Tuesday, May 09, 2006



Won't all the fat make me fatter? Describe how the zero-carb diet works.
Fat that you eat cannot EVER "turn to fat", because of the extremely SIMPLE reason that no mechanism exists to get the fat into the cells, only carbs can enter the adipose cells. Adipose tissue releases fat by forcing an opening in the cell wall and actually "squirting" the fat out into the intercellular (lymph) space, which is why you get slightly uncomfortable when you are losing fat rapidly.

Only carbohydrates can create bodyfat. If a person is emaciated and eats only meat, the liver must de-aminate some of the protein to produce excess blood sugar so that the body can store it as fat. Protein is only "turned to fat" if you are seriously emaciated, bodyfat percentage below about 3-4% (percentage to drool for!).

But won't all the fat clog my arteries?

The primary cause of arterial hardening, or occlusion, seems to be insulin, which causes the muscular layer of the arteries to develop scar tissues and fatty deposits. This process is usually well under way by 15 years old. the principal ingredient of the arterial lesions is fat, not cholesterol, which is a steroidal, waxy alcohol, and is in fact a precursor to the sex hormones as well as providing the insulating layer on the peripheral nerves. The fat in the arteries is in the muscular layer, not the lumen. Nothing "falls out" of the blood onto the walls.

You need not worry about diabetes, as you are now on the real diabetic's diet, the natural one imposed before the extraction of insulin from pigs. Carbs cause your blood sugar to fluctuate wildly. Meat eaters have dead steady blood sugar levels.

What about all the cholesterol?

Cholesterol is something no-one understands, neither why a given person has a certain level, nor why a given diet raises or lowers it differently in each person. They don't even have the proof that it causes any harm, since many people with very low cholesterol have heart disease, and some with high levels don't.

Will I be in ketosis? Am I burning more fat the darker the color?

You will never have "ketosis" as a meat eater, since that is a disease condition of advanced diabetes and alcoholism. The keto-stick will only show minimal (or none) ketone levels after you have acclimated to the no carbs routine, because the ketones are burned as carbs as fast as they are produced.

Your body produces large amounts of "ketone bodies" when fat is metabolized, but the ketones in a fat/protein diet are just as rapidly burned as carbs in the brain and other carb-requiring organs. For this reason, a urine test for ketones produces only a very small positive reading, well within the normal range. Believe me, I have used this test many times, and you can do it on yourself, the testing strips are available at any pharmacy if you are not convinced.

A high reading simply means you are most likely still eating more than the critical minimum (less than 5 gms, best zero) of carbs and has not optimized her metabolism to burn the ketones efficiently. This will slow down any weight loss. The ketone reading will not tell you a whole lot, as I said it should be on the low to mod reading, as the body will burn up the ketones as fast as they are created. The level of ketones in your urine has nothing to do with how much fat is burning, only how efficiently your body is burning the ketones.

Moderate to high levels are found at the beginning of a zero-carb diet, and are seen in low carb, low-calorie diets. And, of course in disease. The Sticks are made to be used by diabetics who are on insulin, and have totally stuffed up metabolisms as a result.

But isn't too much protein toxic?

Protein is in no way toxic in any quantity as long as there is either fat or carbs with it. Pure protein alone is not good. Protein is not "processed" by the kidneys, which are an organ of waste removal. There is no strain on the kidneys or anyother part of the body with a high intake of protein nor with a high fat intake either. I have run across that old wives tale before and I am puzzled at its source. Some Eskimo were observed by Stefanson to eat up to five pounds of lean meat per day, and of course suffer neither weight gain or any other disability. They also ate huge amounts of fat. All such information is bogus. The more protein you eat the better your body likes it.