Thursday, July 5, 2012

How many carbs?

Kudos to Gary Taubes, “What Really Makes Us Fat”, The New York Times, Sunday Review, Sunday July 1. He cites a clinical trail by Dr. David Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital as published in The Journal of the AMA. Taubes characterizes the results of Ludwig’s study as ‘remarkable’. He credits Ludwig’s study with performing a test that has never been done before – effectively semi starving experiment subjects. And the results: …”the fewer carbohydrates consumed, the more energy these weight reduced people expended.

Credit should be given to those whose studies revealed similar conclusions three quarters of a century ago:
Adelle Davis in her Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit (1954) cites a 1943 study by G.W. Thorn, J.T. Quinby and M. Clinton. Davis writes of their study, “ After the high-protein meal, however, the metabolism rose more quickly than did the blood sugar and stayed high throughout the entire six-hour study period.”

Jay’s thoughts:

  • Everybody has a unique metabolism. Certain things will work for you that won’t for your brother, friend, spouse or child. You need to find out what works for you. 
  • Given the above, there are some generalizations that work. 
    Jay is a BIG believer in BOTH:
    1. Everything in moderation.
    2. Less carbs; more protein.
  • There are 48 grams of carbohydrates in 16 ounces of soda. Don't drink carbs.

    Members of J’s GYM – feel free to read / browse through Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit. This and other books are available in our Juice Bar library.

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