A recent tweet by Prof Tim Noakes caught my eye:
As well as a qualified MD, Prof Noakes is a runner, a sports science & diet expert, and LCHF (Banting) advocate. So what was Prof Noakes really trying to say here?
You can’t run from a poor diet
His twitter statement was profound and part of a growing realization that “you can’t run from a poor diet”. If you follow the standard, western high-carb diet, advocated by just about all government agencies, you are quite simply on a hiding to nothing as far as weight control is concerned and the reason is quite simple when you think about it.
Unless you are able to maintain consistently high levels of intense exercise, for most people, consuming large amounts of carbohydrates leads to weight gain. They then try to lose this excess weight through exercise and, let’s face it, most fail! They fail because unless you are an ultra marathon or other endurance athlete, it’s virtually impossible to keep up with the constant insulin spikes and weight gain as you consume foods rich in carbohydrates. Further, as you age and your carb tolerance falls, the levels of exercise required to burn off those carbs increases even further, to the point where it becomes a practical impossibility. It’s a downward spiral.
However, if you are fully keto-adapted you are already fat burning, exercise or no exercise! Before LCHF I, like millions of others, tried to lose weight through exercise, blaming myself for being lazy when it didn’t work. When I finally went LCHF, ALL of my weight loss was achieved through DIET ALONE, peaking at a loss rate of 2kg/week! I was simply too unhealthy/over-weight to even consider doing exercise.
As I have always said and will continue to say, on LCHF exercise is an option NOT an absolute requirement. I will go even further and say that I defy anyone to come up with an exercise regime on a high carb diet under which you can lose 2kg/week in fat and that doesn’t half kill you in the process!
I look forward to reading your comments on this one..