I'm very sensitive to carbs so I started eating low carb, high fat, and moderate-high protein about a year ago and day by day I've been looking worse & worse, it's literally like I've sped up the aging process. As my carb issues feel under control and I feel ok i was surprised to look so crappy eating like this.
Having just read a Ron Rosedale article* i'm definitely going to lower my protein, i'm so glad to have found this info as I knew something was terribly wrong with how i was eating, I was even considering going vegan for a while to see if it helped!
I'm just wondering how to keep my fat intake so high & protein lower at the same time? Some meal examples?
I can't eat too much straight fat as surely it'll go right through me? So i'm thinking loads of leafy greens both raw & cooked in lots of fat, lovely, but I can't think of many other ways to stay lower on protein & higher on fat?
I know this question has probably been raised before but i'm sure we can get some more original answers?
asked byRobert_13 (777)
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on January 27, 2014
at 09:28 PM
I really like mayonnaise and eat it with a lot of things, almond butter is amazing, bulletproof coffee will get fat in really easily, and I do a lot of coconut milk "milkshakes" with stevia and cocoa powder.
on January 25, 2014
at 07:58 PM
Good answer from the gastronomer. I eat lots of sea food often fried in olive oil with veg and sometimes throw half an avocado in the pan too. I eat at 3 eggs a day.
I agree with the suggestion above of 3 palm sized bits of protein a day.
I tend to eat a sweet potato in the evenings at present as I seem to need that to keep happy and feeling good.
I eat too many nuts (and sometimes nuts and raisins mixed) which is why I am stuck around 140 pounds which is very annoying.
on January 25, 2014
at 04:28 PM
I too have been looking a bit aged, but I am not quite that low carb, although for the amount of activity I do I probably am. I noticed more skin aging when I increase protein to anything over 10 ounces a day of meat. But lately I have been eating close to a pound and a a half of meat, because I am not too found of eating straight fat, and people have been telling me I look old.
I think in this situation it is prudent to lower protein, increase WHOLE FOOD sources of fat, and keep carb intake high. Eating plenty of fruit would provide a lot of antioxidants and vitamin c, neccssary for collagen production, and keeping carb intake high will increase glycoproteins production.
on January 25, 2014
at 04:11 PM
Protein is easy. Find what your lean mass in pounds is, multiply that number by .5 if you're not actively working out, by 1 if you're trying gain muscle and working out with weights. This will give you the number of grams of protein your body needs. Note that meat is ~30% (chicken breast)-25%(beef) protein, so you need to multiply the grams by 3 for chicken or 4 for beef. This will tell you how much to eat each day. It turns out to be 1/2lbs to 1lbs of meat a day for most people. A good shortcut is 3 palm sized pieces of meat a day - it works well since your palm will be relative to your height and lean body size.
In terms of carbs, somewhere between 50-200 grams a day is useful for most people, more if you're running or doing endurance sports.
The rest should be fat - usually to satiation. If you must get actual numbers, head on over to
http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ to figure out your basal metabolic rate. This is the number of calories you need to lie down in bed 24hrs a day unconscious. i.e. to just barely exist. So you need then to go here: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/
and multiply your BMR by the factor that applies to you. That's your total daily calories. You then subtract the protein and carb calories from that number, and what's left is what you need from fat. (of course some of this should be from your own fat stores.)
Ideally, the best thing to do is wing it. 3 palm sized portions of meat a day, and eat fats to satiation. Eat some carbs at night, not too many. If you find you can't deal with too much fat, you could try to supplement with Now Super Enzymes or another digestive enzyme supplement containing ox bile - this is absolutely required if you don't have a gallbladder, otherwise, you'd need to question why you'd want to down so much fat so quickly as to trigger stretorrhea.
on January 25, 2014
at 03:48 AM
From what I've read, there are a lot more reports of people looking aged on low-carb diets than on high protein.
What signs of aging have your noticed, and how soon did they start?
You might be interested to read about glycoprotein production and thyroid health on low-carb diets. Not everyone can handle long-term low carb intake.
on January 24, 2014
at 07:29 PM
I applaud you good sir, I too am on a low-carb, low/moderate protein diet because of the exact same reasons as yourself. High protein consumption does lead to rapid aging since protein does trigger insulin release in addition to increasing IGF-1 levels, which causes your cells to engage in accelerated proliferation with little regard to repair, thereby promoting aging, degenerative diseases and cancer, plus excess protein turns to glucose anyhow (with the added detriment of producing ammonia).
If you are afraid of eating fat straight up, consider the following options: olives (both black or green), nuts (preferably macadamias, hazelnuts, almonds and pecans) and their respective butters, coconuts and their cream/fat, avocados and guacamole, paleo mayo using oils like light (refined) olive oil, macadamia oil, or avocado oil. Don't be afraid of drinking a little bit of extra-virgin olive oil from a shot glass, it's quite delicious. Render your own fat from pork bellies, duck skins, and other fatty chunks, use it for cooking. Eat veggies stir fried in fat (olive, duck, lard, coconut, butter, etc). Eat dark chocolate (above 85%) which contains primarily fat (palmitic, stearic, and oleic).
If you are trying to limit protein without going hungry, consider that eggs only pack 6g of protein but have a lot of nutrition, so you could eat 8, which is a lot, and only get 48 grams of protein (assuming you are limiting yourself to no more than 50g/day). Another great source of protein is sardines, kiperred herring, salmon, oysters, mussels, and other canned fish. If you like seafood you're in luck, you'll find that these can pack a lot of nutrition per each gram of protein, so you get the most nutrition for your protein budget.
Non-starchy veggies are also your best friend, get plenty of these, they make life worthwhile and delicious without adding a substantial amount of carbs, plus the fiber turns to butyric acid in you gut (a short chain fatty acid) so its like you're eating fat, plus they pack a lot of nutrients as you surely know by now.