Friday, February 28, 2014

2/28/2014 Zero Carb.......A Place in TIME

Greetings Friends and Family,

My Spirits are soaring and I have never felt better in my LIFE!!! Ahhh.............the gifts of Zero Carb........they keep giving and giving without asking anything in return. What a deal.......... what a good if not GREAT DEAL INDEED!!!

It's so easy even I can do it. Hahaha!!! Well my Friends and Family I have been working hard to organize my thoughts and ideas about the new "dot com" site for this little but oh so mighty blog. It's not a dream, but a reality to come later this year. Denis has been doing a spectacular job with information about Zero Carb.

I really feel that this is our "Place in Time" to expand our horizons beyond this little blog. I envision a place where we can be a concentrated source for all things Zero Carb. I am not looking to create a social club, but an aspect of it should include a means to comment or ask questions. Who knows? That being said anything is open for consideration and in a way the site itself will dictate the direction it will go.

Lots of folks that email me want a quick fix for weight issues..... been there..........done that. I fully understand their dilemma, but as I have to respond to them that the "Quick Fix" is to "SLOW DOWN"..............Oh no...........slow down...........what the heck................ Look-it: Zero Carb is not a quick fix my Friends and Family those of us that have benefited understand the concept. A lot of things must change.........mainly your lifestyle. This is where the "WALL" comes into play.

Wall....what wall....what the heck is he talking about???? Has Dave has entered the Twilight Zone! OK, I get it.........or do I??? I have said this over and over again: Zero Carb is a lifestyle change...those who are not willing to change are destine to fail, those looking for a fast fix are destine to fail, those that choose to tear down the wall are destine to WIN and WIN BIG!!!

I Tell You What: one of the best things about Zero Carb is that it is 100% free. No special packaged food to buy, no pills, no membership dues, no nothing...........except your desire to have maximum health. The tools are free and the main tool is knowledge.

KNOWLEDGE is power.....power indeed!!! Do I hear "Dot Com"? I feel that a dot com would lend us the tools needed to have a site that is better organized and flexible. It should answer:

Why and

I leave you with this little tune:

A Place in Time

This is just my little opinion and I am more than happy to share with those who are like minded or who are just curious. Have a Healthy Day my Friends and Family. Fight the Good Fight and Always Battle On!!!

(ZC)er The Time is Now



Friday, February 21, 2014


I received a question following my last post, a question that sums up as being many “questions”. Anyway, they are very welcome and I will try to answer them…

When discussing about weight loss, many aspects have to be considered. Is one trying to loose weight for health reasons or is it only for aesthetic? Is reaching the goal weight a priority over eating a healthy diet that will keep this person a few pounds heavier then they should? What is the weight loss history? Is this person has any food items addiction and what are his experiences on the subject? And, most of time, the “aspect” is a mix of all these aspects…

The main question I will try to answer in this post is: Do you think a person can loose weight even when he is near his weight goal by eating as much as he want without restricting?”

The first part of the answer, and we will get this out of the way right here, is the “metabolic advantage” of a Zero Carb diet. Many studies demonstrated that any individual restricting carbs would burn between 10 to 20 % MORE energy then another person on a high carb diet. The reason being the metabolism of proteins and fat are quite different from the metabolism of carb, meaning they are less efficient “energy-wise” and thus, need to “burn more” to get transformed and metabolized. So, clearly, even if carb and protein bring in 4 calories per g and fat, 9 calories per gram, you have to look at the total composition of one’s diet to see what the body will do with what is coming in.

Carb, as we know, even with 4 calories per g, will cause an insulin release, which will block the activity of the LIPASE enzyme, and will prevent any fat cells to release energy. And this is worst if you are insulin resistant, even at any level.

Protein, on the other side, also at 4 calories per g, when they need to be transformed into glucose for energy needs, uses an extremely inefficient pathway, this explaining why high protein diet (low carb + low fat) and very efficient to loose weight; but, sadly, they are not sustainable by any means as proven many times by serious studies.

Sadly, again, when one does a high fat diet (LC or ZC) and moderate protein, the body become more efficient in burning fat for energy and one must be vigilant of his intakes as food items on modified carb diets are ALL energy dense.

In animal trials, we see that rats, when offered a high fat diet compare to a high carb diet, tend to eat less but, still, they DO put weight on. Of course, when offered a high-carb or high carb/high fat diet, they even gain more weight.

The problem we encounter with this kind of animal studies is the same as for humans: the availability of food. If the rats, as for the humans, would need to hunt for food, they would consume much less then when provided to them, as for us humans with supermarkets all around us stacked with impossible quantity of ready to eat items.

To continue answering the question, humans cannot compare themselves with animals in the wilderness, where they DO NOT count calories and DO NOT limit their intake, because of a different “availability situation”. By any means, we cannot compare this to today’s food lifestyle we live with in. It is sad but it is the way it is and we must face this reality, even folks on Paleo diets who wants to eat as our ancestors did living in the wilderness…

So what about “eating as much as he want without restricting?”. In my opinion, this is primarily related to food addiction. On Zero Carb, we already have eliminated the “morphine like peptides” of cereals, like gluten. But, sadly, we often go on with dairy thinking they are good for us because they are “animal products”, especially cream and cheese that contains “morphine like casein” which can easily be addictive and cause overeating.

Dairy also has been demonstrated to stimulate strong insulin releases, sometimes even MORE then carbs alone. The reasons being it contains “insulin-like substances” created by nature to stimulate the young calve to drink his mother’s milk so he grows. The human race is the only specie of animal on this planet to drink milk from other animals and continue drinking it even when there are no needs to do so as adults. Even butter, which contains small quantity of casein, can be a problem for some of us; luckily, with clarified butter (ghee), most of the casein can be taken out and this can solve the problem.

So to finish answering the questions, any weight loss program must be considered on a personal approach as experience has shown us THERE IS NO EATING PATTERN THAT WILL SUIT EVERYONE’S METABOLISM…

So, to summarize, I think believing one can eat as much as he want of Zero Carb food items and still loose weight is sort of wishful thinking. This doesn’t mean it cannot be done because we all have different metabolism…

But, still, there are some possibilities and the best way would to push for example, EGGS, especially egg yolks. For all the science I know, I strongly believe eggs must be part of any weight loss program. As for dairy product, it is much more different as already said.

To continue answering the question, on Zero Carb, I am not sure the body is releasing as much energy from  the body’s fat reserve to compensate energy from the fat coming in the diet. This would not be logical for survival purpose. Of course, with the 10-20 % metabolic advantage, there is a plus but I will repeat it, studies have shown that as time passes on Zero Carb, the body get efficient in burning only fat for energy and the “advantage” goes down…

Anyway, and in my experience, we must always see all this on a long run. So yes, I think, it is much better to stay high on fat and not worry that much about calories, and just ENJOY the happiness of satisfying an appetite. For the rest, your body will adjust with time...

This is another important rule about Zero Carb: to get some results, one should be happy with this way of eating and have no regrets about missing other food items…!!!!


Thursday, February 6, 2014


If there is a subject of interest for anyone who wants to loose weight is the place of “snacking on a diet”.

You probably have already figured out the 2 main options when going on a diet: or you “eat 2 or 3 meals per day and nothing in between” OR you “eat when you are hungry, even if it means eating as much as 6-9 times per day”.

And you probably have tried both options…

There are many ways of looking at this situation. But let’s look first at what science says:

Researchers found that increasing meal frequency was associated with lower body weight in men, but not in women. On the basis of both animal and human research, other researchers have suggested that larger, less frequent meals increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

But one interesting affect of eating smaller, more frequent meals it is improves blood lipids. An epidemiological study found significantly lower blood concentrations of total cholesterol (TC) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) but no difference in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) in people who ate smaller, more frequent meals. Smaller, more frequent meals appear to lower LDL-C primarily by reducing cholesterol synthesis in the liver.

A controlled clinical trial compared the effects of eating the exact same diet either as 3 meals daily OR by nibbling (17 snacks daily). Blood lipid and lipoprotein concentrations were measured after 2 weeks of meal eating or nibbling. TC, LDL-C, and apolipoprotein B decreased by 8.5%, 13.5%, and 15.1%, respectively. Aren’t these results impressive with 17 snacks per day???!!!
It seems likely that increasing meal frequency, independent of changes in body weight, will improve blood lipids and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in most patients. However, if snacking leads to weight gain, then it seems likely that its metabolic effects would increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Also very interesting it seems snacking may mimic some of the metabolic effects of low-glycemic index meals.
The metabolic impact of a low-glycemic index meal and a high-glycemic index meal is quite different. In some regards, a low-glycemic index meal MIMICS the impact of eating smaller, more frequent meals.
It seems likely that the improvement in glucose tolerance to a second meal following a low-glycemic index meal is due to metabolic changes that result from the delayed digestion and absorption. The slower absorption would be expected to suppress the release of FFA from adipose tissue. An elevated plasma concentration of FFA increases glucose intolerance by impairing insulin-mediated glucose disposal and enhancing liver glucose output. A higher plasma concentration of FFA also increases the production and release of very low-density lipoprotein triglycerides (VLDL-TG) from the liver.
In the 1930s, it was demonstrated that spreading out the glucose load (the amount of glucose delivered to the bloodstream over a set period) reduced insulin requirements in diabetics. This reduced need for insulin may be due to a diminished release of counter-regulatory hormones such as glucagon and catecholamines, which is related to the prolonged suppression of FFA that occurs when glucose enters the bloodstream more slowly.
A recent study examined the impact of a snack consumed after a standard lunch but before the subjects became hungry. The researchers fed subjects a snack (400 kcal) at various times after a 1300-kcal LUNCH when they were not hungry. The snack NEITHER reduced the amount of food consumed at the DINNER meal nor increased the time before the subjects requested their dinner meal. The results of this study suggest that SNACKING WHEN NOT HUNGRY may promote increased calorie intake and weight gain over time. When rich, highly palatable foods are readily available, food consumption may be triggered by mealtime or pleasure and not necessarily because of hunger or the need for extra calories. It appears that human beings have not evolved physiological mechanisms to prevent overeating when rich, highly palatable foods are readily available.

ANOTHER INTERESTING AND RECENT study examined the impact of feeding an isoenergetic preload consisting of 1/3 of the subject's average daily calorie intake either as a single meal or as several small meals. This study found that obese men consumed 27% FEWER CALORIES at their next meal (which was given 5 1/2 hours after the single meal) when the same food was divided into several small meals compared to when it was consumed as a single meal. The results of this study suggest that eating smaller, more frequent meals may help people feel satisfied while consuming fewer calories.

People who are overweight should also be discouraged from a cycle of starving and stuffing. Skipping meals and going hungry appears to increase the desire for foods with a high energy density. This is likely detrimental for weight control because foods with a high energy density generally provide less satiety per calorie, which may lead to consuming more calories over time. Eating large, infrequent meals also may promote obesity and contribute to the development of Type 2 diabetes mellitus in genetically SUSCEPTIBLE people. All of these metabolic changes have been associated with an increased risk of atherosclerotic disease.

One obvious and big disadvantage of “eating 2 or 3 big meals” per day is to know what quantity to eat and when to stop eating. As most folks on Zero Carb were usually obese in the past, their relation with food may easily be screwed up. You probably all have experienced the “anxiety of hunger” which is the main pitfall of any kind of diet...

On this option, there is also a big risk of being LEPTIN RESISTANT, which will mean your satiety mechanisms are simply not working.

What about the “eat when hungry” option?

My first comment would be: maybe it is the best choice for any obese person? Logically, eating many small meals per day would keep your blood insulin constant (not necessarily high) and this is  an interesting solution. But we all know how “eating when hungry” can cut down the stress of any diet and help getting results.

Surely, you have also to assure that adequate food items are available all day long wherever you are. And this is not an easy task. Surely, you will tend to eat more leftover or “quick food” items such as cold cuts, instead of eating 2 or 3 well prepared and freshly cooked meals on the other option.

Then, of course, you must also consider the effect on your health, just naming one, the effect on your teeth health of having food in your mouth all day long. Eating frequently increases the risk of tooth decay. When your teeth come in contact with food more often, the bacteria in plaque has more time to produce enamel-damaging acids.

One thing sure, anyway you go, the sum of the food at the end of the day must be the same on both ways OR the “eat when hungry” option will bring you nowhere.

In my own experience, I could go for month on “ 2 or 3 meals per day” with no problem but, then, for unknown reason, I had to switch for “eat as often as needed”.

Maybe switching from one mode to another is another option. It can be done, let’s say, according to your actual situation, “stress-wise”, “work-wise” whatever cause you to switch.

So what can we get of all these information?

Well, surely, any way you go, you have to favor what help you most to control your weight and only time, and experience, will tell you what is best for you.

For myself, I favor a small snack to cut down on appetite before larger meals. But this only work if I have planned ahead a larger meal which is “not that large”……


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