Conundrum posed to me was that by restricting dietary carbs and "forcing" the liver to pretty much "create" them out of fats, the liver is actually performing a function that it "can, but shouldn't do" and that was extra wear and tear on the poor organ that it doesn't need.
The liver is supposed to "clean" not create.
I've been searching all over for evidence on High Protein/LC and liver damage or strain but not seeing much.
Ideas? And thanks! Loving the community spirit here.
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on August 14, 2011
at 02:13 PM
The liver does more things that we have discovered. It does over 600 KNOWN functions, and does them well if left alone. The liver is a monster of an organ and will serve you well through your life. I ides that you can bully your liver and "force" it to do what it is not designed to do is ridiculous. It is much more than a filter/blood cleaner, just as the kidneys are much more. It creates hormones, cholesterol, etc and has a secondary function to clean the body that gets overstressed b/c of the alcohol/liver connection. But the liver does everything and is the only organ that can regenerate itself. Toxic load is much more of an issue than glycogen creation, imo.
on August 14, 2011
at 02:10 PM
Fat cannot be converted to carbohydrate. Protein can, it's called glucogenesis. That's why I usually eat a higher fat diet when low carbing it rather than a high protein diet. Most of us really don't need more than 35% of our calories to come from protein (that's about 1g/lb of lean body mass for most). Protein is of course needed for muscle synthesis and repair but not really for energy. In fact, excess protein must be converted to carbohydrate before it can be used for energy, or stored for use later (protein that has been converted to carbohydrate is burned for fuel, or is stored as glycogen, and later as fat if the glycogen stores are full). Fat on the other hand can be utilized directly for energy. It's inefficient fuel, not easy like carbohydrate, but if we keep our body in a fat burning metabolism then we don't have to worry about fat gains, overtaxing the kidneys (not liver) with excessive protein consumption, causing health problems like DMII, heart disease, vascular disease, or autoimmune diseases by excessive carbohydrate consumption.