Concentrate Your Carbs!

Based on seven different pillars of human knowledge, described below, concentrating the consumption of high-glycemic carbohydrates in one of the daily meals, and thus maintaining low insulin levels for the rest of the day, appears to be the most promising dietary approach to losing weight, lowering risks of degenerative disease (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease) and  strengthening chances for healthy aging.  The adoption of this diet could avoid enormous suffering and go a long way toward curtailing the spiraling costs of health care.  But the public will not adopt this diet widely  enough without the endorsement of key scientists and medical committees.

ABSTRACT: The epidemic of obesity and of degenerative disease and the health budget crisis militate in favor of focusing on feasible and effective dietary solutions.   Fortunately, if pulled together and properly interpreted, there is more than enough research already completed to advise the public of what is their best current bet, among practical and acceptable dietary regimens, i.e., without difficult to sustain 30% or 40% reductions in calories.  This best bet is a Carbohydrate-Concentrated (CC) Diet, in which whatever high glycemic carbs and sugars are eaten daily are consumed in one meal and are eschewed during the other meals.

On this diet, overweight dieters can anticipate not only a loss of weight but  improvements in biomarkers of health.  In particular, there is  evidence that most of the obese can, in this way, lose weight in a sustained way, and reduce related chances of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  They might even secure a delay in the onset of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Seven fundamental sources of theory and data commend this dietary practice. With so much diverse support, the public should be encouraged to try it.

This article is an effort to integrate, and update, key aspects of these sources of knowledge with a view to generating a consensus conclusion that might ameliorate the current health crisis.

To effect the integration, the paper defines a new category of diets, the Concentrated-Carbohydrate (CC) Diet.  Observing that Caloric Restriction (CR) experimenters normally feed their subjects once a day and that CC diets lead to loss of weight, hence to a reduction in calories consumed, the paper is able to link the expected results of CC diets with those of the famous and long-studied CR diets.

With a second observation, concerning the equality in number of hours of low insulin induced, the paper is able to link CC diets with those of the famous and long-studied Intermittent Fasting (IF) Diets.

Accordingly, it seems that CC diets may provide not only weight loss but some of the broad and far-reaching improvements in health and healthy aging–and the lower likelihood of getting degenerative diseases of many kinds–that have been well established for so long for both the CR and the IF diets.

The paper further identifies the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet (CAD) as the most feasible, tested and practical of the CC diets. The paper updates the case for that diet, and other CC diets, with observations from such new fields as Autophagy (triggered by the low-insulin hours in the diet) and Hormesis (triggered by the mild stress of the diet).       

The wide variety of CC diets provides the public with a great deal of choice.   The hope is that the relevant communities of expertise and commentary–in science, medicine and media–would join in recommending carbohydrate concentration with a view to promulgating and institutionalizing such diets.

Dieters would, of course, be advised to consult with their physicians before adopting and shaping a suitable CC diet and, certainly, there are patients for whom it would not be appropriate or who would have to try it cautiously.

Download the paper by Jeremy J. Stone