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The 5 Most Common Mistakes on LCHF

Do you get a great effect from eating LCHF? Or is there a problem – do you have a hard time reaching your goal weight, are you hungry or do you feel bad?

In that case you could be doing one of the five most common mistakes on LCHF. In this short video I go through them.

Above you can see the first half of the video, with three of the mistakes. The whole video with all five mistakes is available on the membership pages (free trial one month).

The 5 common mistakes on LCHF

Have you made any of the mistakes or do you have any more to suggest?

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Big Headlines: “You Can’t Outrun a Bad Diet”

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You can’t outrun a bad diet. The obsession with counting calories and exercise is mainly a way for the junk food industry to move the spotlight from their problematic role in the obesity epidemic.

This is the message in lots of media today, after a great editorial from Dr. Aseem Malhotra, Professor Tim Noakes and Professor Steven Phinney:

BBC: Exercise ‘not key to obesity fight’

Skynews: Experts say you can’t outrun a bad diet

BJoSM Editorial: It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet

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Interview

Of course this mirrors the message in the video interview I did recently with Dr. Malhotra, the first author:

Let’s Stop Lying About Physical Activity and Obesity

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How to Break Free of Corporate Sponsorship

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If you’re at all interested in weight loss, type 2 diabetes or fasting you probably already know about the fantastic Dr. Jason Fung. If not, check out his site Intensive Dietary Management.

Dr. Fung wrote a short post yesterday about the newly launched Diet Doctor membership and the value of breaking free of corporate sponsorship:

IDM: New at DietDoctor.com

Of course I agree completely. The Diet Doctor site will remain forever free of ads, the pushing of special low carb products (often junk food in disguise) or corporate sponsorships.

We would much rather be funded by the people who want – and deserve – the plain truth. That is the motivation we want. And that is what we plan to do together.

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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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Weight Watchers Must Be Joking?

I decided to try out Weight Watchers online program and signed up today. I don’t really have any weight to lose – just wanted to see what I could learn and what their online program looks like.

I was astonished when I saw their “recipe of the day”, it’s Chocolate Cherry Cupcake Bites. Biggest ingredient? “Chocolate cake mix”. I googled that and not surprisingly the two main ingredients tend to be sugar and wheat flour.

Recipe of the day? It’s not still April 1, is it?

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The Pope and the Prime Minister Go Low Carb

A lot of smart people seem to be cutting down on the carbs these days. After gaining some weight Pope Francis has apparently been told by his doctors to cut back on pasta:

TIME: Pope Francis Told to ‘Eat Less Pasta’ by Doctors

He then joins British Prime Minister who recently said he’s giving up bread in a “great patriotic struggle” with his weight.

Do you know anyone else who might benefit from a low-carb diet? Feel free to tell them about our just updated (free) beginner’s guide to LCHF.

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Do All Diets Fail?

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Weight lost for 6 months, then regained.

Do all diets fail? Yes… and no.

In studies of weight loss on different diets it’s this phenomenon that is almost always visible. First a big drop in weight, lasting for six months or so, and then a regain. A common interpretation is that diets only work for a while, then they suddenly stop working.

I think this interpretation is wrong, and that there is a good reason why.

I’m reminded of this reading a new blog post by the fantastic Dr. Jason Fung – All Diets Fail – How to Lose Weight XI. I recommend his blog and lectures (although if you wait just a few weeks you can see the latter in much better quality). This time however, I don’t agree with everything in his blog.

It’s common to say that the reason people regain weight after a diet is that the body has a “body weight set point.” Presumably this setpoint will make the body regain any lost weight naturally, and thus conventional advice on diets is more or less useless for the long-term.

A Simpler and More Hopeful Explanation

I think there is a much simpler explanation that makes much more sense – and it’s also more hopeful:

Diets only work when you follow them. If you revert to your old habits again you’ll revert to your old body weight again. And nothing is easier than falling back into old habits.

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“I Feel Great and Strong and Life is Good”

Before and after

Before and after

What a change!

Ingegerd Salomonsson has an experience that many others share: Her obesity was associated with pregnancies. When she was young she was lean, but during three pregnancies she gained a lot of weight. More than most. She ended up weighing 309 lbs (140 kg) and probably also had type 2 diabetes.

After trying to lose weight in many ways, as early as in the 80’s she was given the opportunity to undergo weight-loss surgery (gastric banding). She lost a lot of weight – but over the years it came back. A second weight-loss surgery (gastric bypass) produced weight loss again – but again the weight began to creep back up over the years.

What do you do when not even two weight-loss surgeries solve your weight problems?

Finally Ingegerd found what worked for her – without new surgeries or medications. A lifestyle change brought all her health markers up to perfect and her weight fell back to where it was when she was young. And even though this lifestyle change is controversial her doctor approves and thinks she should continue.

Here’s her story: Continue Reading →

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