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US Obesity Keeps Rising – Not Stopped by Ridiculous Calorie-Counting Efforts


Eat less, run more. Watch your energy balance. That’s what Americans have been told for decades, yet obesity keeps rising.

NYT: Obesity Rises Despite All Efforts to Fight It, U.S. Health Officials Say

Newly published data shows that in 2013 and 2014 fully 38 percent of American adults were obese, a staggering number and a new record. The numbers have been rising steadily since the early 80s when around 15 percent were obese.

It’s clear that what we are doing is not working in the US, nor anywhere else. We’re attacking this from the wrong angle. We need to stop the ridiculous fixation on energy balance (a Coca-Cola sponsored concept).

What we eat determines how much we want to eat. This is a question of food quality – and then the quantity can take care of itself, via our natural hunger and satiety signals.

It’s a question of the hormonal regulation of weight, not calorie counting. Obesity is not a physics or mathematics problem, it’s biology.

Until society gets the fundamental questions right we’ll never arrive at the solution.

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Calorie Counts on Menus a Failure – Here’s Why


Calorie counts on menus aren’t working.

Seven years after calorie counts were mandated in fast-food restaurants in New York City, people do not eat fewer calories at all. If anything the trend has been for people to eat more calories on average. And every year people notice the calorie counts less – they seem to be fading into the background noise.

A new study shows it’s simply a failure:

Next year calorie labelling in fast-food restaurants will be mandatory in the entire US. Time will tell if they will be less useless outside of New York City, but all indications are that they will be a giant waste of time and space.

A hundred years ago almost nobody knew about calories and almost everyone was slim. Now everybody knows about calories and most of the US population is overweight. It’s not a problem of calorie counting. It’s a problem of food quality.

The problem is that the quality of our food determines how many calories we want to eat – and how many calories we spend. Worrying about calories first is putting the cart before the horse.

That’s why calorie counts aren’t working.

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New Study: Cutting Sugar and NOT Calories Improves Kids’ Health in Just 10 Days!

Sorry Coca-Cola, and all other calorie fundamentalists, out there. The evidence is in and it’s NOT just about energy balance. Sugar appears to actually be toxic in itself.

More and more people have long suspected that sugar is one of the main drivers of the obesity epidemic, and the diseases related to it, like type 2 diabetes. Lots of studies point in that direction. But it’s a hard thing to definitely prove. A new study published today strengthens the argument considerably.

The study had 43 kids with obesity and metabolic syndrome eat less sugar for just 10 days. Importantly, they had an equal amount of calories, the only difference was that the fructose from sugar was replaced with starch.

The result was improvement in just about all factors connected to metabolic syndrome: better blood pressure, better blood sugar, way lower insulin, even without any effect on weight. All this by reducing sugar and NOT calories, for just 10 days.

The story is all over the media today:

The study:

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Calorie-Counting Machines “Won’t Help People Lose Weight”

The creators with their gadget

The creators with their gadget

Are you a gadget nerd, like me? And interested in what is actually in the foods that we eat? Then this hand-held molecular scanner (á la Star Trek) is a cool new thing.

Check out this brief video:

We’ll see how reliable it actually is. It can be ordered for $249 but the estimated shipping date is not until February 2016. I did order one and if it really is useful – or just fun – I’ll write a post about it here.

Of course whether it will be useful for dieters depend on how you use it. The ability to assist in calorie counting is likely to not help much, for all the usual reasons:

The Guardian: Calorie-counting machines won’t help people lose weight

On the other hand checking food items for the amount of adding sugar in them would at least be fun, and possibly even helpful. There may come a time when these sort of devices are exact enough to trust more than the label on a package.


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A Classic Low-Carb Movie: Fat Head

Have you seen the classic low-carb movie Fat Head (2009)? It follows stand-up comedian Tom Naughton as he tries to lose weight on a fast-food diet, to prove Morgan “Super Size Me” Spurlock wrong.

Along the way Naughton realizes that he himself has been wrong in focusing only on calories. So ironically the message of the movie changes a lot from the first to the second half.

You can watch the trailer above. The entire movie is on our member site: Fat Head Directors Cut

As usual you can sign up for a free one month trial of the membership, to see not only this but also many other movies, video courses, interviews, presentations, etc.

More with Tom Naughton

On the member site you can also check out this interview and this presentation I recorded with Tom Naughton earlier this year:

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Weight Control – The Calories vs. Insulin Theory

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What really matters for weight loss? Calories in and calories out, or is our body weight carefully regulated by hormones, like the fat-storing hormone insulin?

In this presentation from the 2015 LCHF Conference in Cape Town I describe why the second explanation – about hormones – makes much more sense. And why the first one – about calories – is a simplistic description that completely fails to adress the cause of obesity.

You can buy access to the entire LCHF convention for $49 dollars from the organizers. Or you can see the talk on our member pages for free using a one month trial (then $9 per month, cancel at any time).

Weight Control – The Calories vs. Insulin Theory

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We’re adding the ability to rate presentations on the membership pages from 1-5 stars. You’ll also be able to see the number of views (on the video page) as well as the length of the video on the overview pages, by hovering the mouse over the video.

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“Fat is Your Friend”


Four New Video Interviews on Losing Weight and Gaining Health!

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 There are now FOUR more video interviews online on the memberships site (free trial one month).

1. The remarkable Dr. Terry Wahls tells the story of how she got her MS under control using a total diet change. Her TED talk has been viewed more than 2 million times, and here she tells her personal story in more detail. Watch

2. Paola Hughes, who’s lost 95 pounds on an LCHF diet with no hunger, shares her experiences and what she’s learned. Watch

3. Fertility specialist Dr. Michael Fox about how stress – like exercise and restricting calories (!) – can stop women from getting pregnant. Watch

4. Lastly, stand up comedian and film producer Tom Naughton shares why calorie counting for weight control is pretty much doomed to fail. Watch

Four insightful interviews. You can check them out instantly with a trial membership (free one month). If you want to stay more than one month it’s $9 per month after that and every dollar is used to support and expand the Diet Doctor site.

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“Coca-Cola Caught Funding Scientists Who Deflect Blame for Obesity Away From Sugary Drinks”

A very bad joke

A very bad joke

Did you hear the story about obesity being caused by a simple energy imbalance and a lack of exercise? And that soft drinks do not cause obesity? Turns out that the few “scientists” who still say this are often on Coca Cola’s payroll.

Obesity is a hormonal disorder. Soft drinks raise insulin, our main fat-storing hormone. You cannot outrun a bad diet.

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Let’s Stop Lying About Physical Activity and Obesity

There were many impressive people at the recent Cape Town conference, but to me two people stood out the most. One of them is the British cardiologist Aseem Malhotra. A man who is not the least bit afraid to eloquently tell the truth that most people keep silent about.

Not long ago he wrote in the impactful British Medical Journal that it’s time to bust the myth that saturated fat has anything to do with heart disease. This placed him on the front pages of papers all over the world, but now a lot of people realize that he was right.

Malhotra has not slowed down after this. He is often on TV, expecially in his home country of England and it’s not hard to understand why when you meet him.

The Interview

I managed to get an interview with Dr. Malhotra in South Africa and above you can see a short section. He explains that the common idea about physical activitity as a cure for obesity is something we need to forget – because it’s not true.

In the full 22 minute interview ha talks more about what we should focus on instead of calories, what food can lower risk of heart disease more than statin drugs… and how he lost weight eating 1,000 calories extra of a certain kind of food.

The full interview can be seen on the membership pages (free one month trial):

How to Make Your Food a Powerful Medicine, Not a Slow Poison – Interview with Dr. Malhotra

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