That’s much clearer to me, and I think we agree. If a person is incapable of metabolizing carbohydrates efficiently, they are metabolically deranged.
My point is that strict adherence to sub 20 carbs per day for years at a time leaves people unable to metabolize carbohydrates efficiently. I actually did a bit of a self-experiment on this last night. I added half a can of kidney beans to my nightly supper of hamburger, which is about 33 grams of net carbs. I’m a former vegan who lived on the stuff prior to reading Dr. Fung and starting keto so I figured that was a safe bet.
Guess what happened? I wound up on the can for a good portion of the evening. I can’t digest them anymore apparently. I hadn’t eaten them for a long time. I’m metabolically deranged! Ironically that was the same reaction my body had to meat back when I was a metabollically deranged vegan.
Put in the terms of the present discussion, I’m as metabolically inflexible now, as I was when I was a carb burning, sugar eating vegan. You may judge that as progress, but you’ll forgive me if I attribute that to an article of faith rather than reason.
On the bright side, this whole discussion has got me thinking more seriously about the importance of metabollic flexibity. I just made a 5lb batch of hamburger and this time I added in 15g of beans and 15g of rice to each 1lb portion. I plan on adding in other foods that I’ve not eaten in a while so that I can start to repopulate my digestive track with all the wee beasties whose populations I’ve allowed to decline.
Heresy or not, it’s better than being stuck in the john…