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The 5 Most Common Mistakes on LCHF

Do you get a great effect from eating LCHF? Or is there a problem – do you have a hard time reaching your goal weight, are you hungry or do you feel bad?

In that case you could be doing one of the five most common mistakes on LCHF. In this short video I go through them.

Above you can see the first half of the video, with three of the mistakes. The whole video with all five mistakes is available on the membership pages (free trial one month).

The 5 common mistakes on LCHF

Have you made any of the mistakes or do you have any more to suggest?

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Do All Diets Fail?

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Weight lost for 6 months, then regained.

Do all diets fail? Yes… and no.

In studies of weight loss on different diets it’s this phenomenon that is almost always visible. First a big drop in weight, lasting for six months or so, and then a regain. A common interpretation is that diets only work for a while, then they suddenly stop working.

I think this interpretation is wrong, and that there is a good reason why.

I’m reminded of this reading a new blog post by the fantastic Dr. Jason Fung – All Diets Fail – How to Lose Weight XI. I recommend his blog and lectures (although if you wait just a few weeks you can see the latter in much better quality). This time however, I don’t agree with everything in his blog.

It’s common to say that the reason people regain weight after a diet is that the body has a “body weight set point.” Presumably this setpoint will make the body regain any lost weight naturally, and thus conventional advice on diets is more or less useless for the long-term.

A Simpler and More Hopeful Explanation

I think there is a much simpler explanation that makes much more sense – and it’s also more hopeful:

Diets only work when you follow them. If you revert to your old habits again you’ll revert to your old body weight again. And nothing is easier than falling back into old habits.

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How Low Carb is LCHF?

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Tommy Runesson on strict LCHF

How low carb is LCHF?

Eating a low carb high fat diet has been very popular in Sweden since about 2008. But how low carb, and how high fat? There are no generally agreed exact levels.

This is a debate that flares up repeatedly. Some people think that only ultra-strict low-carbers should be allowed to use the term LCHF (people eating below 10 – 20 grams or carbs per day, for example). Others, who eat a more liberal form of LCHF – with a bit more carbohydrates – feel that strict LCHF is too extreme, and that they should use another term.

To me the answer is clear: No one has the exclusive right to decide what the concept LCHF means to others, exactly how many carbohydrates can be included. One has to accept that others choose to eat LCHF in their own way.

Some people need to eat very few carbs for a maximum effect. This includes many people with big weight issues, diabetes (mainly type 2) and food/sugar addiction, for example. One example is Tommy Runesson, pictured above, who lost more than half his body weight when starting on a strict LCHF diet many years ago, and still sticks to a strict variant.

Others – less carb intolerant people – do great on a more liberal LCHF. A third group of healthy, lean, active people may not even need to eat low carb at all, as long as they mainly eat unprocessed slow carbs.

My definition

Here’s my view on different levels of LCHF:

  • Strict LCHF  <20 gram carbs per day
  • Moderate LCHF  20-50 grams per day
  • Liberal LCHF  50-100 grams per day

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More on the Biggest LCHF Conference Ever

Here’s a new promo video for the biggest conference ever on LCHF diets, happening in Cape Town in two weeks. Just about every major expert on the subject will be there. The late additions include Gary Taubes.

More about why you too deserve a trip to summer-warm Cape Town: World’s Biggest LCHF Health Summit Coming Up!

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I’m going to be in Cape Town too, giving two talks. Our video expert Simon Victor will also be there. We’re going to bring lots of video equipment and set up a studio for interviewing some of the experts.

Are you going to be in Cape Town too? Do you have a success story you’d like to share? Please e-mail me at andreas@dietdoctor.com.

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Diet_Doctor on Instagram

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It was only a matter of time as I really enjoy taking pictures (of food): Diet_Doctor is now available on Instagram as well. Notice the “_” sign between the two words, the other name was taken.

Feel free to follow for updates and inspiration about great LCHF food – including for small children. You can also already check out the hottest LCHF breakfast in Sweden.

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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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World’s Biggest LCHF Health Summit Coming!

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This is going to be exciting. Late next month (20-22 February), the world’s biggest summit on LCHF diets and health will take place.

The meeting is in Cape Town, South Africa where such food has become extremely popular in recent years. This after the legendary professor of exercise and sports medicine Tim Noakes attracted much attention in the country with his complete about-face in recommending such food – not only for weight loss and diabetes but also for many endurance athletes.

The gathering of the world’s foremost experts on low-carbohydrate diets is perhaps the biggest ever (with competition only in recent years with ASBP/NMS meetings in the US). I’m in it too:

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Do you want to combine a holiday from winter in summer-warm and wonderful Cape Town with learning more about health and weight? Then this conference is for you.

The first two days are primarily directed towards professional health workers – such as physicians, researchers, nurses – while the last day is clearly directed at the public. This means that there will be more medical jargon during the first two days. If you’re fine with that you’re of course welcome during those days too.

Read more about the summit and the program

Those who don’t want to go all the way to Cape Town will of course see plenty of reports from the summit here at Diet Doctor.

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Bread and Pasta Sales Plummet in More and More Places

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Low-carbohydrate diets are getting more popular in England as well – newspapers report that sales of bread and pasta are plummeting! This is blamed on the idea that this kind of food is fattening (which it is).

Several versions of low-carbohydrate diets are popular in England, including the ketogenic LCHF diet and definitely the paleo diet, free from all sugar and grains.

Mail Online: Fad for low carbohydrate diets sees supermarket bread sales plunge faster than any other product

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