DietDoctor.com http://www.dietdoctor.com Real food for your health Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:07:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Low-Carb High-Fat Changed My Life!http://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb-high-fat-changed-life?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=low-carb-high-fat-changed-life http://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb-high-fat-changed-life#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:06:20 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11522 I got an e-mail from Jane Briton in Australia, who struggled to lose weight with low-calorie diets for many years. Here’s what she discovered when she decided to study to become a dietitian, and soon realized what the biochemistry text book had to say about what causes storage of fat:  The E-Mail Hi, I would like to share my story: […]

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Before and after

Before and after

I got an e-mail from Jane Briton in Australia, who struggled to lose weight with low-calorie diets for many years.

Here’s what she discovered when she decided to study to become a dietitian, and soon realized what the biochemistry text book had to say about what causes storage of fat: 

The E-Mail

Hi,

I would like to share my story:

I was a very skinny teenager who married early and had three babies over 15 years and each time I got slightly fatter. I stand 173 cm/5’8″ tall and at my heaviest I weighed maybe around 80 kg/176 lbs. My mother was a Weight Watchers lecturer (even though she was always overweight) who starved herself and resorted to very low-calorie diets, such as Jenny Craig. When my weight became an issue I resorted to those same diets trying to be “skinny” like I was in high school. I even walked an hour a day very fast and joined the gym. Nothing got me lower than about 75 kg /165 lbs and I always put the weight back on very fast as soon as I gave up, which was often.

By the time I was 25 I was on antidepressants for a back problem that caused me to have restless leg syndrome, I had chronic sinus, and basically felt absolutely miserable. I had my gall bladder removed and was shocked at the size of the stones because I ate low-fat everything. I thought high-fat diets caused gall stones! I was always constipated and worried I would get bowel cancer like my mother.

I was 37 when my marriage ended and I decided to go to University to get an education. I was studying to be a dietitian because I knew that Australia was getting fatter by the year and so I would be guaranteed a job. I also thought that this knowledge would solve my diet problems forever… surely ALL dietitians are “skinny”?

My first year science courses included biochemistry which is basically the study of the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. Well, it only took a few glances at my text book for me to realise what caused the storage of fat. (Carbs!). I immediately stopped eating carbs except those that are found in vegetables. I even cut back on fruit, which I never really liked much anyway, and only ever ate because it was “low in fat”. I kept my carbs at around the 50 g a day. I did no exercise because of my back pain. I googled “how many carbs in……” and if I thought it would tip me over the 50 g a day I avoided it.

I lost 34 kg in under 5 months. The weight loss was great but the other aspects were amazing too:
- Hair and nails grew noticeably. I have lovely long natural nails and my hairdresser wanted to know what I had changed because my hair had a visible line of difference in it.
- My back stopped aching and I stopped taking the neurological drugs for the nerve pain. NO more expensive chiropractor visits!
- My restless leg all but stopped. This is one of the first things that comes back if I “cheat”.
- I don’t know if this is correlated but my glasses prescription went backwards for the first time in a decade.
- I no longer get UTI.
- I am off antidepressants.
- I now actually like being physically active. I own Vibrams and enjoy sprinting.
- My chronic constipation is GONE.
- My sinus infection has not come back, but again if I cheat I can feel “something”.
- When I fast I notice that my cognition improves (I now fast during exams).

The only thing I’ve changed since initially going low carb is I have increased my fat intake. I found the only way to lose the last few kilos was to up my fat.

If you are struggling with health and/or weight issues I highly recommend LCHF – it’s been three years for me now and I will never go back to eating grains and sugar again.

Regards,

Jane Britton

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Congratulations on your great health and weight successes, Jane!

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Before and after

Before and after

I received an email with Paul’s story about how he was tired and overweight. Here’s what happened when he found LCHF:

The Email

Andreas,

I started with LCHF on April 4 of 2012, so it’s been 2 years and 10 days. What can I say, besides I had a huge stomach and a difficult time going up flights of stairs. I had serious gout attacks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and skyrocketing triglycerides. I was constantly fatigued and eating.

I went to a physician and was given 7 different kinds of medicine to take. Of course, I instinctively knew that taking meds wasn’t going to cure me; I knew I needed to change what I was eating- but I didn’t know what to eat. I didn’t want to weigh food, count calories; play that game. So, I started researching and found “The Food Evolution” online as well as “The Bitter Truth, Dr. Lustig. It became absolutely clear to me that carbs were the problem.

I planned one day; eggs, cream, bacon, cheese, salads, steak… I wasn’t hungry. I got more help with meals from Maria Emmerich. I went from a size 40 pant down to a 32. My younger look returned to me. Whenever I consider going back to carbs I take a 2-second look in the mirror and grab a slice of bacon… No pills, my cholesterol/triglycerides went down, blood pressure is great; my entire body corrected itself. More energy, more clarity in my thinking, my skin is perfect – no acne or pimples ever. Others that watched me lose also went on LCHF with the same results.

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Congratulations on your health and weight improvements! Great that others were inspired by your results!

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Crash Course in Blood Pressure – New Page!http://www.dietdoctor.com/crash-course-blood-pressure-new-page?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=crash-course-blood-pressure-new-page http://www.dietdoctor.com/crash-course-blood-pressure-new-page#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:11:20 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11915 Elevated blood pressure is a common health issue today. Almost a third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure – perhaps you or someone in your family does? High blood pressure isn’t necessarily something you can feel, but it increases the risk of serious conditions such as strokes and heart attacks. The good news is […]

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Elevated blood pressure is a common health issue today. Almost a third of U.S. adults have high blood pressure – perhaps you or someone in your family does? High blood pressure isn’t necessarily something you can feel, but it increases the risk of serious conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.

The good news is that you can improve your blood pressure by way of simple lifestyle changes.

The usual treatment for elevated blood pressure today is medication. This is often reasonable. But what if you could achieve perfect blood pressure without pills or side-effects – with improved health and weight as welcome side-bonuses, instead?

The truth is that high blood pressure was extremely rare as recently as a few hundred years ago. Something in today’s environment is giving more and more people high blood pressure. What is it?

Here’s everything you need to know:

Crash Course in Blood Pressure

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The blood pressure page is a translated version of one of the most popular pages on my Swedish blog. If you google for “blood pressure” in Sweden it’s the number one hit.

If you want to help more people find this English version you can share it on Facebook or link to it from your blog.

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Scientists: A Low-Carbohydrate Diet Should Be First Approach for Diabetics!http://www.dietdoctor.com/scientists-low-carbohydrate-diet-first-approach-diabetics?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=scientists-low-carbohydrate-diet-first-approach-diabetics http://www.dietdoctor.com/scientists-low-carbohydrate-diet-first-approach-diabetics#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:32:09 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11900 A new scientific review article from a large group of scientists put forward the argument that a low-carbohydrate diet should be the first approach in managing both type 2 and type 1 diabetes. Nutrition: Dietary Carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management. Critical review and evidence base Behind the article is a large group of […]

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A new scientific review article from a large group of scientists put forward the argument that a low-carbohydrate diet should be the first approach in managing both type 2 and type 1 diabetes.

Nutrition: Dietary Carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management. Critical review and evidence base

Behind the article is a large group of scientists who have long focused on low-carb diets. But the name that stands out to me is Arne Astrup, the influential Danish professor and nutrition researcher who in recent years became convinced and changed sides in the debate. And dared to admit it! A scientist with integrity.

The article in Nutrition is excellent for printing and hand out to curious physicians and diabetes nurses. Recommended!

In the media

Diabetes.co.uk: Researchers recommend carb restriction as primary method of diabetes control

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Why You Should NOT Listen to Your Dietitian

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Boring TV Shows Might Increase the Risk of Obesityhttp://www.dietdoctor.com/boring-tv-shows-may-increase-risk-obesity?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=boring-tv-shows-may-increase-risk-obesity http://www.dietdoctor.com/boring-tv-shows-may-increase-risk-obesity#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:53:18 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11847 According to a new Swedish study, boring TV shows seem to increase the risk of obesity. In the study, a “boring” program (an art lecture on Swedish Television) led to more snacking than a fun program. TheLocal: Tedious TV can lead to obesity: Swedish study Personally, I think boring art shows on TV may be less of a […]

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According to a new Swedish study, boring TV shows seem to increase the risk of obesity. In the study, a “boring” program (an art lecture on Swedish Television) led to more snacking than a fun program.

TheLocal: Tedious TV can lead to obesity: Swedish study

Personally, I think boring art shows on TV may be less of a problem in the long run, as they reduce the risk of getting stuck in front of the screen. Addictive TV shows that don’t contribute anything positive in your life are worse.

There are, of course, a couple of highly efficient solutions to the problem of snacking on candy in front of the TV:

  1. Don’t watch TV passively – do something else that you enjoy more. If you want to become really smart, watch TED.com instead.
  2. Avoid buying unhealthful snacks – so that you avoid being tempted.

Do you have any suggestions for what to eat while watching TV and what do you like most to watch when you watch TV?

Personally, I recommend nuts and True Detective.

Recommended TED Talks

Dr Attia on TEDMED: What if We’re Wrong About Diabetes?

Would You Like to Become Smarter, Healthier and Leaner by Putting in Less Effort?

How Cows Could Green the World’s Deserts and Reverse Climate Change

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

What Your Doctors Don’t Know About the Drugs They Prescribe

Battling Bad Science

How Athletes – and You – Can Get Faster, Better and Stronger

Can You Cure MS by Eating Real Food?

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No More Than Seven Months?http://www.dietdoctor.com/seven-months?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=seven-months http://www.dietdoctor.com/seven-months#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:18:33 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11862 I just learned from a health care professional about a new silly LCHF myth. Someone had said that you shouldn’t be on an LCHF diet for more than seven months because of cholesterol issues. Old ideas about LCHF being harmful and generally bad for cholesterol are common, but why the number seven month? Any guesses? The truth […]

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I just learned from a health care professional about a new silly LCHF myth. Someone had said that you shouldn’t be on an LCHF diet for more than seven months because of cholesterol issues.

Old ideas about LCHF being harmful and generally bad for cholesterol are common, but why the number seven month? Any guesses?

The truth is that LCHF usually produces great cholesterol numbers, or simply normal ones. Significant elevations are less common, and it’s not seen at all in averages in large studies (for example) on years of eating LCHF.

My Health Markers After Eight Years on LCHF

Great Cholesterol Numbers After 4 Years on an Ultra-Strict LCHF Diet

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“I no longer feel like I’m old enough to be a grandmother”http://www.dietdoctor.com/longer-feel-like-im-old-enough-grandmother?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=longer-feel-like-im-old-enough-grandmother http://www.dietdoctor.com/longer-feel-like-im-old-enough-grandmother#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:36:02 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11752 Do you have to suffer from aches and pains as you’re getting older?  Although this has become the norm, it’s not part of a natural aging process. Here’s an email from Beth, who wanted to share her experiences with an LCHF diet: The Email Hello Dr. Eenfeldt, I am not done with my LCHF journey, but wanted […]

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Before and after

Before and after

Do you have to suffer from aches and pains as you’re getting older?  Although this has become the norm, it’s not part of a natural aging process.

Here’s an email from Beth, who wanted to share her experiences with an LCHF diet:

The Email

Hello Dr. Eenfeldt,

I am not done with my LCHF journey, but wanted to share what I have experienced so far.

I am a 48 year old mother of two and also a grandmother. Several years ago I felt age taking it’s toll on me and I changed the way that I ate in pursuit of better health. I became a vegetarian. Still no better health. I became a low fat vegetarian. Still no better health. I became vegan. Again, still no better health. I even managed to do several months a raw vegan. I could no longer keep it up and gave up and just ate whatever I wanted. Several months later I got the not feeling right, which progressed to feeling sick. And I kept getting worse. So bad, in fact, that I had to leave work.

I felt exhausted, every bit of me ached, couldn’t think clearly, would get episodes where I felt like I had been steam-burned over my entire body, weak, difficulty walking or making co-ordinated movements, disoriented. I lost my cognitive abilities – I even had difficulty making complete sentences. A year of several doctors, many test and much money I had no answers for my issues, until I found someone who specialized in hormones. We didn’t know the cause, but we now know that my thyroid was barely working, my adrenals were over-working, I was iodine deficient, and had six neurotransmitters out of whack. We worked on getting those back in line with natural means. She had also recommended an LCHF diet because I had many symptoms of syndrome X (large waist circumference, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, high LDL, low HDL, and high fasting blood sugar) – but at the time I was too weak of body and mind to try, the other symptoms were more pressing.

It was a long road, but I recovered. I decided to return to school. One day I remembered her LCHF recommendation and decided to give it a try. I did well for about two months, then for reasons I can’t even remember now, I gave up. But I tried again, and boy, am I ever glad that I did.

I started at an embarrassing weight of 252 lbs, and a waist circumference of 42”. Eleven months on, and I now weigh 187 lbs, and my waist is 33.5”. My blood pressure is once again stellar, fasting blood sugar great, normal triglycerides, and enviable cholesterol levels. Also not a small thing, was the effect on my cognitive abilities. To those who say that your brain needs carbohydrates and you can’t think without them – I have maintained a 4.0 since returning to school and have recently been accepted to pharmacy school.

I look forward to the remainder of my life living this way. I’m never hungry. I get to enjoy the best food and eat at wonderful restaurants (mmm – steak w/ butter). I have energy. I have a sharp mind once again. I no longer feel like I’m old enough to be a grandmother.

Thank you for your blog and all it’s helpful, encouraging information.

Beth

Please feel free to share my information.

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Congratulations on your fantastic health and weight journey, Beth!

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“I Was Wrong, We Should Be Feasting on Fat”http://www.dietdoctor.com/wrong-feasting-fat?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wrong-feasting-fat http://www.dietdoctor.com/wrong-feasting-fat#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:48:25 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11853 More and more people (and doctors!) realize that the fear of fat was a mistake: Daily Mail: I was wrong – we should be feasting on FAT, says The Fast Diet author DR MICHAEL MOSLEY More TIME: Eat Butter. Scientists Labeled Fat the Enemy. Why They Were Wrong. WSJ: “The Dubious Science Behind the Anti-Fat […]

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More and more people (and doctors!) realize that the fear of fat was a mistake:

Daily Mail: I was wrong – we should be feasting on FAT, says The Fast Diet author DR MICHAEL MOSLEY

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TIME: Eat Butter. Scientists Labeled Fat the Enemy. Why They Were Wrong.

WSJ: “The Dubious Science Behind the Anti-Fat Crusade”

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Saturated Fat Completely Safe According to New Review of all Science!

Heart Doctor: Time to Bust the Myth About Saturated Fat and Heart Disease

The Real Association Between Butter and Heart Disease in Sweden

Dr. Oz Positive to LCHF Against Alzheimer’s!

LCHF for Beginners

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The World’s Most Persistent Fad Diethttp://www.dietdoctor.com/worlds-persistent-fad-diet?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=worlds-persistent-fad-diet http://www.dietdoctor.com/worlds-persistent-fad-diet#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:23:50 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11833 Obesity is caused by flour-rich and starchy foods, such as bread, cookies and macaroni. This is not a new idea, and it certainly wasn’t I who said it first. The page above is from the book “The Physiology of Taste”, by a famous French food guru. Ignorant people like to dismiss the ideas as a […]

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Fad diet?

Obesity is caused by flour-rich and starchy foods, such as bread, cookies and macaroni. This is not a new idea, and it certainly wasn’t I who said it first. The page above is from the book “The Physiology of Taste”, by a famous French food guru.

Ignorant people like to dismiss the ideas as a “fad diet”, but then this is an extremely long-lasting fad, as the book was published in 1825.

Why does a reduction of sugar and starch – variants of a low-carbohydrate diet – recur in thousands of different forms over hundreds of years? Simple.

Most people lose excess weight without hunger on a low-carbohydrate diet. It just works.

It’s not about a fad. It’s because it works.

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Read this chapter from the book for free online

Low-carbohydrate diet / LCHF for Beginners

Previously

A Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet from 1953

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Vacation on Gotland, Sweden, includes a traditional visit to Sysne fishing village. So even this year.

Here’s this year’s fish platter, which was enjoyed by the sea:

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Excellent LCHF food!

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