--- In Hitdigest@y..., "Mark E." <marke@s...> wrote:
> To Chad:
> I endorse Dr. Dave's comments. I've followed a high
protein/fat, low-carb diet for a couple of years now. By surfing the
net I found a web-site called Extique.com and bought a book written
by Rob Faigin. I think it's a well-written, well-researched book
that thorougly explains this kind of diet and the dangers of a high-
carb diet. The book explains how to make the metabolic shift from
burning carbs for energy to burning fat, which takes roughly a week,
and I didn't notice any extreme dumbness when I made this shift.
> You may want to check this out. I'm very glad that I did.
> Mark E.
> Message: 3
> Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 13:29:20 -0800
> From: "David Lewandowski, D.C." <drdave@a...>
> Subject: Re: How does one avoid being dumb while cutting?
> At 03:56 PM 10/30/02 +0000, you wrote:
> >Okay, for a couple of months now I've been working hard to cut my
bodyfat down. I've dropped 13lb and probably 5% fat. My main
> >question is this:
> >It makes me dumb. I mean dull as a dairy cow. I'm a software
engineer and I'll be sitting there staring at the monitor, looking at
code I should easily be able to follow, and it may as well be
heiroglyphics. I can't follow it to save my life. It's the lack of
food that's doing it because if I eat something my analytical skills
return. The problem there is that eating something kind of kills the
notion that I'm trying to cut my fat...
> >How does one avoid being dumb while on a cutting diet?
> Personally, I have found that forcing my body to become
efficient at utilizing fat and protein for energy instead of carbs
(only 5-10% of
> caloric intake) has resulted in a very consistent blood sugar
level. From this my memory improved greatly as did my ability to
> lines of abstract thought eventually converging into a specific
point. Where as before eating this way, I would easily lose my train
> with even the most trivial distraction. Also, my workout
performance in terms of strength and stamina improved rather
> This all took approximately 8 months of being fairly strict
in terms of carb restriction for this to happen. But once your body
> become enzymatically efficient at using alternate energy forms,
your mental and physical abilities will reach a higher sustainable
> Dr. Dave
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