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Monday, August 30, 2004
8:47 PM

"Hey Mike, Say Something About...Bread"

Two things:

  1. Beer as liquid bread. If you think of it this way, it tastes better.
  2. The Atkins Diet: At first, I thought I had it all figured out. I thought it was totally based on economics. I thought the idea was that your perceived fullness from eating, say, 500 calories of pure fat or pure protein is higher than when you eat 500 calories of pure carbohydrates, such that if you eat a greater percentage of fat and protein, you'll eat fewer calories overall. Well, I guess I was wrong! Eating very few carbohydrates makes you go ketonic. I don't know exactly what that means, but it means you're basically making yourself sick to inhibit your appetite! Ain't that a kick in the stomach!

"Ketosis is the presence in the blood of abnormally high levels of acidic substances called ketones. The normal body fuel is glucose. Ketones are produced when there isn’t enough glucose in the bloodstream, and fats have to be used. When fats are used excessively as fuels, they are eventually converted to ketones. The real danger in ketosis is that ketones are acidic, and high levels of ketones make the blood abnormally acid.

Normally the blood ketone levels are low, but in starvation, untreated diabetes and when the diet is very high in fats and low in carbohydrates, the levels rise. Ironically, in diabetes, the blood contains large quantities of sugar, but because of the shortage of insulin, this glucose can’t be used as fuel.

Mild ketosis may be a feature of excessive morning sickness in pregnancy and crash diets. "

from http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/en.asp?TopicID=274

Sounds like a lovely way to lose weight, doesn't it?
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