Anyone else have this problem? I'm on this new diet. Day 3. I'm not really a "dieter" as I firmly believe it all boils down to calories in, calories out...depending somewhat on the kinds of calories you consume. However, I recently read this "book" called The Four Hour Body . I say "book" because, well, it is a real book, but I've been reading it on my Kindle and it reads more like several mishmashed blog posts. Still, very interesting info and of course, I had to test some of it out. It's only for 30 days and I can do anything for 30 days. And, well, I'm also curious.
One of those tests is the diet. High protein, low carb. I'm not a heavy meat eater. In fact at one point I was completely vegan. For 3.5 years. In college. Of course. I also tried going raw. Lasted three days. I've juice fasted and done the master cleanse, too.
But I have some concerns. Sort of. I'm on this diet for 30 days. So far all the anecdotal stories, friends I know who've done it and the internets confirm that people do, indeed, lose a good amount of weight this way. They also, interestingly, lower their overall fat % and cholesterol levels.
But I've read another book that makes a strong case for the correlation between animal protein and cancer. Cancer. The C word. This other book, The China Study, says eating more than 20% animal protein in your diet will absolutely guarantee you will get cancer. And it has a ginormous study to back up this claim.
Then there are the gluten-free folks. There is a distant strain in my family of those who have a gluten intolerance. I suspect my mom does as well, though she's never been tested. Grain, if you do your research, has caused a lot of deformity, disease and malnutrition throughout the world. In fact, when our hunter-gatherer ancestors first discovered farming (of grains at first), they immediately shrunk 4" in height, developed cavities in their teeth, lost bone density and gained all manner of diseases previously unknown in the human world. It was devastating...but allowed us to have more abundance of food so more of us could eat when animals were few (and thus survive).
So animal protein causes cancer, grains cause disease, aging, cavities and for some it actually rips their guts (gluten intolerance).
So no meat, no grains...what exactly can we eat? Those are kinda staples.
Fruit. Fruit, though your body processes it differently than other simple sugars, can cause your blood sugar levels to soar. It's also not enough to sustain us, does not have the total nutrition we need and if you eat too much? Diarrhea anyone? So it can't be a staple.
Also, our ancestors probably weren't eating those Florida oranges in the winter and somehow survived without fruit for a season or two.
Okay so no animal protein (China Study included any animal protein like eggs and milk), no grains, limit the fruit. Um legumes? Nuts and beans.
Turns out you can develop an allergy to them if taken in mass quantities. Like when you feed on them every day. Those on the gluten free diet often turn to nuts and beans as a source of energy, only to find they build up an intolerance to them that gives them indigestion, bloated stomachs and nausea.
So that leaves veggies. I don't know about you but I can't just eat veggies. There aren't enough calories and we'd have to be constantly eating. Not practical.
There is so much confusing info out there. The vegetarians talk about the dangers of meat. The paleo diet people talk about the dangers of grains. Is everybody wrong? Where did all this confusion come from and who is actually right? All of them have "science" and "studies" to back up their claims. But if you do any reading or any research on your own you may come to the conclusion that basically everything is bad for you. So who's right?