Low carb science : Fact or fiction?

There seems to be an issue about the exact science of low carb.  And after several decades of noticing conflicting studies related to just about everything concerning human beings in the scientific community, I am more interested in results than science and theory.  Because the science seems to constantly change and doesn’t seem to include any sense of accountability for being plain wrong in the past.

Some people say that insulin stores fat and excessive carbs makes people fat by triggering large insulin responses.  And that reducing your carb intake will simply reduce a knee jerk insulin response and consequently help you function better and you’ll burn more fat than you store.

Opposing view points have also been expressed saying that it has pretty much everything to do with calories and nothing to do with carbs in particular.

Scientific theories as to why low carb works are out there.  For me, I don’t care too much about those.  The proof is in the pudding, or in this case turkey leg.  Theory is nice and all, but if you can’t validate it in your everyday life, then it’s useless.

I can validate low carb.  It works for me.  I’ve lost 57 lbs at this point eating low carb.  I tried other ‘low calorie diets’ that didn’t work for me.  So I am supposed to count calories and not carbs because some scientist tells me that it’s really all about calories?  And that scientist is even over weight themselves?  I don’t think so.

The real key is finding a diet plan that works for you.  The problem with science and human beings is that we are all unique as individuals.  And one person can respond entirely different to the exact same compound.  And to try to identify the exact neuron or metabolic pathway responsible for weight loss is making it a lot more complicated than it has to be.

I have reduced my carb intake (and could care less about fat and protein for the time being) and I lost weight and feel significantly better. The carb haze has cleared, I wake up earlier, I feel happier and am functioning better now than I did eating a massive amount of carbs.  Why make it more complicated than that?

A long time ago, one of my more colorful life teachers, Dr. Dave Dobson, had a definition for a knit picker.  And he said a knit picker (people that really like to dissect and analyze everything) are akin to folks that like to look for the fly shit in the pepper.  That was his definition of a knit picker.  I am not a scientist, nor do I want to be one.

For me, I’d rather just enjoy eating a steak and some tasty garlic mashed cauliflower….and let the scientific community do the knit-picking.

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