Below is a peice of an article discussing the benefits of a meat only diet. No carbs/veg/dairy - nothing. Just like our ancestors apparently. Some interesting points on bodybuilding while on this diet. I originally found it on a hairloss website (im not sure how i ended up there, i will follow any interesting links whilst at work…!)
Thought i would post the key points of it and see what you guys think.
Full article here: http://www.hairloss-reversible.com/discus/discus.cgi
Our paleolithic ancestors did NOT eat anything but meat, except in times of starvation. Those were the only times people resorted to vegitation. The so called “paleodiet” you see on websites is so wrong it’s ridiculous. Eating only lean meat and lots of veggies will kill you because fat is the most important nutrient your body needs. In fact, saturated fat, is the healthiest you can eat. Saturated fat will only cause problems if you’re eating high carb diets. Saturated fat CAN NOT oxidize in the blood because all of its bonds are occupied, so oxygen can not get in to oxidize the fatty acid. Fatty acids and cholesterol MUST oxidize before ANYTHING bad can happen. This process is elminated when you stop eating carbs, and eat only meat.
The neolithic era was when humans began consuming vegitation. This was the very beginning of the process that led to todays obesity and diabetes epidemic.
An all-meat diet does NOT induce long-term ketosis. For the first few weeks you will have excess ketones in your urine. This is because your body is in conversion mode. Your body is so used to burning sugar for fuel, it will struggle for a while to find its new fuel source, fat. After a few weeks your body will adjust to this new way of life and begin burning the ketones for fuel, so you will come out of ketosis. This is a normal and healthy condition.
You will feel horrible at first, because of this switch over process. But once you’re switched over, if you’re diligent, you will feel like a brand new person with the metabolism and energy of a 10 year old.
People will try to tell you that your body needs carbohydrates because your brain can only run on glucose. Certain parts of your brain can only run on glucose, true. However, what they fail to mention is that your body can convert both fat and protein into glucose through gluconeogenesis. As long as you are consuming enough calories, protein and fat you won’t lose muscle mass, and your brain will function perfectly.
That’s another thing they’ll try to stuff down your throat. They will tell you that protein catabolism speeds up on this diet. What they also fail to mention is that at the same time, protein syntehsis ALSO speeds up. My belief is that the breaking down of protein is due to the de-junking of cells, something I read from a doctor a while back. The extra protein synthesis is due to the higher amount of protein in the diet (which is NOT dangerous by the way) and 1. the higher overall adrenaline amount (not adrenaline/cortisol flashes, this is totally different) and 2. the much higher human growth hormone in the blood. Yes, if you want a natural way to seriously boost HGH, an all meat, high fat diet is the way to do it.
High protein diets are not dangerous, and never have caused kidney or liver disease. The only time high protein diets are bad for your kidneys is if they are in conjunction with a high carbohydrate diet, through a process called glycation. The glycated proteins, because of the huge amount of insulin and glucose, are what damage your kidneys. This is the connection between diabetes and kidney disease
I eat any meat that is not pre-packaged or processed. This is all I eat.
I love fatty chicken thighs. I eat up to 10 a day. This is about 3500 calories and 220 grams of fat. Make sure you eat the skin, soak them in the left over grease and make sure you check the packaging. Some places, like wal-mart, add sugar to their “fresh” meat.
I also love cow tongue. It’s a perfect fat/protein ratio. about 75 fat and 25 protein.
I’ll work in fresh salmon sometimes too.
Mostly chicken thighs, sometimes that’s all I’ll eat in a day is chicken thighs. Chicken, beef and salmon.
Drink LOTS of water. 2-4 liters per day, 4 being preferred.
Remember you can eat as many calories as you want on this diet. Your body will waste the extra calories. Your body has a pre-set amount of fat it’s supposed to have at any given time. Eating this diet achieves your perfect weight. You can not have higher than 15 percent body fat, and it’s usually lower on this diet. It is impossible.
If you weight train like I’ve started doing on this diet you can get down to about 3-4 percent body fat.
Despite what most body builders will tell you you do not need glucose or carbs to build muscle. Glycogen is NOT depleted during exercise. Muscles do not use glucose for energy. When you eat a high carb diet the body must first convert the glucose into free fatty acids for the body to use. This is why you never burn fat, and store carbs as saturated fat in your belly and thighs is because your body is converting the sugar to fat already, so it can’t burn the dietary fat, the dietary fat is just circulating in the blood. This is what insulin does.
Muscles use free fatty acids, not glucose. I never get sore muscles now like I did before, and they are building FAST.
Of course alot of this is just my opinion, and my own personal experience. I do believe what most of America considers healthy, is actually deadly. Even “low carb”. anything above 20 grams of carbs per day is not low carb at all. 5 grams or less is what you need, and ultimately 0 is optimal.
Your body only needs about 5 grams of blood glucose per day to function.
This is for the few parts of the brain that run on glucose. You can get this little bit from eating butter or eggs or heavy cream, or your body will convert fatty acids and protein (fat first though) into glucose through gluconeogenesis. This is the reason carbs are absolutely NOT ESSENTIAL in any amount in the diet.