8.1: health/zone/Lustig/missing the forest for the sugar trees,
. this is a recap of the Dr.Lustig-coach debates .
. please note that while writing the following,
I was trying to understand a coach's view
without having any experience at being one;
if you'd like a good coach;
to learn how sugars can be your friend
see Dr.Lustig's debaters, Aragon and Hale:
. they have publications for not only
strength training and obesity control
but also how to do good health research:
# Alan Aragon's Research Review
# Aragon . Girth Control:
The Science of Fat Loss & Muscle Gain
. Jamie Hale's publications:
# Knowledge and Nonsense,
including Nutrition: Fact or Fiction
# Protein Essentials
# The Carbohydrate Files
. both appear on jpfitness.com's Nutrition forum:
# Hale has corrected Sugar Obesity myths
(notice the chiseled torso),
# Hale interviews Aragon,
# Aragon answers a question about subscriptions .
. in the debate with Dr.Lustig,
the coaches who defended simple sugars,
and esp'ly fructose,
were not sympathetic to Lustig's main point:
. not everyone has good coaches,
and they are getting caught in food abuse .
. it doesn't help a cocaine addict
to know that Dr.Freud could use responsibly;
what is most relevant here is
whether sugar is an abusable substance,
and can we do anything to curb abuse?
. the coaches certainly have a good reason
for supporting proper use of simple sugars:
there can be great gains in muscle-building
from the pulsing of insulin* and IGF
(insulin-like growth factor)
by properly applying the combination:
# whey or branched chain amino acids
(an insulin resistor and growth food)
# simple sugars (including both
the insulin-provoking glucose,
and the insulin-resisting fructose).
*(however, Aragon has reservations).
. some have even noted that proper pulsing
can increase testosterone levels
(testosterone can rise with insulin resistance),
while improper use that results in obesity
can lower testosterone
(converting it to estrogen).
. to get the proper effect from sugars
you need to be initially healthy,
with good insulin sensitivity,
assisted by peak resistance training,
or aerobic exercise,
and possibly fasting beforehand .
7.19: proper respect for context:
. chiseled fat-free bodybuilding
may depend on a chemistry
that can speed recovery without adding fat,
and that means refilling the liver's glycogen quickly
without having to worry about high glucose levels .
. for the most part, safe handling of glucose
means leaving it up to glycogen conversions,
and, on an empty liver (without glycogen)
fructose quickly provides this glycogen
because when empty,
the liver prefers converting fructose to
glycogen rather than to triglyceride .
. the general public is neither
pulsing their simple sugars properly
nor into peak-resistance exercising;
and, the sugar they use
is typically going straight to triglyceride!
. Dr.Lustig has linked abuse of sugar
to metabolic syndrome and obesity;
. Gary Taubes has linked cancer with
metabolic syndrome and obesity .