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January 9, 2009 at 4:46 am #7580

@slugger wrote:

It’s starting to get a bit confusing I always here advise like eat low GI, 2 grams of proteing per pound of body weight, 2 litres of water a day, no eating after work outs, no sugar and minimal salt and fat consumption.
theres low carb high protein and fat diets, how does that work? doesn’t fat have the highest amount of caloies per gram? how many calories does protein have? And does honey spike insulin levels?

Whoa – too many questions!

2 grams of protein per pound of body weight

Overkill – no need to account for total body weight – Fat doesnt need protein.

no eating after work outs

Im not sure who said this? – maybe the triathlete witchdoctor friend? Everybody should eat after a workout regardless of their goals.

minimal salt

No need to restrict sodium – our kidneys regulate sodium levels. If we eat more sodium, our kidneys adjust accordingly.

theres low carb high protein and fat diets, how does that work? doesn’t fat have the highest amount of caloies per gram?

Low carb/ high protein high fat diets (ketogenic diets) work because the body stops using carbs as an energy source and begins to use dietary fat as the sole energy source (under ideal conditions). Does it work? Yes if you can stick to it 100%. Does it work in the long term? No, not IMO. You also need to count your calories too. You cant just go out and do all you can eat sausages eggs and peanut butter.

how many calories does protein have?

4 – the same as carbohydrates

And does honey spike insulin levels?

Yes. Everything spikes insulin. Even protein. The question is how high. And for that you need a glucometer. Honey is slow releasing though.