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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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“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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Do You Want to Watch the Excellent Obesity Documentary FED UP?

This spring I wrote about this exciting documentary, FED UP. Just from watching the trailer it was clear that this would be something extra. A documentary about the obesity epidemic, of highest quality, that doesn’t just put the blame on a lack of calorie counting and willpower in sick people (something that’s just sickening).

The documentary screened in theaters in the US during the summer and received consistently excellent reviews. It hasn’t shown in Sweden, but a couple of days ago it was released on DVD and finally I had a chance to watch it.

The movie is excellent and goes further than other previous major productions. It completely dismisses the sugar industry’s favorite idea that obesity just depends on calories. Instead, the blame is clearly put on the real culprit: sugar and addictive junk food.

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A Calorie Is Not a Calorie – Not Even Close


A calorie is not a calorie. Some calories may, for example, make you burn 300 more calories per day (corresponding to 30 minutes of running).

The figure above shows that a strict low-carbohydrate diet on average resulted in burning 300 calories more, compared to a diet much higher in carbohydrates. More details about the study here.

Recommended reading, especially for those who still believe Coca Cola’s favorite argument: There’s no bad food, only bad character.

The truth is that an exaggerated intake of sugary drinks may force you to run an extra 30 minutes a day to maintain your weight. If you don’t get hungrier from all the sugar and eat more (which many do), in which case you could need an extra hour of running – per day – to maintain your weight.

Exercise is great, but for maintaining weight it’s easier to avoid sugar and junk food. Continue Reading →


The Problem Is the Soda. Not the Calories.


The latest issue of the science journal Diabetes Care has two articles about sugar. Soda consumption in the US has increased fivefold in the last 50 years, to 200 liters (211 quarts) per person and year.

  • In the first article, this gigantic source of sugar gets the blame for a big part of today’s obesity and disease epidemic.
  • In the second article, soda is said to be just empty calories, without any harmful effects of its own.

What’s the difference between the articles?

One difference is that the second article is written by a person who is paid by Coca Cola. The author John L. Sievenpiper ….

…has received several unrestricted travel grants to present research at meetings from The Coca-Cola Company and is a co-investigator on an unrestricted research grant from The Coca-Cola Company.

The focus on calories is the junk food industry’s favorite argument. They desperately want to make you believe that obesity is caused by bad character, not bad food.

With this explanation, those who sell (addictive) sugar drinks are automatically innocent.

Coca Cola and other companies pay billions for advertisements to make you believe the calorie explanation. And they are happy to pay researchers who can spread the same idea in scientific settings, to make their advertisement more credible.

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“Fat Is In, Sugar Is Out”

Good fat, good fat, sugar

Good fat, good fat, sugar

The paradigm shift continues. More and more experts stop being unnecessarily afraid of fat. More and more people blame the obesity epidemic on junk food, with added sugar and other refined carbohydrates as culprit number one.

Now there are also new rules proposed for nutrition labels in the US. They’ll make it easier to watch out for added sugar:

BBC News: Fat is in, sugar is out: Label creates new food hierarchy

Some people take a detour and blame the obesity epidemic on the fuzzy concept of calories. They are right in theory, but wrong in practice. The quality of the calories determines how many calories one wants to eat.

In the past, before the obesity epidemic, nobody knew what a calorie was. They still kept their weight. Requiring calorie counting to maintain weight falls on its own absurdity. It’s as silly as demanding that you count your breaths.

We have a built-in sense of hunger and satiety that works better than any calorie table. Especially as it’s impossible to know how many calories you consume. Continue Reading →


Calorie Smasher Feltham Says “Hi” to His Swedish LCHF Fans

Sam Feltham continues to kill the outdated idea that a calorie is always a calorie. He gained five times more weight (!) on junk food carbohydrates than on the exact same amount of calories on an LCHF diet.

Feltham is now doing a fake food rehab challenge. He’s consuming 3,600 calories daily on an LCHF diet. According to over-simplistic calorie counting á la Weight Watchers, he should maintain his weight on this amount of calories. But after eight days reality once again shows something different: he has lost almost 10 lbs (4.3 kilos).

On day 5, Feltham also offered a greeting in Swedish. Why is that? Watch the video above for an explanation.

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