I too question Gundry's protocol, but I am less sure your numbers are necessarily bad even though LDL-P went up. So did HDL and I notice that avg LDL size also actually increased a bit (21.2 > 21.8), and TG's stayed pretty low. Remember his experience is driven by clinical outcomes associated with markers, not the markers themselves.
That said, I do think Gundry is missing some key things re animal fats. I'm still bothered by one comment he made that I chose not to followup on at the time re fat soluble vitamins. In short, when I asked 'what about fat soluble vitamins', his response was that other non-animal fats are just as good at soluablizing those vitamins. Of course, if there not there in the first place (as they are in animal products) this wouldn't do you any good.
I continue to believe that variability is key to all of this. I did read his whole book, and would say it is more a treatise on hormetic stress induced by variability than anything else. Aside from clear msg that simple carbs are bad, the big idea is that periodic exposure to things that are bad for you are actually good for you (primarily plant phytochemicals). Certainly was not a book dominated by some magic fat/carbs/protein ratios. I also think his ideas on evolutionary origins of shift from apes to humans were interesting, but struck me as incomplete and a bit of oversimplified cherry picking… e.g. in this attached chart...
...10% total fat from both veg and animals sources in pre-history seems implausible to me on a regular basis… although it might have been true during extended periods of the year?
So my current model is that he has one piece of the puzzle. He's also quite overboard on supplements in my view. Although the one thing he definitely turned me on to that I think could be very important is this methionine/glycine thing. I am supplementing w glycine daily now, and immediately after any meal when I have animal muscle meat. I've also re-stepped up my broth intake which of course I find tremendously delicious, just time consuming to make all the time…. and the strange side effect that my sleep is worse when the delicious smell of broth is wafting through the house
…and while I'm at it, I note that I'm also still unconvinced on all this olive oil and guacamole I'm eating. I love them both for sure, but part of me still wonders if superposing anything regularly will be good for me? Sardines can stay, as I think ~5 cans/week on salads is a good natural food source of n3 fats and modest protein.
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