So, I’m shooting for 1700 calories per day in an effort to lose weight.
- 1911 calories
- 128g protein (19%)
- 92g carbs (28%)
- 115g fat (53%)
Well, a couple of comments about this. Clearly, I still tend to automatically go for high protein/fat when I’m hungry. Probably in part because that’s what I’ve done for years, but also because they kill my hunger (And my motivation to live. But I digress.). Ray Peat sometimes refers to the “Randle cycle” which is a phenomenon in which glucose oxidation is inhibited by fat. He says this is what ACTUALLY causes type-II diabetes – not sugar. Oh sweet lawd…NOT SUGAR! (An aside: Fer crissakes…if I see one more reference to this study this week I’m going to throw my computer out the window. Newsflash! Eating Poptarts and Mountain Dew isn’t good for you! How about this for scientific integrity: Isolate your independent variable, dumbasses. Oh geez…I think I’ve been reading too much Richard Nikoley. I’m starting to talk like him.)
Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, the Randle cycle. I was reading up on this today, after seeing all the fat I’m still consuming (almost all of which is saturated), and found this little nugget by Dr. Peat:
The antagonism between fat and sugar that Randle described can involve the suppression of sugar oxidation when the concentration of fats in the bloodstream is increased by eating fatty food, or by releasing fats from the tissues by lipolysis, but it can also involve the suppression of fat oxidation by inhibiting the release of fatty acids from the tissues, when a sufficient amount of sugar is eaten.
Huh…I’ve heard him say that PUFAs can block the cells from using available glucose and that FFAs released by the body can do the same, but I didn’t know good fats in your diet could inhibit glucose oxidation too. Hm….Well this changes things. I mean, my fasting blood sugar is still in the 120s most days, and not showing much improvement since I’ve given up most dietary PUFAs. OK then – Time to go on a Peat-friendly low-fat diet.
So here are today’s Cronometer stats:
- Calories: 2027
- Protein: 130g (26%)
- Carbs: 210g (40%)
- Fat: 77g (34%)
Hm…well, that’s better than the previous day, but clearly this is going to take some tinkering. I got really hungry – like mean-hungry, desperate-hungry…eat pasta hungry (didn’t, but wanted to). I don’t know how to cut these calories without hunger. I guess maybe, like everything else, this is going to be a process…and it’ll take time.
And here’s another psychological challenge that’s in the works for me. I’ve managed to give up starches (6 days now) but how I manage to keep from being hungry is sipping on honey-sweetened coffee or orange juice throughout the day. I’m becoming concerned about the effect of sugar on my teeth. I understand it’s not just the tooth’s exposure to sugar that causes cavities – it’s also nutritional status, the presence of specific kinds of bacteria in the mouth and other variables. I think this paper does a nice job of describing the pathology behind tooth decay. I’ve been rinsing my mouth periodically with water/baking soda as Peat recommends, but this is still on my mind a lot. I really don’t want a mouth full of bad teeth.
Anyway…till next time.