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Why is High Protein/Mod Fat/Low Carb considered harmful?
asked byKL (984)
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on March 29, 2011
at 06:27 PM
Assuming you're interested in the high protein element of the above formula, I can only observe that excess protein will increase insulin, IGF and cortisol and lowers testosterone. There's a good summary here. There are really few benefits to consuming excess protein by definition (defining excess as whatever you need to keep in nitrogen balance and therefore be able to sustain repair). The excess can only be turned to glucose and thence to fat. The benefits of consuming excess protein are primarily: increased satiety allowing you to eat less of everything else, making sure you get enough protein (in the absence of the ability to measure needs perfectly), increasing insulin, IGF, mTOR etc relative to fat if you want to increase growth at the cost of more fat gain, higher cancer risk etc and increasing cortisol if you want to increase gluconeogenesis and raise and maintain blood sugar if, for example, you want to be artificially alert and don't handle carbs well or to offset low blood sugar as a consequence of eating carbs.