Why Are Most Dogs and Cats Obese Now?

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According to statistics more than half of dogs and cats are obese.

Pet Obesity Prevention: An Estimated 54% of Dogs and Cats in the United States are Overweight or Obese

The advice pet owners receive sounds familiar:

Your dog must eat less – and exercise more

The irony is almost blatant as the prevalence of human obesity has also more than doubled between 1980 and 2014. The advice to pet owners correspond to the useless advice that people too are receiving: eat less, run more.

Both people and pets have received such advice while they’ve gotten heavier and heavier. Apparently the advice does not work very well for humans, which has been confirmed in studies. Calorie-fundamentalistic advice is likely just as ineffective for pets.

One tip is of course to start instead to give the pets what they are genetically designed to eat. The same thing works well on their owners.

What does your pet eat? Continue Reading →

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“This Is the Happiest, Healthiest and Most Energetic I Have Ever Been”

Before and after

Before and after

This is fantastic! I got an email from Derek in Australia with a husband and wife success story. The journey includes massive weight loss and numerous health benefits, including reversing infertility – and avoiding weight-loss surgery.

Derek began his LCHF journey without his wife’s support, and she was confused and afraid of the changes she started to see in him. After three months curiosity took over: Continue Reading →

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The Beginning and End of the Fear of Fat

 
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This is the book that contributes to finally dismissing the old fear of fat. When the book The Big Fat Surprise came out in June last year, major American newspapers praised it. It has become a New York Times  best seller and The Wall Street Journal appointed it one of the best books of the year.

This book redefines food for many influential people and the fear of fat is losing its grip on the world.

Finally, I too have read the book. It’s a big book that initially is very similar to the fantastic Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007). But once you’ve read the first chapters you realize that this book is so much more. It’s an updated version with a somewhat different focus – and for most readers probably far more entertaining, clarifying and upsetting.

This is the definitive story on how fear of fat was based on how ambitious researchers and well-meaning politicians took short cuts and ignored the lack of real evidence. And as gigantic economic interests entered the picture things went very wrong.

The Problem with Fear of Fat

We know the result: instead of harmless fat – that we’ve been unnecessarily afraid of – people began to eat more sugar, wheat flour and other refined carbohydrates, which increase the fat-storing hormone insulin. Voilá: an epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

The book also goes in detail through the tragicomic and terrifying hunt for a replacement for natural saturated fat. Continue Reading →

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The Quest for the Eggless Egg

Eggs or not eggs?

Eggs or non-eggs?

What if there were an egg that wasn’t an egg? Scientists in the US are trying to create a plant-based “egg” for vegans. The current version contains half a dozen ingredients, mainly pea protein, but is not getting high grades from chefs:

TIME: Eggless Eggs Exist and This Is What They Taste Like

I myself don’t fancy industrially produced ersatz eggs with many secret ingredients, a taste of “grass” and a chef rating of 5/10. I see no health reasons either.

Those who are not vegans can safely eat regular, good old eggs, at least as long as the chickens have been treated well (egg production only aiming for cheap eggs quickly becomes unethical).

Eggs have developed to perfection over millions of years of evolution. There is no more nutritious food and the old 80’s fear of cholesterol has proven completely unfounded. Eggs provide a good cholesterol profile, good weight and a good blood sugar. Proper health and nutrition pills!

So how many eggs can you eat without risking that it turns harmful? I’ll say what I usually say: Preferably eat no more than 36 eggs per day.

How many do you eat?

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Updated design

No – you’re not imagining it. This site looks a bit different today.

  • We’ve updated the design, especially on mobile devices. The site is now “responsive”, meaning that the text and pictures should be the right size no matter what screen size you use – from mobiles, through tablets to big screen computers.
  • We’ve also changed the font to a more modern looking sans serif font.

Please leave a comment if you encounter any bugs or things that do not look good yet. And of course: feel free to say what you think about the changes.

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New Documentary on Allergies

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Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen wrote and produced the best new new movie about low-carbohydrate diets – Carb-Loaded. Lathe Poland is now working on a new documentary – Allergic, which may be released next year.

Poland writes on his homepage that in the process of making Carb-Loaded he came in contact with many other exciting diet-related areas, such as the enormously increased number of people who have suffered from allergies of all kinds in recent decades.

I’m looking forward to this movie. Many people who change their diet to a low-carb diet with focus on real food – or a Paleo Diet – report reduced allergy symptoms. I myself very rarely feel any of my earlier (moderate) pollen symptoms. What is the cause of this?

Possibly the biggest culprit behind the epidemic of allergies is the vastly increased amount of polyunsaturated omega 6-fat in modern industrial food and margarine (from new vegetable oils). Such fats are easily converted to inflammation-inducing substances in the body.

Science in this area is still shaky. But eating real old-fashioned food may be a wise insurance against new epidemics of chronic disease.

Have you improved your allergies with a lifestyle change and if so, which? Continue Reading →

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Feeding Infants Gluten INCREASES the Risk of Gluten Intolerance

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On the road to gluten intolerance?

Do you have an infant and wonder about the official speculative and controversial advice to give gluten (wheat-based food) to infants early, under “protection of nursing”? Forget this piece of advice.

I’m sure it’s well-meaning advice (whether or not it has been influenced by formula-manufacturers) but new science shows with certainty that this is wrong. This past fall I wrote about two new high-quality studies that show that early gluten introduction on the contrary INCREASES the risk for early gluten intolerance.

The other day, yet another study came out that blew another hole in the official dietary guidelines. However, this is just a statistical observational study. Children in various countries don’t develop less gluten intolerance if they are introduced to gluten earlier.

On the contrary, Swedish children, who on average are given gluten earlier than children in other countries, are significantly MORE gluten intolerant compared to American children, who are given gluten later than all other. This new statistics further supports last fall’s high-quality studies.

Do you want to avoid that your child becomes gluten intolerant, or at least postpone potential future intolerance? The best science we have then points in this direction: The later you have gluten and the less you have, the better it is.

Time for an Update?

So when will the agencies that issue dietary guidelines update themselves and stop giving advice on early gluten-introduction? Who knows. Judging from their record on the issue of natural saturated fat they can be at least a decade behind the science.

Perhaps todays infants will see updated official advice when they have their own children? Continue Reading →

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Shocking New Implantable Weight-Loss Device

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Do you want an “easy” way to lose weight? A new device has been approved in the US. It’s a kind of pacemaker with electrodes to the upper part of the stomach. It will signal that the stomach is full… and people will lose weight:

CBS News: FDA approves new kind of device to treat obesity

In the company’s studies subjects with the implant lost slightly more than others. Side effects may include…. nausea, vomiting, heartburn and difficulty swallowing.

Admittedly it’s great with less extreme surgical procedures against obesity than cutting away healthy organs (regular bariatric surgery). But you have to wonder if this isn’t just another desperate emergency measure, that doesn’t address the real cause of the obesity epidemic. It’s of course not caused by a lack of electrodes in our stomachs.

mcDAs an almost too good irony the CBC News video clip starts with an ad. The two I’ve seen were for “cholesterol-lowering” wheat-based cereal and over-sized McDonald’s meals.

If I ate like that perhaps I too would need stomach electrodes to maintain my weight. Perhaps one could get a pair with a future Happy Meal?

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