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I found a "metabolic advantage". Have you experienced it?

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Created July 06, 2012 at 2:06 PM

I think I've found where a lot of the fat I eat goes. My diet is 65-75% fat, mostly from ghee, MCT oil, and animal fats. It seems I can pretty effortlessly maintain my weight no matter how much fat I eat, at least over the short term. I now think I have some idea why.

The other day my wife was complaining to me about the staining occuring on my pillow case where my head lays at night. This got me thinking.

Before I ate high fat, my hair was very dry, my skin was always flaking, and I used to get alot of bad nose bleeds in the desert winter (the kind where they have to stick an inflatable ballon up your nose for three days - I call it the brain spike as it hurts).

Since eating high fat, I now have to wash my hair twice instead of once in the morning, using a clarifying shampoo, and its greasy by the evening. My skin is much less dry, and I didn't have a nose bleed last winter.

So my hypothesis is this. I am exuding the extra fat I'm eating through my hair and skin. I'm literally sweating fat and I'm better lubricated on the outside. I'm a grease-ball. There's a lot of calories in a little fat so I could be shampooing away a couple hundred calories a day plus the amount that is left on my pillow case.

Odd idea for sure, but I think there's something to it. What do you think? Anybody else now a grease-ball after a high fat diet?

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on July 07, 2012
at 04:14 PM

What I meant by washing twice is later-rinse-repeat in the morning rather than later-rinse as before. So I'm not taking two showers or anything like that. Right now I'm washing away a lot of calories. I'm afraid if I stop I'll gain weight. <--tongue firmly in cheek.

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on July 06, 2012
at 05:08 PM

I agree about the hair. You don't have to go no 'poo, but washing your hair twice a day is actually going to INCREASE oil production and make you greasier. Generally not awesome for your skin. Maybe try a little baking soda in your shampoo every few days to get rid of gunk?

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on July 06, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Understood. It may be a mainly psychological issue for me.

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on July 06, 2012
at 03:59 PM

I used to think I couldn't do no poo either. My hair was a ball of grease and I never had to use gel. I was wrong, it just takes a while for your hair to readjust. You're not making the situation better by washing your hair daily, let alone more than once a day.

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on July 06, 2012
at 03:24 PM

Yeah, in the winter here in Arizona, my knuckles would crack and bleed. They didn't last winter on the high fat diet.

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on July 06, 2012
at 03:22 PM

Thanks for the link. Interesting. I personally don't consider this really a problem. After the kind of nose bleeds I've had I'd put up with nearly anything to keep them at bay. Who knows they may be able to use the oil from my hair as an energy source.

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at 03:20 PM

Thanks. Definitely not a lot of O6's. Nearly all my meat is grass-fed, no seed or veggie oils, don't eat nuts, etc. About a 1/2 pound of salmon a week though. Sorry, but I can't do the no poo thing. I just can't. I'm not really paleo per se. I'm more of a PHD'er.

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on July 06, 2012
at 02:54 PM

Linoleic acid and other fatty acids are found in our skin/sebaceous glands. The body has the ability to use different fatty acids in place of each other. So no, it's not an entirely wacky idea but you shouldn't be washing your hair that often. Look up "no poo."

Are you eating a lot of omega 3s or omega 6s? Those tend to make people greasier.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on July 06, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Thanks. Definitely not a lot of O6's. Nearly all my meat is grass-fed, no seed or veggie oils, don't eat nuts, etc. About a 1/2 pound of salmon a week though. Sorry, but I can't do the no poo thing. I just can't. I'm not really paleo per se. I'm more of a PHD'er.

E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

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on July 06, 2012
at 05:08 PM

I agree about the hair. You don't have to go no 'poo, but washing your hair twice a day is actually going to INCREASE oil production and make you greasier. Generally not awesome for your skin. Maybe try a little baking soda in your shampoo every few days to get rid of gunk?

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on July 06, 2012
at 03:59 PM

I used to think I couldn't do no poo either. My hair was a ball of grease and I never had to use gel. I was wrong, it just takes a while for your hair to readjust. You're not making the situation better by washing your hair daily, let alone more than once a day.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on July 07, 2012
at 04:14 PM

What I meant by washing twice is later-rinse-repeat in the morning rather than later-rinse as before. So I'm not taking two showers or anything like that. Right now I'm washing away a lot of calories. I'm afraid if I stop I'll gain weight. <--tongue firmly in cheek.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

(2698)

on July 06, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Understood. It may be a mainly psychological issue for me.

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on July 06, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Well, they have veggie oil run cars now. Maybe Paleo eaters will be the answer to the oil problem. One step further than the Flinstone car!

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on July 06, 2012
at 02:51 PM

I haven't gotten "greasy" yet, but I have noticed that my skin is no longer dry and itchy - I used to have to use lotion daily, but haven't needed it since starting paleo.

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on July 06, 2012
at 03:24 PM

Yeah, in the winter here in Arizona, my knuckles would crack and bleed. They didn't last winter on the high fat diet.

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on July 06, 2012
at 02:50 PM

Sounds quite interesting. I found this article from another poster: http://paleohacks.com/questions/118278/when-will-the-oily-ness-calm-down#axzz1zr0vSKvb

7f8bc7ce5c34aae50408d31812c839b0

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on July 06, 2012
at 03:22 PM

Thanks for the link. Interesting. I personally don't consider this really a problem. After the kind of nose bleeds I've had I'd put up with nearly anything to keep them at bay. Who knows they may be able to use the oil from my hair as an energy source.

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