It’s also why if you restrict calories, your metabolism slows down to compensate.Why should you care about the body fat setpoint? From Stephan at Whole Health Source: We care because this has some very important implications for human obesity.
With such a powerful system in place to keep body fat mass in a narrow range, a major departure from that range implies that the system isn’t functioning correctly. In other words, obesity has to result from a defect in the system that regulates body fat, because a properly functioning system would not have allowed that degree of fat gain in the first place.So yes, we are gaining weight because we eat too many calories relative to energy expended. Because the system that should be defending a low fat mass is now defending a high fat mass. Restricting calories isn’t necessarily a good solution because the body will attempt to defend its setpoint, whether high or low, by increasing hunger and decreasing its metabolic rate. That’s why low-calorie diets, and most diets in general, typically fail in the long term.
Instead, your body will simply use all that glucose as a fuel.Is Ketosis Dangerous?Ketosis has earned a bad name, though. But if you’re eating plenty of calories and sticking to a nutrient-dense diet, you need not fear starvation.
Others object to ketosis because it gets confused with ketoacidosis, a dangerous state in which the body not only becomes ketogenic, but also causes the blood to become too acidic.


While experts have generally recognized their effectiveness for weight loss, very low carb diets that result in ketosis (like the Atkins) have been criticized on health grounds. While I believe we are not meant to run primarily on carbohydrate energy, I do believe we depend on the nutrients offered by low carb vegetables and even some low glycemic fruits. A diet of 20 carbohydrate grams simply can’t allow for the plentiful intake of nutrient-rich vegetables.When your carb intake is low enough, say 50-80 grams a day, ketosis kicks in when it needs to. If you start craving those foods, eat more saturated fat from traditional sources like ghee, coconut oil, tallow, and lard. Nutrition educator & author extraordinaire, she's also a rebel with a cause who enjoys playing in the rain, a good bottle of Caol Ila scotch, curling up with a page-turning book, sunbathing on her hammock, and watching her three children grow into young adults.
That’s one of the reasons I love the Eat Fat, Lose Fat book by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. They take weakened thyroids into consideration and promote a lot of good-for-your-thyroid foods like coconut oil, cod liver oil, and seafood.
Although I only gained 18 lbs, and lost all but 4 with her delivery, I have gained another 5 lbs despite nursing exclusively (thanks to holiday treats, I know). I definitely can cut out the grains and starchy vegetables, replacing them with fats and proteins along with lots of vegetables. But something like almond butter with celery might help me kick the carbs in the initial change.


Which is better – eating eggs from less than ideal sources or skipping them until my farmer’s hens start laying again (March, if the weather cooperates, otherwise April)? I believe lower carbs can be beneficial, especially for those who have insulin-related conditions.
However, the simple act of drastically reducing carbs sets of a hormonal reaction in the body. Basically, excess adrenaline and cortisol are released as a response to eating less carbs than you need.
This feels awesome at first and can result in some fat loss, but over the long term it can damage your metabolism as your adrenal glands burn out because they can no longer keep up with the diet. What stresses the adrenals (increasing adrenaline and cortisol) is radical swings in blood sugar levels. A diet high in fats and protein will have much more stable blood sugar levels than a diet high in carbs.



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