Another happy email

I got another nice email recently from a man who didn’t mind sharing his story:

The email

I am a 55 year old US ex-Pat living in Thailand. I first heard of the low-carb style of eating on the documentary Fat Head. It intrigued me, so I did my research, implemented the diet, and am monitoring the results.

I have lost 25 lbs., my energy, libido, blood pressure and thinking are much improved and my cholesterol profile is amazing. I get my blood tested each month and compare the results. My HDL continues to rise and my LDL and Triglycerides continue to fall…every month! Last month’s results were HDL 81, LDL 89 and Triglycerides 81. This is on a diet of meat, eggs, olive oil, sour cream, bacon, vegetables and butter, but no refined carbs or trans fat oils. I am also experiencing some very nice and unexpected side effects; greatly reduced flatulence (my friends are very pleased) and no hangovers (the section of Thailand that I live in has a very diverse nightlife).

Your talk at the AHS was one of the best I have seen yet and is the reason I am writing you.

Thank you.

Eric Ahlswede

Congratulations Eric! The effects seem typical, except maybe for the hangover thing… some experience that they need to drink less alcohol when on an LCHF diet, as the effect of alcohol may increase.

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6 comments

  1. Beth
    FWIW, my impression is that a good way to raise HDL is to eat saturated fat. Also, a great way to lower triglycerides is to avoid carbs.

    Beth

  2. Margaretrc
    I just watched your AHS speech and it's awesome! I'm totally and completely impressed--by your command of the English Language as well as by your command of the science. I really, really hope you are right about the paradigm shift coming. I get discouraged when I go to any site that is not an LCHF, paleo, or primal and everyone is still touting the mainstream garbage about saturated fat, cholesterol, heart disease, and calorie control for weight loss. We still have a long way to go in the US, especially to get the policymakers on board. They aren't even close!
  3. Milton
    The mainstream will cling to the "dietary fat is bad" approach because there is a lot of credibility, money, and political power at stake. Any of those by itself is a powerful motivator for people to promote poor or dangerous thinking. Together it guarantees that changes to how we eat and live will happen only very, very slowly.

    Remember that in the face of a very large and very clear confounding variable (the "French Paradox") scientists and researchers have refused to change their message. This is what makes Sweden very important in the long term, IMO. What happens when we are forced to add the "Swedish Paradox" to the French Paradox? Especially if it becomes known that it followed a pretty clear dietary shift towards higher fat consumption?

    There will be considerable push-back, I have no doubt. But it will spur more individuals to ask why it works and try it themselves. My hope is that if one thing comes of it, it is that people come to understand the dangers of processed and refined sugar and reject it in large numbers by their own choice. I think that this would have a huge indirect effect on our diets, because people would stop feeding their children sugary breakfast cereals, and more parents would turn to such simple staples as eggs and bacon. Imagine the effect on overall health and on obesity rates among children if more parents ditched the Lucky Charms and fed their children eggs and bacon!

    (And really, if you had a choice between a breakfast of dry cereal with stale marshmallow pieces and honest-to-goodness EGGS AND BACON, which would you choose?)

  4. hell-i
    So that's it - LC increases the effect of alcohol !
    I was really wondering about the effect two glasses of red wine recently had on me.

    They were accompanied by a large dinner of half a chicken with pumpkin gratin (!), but still the effect was head-spinning...

  5. Margaretrc
    @Milton, Someone just tried to explain the "French Paradox" to me in terms of portion control. LOL. Yeah, the French count calories and leave the table hungry because they need to practice portion control to make sure all the sat. fat and cholesterol they eat doesn't give them a heart attack. And the Inuits only escape the damage from all the fat and cholesterol they eat because they are very active! I guess if they weren't active, all the fat and cholesterol they eat would kill them. I said that of course the French practice portion control. All the fat they eat helps them do that effortlessly and we could, too, if we weren't so afraid of sat. fat and cholesterol. Oh well, some day....

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