We’ve been getting a lot of questions and thought a summer blog would be the perfect way to provide an answer to many of them.
Very thankful to have Big Jim Brown provide his answer to many of the questions.
Q: Does eating too much protein like you propose cause Gluconeogenesis?
No. In order for your body to start the this metabolic pathway of converting amino acids into glucose your body must first be in a dire need for glucose. Situations such as extremely low carb diets, a fasted state, or exercise when you are totally out of glycogen and the intensity level dictates you can’t run on oxidizing fats but need glucose.
Q: If healthy fats translate into making good cholesterol, isn’t that good for testosterone production? If so, don’t I want to be eating healthy saturated fats like raw pastured egg yolks in protein shakes?
The answer is yes however, if eating any fat source from an animal I would recommend you buy organic and or grass fed. Toxins will accumulate in animal fat thus you want to minimize your risk. Grass fed beef will have healthy fats such as omega 3 and CLA. Other great sources of saturated fats include avocados, macadamia nuts, red palm oil, coconut oil, Grass fed butter, Fish oils.
Q: Is Dairy safe for blood sugar / insulin? I don’t mean just milk. I mean cheese. Hard cheese? Cottage Cheese?
Dairy such as cheese and milk have lactose in them responsible for their unique insulin response. However, that depends on the amount of lactose in the product and amount of fat that would slow down absorption of said lactose. If you want to pick a cheese to eat you would want a hard cheese. As a general rule, they contain less lactose. So best answer is to make sure it is produced from grass fed cows, organic if possible.
Q: Why is it okay to eat Whey Protein? I thought it caused insulin to spike? Does heavy cream eliminate insulin spikes vs. half and half or milk?
Whey protein for the most part is literally short chains of amino acids with everything else filtered out, there are different levels of purity (concentrate vs. Isolate)
Heavy cream has no lactose or it shouldn’t but again follow the rules of animal fat product selection. You then have to decide if you want an extra plate full of food at the end of the day or heavy crème in your coffee. (depending on your current body composition goals)
Q: I never feel anything on any supplements. Do supplements really work that are non-prescription?
Yes. Need some examples here. Do you feel vitamin C? No but supplementing it will increase your daily intake. We all know Vitamin C has a million benefits with higher amounts in the human metabolism. So the answer is supplements do work but within the context of their application.
Q: If I was a skinny kid, and now I’m way overweight, does my body type change?
It means your fat now. Why? ILogically I can assume you’ve consumed too many calories versus calories expended. Are there mitigating factors? Yes (insulin sensitivity, muscle mass etc) but thermodynamics is still the ultimate answer.
Q: Are there really “safe starches” when dealing with blood sugar issues and weight loss?
Low glycemic carb sources include sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole grain oatmeal for an example. Typically these all are higher fiber to carb ratios then high glycemic carb sources and are conducive to maintain a low insulin environment that would assist with fat loss.
Q: I’ve heard that an insulin response can start in the mouth. I’ve even heard the mere thinking of sugary foods can cause an insulin response. Don’t know if either is true.
It is kind of a debate, but the short answer is not really. Is it correct that without even swallowing certain foods, insulin can increase in your system causing one to not lose weight-hard to prove. But if you are chewing candy, be advised getting sugar is entering your bloodstream
Q: In order to curb some of my cravings (like pizza for example), I’ve resorted to having a a few bites of pizza, chewing on it, and spitting it out (kind of like having bulimia of the mouth!). Sometimes that’s a piece of candy. Or even just chewing sugar free gum (like Xylitol).
Just chew sugar free gum, have a cheat meal and eat pizza. You chewing candy with sugar in it will cause your body to absorb some. The longer you stay away from sugar, the less cravings you will have.
Q: About Intermittent Fasting: IF may be good for reasonably healthy people. But for folks who are obese, is doing IF really wise? I’ve heard skipping meals for those who have derangement can cause the metabolism to actually slow down, not burn more fat.
It really comes down to calories in vs calories out. The same applies to IF. The difference is IF takes advantage of the time you are in the fasted state (creating a super low insulin environment) to force your body to draw upon fat reserves for energy.
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