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Consequences of binging

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 05, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I eat a low-carb Paleo diet through the week but I eat sugary cheat meals during the weekend. This is a conscious decision, my life would be dull without indulging in bad non-Paleo foods. I feel lean and 'clean' a few days after returning to my low-carb Paleo diet but I'm wondering about the health consequences...

How long would it take the body to detox from a sugar binge?

Can 5-days of very clean eating, intermittent fasting, VLC, weight training and sprints negate a weekend of cheats?

Please consider that I am lean and I have no health problems.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on February 05, 2013
at 06:37 PM

I don't see these as much of a cheat, as long as they're not daily.

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on February 05, 2013
at 04:21 PM

The truth is I feel fine after a day of clean living but I'm sure there is damage I can't see or 'feel'.

6f3ac5cf71adde9c616b21141775e5c0

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on February 05, 2013
at 04:20 PM

I have the same problems most people have. Most people live boring, uneventful lives.

6f3ac5cf71adde9c616b21141775e5c0

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on February 05, 2013
at 04:17 PM

Yeah, I try to avoid gluten at all times. My cheats usually consist of chocolate or ice cream.

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on February 05, 2013
at 04:15 PM

Legit. I know it's a slightly stupid question but I'm interested to see the answers.

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on February 05, 2013
at 01:51 PM

Completely agree. I think plenty of people on here cheat some on the weekends. I have a sweet tooth and eat candy sometimes. I always keep gluten free though. It seems to take me at least a week to get over a gluten cheat.

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at 01:28 PM

Hard to tell if this is a legit question or a well-formed troll

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on February 05, 2013
at 01:41 PM

Completely off topic but....

How freaking empty is your life if eating some sugar on the weekends is enough to make you consider your life not dull.

As an aside, if eating sugar really is an exciting addition to your usual routine you have much bigger problems than what you are eating.

6f3ac5cf71adde9c616b21141775e5c0

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on February 05, 2013
at 04:20 PM

I have the same problems most people have. Most people live boring, uneventful lives.

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on February 05, 2013
at 01:23 PM

According to Dr. Lustig's explanation in "Sugar, the Bitter Truth", sugar is a mild poison. So the damage is incremental, although tiny. The way he puts it, this damage is not reversible. But I personally don't understand the biochemistry very well.

Also, a blood sugar level above 140 mg/dl has been found to damage arterial walls. If you binge, that would imply violation of this level.

Personally, I have found it difficult to quit sugar because it is an irreplaceable productivity-increasing stimulant for me - at least in the short to intermediate term. For example, I can plow through a pile of dreary but necessary paperwork - work that takes many hours or even days - rather efficiently and pleasurably on a mild sugar high. I think this may be how my sugar addiction started. But if life is outright "dull", then you should probably look to diversify leisure activities. A sugar high isn't quite that high - it's only a mild buzz.

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on February 05, 2013
at 12:48 PM

According to Robb Wolf, and anecdotal reports of very sick people, ingesting gluten stays in the gut (wrecking havoc) for up to 2 weeks. So what I'd suggest is to not go into extreme dietary changes like the one you suggest, because it feels like you're trying to punish yourself. This is not productive. Instead, what I'd suggest is that the next time you decide to cheat, your cheat should be gluten-free. Eating some white rice at your local japanese restaurant, or some cane sugar-based candy (instead of the ones with HFCS), or some raw honey, or some fermented lentils, or some fermented dairy, or an exotic fruit, is not the end of the world. But if you're gluten-intolerant (as many are, and they didn't know about it before going Paleo), then even a small part of gluten/grains can be very problematic.

6f3ac5cf71adde9c616b21141775e5c0

(13)

on February 05, 2013
at 04:17 PM

Yeah, I try to avoid gluten at all times. My cheats usually consist of chocolate or ice cream.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on February 05, 2013
at 06:37 PM

I don't see these as much of a cheat, as long as they're not daily.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on February 05, 2013
at 01:51 PM

Completely agree. I think plenty of people on here cheat some on the weekends. I have a sweet tooth and eat candy sometimes. I always keep gluten free though. It seems to take me at least a week to get over a gluten cheat.

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on July 26, 2013
at 01:42 PM

I keep referring back to John Kiefer's Carb Night or Carb Backloading, which highly advocate a weekly binge day, especially if you lift heavy, to replenish glycogen and confuse your metabolism (if you're usually LC or VLC). I do it every Saturday, and feel and look better by Monday/Tuesday.

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on February 06, 2013
at 11:32 PM

I don't have the link, but back in 2011 or so Art DeVany argued against these kinds of cheats because he thought the epigenetic consequences were far longer-lasting than just excess calories/bolus of toxins.

Me, I think you have to balance one against the other. E.g. calorie restriction may extend your life, but is that a life you want? That said, I cannot imagine that ping-ponging between clean eating and binge eating is a good state.

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on February 05, 2013
at 12:36 PM

Test your theory and let us know if 5 days of clean eating, IF, VLC and weight training will negate a weekend of cheats...the biggest thing of note will be - How do you FEEL?

Truth.

6f3ac5cf71adde9c616b21141775e5c0

(13)

on February 05, 2013
at 04:21 PM

The truth is I feel fine after a day of clean living but I'm sure there is damage I can't see or 'feel'.

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