Monday, February 7, 2011


Our Body gets its energy from the three macronutrients (Carbohydrates, Protein, and Fats) we consume. As humans we do not need any carbs to survive. But carbs in today’s culture are a way of life. If we must eat carbs, then let us consume the least harmful rather than the detrimental ones, the CRAPOHYDRATES! These lousy carbs score high on the glycemic index, which assigns each food a numerical value based on how quickly it raises a person's blood sugar levels. (To develop this index, researchers spent years assessing the potential of various carbohydrates to raise blood sugar.) Therefore if the glycemic index is greater than 50, it is a crapohydrate rather than an eatable carb. Crapohydrates ( high-glycemic carbs) not only include the bad “whites” like sugar and starches, but white bread, white potatoes, white rice and most pastas! The better carbs, which include berries and vegetables, cause a more gradual rise in blood sugar leading to a slower release in the hormone insulin, which moves glucose out of the bloodstream and into cells where it's used as fuel if the individual excercises shortly after eating or stored as fat in a sedentary person. Not eating crapohydrates limits wreckage to cells triggered by elevated blood sugar thus protecting against heart disease, diabetes, and other ills. Not only is the metabolic Syndrome reversed, but a new study adds to previous research showing that following a low-glycemic, non-crapohydrate diet, type 2 diabetes had better control over their blood sugar and needed less or no medications than those who ate crapohydrates. As a fringe benefit my practice has demonstrated that switching to low-glycemic carbs causes successful weight loss forever. A discovery that has revolutionized my concept of an enduring winning diet is NUTRITIONAL KETOSIS.

After two days, when our liver glycogen is depleted, body fats and proteins are metabolized to produce energy. The fats are broken down into fatty acids that are used as fuel. In the absence of carbohydrate, the fatty acids are incompletely oxidized yielding ketone bodies and is called nutritional ketosis. Prolonged total fasting is unsafe, because it causes the body to begin to digest proteins from its muscles, heart, and other internal organs. Therefore low glycemic carbohydrate diets produce ketosis, and if properly designed, enable the body's nutritional needs to be met by dietary protein, and fat as well as unsightly stored body fat, so that our vital structures remain healthy. As the nutritional ketosis begins, there is a diuretic (water loss) effect, healping the dieter to feel that significant weight reduction is taking place. However, most of the early loss is water rather than fat; the lost water is regained quickly when if the dieter resumes eating crapohyrates, as would also occur, with resumption of a so called “balanced diet”. The appetite, is reduced during ketosis, which also returns when a regular diet is resumed. Current thinking suggest that appetite reduction and weight loss has to do with the balancing of pancreatic hormones, insulin and glucagon. The most widely publicized low-carbohydrate diet has been the one advocated by the late Robert C. Atkins, M.D., of New York City. His 1972 book Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution sold millions of copies within the first two years! Bob Atkins, with whom I had the privilege and pleasure having supper, will go down in history as one of the greatest influences in medical health of the Twentieth Century.

Needs are necessary for human existence but wants are desires that may or may not be the best for the person. Humans have both a need and a want for food. In ancient times they were almost the same. But in modern times they are vastly deviating. To determine the difference for any given meal, eat only five bites of the beginning course then leave the table. Return a half hour later and eat all you want. Ninety percent of the time you really will not want to eat any more. Therefore your need was only for the five bites, but if you continued to eat after the initial bites, it was only for your wants. There are four easy ways to determine if you are in ketosis. 1. A simple urine Ketostix test of which you can buy and do yourself, or we could do in the office. 2. A characteristic breath odor. 3. Successful weight and appetite loss. 4. A sensation of grittiness or roughness on the back of the front teeth with the tongue. Do not get confused between healthy nutritional ketosis and damaging KETO-ACIDOSIS or METABOLIC-ACIDOSIS. The nutritional one indicates fat loss and the others an illness. It is the fat loss and all its beneficial properties such as normalizing blood sugars, lipids and pressure we want and nutritional ketosis will do it for us. And crapohydrates will make us sick and tired as well as decrease our life span. So say No to Crapohydrates!

1 comment:

  1. I googled crapohydrates and this was the first result I got! Great post even though I'm late in commenting. I converted to low (<10g/day) carb several months ago and definitely had the gritty feeling on the back of the teeth, glad to know it is/was a good sign!