New Major Study: A Low-Carb Diet Yet Again Best for Both Weight and Health Markers!

Midsection Of Woman Smiling While Adjusting Weight Scale

Is it harmful to eat a low-carbohydrate diet for weight loss? Or is it even HEALTHIER than the current low-fat dietary advice?

A major new study published today further fuels the debate and has already made major headlines. In the study 148 people were told to eat either a low-carb diet (under 40 g of carbs per day) or a low-fat diet, for one year.

The results are similar to those in previous studies. Once again, those on a low-carb diet lost significantly more weight, in this case three times more:

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Dashed line = the low-carb group

Those who ate a low-carbohydrate diet also lost more fat mass.

What will upset people the most is that the low-carb group also got better cholesterol levels than those in the low-fat group! As usual, they got more of the good HDL cholesterol, lower triglycerides and an improved cholesterol profile (total/HDL). As if this wasn’t enough, the fat eaters in the low-carb group received a significantly lower risk assessment for heart disease according to the 10-year Framingham risk score!

In addition, the low-carb group got significantly less inflammation in the body (measured as CRP).

Finally, conspiracy theorists don’t get any support that “the meat industry” is behind all studies showing that low-carb diets work best. This study was funded by American tax dollars (through the National Institutes of Health). None of the authors have any financial ties to the industry.

Even before this study the results were nearly unanimous that a low-carb diet provides a better weight and better health markers than today’s low-fat advice:

Swedish Expert Committee: A Low-Carb Diet Most Effective for Weight Loss

After today’s study the truth becomes even clearer. It becomes even harder (and more embarrassing) for people to stick their heads in the sand.

When are people with weight problems going to receive scientifically sound dietary advice from most health care professionals? Hopefully soon.

The Study

Annals of Internal Medicine: Effects of Low-Carbohydrate and Low-Fat Diets: A Randomized Trial

Big Headlines:

TIME: For Weight Loss, Low-Carb Diet Beats Low-Fat
New York Times: A Call for a Low-Carb Diet
Reuters: Low-carb diets may beat low-fat options for weight loss, heart health
Washington Post: Low carb diets more than low fat ones may help protect against heart disease
USNews: Low-Carb Beats Low-Fat for Weight Loss, Heart Health: Study Continue Reading →

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“The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp”

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Here’s a fun idea: A butter knife that makes it easier to spread fridge-cold butter.

The idea was put up on Kickstarter last month to get funding. Their goal was $38,000 Australian dollars from people who wanted to pre-order a knife. Now that the fundraising is about to end, they’ve received almost ten times more. Popular butter knives!

Kickstarter: The Stupendous Splendiferous ButterUp

The question is what you do with such a butter knife if you don’t eat bread? Continue Reading →

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Losing 130 lbs with LCHF – and Still Counting

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Before and after

I received an email from Dustin Juell, who has lost almost 130 lbs (59 kg) with LCHF and is spreading the knowledge through his blog: Continue Reading →

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The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise?

BFS

A great article in one of England’s biggest papers:

The Independent: The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?

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Why Are We Fat? The Multimillion-Dollar Scientific Quest to Find Out

Gary Taubes and Peter Attia

Gary Taubes and Peter Attia

Why are more and more people fat? The conventional view that it’s all about calories (eat less, run more) remains unproven and it doesn’t work very well.

Gary Taubes and Peter Attia are on a quest for the answer to the question. Is it only about calories or is it just as much about the quality of the calories? Is it about carbohydrates and their hormonal effects?

The sad truth is that we don’t know with certainty yet. At least not with enough certainty, so that all of those who are able to rethink, would be willing to accept the evidence. To really find the answer will be expensive, very expensive. This requires bigger and more carefully done studies than what have been done so far.

Fortunately, Taube’s and Attia’s non-profit organization NuSI has already acquired $40 million in donations and is trying to get an extra $190 million to finance the studies needed. Three big studies are already going on.

Read this excellent article about the quest for answers:

WIRED: Why Are We So Fat? The Multimillion-Dollar Scientific Quest to Find Out

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How the NBA Star Got Skinny

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Before and after

There’s a clear trend towards a low-carb paleo diet among NBA basketball stars. The latest example is the biggest star of them all:

WSJ: Why LeBron James Is Suddenly Skinny – The NBA Star’s Other Big Decision This Summer: Cutting Carbohydrates

It will be interesting to see how LeBron James will do when it’s time to play. Continue Reading →

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Robert Lustig: The Man Who Believes Sugar is Poison

Robert Lustig

Here’s a great new article about professor Robert Lustig’s continued battle against sugar:

TheGuardian: Robert Lustig: the man who believes sugar is poison

And here’s my video interview with Lustig from a few years ago on YouTube. Continue Reading →

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You Don’t Have to Be Twenty to Get Lean with LCHF

Before and after

Before and after

I received an encouraging email the other day, and here’s Kennet’s story, translated from Swedish: Continue Reading →

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You Can Learn Anything

After the summer vacation, many people are trying to learn new healthier habits. Often, it works with enough time and motivation.

With enough time and motivation we can learn almost anything. If you’re interested in this – especially if you’re a parent – I recommend the short video above. There are more short videos on the subject at Khan Academy, including an interview with Carol Dweck, who wrote the book Mindset. I recommend this fantastic book to all parents… and others who want to learn something new.

In order to learn something  effectively you have to believe that you can learn. You need a “growth mindset”. It sounds fuzzy, but isn’t. If you don’t believe it, you will for a variety of reasons want to avoid learning opportunities.

So what does efficient learning and development have to do with health? A great deal. If all parents raised their kids on the basis of these ideas, I’m convinced that not only would we get a smarter generation, but they would also manage to learn much healthier habits.

 

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Acne (and IBS) Vanished with a Diet Change

Before and after

Before and after

Can severe acne be cured with a diet change? This is still controversial but there are many who have experienced this and there are studies that prove that it may work.

I received an email from Micke, and here’s his story, translated from Swedish: Continue Reading →

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