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From:perspectivism
Date:February 2nd, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
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consume only water until your next meal (which should be breakfast).
After the work out do not drink sports drinks or "gainer" drinks and
do not consume any powdered protein supplements or protein bars. The
best thing to do after a work out is to take a 40 minute walk. During
this walk you will burn fat because you have released growth hormone
and your body is using free fatty acids to restore the phosphates and
glycogen in your muscles. If you block that process by consuming
anything that contains simple carbohydrate (and all the items I
mentioned above do) you will shut down this fat burning process.

There is more. You are slightly insulin resistant after a work out
because growth hormone is an antagonist of insulin. Hence, any glucose
that makes it into your blood stream will not be well-controlled and
you will have excessive blood glucose, with all the consequences that
this entails. It will be a mild form of elevated blood glucose, but it
will be there nonetheless and it is to be avoided.
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From:perspectivism
Date:February 2nd, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
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And here! http://www.arthurdevany.com/2005/05/reproduction_an.html :


Reproduction and Renewal

I have been watching this little cactus in my back yard. It is trying
hard to reproduce; about 30 percent of its resources are going into
these flamboyant displays in its effort to reproduce. It has no chance
of reproducing. This means that its limited resources are being almost
squandered on reproducing its genes to no benefit to the plant itself.
There is no more extravagent effort than the effort to reproduce,
because the effort is of no benefit to the plant or person. Only the
genes reap the benefits. So, they call the shots and plants and humans
that carry these genes have little choice.

I suspect that 30 percent is about what most prime age males spend on
reproduction efforts (can I buy you a drink? and time in the gym and
in expensive displays of athleticism and prowess). Women are not
likely to be much behind that spending curve (make up, clothes,
plastic surgery and other things I don't know about), for their genes
also wish to reproduce.

Females want good genes and, thus, may actually display more than
males to attract them. Males don't care as much as females about
mating with good genes, though they do care. They spend a lot of their
resources on trying to dominate other males for reproductive
opportunities (this is where I disagree a bit with Darwin's theory of
sexual selection, at least in modern theory where female sexual
selection is given too much weight and males dominating other males is
given too little. But, who am I to disagree with Darwin? Anyone can
disagree with Darwin or anybody else; it all comes down to the
evidence, not the weight of history or authority. Authority is
meaningless in the face of confirmed theory and strong tests of
hypotheses).

Back to the little cactus in my back yard. Given its vast expenditure
on reproduction, what are its chances of surviving? In a word:
diminished. What is spent on reproduction is not available for
maintenance.

Switch now to humans. What is the signal that turns the organism's
resources toward reproduction over maintenance? Insulin. When food is
plentiful, insulin levels are high and this is a signal to the
billions of uninterested cells (they don't care about your motives and
goals) in your body to shift resources away from their own survival to
the survival of the genes.

Consequently, adequate and more than adequate nutrition redirects the
body's allocation from maintenance to reproduction, usually
extravagantly so because your genes don't care about you. Why should
they? They are millions of years old and you are only a few years old
in the evolutionary scheme of things.

So, what to do?

If you want to redirect your resources from expensive reproduction to
maintenance, then keep your insulin levels low. We are back now to a
common theme on this web site.

This is where fasting comes in. I mentioned in a recent post that Ray
Walford died not long ago, after having spent many years in chronic
caloric deprivation. It works on rats (in experiments where one rat is
loafing and pigging out and the other is made to do hard work and eat
intermittently). The latter lives longer because it allocates more of
its resources to maintenance than to reproduction.

Walford spent years in caloric deprivation when nature tells us that
acute deprivation is the signal the body needs to reallocate resources
from reproduction to maintenance.

There is emerging evidence that supports the hypothesis that episodic
caloric deprivation extends life more reliably than chronic
deprivation. Acute, episodic deprivation is easy to take. Chronic
deprivation, as many dieters try to do, is unbearable. Your genes
won't let you do it because they don't care what your waist or dress
size is. They are just passing through your body on a journey far into
the future that began long before you existed.

I have practiced episodic caloric deprivation for years, but I do not
practice the chronic form. In a technical paper I did some time ago
and have not sent out for publication, I estimated that our ancestors
were in negative (on a scale of a week) caloric balance one third of
the time. It could not be otherwise given the fugitive high calorie
targets (big game) in the ancient human experience.
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From:perspectivism
Date:February 2nd, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
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me:

Another thing is that apparently each 16-24 hour fast gives the
digestive system (especially the liver) very valuable "rest time" that
it's always had in our evolutionary history. Specifically, the
cleaning out toxins claims that I used to roll my eyes at from New
Agers seem to actually be true for fasts! Many of those toxins are
what keep fat cells around in our bodies, because it turns out
that...De Vany's main theory in "Why We Get Fat" is to store specific
toxins that our overtaxed (from constant eating) bodies never have
enough lazy fasting time to get rid of!!
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From:integreillumine
Date:February 3rd, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
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I've always been skeptical of full-on fasting. But I have noticed that when I feel best-regulated eating/health-wise, there are days when I really just don't want to eat much, more like the modified 'fast' you mentioned. Then when a good workout or something happens, I want to eat a bunch, and enjoy the food that much more. Which sortof/maybe goes with some of this.

Isn't 1600 calories on average still overall calorie restriction though, for most men?
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From:perspectivism
Date:February 3rd, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
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I have noticed that when I feel best-regulated eating/health-wise, there are days when I really just don't want to eat much, more like the modified 'fast' you mentioned. Then when a good workout or something happens, I want to eat a bunch, and enjoy the food that much more. Which sortof/maybe goes with some of this.

Yep, I find the same!

Isn't 1600 calories on average still overall calorie restriction though, for most men?

Totally. But apparently not for the retirement home! (Their weight stayed stable.) These were considered the "healthy" seniors of 1957 who nonetheless were in what sounds like a (light) special care institution...so, they're old to begin with (and therefore of greatly reduced muscle mass if they live like ordinary modern people) + adversely selected for lack of activity/independence.
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From:papertygre
Date:February 3rd, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
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what is the source of this excerpt?
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From:perspectivism
Date:February 4th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
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I like your Ron Paul sign photo!

http://www.google.com/search?q=%22your+body+is+using+free+fatty+acids+to+restore+the+phosphates%22

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