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“For me LCHF = Freedom and Health”


Before and after

Mary spent 18 years being obese, with illnesses, depression and general unhappiness as consequences of her lifestyle. One day, she just wouldn’t take it anymore. She decided to live a life without being a slave to sugar and reversed her type 2 diabetes. Here is her story:

The Email

I have struggled with weight since the 7th grade – I yo-yo’d between a healthy weight and a little overweight until my mid to late 20’s when I steadily started gaining year after year. I spent 18 years in the obese category, topping out at 260 pounds in early 2014.

Finally on March 3, 2014 something snapped in me and I just decided no more. Continue Reading →


“I’m Planning to Make This a Permanent Lifestyle”

Before and after

Before and after

Carl had lost over a 100 pounds by adopting a low carb diet three times before, but he never made the change permanently. This time, he’s planning to not fall off the wagon and gain all that weight back. Together, he and his diet partner Chris have taken on the LCHF diet:

The Email


Thanks for requesting some more information about my journey to health through following an LCHF lifestyle.

In actuality, this is the 3rd time in my adult life I have lost over a hundred pounds by following a sugar free and low carb routine. I actually find low carbing easy to do and it always works for me. My past mistake has been to fall off the wagon after I reach my goal and to gain it back. Being 56 now, and for health, not vanity reasons, I’m planning to make this a permanent lifestyle. Me and my diet partner Chris have both lost close to 100 pounds at the current time. I started at 277 and my goal is about 155, as I am just 5 foot 9 inches tall. Chris started at about 360 and has a current goal of 200 for the time being. We have been on our new plan for just over 10 months. Having done this type of eating and lifestyle I am well read on the subject and I would be glad to answer questions and to help anyone out there who needs some inspiration.

I have attached a picture of my progress so far, feel free to use on your site if you like .

Thanks for your interest!

Carl Woerner

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Progress: -30 Pounds in Another 3 Months, Total -80 Pounds on LCHF!

Before & after

Before & after

We recently heard back from one of our weight loss story writers, Jason! Last time he wrote, he had lost 50 pounds, impressive enough that some people thought that his after picture was Photoshopped! And now Jason has lost even more – what are people going to say now?

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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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Study: Avoiding Diet Beverages Helps Women Lose Weight

Time to switch?

Coca-Cola will HATE this new study. And it may help a lot of people who struggle with their weight.

It’s been debated for a long time: Do diet beverages, with artificial sweeteners, help or brake weight loss? They are certainly less bad than sugar-sweetened beverages, the worst thing ever. But can diet drinks still be a problem?

The jury has been out, but a just-published study clears up the confusion. It followed 62 overweight women who were trying to lose weight and who regularly drank diet beverages. Half the women were randomized to start drinking water instead, the other half continued drinking diet beverages (one small drink five days a week) for 24 weeks.

The women who switched to water lost 19.4 pounds (8.8 kilos) on average, which was 2.6 pounds more (1.2 kilos) than the diet beverage group. The extra weight loss was statistically significant.

The water group also improved their fasting insulin, signs of insulin resistance and their glucose tolerance, compared to the diet drinks group. Those are all good things for losing weight and improving health.

Who to trust?

Importantly this is the only similar study – as far as I know – that has been done with no financial ties to the beverage industry. None of the authors reported any conflict of interest whatsoever.

In contrast, studies showing that diet drinks are neutral for weight control are usually blatantly funded by Coca-Cola, PepsiCo etc. I leave it to you whether to trust your health and weight to Big Soda’s pet scientists.

Personally I’ll keep recommending people to avoid artificial sweeteners in order to lose weight effortlessly. I’ve updated the page How to Lose Weight with details of this new study.

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Sugar Clinics Helping Mexico Control Diabetes Epidemic – Or Do They?

Does high-carb snacks help control diabetes type 2?

Check out this fascinating 8-minute news segment about Mexico’s ravaging diabetes epidemic, and a chain of specialized “sugar clinics” that is said to help Mexicans control it.

PBS Newshour: Mexico’s sugar clinics help patients gain control over diabetes

Witness the problem

While there are many good things said in the news piece there are also some absolutely jarring details. Things that spotlight how backwards we think about this disease, and the reason the epidemic is out of control and getting worse every year.

Witness for example the background during the interview. I thought the founder was standing in a convenience store, talking about the problem of easily available junk food and snacks. But no, he’s standing IN HIS DIABETES CLINIC!

Yes, they sell lots of crackers, snacks and “sugar-free” candy. And the narrator proudly proclaims you can pick up your prescription, special soft diabetes shoes… and a snack, showing high-carb crackers.

So there you have it. Get your blood sugar lowering drugs, and your blood sugar raising snacks, in the same place. No wonder things are not improving.

And for some reason several of the doctors and the founder seem to have weight issues themselves. Perhaps there are good reasons for it, but I can’t help suspect they are simply drinking their own Kool-Aid.

Note also the usual disparaging remarks about benign meat and fat, and the hyping of exercise as a treatment. Not mentioning that a diabetic would have to run all day just to burn a few of the snacks she picked up at the diabetes clinic.

There’s a long way to go in Mexico.

Diabetes type 2 is a reversible, often curable disease. Learn more about it below.

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Diet Coke Helps Weight Loss More Than Water, Media Reports – Based on Coca-Cola Funded Report

Professor Peter Rogers

Professor Peter Rogers

WOW! Drinking Diet Coke is apparently, possibly, maybe BETTER than water for weight loss!

The report is based on this study, which contains no new research but summarizes the authors’ views on all earlier studies – clearly an exercise that introduces lots of subjectivity and bias.

That could be OK. Except the lead author quoted in all the media above, Professor Peter Rogers, has been funded by Sugar Nutrition UK for many years, to “research” satiety effects of sugar-containing drinks. And Sugar Nutrition UK is funded by UK sugar manufacturers. Hmmm.

And it goes on. This present study from Professor Peter Rogers and his colleagues was funded by ILSI Europe, a group funded by companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

In plain talk that means Coca-Cola money in Professor Rogers’ pocket, for services rendered.

Professor Rogers’ co-authors include one person funded by the Dutch Sugar Bureau, one funded by a sweetener company (Canderel), two employees and shareholders in companies that manufacture products containing sugars and sweeteners, and finally one employee of ILSI Europe (funded by Coca-Cola etc.).

This is perhaps the most blatantly biased “science” I’ve seen. It’s like reading marketing material for the beverage industry. Unfortunately some media has fallen for it, and the “study” will surely be cited by a lot of people who want to sell you their diet drinks.

It’s yet another example of how Coca-Cola and other beverage companies pervert the science and confuse the public, harming people, to sell more of their products. But that can be expected. What’s unfortunate is that some scientists still sell out to them.

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Lunch at Obesity Society Conference

Great food for an obesity conference, no doubt.

Ali Zentner on Twitter: Lunch at Obesity Society conference

Perhaps not surprisingly, The Obesity Society is one of the shameless and clueless organizations on Coca-Cola’s payroll.


The Obesity Society joins a long line of organizations that really should know better. Like these classic lunches, from the biggest obesity and diabetes conferences in the world:


The Difference in Food Says it All

Better Advice to Lose Weight


Getting Back in Shape on LCHF

Before and after

Before and after

Getting back in shape is so much easier when the food does not make you hungry and/or miserable. Here’s another email from a regular reader:

Hi Andreas,

I have been a member of your website since the beginning and a big fan of the lchf lifestyle. I have helped many friends and family to lose weight and get healthier. I am obsessed with learning more and more about this and have done extensive research and reading. Thank you for the website and sharing your knowledge.

My husband’s story:
Steve was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011 and had part of his colon removed. He has been cancer free since. After the surgery, Steve, who has always been very athletic, kept exercising almost every day of the week doing cardio, TRX, hitt, fitt, yoga, bike riding, whatever. He did it all. Of course he wanted to eat healthy so every morning he had protein shakes filled with berries, oranges, bananas, kiwi, and fat free flavoured yogurt. He would make a crockpot full of steel cut oats and eat huge bowl fulls of cereal because it was healthy right? Bagel sandwiches, panini sandwiches, skim milk, low fat sour cream…all recommended by me. Ugh.

He spent a lot of time in the bathroom having to go 2 or 3 times a day. That’s changed now.

Steve eats some kind of egg meal every morning with bacon, sausage, cheese or veggies. Sometimes granola with 10% far plain yogurt. He only puts whipping cream in his coffee and usually adds coconut oil. Basically he has cut processed carbs from his diet.

Steve reports that going to the bathroom is a breeze, he is regular and everything is working better in the colon department. His eczema which he has had his whole life is gone. Plus he has lost at least 15 lbs., his clothes fit way better. He used to be hungry all the time but is not any more.

– Mariane Cunningham

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Women, Hormones and Weight Management

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Why do so many women over 50 struggle with their weight, even on a low-carb diet?

Jacqueline Eberstein, RN, worked closely with the late and great Dr. Robert Atkins for three decades, and she has a lot of experience treating people with these issues.

On the recent low-carb cruise she gave a presentation on the topic – and now it’s available here.

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