However, in chapter 4, "Not So Elementary, Watson" under the subheading, "The History and Science Behind the Program" they talk about Blake Donaldson, M.D., and Walter Voegtlin, M.D., who both devised an all-meat diet to help their patients with allergies (Donaldson) and Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (Voegtlin). The side effects of these all-meat diets were rapid weight loss from the midsection, and improvement of blood sugar and blood pressure problems if they had them.
They go on to explain, "We recognize that in today's climate of saturated-fat phobia, many people will be skeptical of following an all-meat diet despite the enormous amount of research showing there is no cause for concern. To overcome our patients' reluctance and yet preserve the biochemical benefits of the all-meat diet we knew would be effective in ridding them of their middle-aged middles, we deconstructed the meat into its basic components and reassembled them in a different, not-all-meat fashion."
I decided that I would just cut to the chase and try the all-meat diet. It worked, although I found I missed my vegetables, so I have added back in some of my VLC favorites. I'm considering going back to the all-meat diet again, as I have regained some of my previously lost weight. I also suspect that I may be one of the people Gary Taubes talks about whose metabolism has been irreparably damaged and it may not be possible to lose past a certain point without resorting to unsustainable behaviors (e.g., starvation-type calorie restriction), so rather than set an ideal weight limit which may be unattainable, I'm attempting to establish a pattern of eating that allows for no weight gain, but also minimal hunger and superior nutrition. And I sincerely hope that it will also promote the healing of my metabolism.
Thanks Denise. My diet is already mostly meat (with eggs), and it hasn't had a magical effect, although it's been moderately effective.
I sometimes think I eat too many calories, but maybe it's more like too much protein (although I keep the fat as high as I possibly can).
It's certainly not an excess of carbs in my case (not these days).