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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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Reduced Soda Consumption Forces Coca-Cola to Cut Thousands of Jobs

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Good news! For every year that passes, fewer and fewer people are drinking soda and now it’s starting to hurt the soda giants.

The biggest one, Coca-Cola, has until now managed by just for example cutting back on their advertising. But now they have to let thousands go.

NYT: Coca-Cola to Cut Up to 1,800 Jobs

It’s always sad when people lose their jobs. But hopefully they can find something better than pushing sugar water – that fewer and fewer want – in the midst of an obesity epidemic.

Soda drinking is not only bad for weight, teeth and health. It has also become deeply unfashionable.

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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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The Fear of Fat Goes Into Free Fall

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The food revolution continues and the credibility of the old theory that butter is harmful is in free fall. Here’s a real slaughter of the fear of fat in one of the leading scientific medical journals, The British Medical Journal. It’s written by an expert on evidence-based medicine, one of the leaders of the Cochrane Collaboration.

The conclusion? The advice to eat less fat was a gigantic mistake from the beginning, new science show that it isn’t beneficial. Instead it may have led to an increased intake of bad carbohydrates, which is likely fueling today’s epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

The BMJ: Are some diets ”mass murder”?

It’s time for all authorities still recommending low-fat replacement products to wake up.

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Big Fat Surprise Among the Best Books of the Year

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Wall Street Journal has named the best books of the year. Among them is The Big Fat Surprise, a book that totally rejects the last decades’ unnecessary fear of saturated fat. In the book the shaky background is discussed – and how today the theory completely falls apart in the light of modern science.

The book is well-written and captivating, but long. It has also been criticized for resembling Gary Taube’s classic Good Calories, Bad Calories which partly goes through the same story (but only up until 2007).

Most of those critics can’t stand Taubes, so they can’t stand Teicholz either. I’m a huge fan of Taubes so I should enjoy Teicholz, but a lack of time combined with a slight feeling of déjà vu has, embarrassingly enough, prevented me from reading more than part of the book yet. Finishing it is on my to-do-list. You can still beat me to it:

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Before and After One Month On Coca-Cola

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Before and after one month with Coca Cola

What happens if you drink 10 Cokes a day for a month? Everyone probably realizes that you’ll gain weight, but not everyone knows how much you can gain in just one month!

The Mirror: Man drinks TEN cans of Coke every day for a month – you’ll never guess how much weight he piles on

Nothing makes you fat as fast as soda.

On a more inspiring note, read how George from the experiment above next goes on a “zero-carb diet” to lose his soda pounds. It seems to be working well: www.10cokesaday.com.

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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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