DietDoctor.com http://www.dietdoctor.com Real food for your health Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:18:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 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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Comment

Congratulations on your fantastic health and weight journey, Beth!

More

LCHF for Beginners

How to Lose Weight

More health and weight stories

More on the metabolic syndrome

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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“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”

Historic

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?

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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This Year’s Seafood Platterhttp://www.dietdoctor.com/years-seafood-platter?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=years-seafood-platter http://www.dietdoctor.com/years-seafood-platter#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:19:32 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11824 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: Excellent LCHF food! More LCHF for beginners

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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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LCHF for beginners

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My Health Markers After Eight Years on LCHFhttp://www.dietdoctor.com/health-markers-eight-years-lchf?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=health-markers-eight-years-lchf http://www.dietdoctor.com/health-markers-eight-years-lchf#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:20:19 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11701 In the summer of 2006, I started eating an LCHF diet and since then I have continued to do so. It has now been eight years since I decided it was time for a thorough checkup. According to certain fat and meat phobics, I should have been dead a long time ago. Personally, I’m planning to […]

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Scary stuff - or?

Scary stuff – or?

In the summer of 2006, I started eating an LCHF diet and since then I have continued to do so. It has now been eight years since I decided it was time for a thorough checkup.

According to certain fat and meat phobics, I should have been dead a long time ago. Personally, I’m planning to hang in there for about 50 more years. So who’s going to be right?

Here’s the result from my recent blood work:

Background

I’m basically healthy. But as a 42-year old dad to a small child, with some sleep deprivation, and who regularly works 60-hour weeks, this is probably the time when health should start to fail.

If LCFH doesn’t save me.

I’ve eaten an LCHF diet for eight years, at times very strict, at other times less strict. Plenty of butter, eggs, meat and heavy cream – and vegetables. For the last six months I’ve also done intermittent fasting, 16:8, on most weekdays ( I skip breakfast).

Results

Here’s a summary of my results 2007-2014.

Numbers

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The recent test results are in the colored columns. Numbers converted to US units to the right.

Comment

The wild rumors about how dangerous LCHF is long term, don’t get validated in my blood work. After eight years on LCHF they are excellent, just as when I started. There simply aren’t any big changes during these years.

Many things are typical and the trends are also confirmed in studies on low-carb diets:

  • Low triglycerides (good)
  • Excellent HDL cholesterol levels
  • Nice ApoB/AI ratio
  • A low fasting blood sugar and a low HbA1c (good)
  • Low, but normal, insulin levels, measured as C-peptide (probably excellent)
  • A normal weight and a normal waist circumference
  • A low and good blood pressure

To summarize, all problems associated with the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes usually improve on LCHF. Obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high insulin levels and dangerously disturbed cholesterol numbers (high triglycerides and low HDL).

My test results also show that the inflammatory level in the body – as measured CRP – is non-detectible on all test occasions.

With these results in mind the fantasy talk about long-term risks with LCHF doesn’t seem to be valid,  at least not in my case. Perhaps you’ll have to put up with me for about 50 more years.

Weight

I’ve kept my weight at a normal weight level effortlessly and without any calorie counting during these years. I’ve gone up and down a few pounds within the normal range.

During my experiment with a strict LCHF diet and ketone measuring, I lost 12 lbs/5 kg. They came back when I returned to liberal LCHF, but disappeared again when I added 16:8.

My experience is that the latter is clearly the easier alternative. At least if you’re like me, and not that sensitive to carbohydrates. So I will continue with liberal LCHF with the addition of 16:8 on weekdays.

What Do You Think?

What has happened to your health markers on LCHF?

Previously

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

More

LCHF for Beginners

Diabetes – How to Normalize Your Blood Sugar

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Swedes Eating More Eggs than Ever in the Summerhttp://www.dietdoctor.com/swedes-eating-eggs-ever-summer?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=swedes-eating-eggs-ever-summer http://www.dietdoctor.com/swedes-eating-eggs-ever-summer#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:51:49 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11793 Swedes are eating more and more eggs over the summer. According to a press release from the Swedish Egg Board, the statistics show a 20-percent increase in a few years. The average Swede is said to eat 38 eggs over the ten weeks after midsummer solstice. Which leads to the obvious question: How many eggs […]

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Swedes are eating more and more eggs over the summer. According to a press release from the Swedish Egg Board, the statistics show a 20-percent increase in a few years.

The average Swede is said to eat 38 eggs over the ten weeks after midsummer solstice. Which leads to the obvious question:

How many eggs will you have this summer?

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Thumbs Up for an Egg Breakfast

Eggs and Bacon at the Obesity Conference

Real Eggs

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Vacation Timehttp://www.dietdoctor.com/vacation-time?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vacation-time http://www.dietdoctor.com/vacation-time#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:02:40 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11788 Here’s Klara and her dad on vacation on Gotland, Sweden. It wasn’t very hot the first few days, but then it got better and the beautiful Swedish summer arrived!

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Vacation time

Here’s Klara and her dad on vacation on Gotland, Sweden. It wasn’t very hot the first few days, but then it got better and the beautiful Swedish summer arrived!

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Across the Pacific Ocean Without Sugar or Other Junk Carbohydrateshttp://www.dietdoctor.com/across-pacific-ocean-without-sugar-junk-carbohydrates?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=across-pacific-ocean-without-sugar-junk-carbohydrates http://www.dietdoctor.com/across-pacific-ocean-without-sugar-junk-carbohydrates#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:12:51 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11805 I’ve received many emails about this: A Finnish couple is rowing across the Pacific Ocean in protest against sugar and other bad carbohydrates. Their “Fat Chance Row” goes from California to Hawaii, which they’re hoping to reach in August. You won’t find any pasta-loading on this row - they are eating real food, such as “dried meat, nuts, coconut butter […]

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I’ve received many emails about this: A Finnish couple is rowing across the Pacific Ocean in protest against sugar and other bad carbohydrates. Their “Fat Chance Row” goes from California to Hawaii, which they’re hoping to reach in August.

You won’t find any pasta-loading on this row - they are eating real food, such as “dried meat, nuts, coconut butter and dried fruit, things that will keep at high temperatures”.

USA Today: Couple test food and each other on row to Hawaii

The expedition’s webpage: Fatchancerow.org

The words “Fat Chance” are from the title of professor Robert Lustig’s book about the dangers of sugar. The expedition is done in collaboration with his recently-launched organization Institute for Responsible Nutrition.

This is where the couple is now:

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A Sneak Peek at “Carb-Loaded”http://www.dietdoctor.com/sneak-peek-carb-loaded?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sneak-peek-carb-loaded http://www.dietdoctor.com/sneak-peek-carb-loaded#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 19:39:00 +0000 http://www.dietdoctor.com/?p=11772 Now you can watch a 3-minute trailer for the movie Carb-Loaded. It’s about the low-fat, sweet and floury causes of the obesity epidemic: A sneak peek at “Carb-Loaded“ Note also that there are subtitles in English and a few other languages. To chose a language, click on “CC” in the lower, right corner. One of […]

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Carb-Loaded

Now you can watch a 3-minute trailer for the movie Carb-Loaded. It’s about the low-fat, sweet and floury causes of the obesity epidemic:

A sneak peek at “Carb-Loaded

Note also that there are subtitles in English and a few other languages. To chose a language, click on “CC” in the lower, right corner.

One of the interviews contains an explanation that I think sounds odd – how the body releases cholesterol to repair injuries to arteries. That is a metaphor that I’m not quite buying.

That small injuries to arteries and inflammation are central to heart disease is, however, probably true. As mentioned in the video, the result is like an abrasion on the inside of the arteries, that never heals completely.

Many things may contribute to injuries and resulting inflammation in the arteries, for example high blood sugar, high blood pressure, toxic substances from smoking and rancid small dense LDL cholesterol particles (which is primarily a result of too many bad carbohydrates in your diet).

What do you think about the video?

More

Heart Surgeon About What Really Causes Heart Disease

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

Is Salt Dangerous? Or Good for You?

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

Diabetes – How to Normalize Your Blood Sugar

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