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Check out the Warrior Diet.. at least Ori Hofmekler’s arguments for it. No calorie restriction, but it does involve fasting for most of the day. He argues it increases all the hallmarks of a great metabolism.
I’m curious if anyone has any thoughts on this..
Sorry, I missed the most important part! They talk about how the calorie restricted (CR) rats had such a low quality of life, depression, irritability, etc.. but the intermittent fasting rats were much more balanced even though they were eating the same amount of food..
Calorie Restriction vs. Intermittent Fasting
I’ve read somewhere that Matt only recommends overeating 12 hrs a day.. giving your body a break. This may be the key. And maybe even a longer break?
I knew I’d read this before, but I found it in an article so you could read the about the actual study.
An enterprising scientist decided to try a little twist on the CR experiment. He divided the genetically-similar animals into two groups, fed one group all it wanted and measured the intake, then fed the other group all it wanted ? except every other day instead of daily. When the intake of the group fed every other day was measured, it turned out that that group ? the intermittently fasted group ? ate just about double on the eat days, so that overall both groups consumed the same amount of food. Animals in the one group at X amount of food per day while the animals in the other group ate 2X amount of food every other day. So both groups ate the same number of calories but the commonality ended there.
The intermittently fasted group of animals despite consuming the same number of calories as the ad libitum fed group enjoyed all the health and longevity benefits of calorically restricted animals. In essence, they got their cake and ate it, too. They got all the benefits of CR plus some without the CR.
Yes! Thank you for bringing that up.. I checked and I think New Chapter is folate as well, but I didn’t consider that when I bought them. I may switch to Vitamin Code for Women for a little while when I run out, since I’m not actually pregnant yet.. I do like that brand a lot.. and see which one I feel better with.
In general I don’t like vitamin supplements at all either!
Ok, I’m going back on what I originally said about coffee raising my temps (it does, just not long term).. but this is interesting..
Dutchie – When I drink coffee, I drink it with honey & whole milk.. I suppose that’s because of Ray Peat. He swears you need sugar in coffee when you drink it, and so I use that more as an excuse to drink it with sugar rather than doing it for health reasons..
Coffee has a lot of magnesium in it.. just throwing that out there. And may that is why nature put it in there, because it pulls from the body’s energy reserves. With that said, I find that when I START drinking coffee, after having not had any in awhile, it will raise my temps drastically. Same goes for sugar I believe. I feel amazing. My temps go up to 98.6, it’s wonderful. This is short lived, however, because I also get a corresponding crash (in temp and energy). After drinking coffee for a few days though, my temps start to level out, and there’s not as big of a gap in between my lowest and highest temps of the day. I would think that means there is not as much stress being produced from the coffee/sugar, and it’s actually helping the body’s metabolism at that point.
So as of right now, my morning temps are increasing but the difference between my highest and lowest temps is decreasing.. I’m leveling out.. being more consistent throughout the day. So that first day, my high was 98.7.. and I was freaking out that it got that high. But my morning temp that day was 97.1, super low. Today, a few days later, my morning temp was 97.6, but my high was only 98.1.. not as many roller coasters. This is what I think we’re aiming for.
This is all theory of course…
The sugar/salt mix doesn’t work for me either.. that’s interesting with the fat. Raw milk helps me go back to sleep.. honey makes me super awake.
Anna – Thanks for your response! I find that my body adapts to coffee the more I drink it… after being off of it for awhile, even an ounce or two will affect me greatly. Over the holidays though, when I tend to not worry about anything – I drink a LOT of coffee and eat a lot of carbs.. my cycle is then usually very regular Jan, Feb & maybe March.. then it starts skipping months again when I go back to my “healthy diet”. (I have a very irregular cycle and history of low metabolism).. So that makes me think that in the long term, coffee is an aid. I’ve been increasing my carbs and lowering my fat and protein, which has been helping with overall mood in general.. I feel great so far.. but it’s only been about a week. My morning temp on the 25th was 97.1, the 26th was 97.4, and today was 97.6… so it’s possible my body is finally starting to get over the immediate adrenal effects of coffee and switch to the more long term positive effects.
Erin – I was a huge proponent of the pulse test and kept very detailed journals.. coffee was actually one thing that didn’t raise my pulse. But I only had about 5 foods that were in the safe zone, and total they equaled about 10 calories, so I was doing a lot of metabolic damage and stressing myself out over trying to follow the rules. On the other hand there were some major offenders, like bacon, which doubled my low 60/65 pulse to about 120 – those I still avoid. I also found that when my metabolism tanked with the low carb diets, my pulse reactions were much more extreme.
I have undiagnosed IBS, which I’ve had for about 4 years. I have a holistic nutrition background and I’ve tried literally everything, eventually settling on a WAPF diet, which has helped in certain areas but keeps me metabolically low.. it’s also possible I just don’t eat enough food. The GAPS diet and sugar control diets were the absolute worst things for my health.. so I’ve been fixing the downturn I took with them as well. My blood sugar was insane.. my insulin levels were super high.. anyone who recommends these diets to people with low metabolism are NUTS. When I went back to eating carbs, white flour, sugar, etc.. my blood sugar became fairly stable again.
Coffee is the only thing I can absolutely know will raise my temps.. sometimes by a full degree. And it lasts for quite awhile. It is extra liquid though.. I wonder if chocolate covered espresso beans would be more effective? Less liquid for those who can’t tolerate it while still getting the coffee. Plus the added chocolate..
Chocolate protein pudding.. check.
I would have stepped off the roof of a building for a cookie.
Ann Marie at Cheeseslave has an inspiring post..
She followed Matt’s advice, cooked with mainly good saturated fats, stabilized at 98.6 and then lost the weight while maintaining her temps.
I think food raising your cortisol is a temporary symptom until you get your metabolism up to par. I honestly don’t think it matters in the beginning how you are raising your temps if you’re eating the right foods and getting enough calories. Studying every detail is dangerous because you can really stress yourself out over it. Very unpleasant symptoms can follow a low carb diet when you are reintroducing carbs – cortisol and blood sugar issues are very common. Going through all the details and researching them all will only stress you out more. It takes awhile to adjust.
Also, Most people ARE drinking too much water, but be aware you may be pushing yourself into dehydration especially in the winter. I have been finding that I DO need water, otherwise I will get low temps from the stress of dehydration, and unusual cortisol spikes at night. We are in winter up here so humidity is nonexistent. I tracked my temps every 5 min for the last four hours this morning as I’ve been working. The biggest rise in temp was AFTER I drank a couple cups of water with a pinch of salt. I’m at 98.8, but only a little while after the water. My waking temp was 97.1. I’ve also had some orange juice and coffee this morning about 4 hours ago (which got it up to about 98.5 at it’s highest). Water pushed me up to 98.8.
If anyone else has a comment on this, I would be interested.