Archive | July, 2011

Working hard


How do you like my new working space at home? No distractions!

I feel extra creative with my new giant whiteboard (7 x 4 feet). In the picture above ideas for AHS were sorted and organized using sticky notes. The lecture is now ready to be rehearsed and finalized.

Earlier: How to change the world


Preparing for Ancestral Health


This really is a good news – bad news kind of thing. One of my favorite authors, Nassim Taleb, was planning to speak at the Ancestral Health Symposium next weekend in Los Angeles. Unfortunately he had to cancel.

The good news? I was scheduled to speak at 8 AM the first day in the smaller room – not quite prime time. Now I got moved to mr Talebs spot: The Grand Ballroom at 2:50 PM the second day. Brilliant. I’ll have to prepare even more for my talk now.

Speaker Schedule


Low carb winning 14 – 0


I just updated my list of high quality studies (RCTs) showing statistically significantly more weight loss with advice on low carb diets. Do you know of any exceptions? As far as I know low carb is winning 14 – 0.

How many studies like these do we need before the diet advice to overweight people are changed? It’s hardly reasonable to keep giving the advice that has been shown to be the least effective advice fourteen times over.


Will you be number 100,000?


Competition time – there is a prize to be won! was launched four months ago and pretty soon it’s time for visitor number 100,000. A big event, even if my Swedish blog is closing in on visitor number nine million now. This is a great start and it’s exciting to see ever more international readers.

Here is how to claim the prize: UPDATE: competition over, winner to be announced. Continue Reading →


The American obesity epidemic 1989 – 2010


Here is the obesity prevalence in the USA in 1989, as the modern obesity epidemic was just getting started. A few years earlier the fear of fat had gripped the nation, and eating carbohydrates instead was the solution.

Two short decades later, in 2009, the official obesity statistics had changed beyond all recognition. And every year there is a new record. Just recently the numbers for 2010 was released. Do you want to see them? Continue Reading →


Soda and Diabetes – a Coincidence?

Soda Per Capita

Do you see any similarities? Are these due to a coincidence do you think, or not?

Personally I think drinking too much soda is the easiest way to get type 2-diabetes.

The graphs are from an interesting new lecture by professor Robert Lustig on how to reduce sugar consumption.


Mission impossible: Calorie counting

Calorie counting is stupid for so many reasons. It’s hard to even count them. And it’s hard to count the calories too.

There is no way of knowing how many calories you are expending. And it may be impossible to know the number of calories you are eating too. Here is just one more reason:

Time: Are Calorie Counts on Menus Accurate? Not So Much


Fat Phobia in Action

Reduced fat

Reduced fat? Who would worry about the fat in this? It’s a cracker. It’s almost all starch!

Let’s see what can be done about the real problem… Continue Reading →


How to drink alcohol and avoid sugar


If you want to drink alcohol and avoid gaining weight it’s a good idea to avoid beer (malt sugar) and sweet drinks (sugar). Wine and pure liquor, such as whisky or brandy, are better choices.

All wines are not equally good: red wines and dry white wines (as well as dry champagne) usually contain the least amount of sugar.

What is your favorite drink?