MightyFall said:So should I favour starch? This isn't optimal right now since it elevates my insulin levels and I'm becoming progressively very insulin resistant since quitting low carb (no insulin issues whatsoever prior to low carb) to switching a HIGH starch, moderate sugar and literally fat-free diet. My weight was slowly increasing and I felt awful.
My main goals are to improve energy, stabilise insulin and blood sugar and lose weight.
MightyFall said:Well, I am gaining a significant amount of abdominal fat, I am on a blood sugar roller coaster and have become extremely sensitive to any form of carbohydrate food, whether mixed with protein or not, my brain fog has started to affect my academic performance as a student and my everyday life because it has become so severe and I constantly yawn throughout the day.
I have also considered adrenal fatigue, but it feels more like insulin resistance since my blood tests don't indicate low thyroid function, low cortisol levels etc. (in fact my blood tests were very good, except for a slightly blood sugar reading). Insulin resistance is the only thing I can consider.
The strange thing is, I am not overweight (nearly there now!), and never was. Neither am I a fan of PUFAs (except for chicken). I find it difficult to recover from cardio or strength exercises. I have tried Matt Stone's protocol but felt progressively worse. Ray Peat is seriously the last straw... I returned to low carb briefly but I felt weaker and my brain fog worsened.
Ari said:Before doing any worrying or intense looking into your diet or biological responses, first cut out all starches.
Cutting out starch when healing is so crucial to the peat philosophy that continuing on in the way that you are (high starch, moderate sugar) really doesn't make sense.
Btw starch is more fat forming than sugar or fat. Try for a diet where at least 60% of calories comes from sugars as reported on cronometer. You will probably begin to become leaner within a few days.
Ari said:Yes, even though those contain sugar, they are still significant sources of starch.
A fruit with 'acceptable' amounts of starch would be a very ripe banana, but it is still not peat recommended.
Honestly, if you are having problems then there is no point trying to justify starch to yourself.
MightyFall said:Today I completely eliminated starch and focused on saturated fat and sugar... felt like a real Peatarian... lol.
Anyway, I noticed a boost after eating sugar but then felt the crash a few minutes later, a really heavy one too. I also have a mild headache. I know a lot of people with damaged metabolisms experience this.
Ari, will this be corrected overtime?
Dutchie said:Funny thing is also...years ago when I did a foodintolerance test. The foods were divided in different categories...you had category for vegetables,protein,dairy,fruit,other sweeteners,starchy grains and other starch sources. Potato was listed amongst the vegetables as was parsnip&beets....the non-grain starches list didn't list the potato. So that makes me wonder why potato is categorised as high starch source....maybe there's something more to it,sorta like an inbetween starch/sugar?
bradley said:did you eat all of that in one sitting? that's almost 3000 calories.
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