Thrasymachus wrote:Total bs, you don't want to live in reality from your posting history on such topics.
Even most low carb gurus cannot follow low-carb if you follow what they actually admit to eating and not their low-carb idealized advice which even they cannot follow long-term, ketosis is not only unhealthy, it is very difficult to maintain.
Well, I don't know about low-carb gurus, but one thing is certain: there is no such thing as "essential carbohydrates". There is neither such a thing like "carbohydrate soluble vitamins"
But there are essential fats, without which noone could continue to live, and there are also essential fat-soluble vitamins, without which people get sick and die.
Our cell membranes cannot be built without fats. On the other hand, the only thing carbohydrates are good for is producing blood sugar, which is only useful for burning for energy production. Without carbs you still can have any amounts of energy available produced from fats and live happily and lead a healthy life, on the other hand, without essential fats and without essential fat soluble vitamins you get seriously sick and die miserably.
Of course, the body is capable of producing fat out of carbohydrates, but the fats produced this way are the worst quality and the most unhealthy of all. This is only an emergency measure by the body in order to reduce dangerously high levels of blood sugar, that cannot be eliminated fast enough only by the burning process within the cells. This is why a "sugar bomb" in blood (as a result of eating complex carbs) is immediately followed by an "insuline bomb" (in order to turn excess sugar into those - unhealthy forms of - fat as fast as possible.)
One thing that should be taken care of, if one wants to reduce carbohydrate intake: one should NEVER substitute carbs by eating more proteins.
Though burning proteins also produces energy, this is just as dangerous for our health as eating too much carbs. The energy for the body should come in the form of healthy fats, neither proteins, nor complex carbohydrates.
So Atkins & Co., Palaeo etc. whith eating more meat are not the solution either.
A personal experience: I began eating a low-carb, high fat diet 8 months ago. I eat no bread, no rice, no pasta; a LOT of vegetables (but almost no high carb roots like potatoes, carrots etc.), little meat, some fish (about twice a week), some eggs, goat and sheep cheese, avocados, and quite a lot of virgin olive oil with almost everything.
I have lost 10 kg within these 8 months (from 82 to 72 kg) without doing any excercises (unfortunately I have no time at all for it) and without counting any calories at all.
And I am completely healthy, full of energy, without feeling any temptation to eat more carbs.
On the other hand, if I am invited and there is only spaghetti or sweets, I do eat it without feeling anything bad about it. The next day I continue with my plan anyway...