There is clear science behind why fatty meats are better for you than lean meats; however, fatty meats have been so demonized that people, even on a low carb high fat diet, still gravitate toward lean meats. If you want optimal health and to not feel hungry on this WOE, then you must must must get “lean meat is good and fatty meat is bad” out of you head.
Here’s the scoop:
- Fat plays many important roles in the body: it allows vitamins and minerals into your cells, it keeps you full as it is very satiating, and most importantly, it has a very mild and delayed insulin release. So no huge spikes of insulin.
- Fatty meats have the protective barrier of fat so it slows down insulin release and since it is satiating, you won’t eat as much protein.
- Lean meats have no fat protective barriers. They are almost 100% protein. Protein breaks down as glucose in the body ( a process called Glucogenesis in which animal starch is turned into glycogen – what is not needed for the muscles will stay in the blood stream as glucose) just like carbs do. This causes almost as rapid an insulin release as carbs.
- For most of us on this WOE, we are insulin resistant. This means our bodies make insulin, but our insulin receptors are resistant, do not open up to let the glucose in and therefore most of our glucose gets stored as fat.
- If you eat lean cuts of meat, you make too much glucose, insulin cannot push through the glucose into the cells because of resistant receptors and you store the glucose as fat. This is the opposite of what we want our bodies to do on this WOE. We want to be fat burners, not store fat.
So the next time you are grocery shopping, do not fear those fatty cuts of meat. Buy fatty steaks, fatty hamburger, fatty pork, real bacon, dark meat poultry with the skin, and fatty fish. Your body will thank you!
My little fiasco over the holiday has had enormous negative results. Prior to Thanksgiving, I had lost 19.5 lbs. I ate that small slice of pie and had to go back on the insulin to counteract it (and have remained on the insulin because my BGLs are all over the place again). As a result of the insulin, I have been craving food like crazy and even though I have stuck to eating only LCHF foods, the eating has been constant. I am hungry all the time, no matter how much fat I consume during the day instead of reaching for carby things or extra protein.
Today I weighed myself and the result of that pie and needing insulin again: a gain of 9 lbs. *headdesk* 9 lbs in 8 days. I am so pissed off at myself for eating that damn piece of pie. So pissed that I needed insulin again. So pissed that insulin makes me so damn hungry and I eat uncontrollably. I own up to the fact that I did this to my body… made it so damn insulin resistant… from years and years of eating crap and then eating the standard diabetic diet when I first found out I had diabetes. I wish I had learned about LCHF/Ketogenic eating back 20 years ago. I wish, I wish, I wish.
==end of venting rant==
Okay, so now that I know of the consequences, I know what taking insulin does to me, I know about the uncontrollable hunger, and I’ve owned up to my mistake and sufficiently berated myself for it, it’s time to move on. It’s time to go back on plan.
- no more cheats
- no more insulin
- back to eating fats and moderate protein
- no more carbs except the few in green veggies and avocados
I can do this!
And this doesn’t include sugar alcohols which most people consider safe for those seeking a sugar substitute besides aspartame and sucralose. They do contain trace amounts of carbohydrates, can cause all kinds of gastral problems and even stall weight loss in some people. The big question is: do sugar alcohols spike insulin? Not sure about that one as the debate is still out since they bypass the liver and are immediately absorbed. I cannot use them because of gastral issues, so I won’t be doing an n=1 experiment to find out.
Common Sugar Alcohols:
- Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates
I’ve added a new page to the website which lists books that deal with the LCHF/Ketogenic lifestyle. Some books are on the science behind this WOE and others are recipe books. This is not an exhausted list and I will add to it as I come across more.
Books on LCHF/Keto
Yes, you read that correctly. If you use regular table salt with iodine added, then you are also getting dextrose… a sugar.
A claim is made that the amount is so minute as to not affect sugar cravings, so I assume it wouldn’t throw one out of ketosis either, but who knows for sure? Ask yourself this… why would you want salt with sugar in it? I prefer Himalayan Sea Salt and get my iodine from eggs, seafood and seaweed and if I feel like I am still not getting enough, I add a supplement. It’s just crazy that food companies find any excuse to add sugar to products!
Yes, I am calling the eating of fruit a sin. Sounds extreme, I know, but it is what it is. All fruit contains fructose and it is SUGAR, nature’s candy.
I belong to several FB groups on LCHF as well as a food tracker site. I constantly see people still eating fruit on this WOE and then wonder why they cannot lose weight. The biggest culprit is bananas.
Do people not realize that bananas are fruit? Do they think it is the only way to get potassium? I hate to crack your reality bubble, but bananas are fruit, they are fattening, and they are not the only source of potassium. In fact, avocados are a better source because they give you those great monounsaturated fats that are so important for the body because of the high Omega-3s.
So, the next time you need a potassium boost, eat a 1/2 an avocado instead! The fat and fiber in avocados will help keep you full too, which is an added bonus!
Note: after the initial 2 week induction phase, you can (but you don’t NEED to) add a few berries to your diet, but just a few. But if you want optimal health and sustainability on the LCHF diet… quit the fruit!
It’s been 2 weeks since my last update. I fell off the wagon a bit (went out of ketosis) during the Thanksgiving weekend because I indulged in a small slice of chocolate pudding pie. It was bad. Caused my BGLs to go into the 300s and stayed high for about 5 days. I’ve learned my lesson well. And as a result, I’ve had to go back on insulin. *sighs* Oh well, we live and learn and this is a learning experience! Onward to the updates:
- I’ve decided to give up the BPCs. I love them, I really do, but I’ve decided to get my fats from real foods instead of just eating pure fat. So I am upping my intake of avocados and olives. I will still be using coconut oil and butter, but in my cooking only.
- I am keeping my protein at around 50 grams per day because too much keeps spiking insulin and increasing my BGLs. As a result, I have been eating less fish because it is so high in protein and lower in fat. The only exceptions are tuna, trout, salmon and sardines. However, I am limiting these to about 3 grams servings. I will be adding pork and beef back to my diet, but again at only 3 grams servings. Eggs are still my best friend and I eat 2-3 of these at a meal.
- I am avoiding the scale. It’s not that I am not losing weight, but I have learned that my weight shifts quite a bit. Some days I am down 2-3 lbs, other days back up again. This is a motivation-buster. Instead, I am measuring my waist. Down 4 inches! I read somewhere that each inch is about 5 lbs of weight loss, so yes, I am down 20 lbs. I was able to get back into some clothes that I haven’t worn in about 3-4 years and that is a motivation-enhancer!
- My energy levels are still high, my mood enhanced, my brain is sharper, my eyesight is great and especially the night vision, hair and skin still soft and shiny, pain in my body still greatly reduced… so all systems are a go!
- Constipation has not been an issue since I add psyllium husk to my diet. I plan to add chia seeds to my diet soon (with coconut milk, yum!) because of all of the great benefits I have read about them in regards to fiber.
- I am drinking much more water and green tea these days. Giving coffee a slight rest (still having 1-2 cups per day though).
- Sleep is still a bit of an issue for me. Some days I sleep well, others not so well. I have cut out all caffeine after 4 pm and this does seem to help some. Now if I can just get on a regular sleeping pattern. That is the hardest part.
- I am still having some issues with the neuropathy in my feet, but this does seem to be improving. I started taking my B-vitamins at night which seems to be helping.
Well, that about does it for this update. On a good end-note, one of my cousins came to visit recently and he said he could tell a definite change in my weight and overall health. Yay! A big score there.