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Essential amino acid requirements

Stuart Dunn dunns99 at erols.com
Thu Dec 16 05:40:25 EST 1999

Martin E. Lewitt wrote:
> In article <38575463.7BE95CEA at mediaone.net>,
> ResNovae  <resnovae_I_DON'T_EAT_SPAM_ at SAM.I.AM.mediaone.net> wrote:
> >But there are often negative health effects from getting too much of
> >something in the same way there are for getting too little. Or am I
> >mistaken in believing too much protein, without adequate carbohydrates,
> >actually causes muscular breakdown (ketosis) because the body can't
> >metabolize the protein properly?
> Yes, you are mistaken.  Ketones are produced from fat and are a
> way of making the energy/Calories of fat available in water soluable
> form, in order to PROTECT against muscular breakdown.
> Muscle is the body's storage depot for protein and protein is routinely
> mobilized from the muscle to maintain amino acid levels in the blood
> between meals.  Someone on a high protein diet at the expense of carbs,
> both stores and mobilizes more protein.  More is mobilized because
> otherwise the muscles would just get bigger and bigger and bigger.
> And the body just doesn't do that without good reason, instead the
> excess protein is converted to glucose and if it is in excess of Calorie
> needs it gets converted to fat.  And the fat just gets bigger and bigger
> and bigger.       8-)>
>         -- martin
The fat won't get bigger and bigger if the dieter restricts his
calories. Everyone restricts their consumption of calories, even if they
don't count them. That's what you're doing when you wait until you are
hungry before you eat. The problem is, on a low carbohydrate ketogenic
diet, the only plant foods that can be eaten freely are things like
lettuce and parsley, which most people don't enjoy eating massive
amounts of. This is what makes such a diet hard to stick to.
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