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The Food Revolution in full swing:
Below is an excellent article from local Swedish paper Corren about this week’s SBU report showing that low-carb diets are superior for weight loss. It’s particularly pleasing to see so many wise comments from Professor Fredrik Nyström, who was a member of the expert group of the SBU.
For Fredrik Nyström the report represents a victory.
- Absolutely. I’ve been working with this for so long. It feels great to have this scientific report, and that the skepticism towards low-carb diets among my colleagues has disappeared during the course of the work. When all recent scientific studies are lined up the result is indisputable: our deep-seated fear of fat is completely unfounded. You don’t get fat from fatty foods, just as you don’t get atherosclerosis from calcium or turn green from green vegetables.
The time has come for the health care system to learn how to advise patients on a low-carbohydrate diet.
Here’s the full article, translated into English: Continue Reading →
Which diet is the most effective for weight loss?
This could be a historic day in Sweden. Today it became official. After over two years of work, a Swedish expert committee published their expert inquiry Dietary Treatment for Obesity (Google translated from Swedish).
This report from SBU (Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment) is likely to be the basis for future dietary guidelines for obesity treatment within the Swedish health care system.
The health care system has for a long time given general advice to avoid fat and calories. A low-carbohydrate diet (such as LCHF) has often been dismissed as a fad diet lacking scientific foundation. The time has now come to update knowledge in this area.
According to SBU, the only clear difference among different dietary recommendations is seen during the first six months. Here a low-carbohydrate diet, such as LCHF, is clearly more effective than today’s conventional advice.
From fad diet to best in test.
Here are some more highlights from the report: Continue Reading →
Which diet works best long-term for weight loss and improved health markers? Some say: eat fewer calories and go hungry. Others say: eat fewer carbohydrates.
Many 21st Century studies have compared the effect of these two popular pieces of advice. At least 18 studies of the highest quality have clearly shown a better weight loss result from a low-carb diet. Low-fat and low-cal diets have not won in any comparison.
Now, a new analysis selecting 13 of the most well-designed and reliable long-term studies, summarizes the results. The winner? You probably guessed right. The same as usual.
Reality now becomes increasingly difficult for opponents to explain away. Continue Reading →
This is pretty impressive. I just got an email from Cord in the pictures above, he wanted to share his story: Continue Reading →
Do you want to lose weight? Study after study shows that if you do, you should avoid sugar and starch. This is also true for children and youth. A new study showed that children (on average 13 years old) lost more weight on a strict low carbohydrate diet, despite eating until satisfied!
Children who instead received low fat and low calorie dietary advice had more difficulty losing weight, despite going hungry. Nor did their health markers improve in comparison.
At least two studies have previously demonstrated better weight for overweight children and youth who were given advice on a strict low carbohydrate diet [1 2]. And altogether there are now at least 18 studies of highest standard (RCT) clearly demonstrating a better weight on a low carbohydrate diet compared to “eat less and run more”. The latter advice has to my knowledge never won in any comparative study. Nor has anybody been able to show me such a study.
This means 18-0 in favor of a low carbohydrate diet.
A low carbohydrate diet is dieting for smart people who enjoy life (and who exercise for the purpose of being fit and feeling well). Eating pasta daily, counting calories and having to exercise like an elite athlete to get slim is a good option for masochists.
A new review of all major trials once again show what everybody already ought to know: Sugar is bad for your weight.
Is anybody surprised?
Updated researchers now take LCHF diets very seriously:
Gary Foster, director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University in Philadelphia…
“We have passed the time where we would say the Atkins diet is bad for you. That’s an outdated position,” Foster says. “This is a viable alternative for weight loss.”
After 150 years of on-off popularity, low carb diets are finally getting the scientific support they need to be taken seriously.
Dr Eric C. Westman, MD and president elect of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (weight loss doctors), has 15 years of experience helping patients lose weight and improve their health using low carb. He has also helped do several high-quality scientific studies on low carb.
In this interview I did with him at the last ASBP meeting he talks about the science and the practicalities of using real low carb food for improving your weight and health.
Protects you from cancer?
Do you want to lose weight and decrease the risk of breast cancer? We know that low carb diets are better for weight loss than low fat diets, that’s been demonstrated over and over. A new study of the highest quality (RCT) shows that low carb gives more weight loss than a Mediterranean diet as well. It also decreases the cancer stimulating hormone insulin more effectively:
Yet another new study presented at the same conference, an observational study, points in the same direction when it comes to cancer risk:
Here is professor Robert Lustig’s insightful talk from AHS – again. This time the slides are included in the video (not always perfectly synced) which makes the video much more watchable.
Lustig has a very believable explanation to how our weight regulation works, and why it sometimes do not. The core of his message: Too much fructose (or even more glucose) in the diet increases the hormone insulin which induces leptin resistance and makes us want to eat too much.
See his talk and you will understand more about obesity than many confused experts do. Personally I have seen it three times, which makes me feel very smart.
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