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Why Don’t All Doctors Like Low Carb?

4.8 out of 5 stars5 star90%4 star3%3 star1%2 star1%1 star1%54 ratings4,441 viewsWhy are many physicians still skeptical to low-carb diets? Despite all the positive effects demonstrated on weight and health?

Here’s an interview with the physician and low-carb expert Dr. Eric Westman. He’s got more experience treating patients with low carb than possibly any other doctor working today.

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The Top 5 Videos About Ketosis

Do you know everything about ketosis, the state that you can achieve on low carb? Where the body and brain are fueled primarily by fat, turning you into a fat-burning machine?

Here are our top 5 videos about it, with some of the world’s foremost experts.

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Why The First Law of Thermodynamics is Utterly Irrelevant

There are many adherents to the Calories In/ Calories Out (CICO) theory that constantly bleat about “It all comes down to the First Law of Thermodynamics”. The First Law of Thermodynamics refers to a law of physics where energy cannot be created or destroyed in a closed system and is ALWAYS true.

However, in the complex world of human physiology, it is true but completely irrelevant. What the CICO people think it means is that if you reduce calories in, you will lose weight. Of course, it means nothing of the sort.

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Food is Medicine – First Look

Update: It seems like the trailer has been removed from YouTube.

Here’s the just-released first trailer for the upcoming documentary Food is Medicine. It looks really good.

Dr. Jason Fung and Dr. Rangan Chatterjee show up in the trailer saying wise things, and if you listen closely you might hear me speak a few words too.

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Dr. Michael Mosley: ‘I’m Proof Low-Fat Diets Don’t Work’


Eat more fat, said a UK health charity earlier this week. This got them huge headlines and attacks from conventional experts clinging to old ideas.

But they get strong support from Dr. Michael Mosley. He says he’s proof that low-fat diets don’t work.

The Telegraph: 5:2 Author Michael Mosley: ‘I’m Proof Low-Fat Diets Don’t Work’

Dr. Mosley recommends a lower-carb, higher-fat diet as well as intermittent fasting. Two good ideas for sure.

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New Study: Low-Salt Diets May Be Dangerous!


Could it be dangerous to avoid salt? The controversy over the advice to eat less salt continues with a new study published in the prestigious The Lancet.

Researchers find that people eating a low amount of salt have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death. A moderate intake is generally associated with the lowest risk. But people eating a high amount of salt only have an increased risk of heart disease if they also have high blood pressure.

What it means

This study – like most – is based on statistical data, that can’t prove cause and effect. But it strengthens the argument that a moderate intake of salt, 3 to 6 grams of sodium per day (7,5 – 15 grams of salt), may be best for pretty much everyone. This matches what most people eat in developed societies.

Current official advice on low-salt diets may be misguided. It’s possible that it’s even harmful to avoid salt!

So if you like salt you can probably have all you want. Just try to keep your salt intake somewhat moderate if you have high blood pressure.


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Sorry, There’s Nothing Magical About Breakfast

Sorry, there’s nothing magical about breakfast. Even the New York Times has noticed:

The New York Times: Sorry, There’s Nothing Magical About Breakfast

There’s nothing special about eating in the morning. So if you’re not hungry you’re probably better off waiting with “breaking your fast” until you are. Especially if you want to lose weight.

Most important of all, don’t let the breakfast be a refined carb feast like in the image above. You’ll find more healthy inspiration below.

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Should You Eat Slow Carbs to Feed Your Gut Bacteria?

4.5 out of 5 stars5 star81%4 star4%3 star2%2 star9%1 star2%44 ratings1,642 viewsShould you eat slow carbs to feed your gut bacteria? It’s a controversial topic, especially at a low-carb conference.

This did not stop the star of the BBC show Doctor in the House, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. In this presentation from Low Carb Vail he discusses the differences between low carb and slow carb. And what the microbiome could do for our health.

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Watch a segment above. You can watch the whole 30 minute presentation on our member site:

Low Carb, Slow Carb and the Microbiome – Full presentation

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Public Health England: Advice to Eat More Fat ‘Irresponsible’


We must urgently change the message to the public to reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes. Eat fat to get slim, don’t fear fat, fat is your friend.

– Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Not everyone agrees with yesterday’s truth-telling from Dr. Malhotra and the Public Health Collaboration. Some people got very upset:

BBC: Public Health England: Advice to eat more fat ‘irresponsible’

The Guardian: The fats and the furious

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Sky News: “Eat More Fat – and Stop Counting Calories”

Here’s a fun report from yesterday. Sam Feltham from the Public Health Collaboration faces off against a government obesity advisor and professor on the topic of low-carb diets.

Unfortunately the professor seems completely clueless, emphasizing that low-carb studies only test Mediterranean diets and never with unlimited amounts of saturated fats. Of course she’s completely wrong. There are many such studies, here’s one of the more well-known examples.

It’s not too strange that the UK official guidelines are so bad, when the government’s own obesity adviser talk with absolute certainty about a fundamental topic, while being absolutely wrong.

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