This is a long post. I have tried to clarify my opinions. I have tried to find the papers involved, but my opinions have been formed over the years, and have not been able to find much of the papers involved. I do go more logically than by studies. If it makes sense to me, as in it does not contradict anything that I know then I am more likely to accept it. I am not rigorous about it. But I think I have them essentially right.
In my opinion, you are making the claim here, that somehow the energy that you consume as carbs, disappears. My contention is that it does not disappear it gets stored. Do you mind telling us where that energy goes, if it does not get stored. It cannot simply disappear.
I do understand that you eat very little carbs, 15% has to be little. But if you are eating like 200gms of carbs in one meal most of it will get stored. I don't see the problem here.
Now onto the Low Carb + Weight lifting. I think you do agree with this. Otherwise you wouldn't be here, and would not eat a low carb diet (15% is low carb). I guess your contention is about the entirely healthy bit. So yes it is a contentious issue. Not everybody feels the effect, because most people have a reasonably working Adrenal system. But there are others who do not have Adrenal sufficiency. If you with the clinical definition of Adrenal sufficiency, it is a zero or 1 definition. They believe either your adrenal works at 100% efficiency or it is producing too much possibly because of some cancer, or it is producing nothing, because it is dead. It does not agree to something in between 100% and zero. If you want alternate views on that you can look for the Dr.Rind's Metabolic Temperature Graph. It explained a lot of things to me. I do seem to have an adrenal insufficiency. Don't you think if people can have thyroid working something in the middle, adrenal would also be like that. Even pituitary would also be like that, but that is too horrible, I am not sure what people with those problem do. Anyway doctors don't accept these conditions, as there are no patentable drugs that can relieve symptoms. Wait till they find a patentable drug they will start to talk about them, like they do work on thyroid, with a single T4 drug, when it doesn't work for most people.
The contention might be that it causes a lot of stress. So well any food causes stress. The body must digest it. It is a lot of chemicals entering the system, some the body can neutralize, others it can utilize and some it can't. Those it can neutralize will eat up some resources while doing so. Those it can't will cause some damage, and then the body must recover from. Low carb, if it has too little carbs and too much protein, will require amino-acid conversion to glucose. This conversion requires cortisol, which is the anti-stress hormone of the body. Please read about cortisol, and its functions and you will understand that. It is also a gluco-cortoid hormone, that is it is required for gluconeogenesis. The production of cortisol stresses the adrenal, as it has to release it. If it is not working well, there will be trouble generating enough, which will mean there will be less cortisol for the anti-stress function.
Resistance training or HIIT, increases glycogen requirement, and will cause more gluconeogenesis if coupled with low carb, increasing the stress on adrenals.
About the whole wheat, I have read enough. I don't know what you are reading, but read about the effects of Gluten. My brother got rid of his eczema after stopping it. It manifests itself into many auto-immune diseases as well. Second part of whole wheat is WGA, wheat germ agglutinin. Although not well known it is probably more dangerous than the Gluten. It causes digestion problems by acting as a growth hormone to the intestinal wall, which causes the cells to be immature, and unable to secrete digestive enzyme. Gluten, Casein, lactose become problematic because of WGA.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/4510 ... d_RVDocSum
Read the following
http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/ ... ctose.html
In addition Whole Wheat is particularly high in Phytates which causes mineral deficiencies particularly of Zinc and Magnesium.
Wheat also has a lot of insoluble fiber. You might think fiber is good for health, but think about what happens to insoluble fiber. It is not broken down very fine. It does not dissolve in water but absorbs water to become big. It is probably big enough to interact with the celia in small intestines. What does it do as it passes through intestines. It cuts down celia. Hopefully not for too long, and bacteria will get to them before they cause too much damage.
Wheat Germ is also known to destroy Vitamin D in the body, or rather the body uses up Vitamin D while dealing with the Wheat Germ.
You might think that latitude is sufficient to explain the white skin of caucasians. Its not. How do you explain the darker skin of Inuits and eskimos. Or darker skins of American Indians living at the same latitude. The white skin is actually explained by the effects of the WGA on Vitamin D production. It reduces Vitamin D levels in the blood substantially. Consequently you require a very pale skin to make any Vitamin D.
Not able to find this paper. There is another one where they compared Vitamin D levels between Whole and refined wheat. Whole wheat caused a bigger reduction.
I am sorry if you don't find all that convincing. Well, for me it is a poison, period. The China study just confirms all that I have read.
About the Sweeteners. I do agree that it is speculation. But being a proponent of Paleolithic diet. I assume that anything that has not stood the test of time, might be problematic to the body. There is a study showing that Diet coke causes more obesity than plain coke. I don't know whether to believe it, but it does go with my thinking.
The real problem for me with artificial sweeteners is that they don't get absorbed by the body. If they don't get absorbed what happens to them. Where do they go? They might be discarded in the urine. But some might lurk behind. What does it do? The only sweetener I would agree to take is Stevia, because there is a aborginal group that has been taking it for a substantial time.
For me, I only avoid sweeteners in drinks, when not consuming with food. My reasoning goes like this. If you have some solid food, the stomach must process it to make it into chyme. This chyme gets secreted out the stomach slowly. If you drink water this process is not required and the liquid goes directly out of the stomach. The fructose and other natural sweeteners need to be processed by the liver and other cells, to convert into fat or something equally benign. If the liquid comes out fast enough, it can overwhelm the bodies ability to process it. This may cause the fructose to remain in the blood for much longer than acceptable. Fructose/galactose cause glycation at much higher pace than glucose, more than 10 times. Glycation is the thing that causes AGEing (Advanced Glycation Endproducts), things like cataracts, increases Hba1c. That is how high blood sugar levels cause damage to the body.