(11-15-2011 07:19 PM)sbhikes Wrote: Yeah, this worried me too, since I was on a 3000 mile long hiking trip, eating a daily calorie deficit and GAINING WEIGHT/FAT (gaining back what I had lost at the start), I figured I was one of the hopelessly broken ones. I'm starting to see some hope that perhaps, just maybe, I am not so far gone that I can't heal.
While I would love to be thin and beautiful, the truth is I have never been thin and beautiful so it's not a huge loss if I die without ever knowing what it's like. If I can at least be in good hiking shape, look fairly decent and not have to starve to do it, I suppose that if that's the best I can hope for it's not too bad a deal.
You can take comfort in the fact that while some of us have still not reached what we would regard as a desirable lower weight (although having lost plenty), those of us who have reported, have in the main, said that their major blood markers have improved, e.g. low triglycerides, good TG/HDL ratio, and "Pattern A" LDL.
And since, although there are still a few controversies and differences in view on fine detail, the longer I do this, the more evidence I seem to find that saturated fat is good, animal fat (which is a mixture), is good, provided that the animals are traditionally-reared, and that basically I made the right decision to go low carb, when I did. So the main "objection" on health grounds, by the mainstream, to LC, is completely without foundation (and always was), so that's good news.
There is still much to learn, and certainly no doubt tweaks to be made (I've made several this year and am sure will continue to do so).
People with severely damaged metabolisms/damaged thyroid function, may find it's not as straightforward as all that, and may have to do things that merely overweight, but relatively undamaged people won't have to worry about.
Also people who have sadly suffered kidney damage due to e.g. too high glucose levels, may also have to be very careful (e.g. with animal protein, and certain minerals).