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“I Enjoy Eating Like This with Little to No Hunger”

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After the weight had slowly crept up on him through the years, Tom decided to do something about it. Nine months later he’s lost 76 pounds (35 kilos) with no exercise. Here’s how he did it: Continue Reading →

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“Ever Since I Was a Child, I Have Tried to Lose Weight”

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Patrik had been struggling with his weight his entire life and nothing had worked. Then he found out why… Continue Reading →

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Jan Lost 101 Pounds Without Hunger or Counting Calories

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Jan had been trying to lose weight many times by counting calories, but every time the weight came back. He tried various diets, including whole-grain products and not eating meat. He couldn’t stick to the diets and couldn’t cope with always being hungry.

Here’s what happened when he started eating more fat: Continue Reading →

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“My Food Became My Medicine”

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Before and after

The active and sports-loving Thomas broke his foot in the late 80’s, but kept on eating like an athlete. He ended up gaining a lot of weight, with high blood pressure and finally diabetes type 2 as a result.

Then he read about low carb in a newspaper. Here’s what happened: Continue Reading →

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“I Feel Like the Neo Character in The Matrix. Everything I Was Taught About Healthy Eating Was a Lie”

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Before and after

Tim knew he had put on a little extra weight, but when his doctor’s report came back in, he got insulted by the word marked out at the top of the paper: “obese”.

That was a rude beginning, but Tim’s doctor made up for it by advising him to “cut the carbs”. This is what happened next:

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“The Nurse Wanted to Award Me a Gold Medal”

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As a 68-year old man Bibbe carried some excess weight, suffered from high blood pressure, felt fatigued and his vision progressively got worse and finally he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Quite common.

Here’s what happened when he tried low carb. Continue Reading →

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“LCHF Has Changed My Life”

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Before and after

Kunal tried several different diets to lose weight and improve his health. But he could never stick to his new habits as they made him feel hungry and cranky all the time.

Here’s what happened when he found Diet Doctor and LCHF. Continue Reading →

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Higher Fat Variation of DASH Diet Lowers Blood Pressure, Triglycerides, Study Shows

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The DASH diet – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – is often promoted as healthy. But it’s mostly a very conventional low-fat diet, including lots of fruit and vegetables and low-fat (yuk) dairy.

Interestingly a new study tested a higher fat version of the DASH diet – including full fat dairy. More total fat and less carbohydrates. And what happened? It turned out to be an improvement, resulting in better health markers in participants. Surprise, surprise, to all who still fear fat.

Science Daily: Higher Fat Variation of DASH Diet Lowers Blood Pressure, Triglycerides, Study Shows

AJCN: Comparison of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet and a Higher-Fat Dash Diet on Blood Pressure and Lipids and Lipoproteins

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Major New Study: Getting Blood Pressure Below 120 Saves Lives – and Increases Risks

A new just-released study may transform the medical treatment of high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is super common in the modern world – about a third of the adult US population have it, and another third have borderline high blood pressure. Only one third of the adult population have “normal” pressure (under 120/80). High blood pressure increases the risk of diseases like heart disease and stroke.

The most common treatment by far – and the only treatment that doctors have time for during a 10-minute consultation – is drugs. It’s not uncommon for people with high blood pressure to get one, two, four or even more drugs to take daily for controlling their blood pressure.

The question has been how aggressively to treat high blood pressure in people at risk of complications from it. Earlier studies has only proved a benefit from lowering blood pressure to below 140 systolic pressure. Studies targeting lower goals have been small and inconclusive.

This new big study – funded by the National Institute of Health and other government organizations (not the pharma industry) – compared a goal of below 120 to a goal of below 140. The results were so clear that the study was stopped in advance after 3.2 years.

The good news

Risk of premature death during the study dropped by about 1.2 percent in absolute numbers in the intensively treated group. In other words participants had a 1.2 percent greater chance of not dying during the study, due to taking more blood pressure lowering drugs. This is actually quite impressive. The risk of cardiovascular problems also dropped significantly.

The bad news

Lowering blood pressure this much required on average 3 drugs to be taken daily. Quite a few patients needed 4 or more drugs. All these drugs come with the risk of side effects.

Unfortunately the risk of serious side effects also increased – like the risk of ending up in the ER due to fainting from low blood pressure (risk up by 1.1 percent in absolute numbers) or having your kidneys damaged or totally give up on you (risk up by 1.3 percent).

The bottom line

Yes, it’s good for cardiovascular health to have a normal blood pressure. But aggressively lowering it with drugs always comes with side effects. These are not just about the serious things that makes you end up in the hospital. The more minor side effects are much more common. Feeling tired, lacking energy, gaining weight from beta-blockers, etc.

The really good news is that you can improve your blood pressure without 3, 4 or more daily drugs. And without any of the side effects. Here’s how:

How to Normalize Your Blood Pressure

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