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How Obesity Can Protect From Disease

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Obesity is not widely considered a protective mechanism. Quite the opposite. It’s usually considered one of the causal factors of the metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.

I think obesity is a marker of disease, but ultimately it serves to protect the body from the effects of hyperinsulinemia. Let me explain.

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100 Pounds Gone Without Calorie Counting


4.6 out of 5 stars5 star80%4 star6%3 star8%2 star3%1 star1%62 ratings1,875 viewsStephanie Dodier had a life-changing experience when she suffered a panic attack at the age of 34. She decided to make drastic changes in her life, and lost 100 pounds in a year – without calorie counting.

In this brave interview, Stephanie Dodier shares her low-carb and weight loss journey. Watch a segment from it above (transcript). The full 24 minute interview is available on our member site:

100 Pounds Gone Without Calorie Counting – Stephanie Dodier

Start your free membership trial to watch it instantly – as well as over 140 low-carb related video courses, movies, presentations, other interviews, Q&A with experts, etc.

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What Sweetener Should You Use Instead of Sugar?

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If you have troublesome sugar cravings, what sweetener should you use instead of sugar?

This and other questions (what do you do about repeated uncontrolled eating at night?) are answered this week by our food addiction expert, Bitten Jonsson, RN:

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Cutting Sugar Rapidly Improves Heart Health Markers

Sugar – not just empty calories

Can a simple dietary change – just eating less sugar – make children’s risk of heart disease take a quick nose dive? Possibly.

In a new study (by Prof. Robert Lustig among others) researchers made obese children have less sugar, without changing calorie intake or macronutrients. They only substituted starch for sugar.

What happened? A fat associated with heart disease, triglycerides, decreased by 33% and there were dramatic reductions of small, dense LDL cholesterol (another risk factor for heart disease). All in ten days:

This supports the idea that sugar is uniquely problematic when it comes to heart disease risk. But the study did not have a control group, so the findings have be taken with a grain of salt (this is not an RCT).

Still, getting these big reductions in heart disease risk factors just by eating less sugar and more of something else, without changing body weight, and in just 10 days… it’s hard to ignore.

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Using a Ketogenic Diet to Stop Brain Tumor Growth

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Pablo received devastating news at age 25: He had a terminal brain tumor and only between 6 and 9 months to live. Doctors suggested chemotherapy – despite no hope of a cure in his case.

After studying online, Pablo chose to implement a ketogenic diet instead. Two years later, he’s still miraculously alive. What’s more, the tumor is apparently not even growing.

Plymouth Herald: Pablo, 27, Says His Survival After Terminal Diagnosis Is down to a Special Diet

The idea behind using a ketogenic diet to stop tumor growth is that you can starve it by not feeding it sugar. Plus, lowering growth factors like insulin may also slow down growth. It might work in some instances, and in some not, as outlined in this article which we wrote a few weeks back: Can Low-Carb and Ketogenic Diets Be Helpful in Treating Cancer?.

Note that Pablo is a case where conventional chemotherapy would have a moderate effect at best, with no hope of a cure. In many other situations conventional cancer treatment is very effective, offering excellent odds of beating the disease. Turning down treatment in such cases would be a very bad idea.

However, a ketogenic diet might be a potent weapon to use alongside other cancer treatments, at least in some cases. There would probably be much more research going on if it were a patentable drug instead of a simple diet.

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“I Feel Better and My Head Feels Clearer”

Before and after

Rebecca became addicted to sugar already as a child, and since then it has been something that she has battled throughout her life. But it wasn’t until she read Bitten Jonsson’s book “The Sugar Bomb In Your Brain” (Swedish only) that she finally understood that she was a sugar addict.

Here’s how she at last came to find LCHF and the other tools to help her beat her addiction:
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The 15 Signs You Could Be a Sugar Addict

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Do you eat sugar when you’re upset? Can’t you imagine a life without it? Do you feel like you can’t stop eating once you’ve started, even if you decided “only to take a little piece”?

Here are 15 signs that could mean you’re suffering from sugar addiction:

DailyMail: The 15 Signs You Could Be a Sugar Addict

Studies show that sugary foods can be quite addictive, so it is something to be taken seriously. Especially since it often leads to a wide array of disease (including obesity).

Do any of these signs ring true to you?

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“The LCHF Diet Is the Answer”

Before and after

Before and after

Susi lives in Indonesia, and like her friends she was taught that carbs were healthy and the best source of energy. But she did not feel good, and she lacked energy.

This is what happened when she did the exact opposite of the advice she had been given:

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Hello, my name is Susi.

I’m the one who’s doing the LCHF diet. I live in Surabaya City, Indonesia. I’m doing the LCHF diet because I’m so happy I can eat many foods that are very delicious but still remain healthy and slim. I’ve been doing the LCHF diet for almost 20 months. For me this is a blessing from God because I know that the LCHF diet is the answer to my prayers to God. For many years I prayed to God that I want to be slim and of course healthy too and the LCHF diet is the answer.

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Does Hormone Replacement After Menopause Help or Hinder Weight Loss?

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Does hormone replacement after menopause help or hinder weight loss? Are ketones dangerous while pregnant? And could semen volume be reduced by low carb?

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Can Low-Carb and Ketogenic Diets Be Helpful in Treating Cancer?

Can low-carb and ketogenic diets be helpful in treating cancer? Learn more in this new interview:

Dr. Kara Fitzgerald: Cancer, Low-Carb Diets and Tumor Keto-Adaptation

The main point is that there seems to be a great variability in responsiveness in patients to low-carb and ketogenic diets. Dr. Eugene Fine, professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, explains that in cases where patients did not respond well in his study, there were metabolic dysregulations (e.g. prediabetes) that may have made cancer cells resistant to the potential anti-cancer effects of ketosis.

Note also that in almost all cases researchers are discussing using ketogenic diets together with conventional cancer treatment, not by itself.

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