[ExI] Gout and meat adaptations

Max More max at maxmore.com
Thu Apr 21 04:43:00 UTC 2011

On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 7:44 PM, Harvey Newstrom <mail at harveynewstrom.com>wrote:

> "spike" <spike66 at att.net> wrote,
> > That being said, I will make this observation.  When I was a teenager
> > I was eating to maximize athletic performance (cross country) and to
> >  some extent to spare as many beasts as practical.
> Good for you!  That's probably why you are as young as you are.
No doubt eating less has been good for Spike. Paleo approaches frequently
praise intermittent fasting.

> Despite "Good Calories, Bad Calories", you are right again.  This is what
> all the studies show.  Calories are calories.  It doesn't matter the
> source.

I couldn't disagree more. Apparently haven't yet read "Good Calories, Bad
Calories", so I don't understand why you make your "despite" comment here.
That book, in my reading, utterly and totally demolished the idea that
"calories are calories". (Or, to draw on another thread, as Rand would say:
"A is A".) Carbohydrates are metabolized differently than protein and fat.
Taubes is very far from the only person to demonstrate this, but his book is
the magnum opus on the topic.

Aside from different health effects, abundant evidence exists for the
greater effectiveness of low-calorie diets in achieving reduction in body
fat. Those results cannot be explained on the assumption that "a calorie is
a calorie".

BTW, your previous comments about sugars being essential for energy
contradict not only what I've read but  also my experience. This morning I
did a session of high-intensity interval training (and yesterday I did a
weights workout), with my fast periods at a pace of 6:15 min/mile. I didn't
lack for energy, despite being close to zero-carbs over the last few days.
(Breakfast today was zero carbs; dinner the night before had just a very few
carbs in my spring mix salad.) After switching to a low-carb version of
paleo (many paleo variants include considerably more carbs from fruit and
some vegetables that I eat), my energy levels are much more stable -- I no
longer have the familiar mid-afternoon crash.

--- Max
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