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LCHF on Australia’s Biggest Science Show!

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Things are happening! The other day an excellent TV show aired about the benefits of LCHF-like food. This on Australia’s biggest science show, Catalyst.

The show is not only about how LCHF may reduce appetite, produce weight loss without hunger or improve diabetes. It also goes into how this kind of food may help some top athletes to better performance.

Watch the episode for free online:

Catalyst: Low-carb diet: fat or fiction? (30 minutes long)

The show features professor Tim Noakes and professor Steve Phinney. Continue Reading →

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Improving Health and Weight After 40 Years of Struggling

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Before and after

Here’s another story about a several decade-long struggle with weight and health issues, took a turn for the better when Ron Webb changed his diet: Continue Reading →

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How the Editor-in-Chief Became Free from Epilepsy

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Can you recover and manage without antiepileptic drugs by changing your diet? Ask Christer Kustvik, editor-in-chief at Swedish newspaper Corren:

I hope you can stand some rampant joy, dear readers, because this column will be written in a state of euphoria.

The past week has been one of the absolute best in my life.

As I wrote on Facebook:

“Yiiiihaaaa! For the first time in 20 years, I am OFF ALL MEDICATIONS!! Two decades of epilepsy problems are suddenly under control thanks to changing my diet (fewer carbohydrates /sugar). Absolutely amazing, I feel like I’m flying!”

That’s how it is.

Fewer carbohydrates/sugar has given me a new life. A healthy life.

Suddenly I feel strong. Energetic. Light.

To get well when you’re sick is like a dream. A feeling difficult to understand for healthy people, I think.

Corren.se: Arenas Filled with Junk Food

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“Without a Doubt, Definitely the Best Decision I Have Ever Made”

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Weight loss on LCHF – even if it’s 121 lbs (55 kg) in eight months – is often just a welcome bonus. Emmy Frisk knows this. She emailed me her story, and what a story: Continue Reading →

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“I Finally Kept My Promise to My Mom”

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Before and after

Here’s a story about a long struggle ending in success… by doing the opposite. A story about regaining health and losing weight – by eating MORE.

Christoph in Austria sent me his story about how he finally kept the promise he had given his mother: Continue Reading →

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Carb-Loaded: the Best Low-Carb Movie Ever?

This might be the best low-carb movie ever. It’s just been released and you can watch it online:

Watch Carb-Loaded

Back in August 2013 the readers of this blog (and its Swedish cousin) helped kickstart production of Carb-Loaded.

The creators, Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen, have since done a terrific job of interviewing almost everyone in the low-carb community – like professor Tim Noakes, Gary Taubes et al (and me) – plus many other experts in food and nutrition, like Drs. David Katz, Marion Nestle and Yoni Freedhoff.

They’ve done loads of interviews, but that’s not what’s most impressive about this movie. What’s most impressive is how funny it is. I’ve basically heard all the information covered before, but I still found myself sitting with a silly grin on my face through much of the movie.

There’s some pretty impressive animation work lightening up the film too. But my favorite is the obnoxious doctor who sort of represents the conventional “wisdom” of our time. Reportedly the character was inspired by “dr Spaceman” in the TV series 30 Rock – if you’ve seen him you know what to expect.

Here’s a sneak peek of Carb-Loaded:

Did you like that? Check out the whole movie online here:

Watch Carb-Loaded

If you’d rather order a physical DVD or Blu-Ray disc, or if you want to check out other Carb-Loaded merchandise (like T-shirts) have a look at their online store. I you’d like, you can use the coupon code “DIETDOCTOR” for a 25% discount.

What do you think about the movie?

Note: I have no financial interests in the video streaming or the merchandise above.

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“Before, I Was Ruled by Food”

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Before and after 3 months

Emma had tried to lose weight with much effort and little results. Here’s her story about what happened in a few months when she instead followed her dad’s advice and tried an LCHF diet: Continue Reading →

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“Giant Leap to Type 1-Diabetes Cure”

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This is cool news. Scientists at Harvard just announced that they have managed to generate insulin-producing cells from human stem cells. This is hailed as a step towards a cure for type 1-diabetes:

BBC: ‘Giant leap’ to type 1-diabetes cure

Harvard: Giant leap against diabetes

Unfortunately, there are a couple of steps remaining to make it possible to cure people with type 1-diabetes. The cells need to be protected against the immune system, and would in reality act as a transplanted organ. This would require a life-long need for medicating with immunosuppressants for it to work – unless in the future, the cells can be made from the patient’s own stem cells.

Even in this the best case scenario, the immunosuppressing treatment might be required for a long-term effect, as type 1-diabetics also produce antibodies against insulin-producing cells, which is what triggers the disease in the first place.

There are also plans for trying to “encapsulate” the cells to protect them from the immune system without the need for medication. If this will work is not yet clear.

Finally, this is long-term a potential cure for just type 1-diabetes, which “only” one of ten diabetics in the world suffer from. Type 2 is a lot more common and is not caused by a lack of insulin-producing cells.

But still – potentially a big step towards being an important treatment consideration in the future. Continue Reading →

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“Your Best Carbohydrate Level Is the One You’re Happiest on Without Weight Gain”

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Before and after

I just got an email from Mary in Canada about how she found out where her optimal carb level is on an LCHF diet. How she finally managed to lose and maintain her weight – and reverse type 2 diabetes. Here’s her story: Continue Reading →

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A Low-Carb Diet Improves Quality of Life for Diabetics

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A Swedish study on low-carb diets for type 2 diabetes previously showed that blood sugar improved, and the need for medication was reduced. Now another analysis from the study shows that it also provided a better quality of life.

During the course of the study, the participants answered questionnaires and were interviewed in person. When this material was analyzed under direction of Associate Professor Margareta Bachrach-Lindström, an improvement in terms of physical performance, bodily pain and general health was found in the low-carb group. None of these improvements were seen in the low-fat group, despite the fact that they lost just as much weight. Mental health was unchanged during the course of the study and did not differ between the groups.

– The result is interesting and provides further argument for the idea that a low-carb diet may be beneficial for diabetics. We saw no evidence that the low-carb diet provided any psychological symptoms, as previously feared, says Hans Guldbrand.

When will diabetics cease to be subjected to low-fat diet recommendations, which provide a worse weight outcome, worse health markers and a worse quality of life?

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