Are you from the UK?

A journalist contacted me wanting to write a story in a major paper in the UK. She is looking for someone who has improved his or her health eating a LCHF-diet.

Is she searching for you? Or do you know the person she is searching for?

Great Britain is the fattest country in Europe. Let’s try to spread the revolution to where it can really help.

Contact

Write to: saramalm_@hotmail.com

26 Comments

  1. Bex
    There are many of us from the UK, already well aware of this - I actually think we're quite lucky, as we don't have so much of the 'low carb' rubbish foods available, so we have to eat 'proper' food :D
    (That said, there is a large low carb food importer in town, but that's not the point...)

    The problem seems to be that we like to follow what Americans do......sad but true.

    If the journalist looked hard enough, she would find many people, no doubt.

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/240776392620317/

    http://www.modernpaleowarfare.com/

    I'm not eligible as I'm still improving my health lol.... :D

  2. Bex,
    Of course there are many well informed people from the UK! A few of them even read this blog (around 100 every day).

    But it would still be a good idea to spread the LCHF-message in one of the country's biggest papers, don't you think?

  3. Egil
    If you take the pubs and fish & CHIPS away from the british people, they will die instantly. Dead people can not practise LCHF :-)
  4. JAUS
    #3 How about low carb fish and chips? Use daikon instead of potatoes, and parmesan cheese and/or pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs. Deep fry in tallow.
  5. Mike
    If you are looking for success stories, Mark Sisson posts a reader's story every Friday on his website, MarksDailyApple.com. Coincidentally, my story was the one posted yesterday. Every Friday someone's story is posted and each one is unique in its own right. While I have lost weight and improved my health, mine is more centered on being a healthy family than me being a healthy guy. There have been some incredible life transformations posted on his website. I am sure he tags or groups them all so you can quickly go back in time to the previous success stories.
  6. I'm from the UK!!!!!!

    Check us out;

    http://www.modernpaleowarfare.com

  7. dufva
    Sadly they seem incredibly stuck in the lowfat paradigm.

    Just look at all sad dietprograms pouring out from the UK

    They really hav´nt got a clue about how to aproach this issue.

    I tried writing on a few blogs over there but they dont seem to be able to grasp what im talking about :-)

    A really big pedagogic challenge to try to change this.

  8. Siri Loof
    I'm Swedish but live in England and has just started eating LCHF (never heard of it apart from through Swedish friends) and really think we need more information about LCHF in the UK.
    I have had problems with my stomach my whole life and been getting all sorts of "explanations" from my GP, from IBS to lactose- and gluten intolerance. Since I started eating LCHF have my symptoms have virtually disappeared!
    Unfortunately, none of my friends really believe that LCHF works on a long term-basis and I constantly hear the arguments "fat is bad for your heart" or "you can not exercise without an intake of carbohydrates" and so on.
    I hope that LCHF will become more 'acceptable' in the United Kingdom. For example, I have to go to a specialist Middle-eastern food shop to even find a yogurt that has a fat content of at least 10% , as light products are clogging up the supermarket shelves.
    Not sure I'm the best candidate for the article as I've only been on the diet for a few months but it's great that LCHF is getting a bigger exposure in the UK media : )
  9. Will 50 years experience of a LCHF diet, 29 years of research into the LCHF way of eating, and four books about it do?
  10. Jean Irvin
    I've emailed in but ... Go for it, Barry! A great ambassador for this way of life.
  11. Cenk Ugyr
    Doc,
    Is it true that you have butter shortage in Sweden?
  12. Cen Ugyr,
    Yes, according to recent news that's true.
  13. Barry Groves,
    I think you may be vastly over-qualified. ;)

    Nice seeing you here. I have two of those books.

  14. PigeonOrStatue
    I'm in the UK.

    #3 (Egil) Traditionally chips are fried in dripping and/or lard. In Belgium I believe they use horse fat and they're meant to taste the best in the world.

    #6 (Finn) I'm in the Manchester area and after looking at your web site I now know who has been digging up my flowers.

    #11 (Doc) I thought the EC paid a fortune to maintain a butter mountain.

    There is an excellent article by Dr Jack Kruse (a neurosurgeon) linking magnesium deficiency to obesity and diabetes:
    http://jackkruse.com/gnolls-com-opens-the-door-to-obesity-fight

  15. Steve
    Hej,
    I´m from England, now living in Göteborg.
    I started Low Carb 6 or 7 years ago, starting with Atkins, then going more Paleo due to influence from De Vany and others. ´More paleo´for me being avoiding industrial products like artificial sweeteners and seed oils.
    I started to take exercise (weights and martial arts) after I lost the first 20 lbs (=10kg) excess weight. I am now 3st (= 20kg) below my peak weight, more muscular, and in excellent physical condition.

    I have had a lot of people tell me Atkins is unhealthy, and since this usually comes from people who are visibly unhealthy, sometimes it is very hard not to laugh.

  16. eddie watts
    Barry groves from second opinions? excellent! i've used your site many times before i even started LCHF dieting, most recently for gallstone queries.

    anyway i'm from UK, i would not put myself forwards for this though. although i do wish there was some kind of organised LCHF/paleo movement like there is in USA with symposiums etc.

    i am educating people though when asked, and i am asked quite a bit as my facebook is pretty much used to mock the stupid stuff that appears in papers/online

  17. Steve M
    I'm from England. My partner and I have been on LCHF for about nine weeks, to fantastic success. The problem we find is we can't talk to anyone about it as people seem to get upset. If we tell about the diet, people think we are mad and eating high fat will clog our arteries and kill us. If they notice we have lost weight, they say it's because the diet has made us ill. But we know the truth! LCHF is the only diet I have come across where the explanation of how it works is actually logical and makes sense. Most other diets are shrouded with mystery that 'only scientists' understand, and we must just obey and trust (or in most cases, pay £££ for the detail!).
  18. Marlene
    #15
    Ah, yes, the laughing! =) I too experience that a lot. It is really hard not to, when you feel and look great and the person telling you YOUR diet will kill you looks like eeh...well, a bag of spuds.
  19. Part of the problem in the UK is self-censorship in our media.
    A typical example happened last week when The Daily Mail ran this article.
    Could the Atkins diet help you keep diabetes at bay?
    Nice story and I thought a step in the right direction.
    However within hours it became impossible to post comments to the article.
    The main thrust of the replies was the success of other readers using low carbohydrate for controlling diabetes, while others were pointing out the flaws in Diabetes UK's statements and current practice.
    We need more articles like this reporting the benefits of eating this way in relation to weight loss and diabetes control but we also need to show how many people are finding success this route and stifling comments as soon as they show a trend towards supporting low carbohydrate as healthy and effective isn't going to help get the message across.
    The same thing happened with another article on sunbathing, as soon as the comments started coming in pointing out the benefits of maintaining a higher vitamin D status, the comment section was deleted and further comments not accepted.
  20. Pauline
    @ Egil

    Really? Fish and chips is no longer the national dish. Try pasta covered with any gloop you care to mention. Indian and Chinese take-aways. Kebabs, chicken and chips, pizza and chiller cabinet microwave food. Then the gigantic sandwiches you can buy from all over the place at lunch time.

    I don't think things are as bad as they are in the US and there is a movement toward consumption of whole foods. It depends on how much money you have. In some parts of London it is rare to see overweight let alone obese people. I went to a wedding the other day and there wasn't a single overweight person. I did observe that they don't eat much. These people would be described as upper-middle class and affluent. At the other end of the income scale more cheap empty calories are eaten. However it isn't as simple as that either because a lot of people still eat traditional foods. Turks, Greeks, Polish, South-East Asians, Chinese, Caribbean's will eat their traditional foods more regularly than the indigenous Brit. I suppose though everyone suffers from over consumption of sugar in the form of cakes, pastries, biscuits, soda, sweets and rubbish chocolate. This kind of food is eaten on a daily basis by most people in varying quantities. I think if people omitted these foods we would see a vast improvement.

    @ Siri Loof

    you can find whole fat dairy in any supermarket. Total do 0%, 2% and full fat Greek yogurt. And there are other brands out there too.

    Generally, I prefer not to 'educate' anyone about anything. Lead by example is my motto. If they want to do things differently they will. After all, most of us had to visit US website's to learn about low-carb. Also, I'm not convinced that we really can say LCHF is the elixir of life. Just look at the debates within the community just now. I certainly lost weight on low-carb but feel much stronger now that I've included yams (the true yam), breadfruit and green bananas in my diet (traditional Jamaican food seems to work for me). I can assure you there is no way you can over-eat this kind of food.

    Periodically, we get newspaper articles and t.v programmes about low-carb eating and they always refer back to Atkins and dismiss this way of eating. There have been several journalists who try an Atkins style diet for awhile and they always report back on how ill they felt and that it is unsustainable. I'm always very suspicious of these programmes because I do not think the intention is to illuminate and educate. They are more interested in filling up air time. All things diet related has simply become entertainment.

    Things are changing though. I came across a paleo butcher online yesterday. Fergus Henderson and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall certainly celebrate eating the whole animal - marrow included. My only fear is that good quality eating has become an elitist thing in the UK. Borough Market, UK food blogs, cooking programmes, the best butchers are dominated by the urban affluent. You can get round it if you're cash strapped but it's more of a challenge.

  21. Sara Malm
    Hi everyone,
    I have had some emails from LCHF lovers and you all have such amazing stories. I would hate to be a killjoy by turning down the success of people who eat Paleo and want to promote your way of life, but I'm afraid that what I am looking for is LCHF as that is what the article is about. The article will be published in one of the major Sundays, so this is a brilliant opportunity to spread the full-fat word.

    Have you improved your life with LCHF? Do you live in the UK?

    send me and email on saramalm_@hotmail.com

  22. Dave
    Hello!
    Im British too living in beautiful Gothenburg. About 2 years ago I went from high carbohydrate and low fat (HCLF) to what you could call a light version of LCHF. Fortunately I did not have a weight problem (too much exercise for that!) and I still don't .... the difference? I feel so much better, really enjoy my food (and cooking), and have stronger finger nails.
    Ive read "Matrevolutionen" and it is a great read. Maybe it could be translated to english .. that would be a start.
  23. Cha
    Having lived in the UK a lot, and with English family, I have to agree with Egil above; the major problem is that it is a country with fish & chips, pasties, battered prawns, pies and beer, as well as various main courses only being served with chips or mash. Take those away and you've taken away almost all "English" food (apart from egg and bacon!) even if there is a lot of other food also eaten but a lot of that other food is pizza, pasta, and rice based dishes.

    Another huge problem is that English sausages, much as I miss them, tend to be full of ceral things instead of meat.

    I had high hopes for Anthony Worrall Thompson's cook book since he developed diabetes, but sadly, that too was full of rice and things. Perhaps he could be convinced to look at LCHF. It would be good since the other famous chefs do not suffer from the same overweight as he used to do, and don't really understand that overeating mechanism mentally, which I am sure he does.

    Having said all this, Siri, there is definitely high fat products in English supermarkets. Other things I appreciate is that you can find all sorts of non salted and high fat containing bacon (contrary to the heavily salted and shrivelling Swedish variety), gammon and other meat. Lamb galore and fish along the seaside. The south west is full of clotted cream and great butter too, and now dry, white wines are making an appearance. Let's hope the wine industry will flourish and keep the pubs as the great social institutions they are!

    Pauline, I completely agree about the elitist aspect, seen also in school lunch boxes. Things need to be sneaked into diets without patronising there I think, but I don't know how. I have friends from all walks of life in the UK and some really have a sad attitude to food whilst other indeed love Borough Market and go to "Padstein" for holiday. Sadly, it is the group most in need of a rethink which has trouble finding and affording good food. However, I DO think that many in this group would be quite happy if they knew they were allowed to eat fat. I just wonder how to keep them off the carbs surrounding them everywhere in their world. Oh, and the bad cooking oils.

    I am also not sure what the industry is doing in the UK. Yorkshire for instance has a massive amount of pig farming, and compared to Swedish pig farms, the pigs run around outdoors in huge fields with pens, but what do they get to eat these days? The same "slim feed" as Swedish pigs are fed?

  24. Ruth
    @ Siri - try Lidl - their greek yogurt is full of fat (10% if memory serves) and is lovely. My kids adore it. We also make greek yogurt in an easiyo bottle and add a load of extra cream. The greek yogurt mix that you can buy with it is sadly only 4%.
  25. Mike Ellwood
    @Doc,

    I personally sent a copy of GC, BC to every significant journalist I could think of on one of our national broadsheets (the one I read), without a single response.

    I also sent it to people from the BBC, and several other public figures, including politicians and some well-known entertainers, and a few researchers. No response.

    Obviously they just didn't want to know.

    Later on I did get a polite response from a couple of journalists whom I'd just emailed, recommending the book. Hasn't led to anything so far, but I still have hopes.

    I've also taken another small initiative which I'll keep quiet about. It may or may not lead anywhere.

    I don't personally want to be interviewed by any journalists - not my thing at all, but if you still want to put your journalist in touch with someone, perhaps you could try Dr Barry Groves, a nutritionist with a strong and long, low-carb background:

    http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/

    As well as his own website and blog, and his many books, he occasionally writes in the popular press, although I have no idea what impact those articles make.

  26. Mike Ellwood
    Oops, I should have read all the comments before posting, as I now see that Barry himself has posted!

    Well @Doc, I still think your journalist (who I see has also posted) should talk to Barry, at least.

    Regards,
    Mike

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