DietDoctor.com http://www.dietdoctor.com Real food for your health Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:57:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Lunch at the Diabetes Conferencehttp://www.dietdoctor.com/lunch-at-the-diabetes-conference?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lunch-at-the-diabetes-conference http://www.dietdoctor.com/lunch-at-the-diabetes-conference#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:47:46 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12232 Here’s the lunch bag we got at the diabetes meeting. And here are the contents: This is the lunch we got, in addition to water. Some irony, to say the least: Sugar, sugar and starch. Cheap junk. The very things that lead to the diabetes epidemic, which this meeting is about. It’s particularly ironic as the […]

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Here’s the lunch bag we got at the diabetes meeting. And here are the contents:

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This is the lunch we got, in addition to water.

Some irony, to say the least: Sugar, sugar and starch. Cheap junk. The very things that lead to the diabetes epidemic, which this meeting is about.

It’s particularly ironic as the meeting is almost exclusively about drugs and molecules and statistics. There’s zero lectures on what happens if diabetics try to avoid eating what they can’t tolerate. Something that may be a necessary first step.

What do you think will happen to my blood sugar if I have this for lunch? I decided to test with a blood sugar monitor. What do you think it peaked at?

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Normalized Blood Sugar and 135 Pounds Lost with LCHF

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What’s Inside the Bags?http://www.dietdoctor.com/whats-bags?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-bags http://www.dietdoctor.com/whats-bags#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:08:58 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12229 What kind of lunch is offered at the world’s biggest scientific meeting about diabetes research? This one. These are the lunch bags all participants at the meeting are offered. The question is what’s inside the bags. What do you think? Continued: Lunch at the Diabetes Conference

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What kind of lunch is offered at the world’s biggest scientific meeting about diabetes research? This one.

These are the lunch bags all participants at the meeting are offered. The question is what’s inside the bags. What do you think?

Continued: Lunch at the Diabetes Conference

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A Secret Conferencehttp://www.dietdoctor.com/secret-conference?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=secret-conference http://www.dietdoctor.com/secret-conference#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:57:43 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12224 Unfortunately, I can’t offer you any pictures from the gigantic exhibition hall in Vienna, where all the pharmaceutical companies are. It is “strictly forbidden” to take pictures…

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Unfortunately, I can’t offer you any pictures from the gigantic exhibition hall in Vienna, where all the pharmaceutical companies are. It is “strictly forbidden” to take pictures…

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At the Diabetes Meeting in Viennahttp://www.dietdoctor.com/diabetes-meeting-vienna?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diabetes-meeting-vienna http://www.dietdoctor.com/diabetes-meeting-vienna#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:57:15 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12216 Here’s one of the 6 lecture halls, in session simultaneously, at the diabetes conference in Vienna…it’s big! Perhaps a little bigger than when I attended the same EASD meeting in Stockholm four years ago. I spent the first day listening to selected lectures, walking through the exhibitions of vendors (photography prohibited) and a long and […]

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Here’s one of the 6 lecture halls, in session simultaneously, at the diabetes conference in Vienna…it’s big! Perhaps a little bigger than when I attended the same EASD meeting in Stockholm four years ago.

I spent the first day listening to selected lectures, walking through the exhibitions of vendors (photography prohibited) and a long and nice lunch conversation with Dr Anders Tengblad. This at a lunch restaurant where they served fine food at a nice price. About 0.5 percent of the participants were there. Tomorrow, I’ll have a closer look at the lunch bags that are handed out to all participants.

More reports coming up when I get time to sort impressions a bit more.

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Do You Want to Watch the Excellent Obesity Documentary FED UP?http://www.dietdoctor.com/do-want-to-watch-the-excellent-obesity-documentary-fed-up?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=do-want-to-watch-the-excellent-obesity-documentary-fed-up http://www.dietdoctor.com/do-want-to-watch-the-excellent-obesity-documentary-fed-up#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:56:12 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12202 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 […]

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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.

Here’s the movie’s strengths… and its fatal weakness:

Among the experts who get the most exposure in the movie are noted, Robert Lustig, science journalist Gary Taubes and author Michael Pollan – and former president Bill Clinton.

The Derailed Project Against Childhood Obesity

One person who oddly enough (and perhaps cowardly), has declined participating in the movie is first lady Michelle Obama. A woman who has had as her main project to reduce childhood obesity in the US, but who made a fatal mistake… she chose to “cooperate” with the junk food industry.

The result is that her well-intentioned and beautiful project “Let’s Move” is failing, with a focus on efforts that are comfortable for the sugar industry, but not efficient for the children. The project resulted in obese children in the US being pressured even harder to run more, while they’re getting even more obese from all the addictive junk food surrounding them. This is abuse.

The promises from the junk food industry? They would “remove” the equivalent of 1.5 trillion calories from their products. It sounds impressive, but in reality it’s 14 calories per child per day. One bite of food a day, or a sip of a soda a day. And not even this small thing is real. Remove 14 calories? There are still unlimited calories available anywhere, whenever an overweight child wants. The shelves are just as filled with cheap junk sugar as they were before.

The junk food industry’s promise to “remove” calories when there’s always unlimited cheap and bad calories available everywhere is of course a bad joke. But it’s a joke that gets stuck firmly in the throat.

In schools, children are filled with junk food – and sodas – at lunch time. The joke has become a reality: in America’s schools, pizza counts as a vegetable. Poor Michelle Obama didn’t stand a chance against the junk food industry. And poor American children, who don’t receive a fair chance to avoid an addictive junk-food start in life.

A First Necessary Step

I highly recommend the documentary FED UP if you want to get upset over the sad state of affairs. However, a really efficient solution is not offered. They get halfway there: obesity is not about calories, it’s about sugar and addictive junk food.

That’s all good, but the only solution I see in the movie is more focus on vegetables. Vegetables are great, but I can’t really see junk-food addicted Americans giving their Big Macs for some asparagus. It’s not very satisfying. The ingredient that I miss the most here is fat, but also satisfying protein sources.

Perhaps the producers chose to sharpen the focus of the movie, by not ALSO venturing into the question of whether fat and meat are dangerous (which they’re not). Or perhaps they did not dare to explore further controversial topics.

The result is a movie that offers a cause of the obesity epidemic, but lacks an efficient solution. So, the glass is half full or half empty, depending on how you look at it.

I choose to view it as a major and necessary step in the right direction. America is waking up. Maybe soon we will stop mistreating an entire generation of children.

Have You Seen FED UP?

Have you seen the movie? What did you think? Feel free to comment below.

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Why Calorie Counters are Confused

Why We Get Fat – Interview with Gary Taubes

A Calorie Is Not a Calorie

Why Are We Fat? The Multimillion-Dollar Scientific Quest to Find Out

A Calorie Is Not a Calorie – Not Even Close

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LCHF Deadly in the Long Run… or Not?http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf-deadly-in-the-long-run-or-not?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lchf-deadly-in-the-long-run-or-not http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf-deadly-in-the-long-run-or-not#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:55:54 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12188 Will cholesterol levels, and thereby heart health, suffer when you eat a high-fat low-carbohydrate diet? That’s what people used to believe – even I thought so once – but science proves that this is wrong. Studies on diets similar to LCHF usually show that the participants on average not only lose weight but also improve their health markers, […]

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Will cholesterol levels, and thereby heart health, suffer when you eat a high-fat low-carbohydrate diet? That’s what people used to believe – even I thought so once – but science proves that this is wrong.

Studies on diets similar to LCHF usually show that the participants on average not only lose weight but also improve their health markers, including cholesterol. This is also what a Swedish expert investigation concluded last year. And this study from the other week was no exception.

Even the harshest critics have had to concede. Now, they’re sometimes claiming that LCHF will probably cause very poor health markers some time in the future, some time long after the studies have been completed. After, for example, five years – or after you’re weight is stable – LCHF will turn around magically and have the opposite effect.

However, once again reality shows something different. Here are some excellent newly published numbers after five years, from Sweden’s perhaps most rigorous LCHF person, Tommy Runesson. He cut his weight in half in the first couple of years and has since then been practically weight stable for three years:

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Cholesterol Numbers After Five Years on LCHF

Perhaps LCHF will magically instead have the opposite effect after six, seven years? Although this doesn’t appear to be the case:

My Health Markers After Eight Years on LCHF

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Time for a Gigantic Diabetes Meetinghttp://www.dietdoctor.com/time-for-a-gigantic-diabetes-meeting?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=time-for-a-gigantic-diabetes-meeting http://www.dietdoctor.com/time-for-a-gigantic-diabetes-meeting#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:05:55 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12180 Next week it’s time for the world’s largest scientific meeting about diabetes, EASD, in Vienna. Nearly 20,000 physicians, scientists, vendors and other participants will be there. EASD.org The major problem with diabetes treatment today is that diabetics are advised to eat the very thing that they can’t handle – large amounts of carbohydrates. This makes it necessary for diabetics […]

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Next week it’s time for the world’s largest scientific meeting about diabetes, EASD, in Vienna. Nearly 20,000 physicians, scientists, vendors and other participants will be there.

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The major problem with diabetes treatment today is that diabetics are advised to eat the very thing that they can’t handle – large amounts of carbohydrates. This makes it necessary for diabetics to use a lot of potentially dangerous drugs, they gain weight and suffer long-term complications from uncontrolled blood sugar. The question is if this will even be mentioned on stage at the conference.

On short notice I decided to attend the conference myself on Monday. It could be exciting, or what do you think? Reports are coming up.

Diabetes – How to Normalize Your Blood Sugar

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Yum! An Icelandic company is developing nutritious energy bars based on bug flour (ground crickets). The bars are supposedly protein and energy dense, as well as environmentally friendly.

The creators say there’s no reason to be concerned about the main ingredient. Insect flour is said to have a mild and nutty taste. In addition, the energy bars contain things like almonds, coconut and cocoa. And then you can’t really taste the crickets very much.

Want one?

BBC: Icelandic business plans energy bar made of insects

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All Diets are Equally Good … Or Are They?http://www.dietdoctor.com/any-diet-will-do-right?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=any-diet-will-do-right http://www.dietdoctor.com/any-diet-will-do-right#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 14:26:57 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12157 How should you eat for weight loss? In the past, many people used to believe that all fat was bad for you. Today, almost everyone knows that this was a mistake. The question is what is to come instead? The conventional wisdom today is fraught with confusion and a belief that it doesn’t matter at all what you […]

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How should you eat for weight loss?

In the past, many people used to believe that all fat was bad for you. Today, almost everyone knows that this was a mistake.

The question is what is to come instead? The conventional wisdom today is fraught with confusion and a belief that it doesn’t matter at all what you eat weight-wise – “all diets are equally good”. A new scientific review of selected previous weight studies claims to confirm this… but it turns out not to be that simple.

BBC News: Any diet will do, say researchers, if you stick to it

It really wasn’t “all” diets that were equally good in the review, but low-carb or low-fat. But wait a minute, and let’s look at how they grouped different diets:

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So, what most would call a low-fat diet, as in the old official or Weight Watcher’s dietary guidelines, turned out to be the worst in this review. It’s what they call “moderate macronutrients in the table above.

This despite the fact that the journalists wrote that all diets were equally good!

The diet groups that shared the first place were either…

  1. The average of all low-carb diets advising up to 40 % carbohydrates (Low-glycemic index diet)
  2. A strict low-fat diet, such as Ornish with less than 20 % fat.

A bit of an unfair comparison, it may seem. What if we instead compare advice on a more efficient strict low-carb diet, such as Atkins or LCHF (below 10–20% carbohydrates) with advice on a strict low-fat diet? Not many studies have compared the two, but by far the largest of them is Gardner and colleages’ study from 2007. Here’s the result:

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When it comes to more moderate low-fat diets, the difference is even more obvious – and they even had the worst results in this comparison! Advice about low-carb diets has won over that for conventional low-fat diets in so many comparative studies  – as recently as earlier this week – that it’s becoming more and more embarrassing to pretend otherwise.

Even a new Swedish government expert committee reached the conclusion that a low-carb diet provides more weight loss.

At children’s birthday parties we may feel free to pretend that all participants are doing equally well. But when it comes to scientific studies on different diets for weight loss it becomes more and more contrived to even try.

Previously

Swedish Expert Committee: A Low-Carb Diet Most Effective for Weight Loss

New Major Study: A Low-Carb Diet Yet Again Best for Both Weight and Health Markers!

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Losing 70 Pounds in Ten Months with LCHFhttp://www.dietdoctor.com/losing-70-pounds-ten-months-lchf?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=losing-70-pounds-ten-months-lchf http://www.dietdoctor.com/losing-70-pounds-ten-months-lchf#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:33:34 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=12134 Fatima lost nearly 50 lbs in just a few months with LCHF and shared her story here. Now she sent me an update: Here’s an update on my weight loss progress. I sent you a picture four or five months ago and have now lost more since then. I’m getting closer to my normal weight! LCHF has […]

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Before (213 lbs) and after (141 lbs)

Fatima lost nearly 50 lbs in just a few months with LCHF and shared her story here. Now she sent me an update:

Here’s an update on my weight loss progress. I sent you a picture four or five months ago and have now lost more since then. I’m getting closer to my normal weight! LCHF has really changed my life to a much happier and healthier one!

Thank you again for you great site, full of inspiration and great advice! I will stick to this diet for the rest of my life. Please feel free to share the pictures on your site :) – show the world that LCHF really works! I started this diet in late October 2013 and a great deal has happened since then :)

Sincerely, Fatima

Here are a few more before and after pictures:

Before (213 lbs) and after (141 lbs)

Before (213 lbs) and after (141 lbs)

 

Before (213 lbs) and after (141 lbs)

Before (213 lbs) and after (141 lbs)

Before (213 lbs) and after (141 lbs)

Before (213 lbs) and after (141 lbs)

Well done, Fatima, and good luck in the future!

More

LCHF for Beginners

How to Lose Weight

“Why Was I Still Fat?”

Previous health and weight success stories

PS

Do you have a success story you want to share on this blog? Send it (photos appreciated) to andreas@dietdoctor.com, and please let me know if it’s OK to publish your photo and name or if you’d rather remain anonymous.

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