Twin Brothers Put Diet Crazes to Ultimate Test is quite an interesting article, and I found it a fascinating experiment.
I also found that my experience is drastically different from the twin who “opted for a high-protein diet that ditched all forms of carbohydrates, from table sugar to flour to fruit.”
I think that most of the reports today seem to focus on Atkins, or Protein Power & South Beach Diet when the topic is high protein, low carb diets. CALP (or the original version by the Hellers, known as CAD) is rarely, if ever, mentioned.
I don’t see CALP (for a list and explanation of the abbreviations I use go here) as fitting in the description Xand gave of the diet he trialed.
When I read about Xands experience ” eliminating sugars had some nasty side effects. His breath stank and he felt constipated. Moreover, he was sluggish and tired, and his brain was in a fog. ” My first thought was he’s badly dehydrated! If you don’t drink enough water, you will have both of the issues he listed (and potentially more).
I don’t experience this, and consider fluid intake an important part of my daily “diet”. I also eat plenty of fresh raw veggies. To be sure I don’t have any issues, I take a Magnesium Citrate supplement daily.
(This is my favorite brand Solgar)
I found this bit in the article also vastly different from my experience: “Nutrition expert Angela Lemond explained to Yahoo Shine that high-protein diets produce chemicals called ketones, which promote weight loss but can lead to kidney failure. “We recommend staying above 100 grams of carbohydrates per day to avoid going into ketosis,” she said, adding, “We know people cannot sustain this way of eating and therefore, they regain the weight.”
Per the program I use to track my daily intake of protein/carbs/fats/sodium and calories (My Fitness Pal ) I am rarely if ever above 100 gms of carbohydrate. This is not by design, it is just what I see as a total at the end of a day.
I am going to celebrate 3 years of strictly following CALP soon, it has been easily sustainable. I know of at least one person who had a large weight loss following CALP, and has used CALP for maintenance, for more than 7 years. I intend to do the same.
The changes I’ve experienced since beginning CALP, are a clearer mind, more energy, and a feeling that my body is working as it should. I eat when my tummy growls and don’t get sleepy after a meal. I am satisfied until the next time my tummy grumbles, hours later.
That is the way it should be, and it hadn’t been that way for me in years.
I do not find CALP an extreme approach to lowering the carbs in one’s diet!
There is no counting of grams of carbs and sticking to a super low level of them.
I choose from a list of CM (craving reducing) vegetables for my CM meals, and while lower in carbs (no sweet potatoes outside my Reward Meal!) they do have some.
At my Reward Meal I do have complex carbs – choosing from fruits, grains, or dark chocolate and nuts (and yes, on occasion ice cream or a special baked good).
CALP does not forbid a thing – but it does require timing and balance. It is not a diet (nor a craze!) but a way of eating that is a change for life. A better, healthier life. One I look forward to maintaining.