11 Unexpected Health Hazards Of The Atkins Diet Besides Weight Gain
Here's a question for y'all. How many obese people do you see in concentration camps? How do you think their cortisol levels are doing? Jimmy Moore is at it again, lying about his weight. You see, he insists that he hasn't changed a thing since May of 2013, and the same fasting 18-24 hours at a clip and 2000 calorie boluses of fat laced with protein has not only failed to produce additional weight loss, but has resulted in what appears to be a complete regain of the 2012-2013 NuttyK "Experiment" weight loss. It's the stress Jimmy claims.
It's hard to believe it's been three years since most in the paleo community actually "met" Jimmy Moore. At the time, he was going on various podcasts and exclaiming that he was the healthiest he's been in his life. Jimmy didn't go on many other people's podcasts until that time, and it became rather frustrating to hear his protestations of health despite objectively appearing unwell. This, by the way, irrespective of his weight per se. This was pre-NuttyK, and I think this Abel James podcast might be worth a listen for some. (If anyone does listen and you can give me a time stamp for when Jimmy exclaims he's the healthiest in his adult life, or if I'm misremembering that from this podcast, much thanks!)
But then Jimmy lost around 80 lbs and out came the truth-mobile. Oh, Jimmy doesn't see it this way, but in an article for Carbsmart, we were finally treated to the truth about all the health issues Jimmy had been suffering from when his "healthy high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet" had caused fat to accumulate once again upon his body.
So this post was a play off of that article. It wasn't intended to be serious. Amusingly, some took notice on Facebook thinking it was a real article on my part. I had initially forgotten the link to Jimmy's article, so some others were up in arms over my trashing low carb. But the thing is -- and there's not much data on this in the scientific literature because humans don't eat that way in perpetuity in the wild!!! -- whatever you want to call the syndrome, long time low carbing tends to sneak up on a person in the form of symptoms one doesn't immediately associate with the diet. This is why it IS important to talk about them, Jimmy, not poo poo their existence. It actually HELPS people to identify the possible negatives of the diet.
Carbohydrate restriction is metabolic starvation, and it is apparently perceived that way by the body. It's a CONSTANT state of low grade stress that manifests in many as sleep disorders. Whether it's the thyroid, or the adrenals, or the immune system, or the liver, or the kidneys, or whatever ... it's a pattern that is reported over and over again. And it is also a pattern observed in many who don't report it! There is a classic image of a trash can at AHS -- where all the healthy beautiful people congregated -- filled with coffee cups. Why so much caffeine flowing? Also, does it not seem odd that a community so obsessed over fat burning beasts goes out of its way to accomodate drinking, and often we're not talking one or two?
It would be one thing were this the trade off for a truly effortlessly svelte figure the way the diet books and guru bloggers make it out to be. At least most celebrities have the "decency" to just lie outright. But mostly it is just insulting to the intelligence to hear the stories of boundless energy to be expected once one is off the mythical blood sugar roller coaster, later to be treated to confession after confession of the realities of life for these folks. I think this is why keto was such a rage amongst so many long term low carbers, because at least temporarily, the heightened ketones were like cocaine! (Look up the whole brain fog/mental clarity thing with cocaine in the short term and the long term. The parallels are uncanny.) Couple that with the buzz of losing weight and it's a nice wave to ride for a while. Then the dust settles. So Jimmy Moore is "wired and tired" and back up to around the 300 lb mark. Just don't go pointing out that someone who makes their living as a weight loss success story and health advocate is so objectively unhealthy. HAES stands for Health .... Jimmy Moore does not qualify no matter which cherry picked biomarkers he deludes himself into thinking are the only ones that matter.
Now, to find the time to write the serious article of this nature!
First Repost 9/14/13
(I was going to remove this, but left it so comments will make sense). Well, I don't know how many of my regular blog readers follow that Twitter update over there on the sidebar, or check me out on Facebook, but the past day or so has been quite interesting! Apparently Jimmy Moore is very upset that anyone would dare to post anything other than a stevia coated endorsement of Cholesterol Clarity and he's marshaled the troops! On Friday, within a matter of hours the number of reviews almost doubled because he was very upset that there were negative reviews there! I guess sales aren't so hot so he needed his friends to post even more 5-star platitudes to drown out the few negatives. More on that at some point.... But one of his fans seemed especially bothered that I might give the book a mere 2 stars (one more than the book itself deserves). This would be Dr. Bill Wilson of The CARB Syndrome Project! Most folks probably haven't heard of him, and they are probably better off keeping it that way. Basically he believes that carbs scramble and fry your brains and I have now been diagnosed as being in the latter stages. He wrote a post all about it. He emailed me the link. He linked to it in comments here. He posted it on Facebook.
In his keen diagnosis, and he reminds us he's been a doctor for 35 years now, Dr. Wilson cites (without linked attribution) two comments of mine, one of which came verbatim from this post, the other probably from a comment, but I mention insomnia here. I've kept the post as is, but bolded in red the symptoms he cites. Perhaps the good doctor should address Diane Sanfilippo, or any one of the other various and sundry low carb and/or paleo zombies out there suffering from insomnia and the ensuing fatigue ... due to their sugar detoxes! Yes, doctor, “I was fatigued from time to time from sleep deprivation as I had raging insomnia” ... WHEN I WAS LOW CARB. Checking those off your list. You're barking up the wrong tree for sure looking at me.
Edit: The link to Sanfilippo's Facebook confession of chronic fatigue since AHS-2011 has been removed. There doesn't seem to have been any discussion in the interim of her overcoming this issue, so one must presume it is ongoing.
Originally Published 6/18/13
1. Carbohydrate Cravings and Hunger
By restricting carbohydrates you will discover your previously unknown addiction to carbohydrates and start craving them. The longer you do Atkins the fewer carbohydrates you will eventually be able to eat. Eventually even protein will lose its physiologically satiating properties and trigger hunger and cravings because a skinless chicken breast might as well be at Little Debbie cake.
2. Spontaneous Snacking
Initially you will lose your hunger, but over time you will need to eat every few hours, perhaps even more often. No way will intentional fasting be an option, intermittent or otherwise.
3. Brain Fog
Forget carb comas! You'll get that brain fog hitting you really hard even after eating a pretty decent low-carb meal.
Forget getting 7-8 hours of sleep, you'll be lucky to get 6 uninterrupted hours and should get used to the latest fad: intermittent sleeping. Never sleep more than 4 hours at a stretch.
Your fasting blood glucose will creep up over time into prediabetic range. You will also see blood glucose spikes over 140 mg/dL from a slice of toast.
6. Muscle Atrophy and Weakness
It won't matter if you Slow Burn only once every 10 days! You still won't be able to increase your weights or see any indication of lean mass.
Increased CRP and other markers of inflammation.
Forget the low carb flu, in the long run you'll be dragging your feet in no time. Don't even think of leaving your headgear off during that 12 second Slow Burn workout because you might black out from the hypoglycemia and hit your head.
9. Exloding LDL particles of all sizes
Sure most of your LDL will be the cute fluffy kind you can dress up in designer apoB's, but you'll also get a lot of smaller ones mixed in.
10. Skin Disorders
Daily zit fests and annoying skin tags are just the beginning for you! Don't worry, the boils will become manageable.