Health Implications of a High Fat vs. High Sugar Diet

dietary extremes

Following up on my post referencing a 95% sugar diet and its health improvement capabilities, let me explain further.

Both ends of this dietary spectrum, in their extreme opposing ends, promote weight loss, healing, and metabolic improvements, but they are not equally as forgiving.

Having used these two extremes in practice among many other approaches, adherence and people’s ability to stick to the strict nature of a very high fat or a high sugar diet differ significantly, with the high sugar being much more challenging to maintain.

Also, the metabolic advantage they both promote is hindered and can swing to the adverse health range easier in the high-sugar vs. the high-fat versions.

A high-sugar diet with a little more fat mixed in occasionally caused more stalling, less depth of improvement, and increased risk of metabolic dysfunction compared to a high-fat diet with a little more sugar here and there.

That is one of the reasons I stopped using them regularly with people looking to improve their health as they lost weight.

The main factor behind my choice to study, research, and use the insulin-friendly model of higher fat and low sugar is how it parallels the natural fasting metabolism that the body activates when it completely controls the nutritional variables while not eating.

If the body uses a specific metabolic profile and ratio of fat, protein, and glucose when in absolute control, as with fasting, a metabolism that has repeatedly demonstrated the most profound healing, healthy weight loss, and well-being results, then that’s what I want to target with my nutrition while eating to the best of my ability.

The body has no problem with and easily makes all the glucose it needs during fasting, usually about 80-100 grams daily. So, that would be my upper limit of whole food carb intake if I were to eat them, which I usually don’t.

The fasting metabolic state of repair, replacement, rejuvenation, detoxification, healing, and what we call all fall under the term when I say the state of recycling.

The fed and fasted state cycle on and off, opposing each other. One promotes breakdown, storage, and potential disease; the other is rebuilding, recycling, reusing, and repurposing.

So again, both dietary extremes promote positive effects, but they are not the same, and unlike the fed and fasted opposing states where both are 100% vital, just not 50-50 partners, the high fat and high sugar are not both needed or partners in any way.

I hope that helps.

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Dr. Don