21st Century Metabolism
Sometime in the last century, metabolic research went off on a wild goose chase following Ancel Keys.
What I call 21st Century research is actually returning to stuff that was known in the past (check out William Banting – no relation to the Banting that discovered insulin – and compare with Robert Atkins, for example).
Recent work has concentrated on the Eeeeevils of Saturated Fat and the benefits of Healthy Whole Grains, and burning off the excess carbs with high levels of cardio. Is it working? well look at the statistics for metabolic diseases, all related to insulin resistance.
21st Century Metabolism largely looks back to the diet and types of exercise we evolved to handle, and which worked for several millennia without causing “epidemics” of diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases and obesity, or the rising levels of “sports injury” (apparently even the Wii is resonsible for some injuries).
Everyone has their own specific take on the details, but the Big Picture is satisfyingly consistent: reduced carb input, especially avoiding grains and particularly wheat, avoidance of excessive Omega 6 seed oils, increase of Omega 3, preferably animal-based, and a decent balance between healthy saturated and monounsaturated fats, and replacement of that endless jogging with heavy lifting, preferably to failure, and high impact interval training, and more low level exercise like walking. (Best started with professional advice, except for the walking, to avoid joint and connective tissue problems, especially common in diabetes).
Both sides of this equation balance one another out and produce major improvements in health not only for ill people but already healthy ones. Even people who make 20th Century Metabolism work don’t do that well by comparison.
For a crash course in the concepts, I recently found an excellent site
which I thoroughly recommend.
That was their blog, here’s their website
and if you want to see if it works, check out Jill Coleman
As a taster, read this post
When I first read the Lyon Diet-Heart Study I thought it was an important piece of work which gave pretty unequivocal results, but I also wondered how much better it would work if they’d removed most of the grains, some of the fruit and added more healthy saturated fats.
Like many of my thoughts this was totally unoriginal, Staffan Lindeberg got there before me.