Low Carb Book: The Rosedale Diet
Low Carb Bookshelf: The Rosedale Diet
While there are many variations to the low-carb lifestyle – Atkins, Paleo, and countless others – the fundamental most important aspect is the same: excess carbs are BAD.
The difference between the many “diets” (or better referred to as life-changing plans) is that each method has their own way of reaching the same end-result. Some are quite restrictive (like the Paleo), which lock out many foods from your daily diet – and others (who go by no real label other than “low carb,”) treat almost any carbs as poison to the body, and should be avoided at all costs.
Dr. Ron Rosedale, who published The Rosedale Diet back in 2004 – echoes many of the same sentiments out there in the low-carb community, but he focuses substantially on the role Leptin plays in the body, and how it works in conjunction with insulin, and could be one of the keys to managing the “hunger switch.”
Dr. Rosedale does include handy references to roles various supplements play in the low-carb life, as well as recipes and a getting started three-week plan. The plan is quite restrictive on cheeses during the beginning, and Dr. Rosedale kind of spooked me a little bit about peanuts (which are actually fruits – and apparently contain a toxin called Alfatoxin!)
Here is an fantastic excerpt from page 39 of the book – which sums up quite nicely the profound benefits of keeping your blood sugar low:
Why you want to be a fat burner – not a sugar burner
“Some of you may be thinking, I may eat a lot of starchy carbohydrates, but at the same meal, I am also eating protein and fat. Why am I just burning sugar and storing fat? It’s a good question, and it gets to the heart of the vicious cycle.
Let’s assume that you are following the current dietary recommendations that tell you to eat more than half of your daily calories in the form of carbohydrate. You fill your plate with a cup or so of pasta (carbs), topped with meatballs (primarily protein and fat), and some tomato sauce and cheese (more protein and fat). From the moment the pasta enters your mouth, it begins to be broken down into simple sugar. Your body can only store a small amount of sugar at a time in the form of glycogen, which is stored in muscle and liver. What happens to the rest? What’s not stored as glycogen is burned off as quickly as possible, forcing you to burn sugar, but your cells can only burn so much off at a time. What happens to the rest of the sugar that isn’t being stored or burned? It is converted into saturated fat, and we know where that goes (in all the places that you don’t want it: your hips, thighs, abdomen, and dangling from your upper arms).
Your cells are busily burning off sugar for fuel, but what about the protein and fat in your meal? Some of the protein is taken up by your cells for repair and maintenance, but your cells can only utilize a small amount of protein at a time. Excess protein is turned into sugar and stored as saturated fat. (That’s more fat in your tummy, hips, abdomen, upper arms, etc.) Your cells don’t need to burn it for fuel—they’re still burning off all the sugar from your plateful of pasta.
That leaves just the fat (from the meat and the cheese). Remember, your cells are hardwired to burn sugar first, so if your cells are burning off lots of sugar, the fat in your meal is going to be stored away as…. MORE FAT.
Furthermore, your cells get accustomed to burning a particular fuel. When you are younger, your metabolism is more flexible, and you can switch fuels more easily. As you get older, if your cells are used to burning sugar, they will continue to burn sugar, not fat, when they need fuel.
You will need to burn almost every gram of sugar that you’ve eaten before you can burn off significant amounts of fat.”
411 note: For those “struggling” with grasping the concept of exactly how important Sugar (carbohydrates) and blood sugar levels are, this should clearly hammer the point home. If you want to continue believing otherwise, well that’s OK too. The truth isn’t going anywhere, and will still be here waiting when you come back!