was an international law, then the whole Okinawa island in Japan would be indicted if they shared dietary advice with others.

    Your court case sounds like something out of Alice in Wonderland – Essentially, this NC law dares to trump our 1st Amendment Right to Free Speech – and hence the exchange of ideas and information.

  • EHope

    What about Jared promoting Subway sandwiches as the key to weight loss- are his Subway TV commercials illegal under NC law since he’s not a licensed medical professional? What about that website “3 Fat Chicks” or “Hungry Girl”? Are residents of North Carolina forbidden to access these resources because they are not run by licensed professionals?

    Steve, if you decided to move to a state without this silly law and a NC resident accessed your website from a NC public computer (ex: NC public library), would you be breaking the law by disseminating contraband information across state lines??

    This is just crazy! It’s like calling up a friend in California who lost a lot of weight to ask for advice. Would that person be charged with breaking a law by providing this illegal information to the NC resident caller? This situation is laughable!

    I hope justice prevails so that generations of trailblazers like yourself will continue to help millions of people. Since some policy makers understand things better when spelled out in green and white– this petty law is stifling capitalist innovation and entrepreneurship, the very essence of American values, the engine of American economic growth as a first-world nation. Uphold this myopic state law at your own peril..