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Are You Bodybuilding Your Muscles or Your Fat Cells?

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It’s not just bodybuilders that “build their bodies”. You do too, and everything you eat can affect the look of your body.

If you want a strong and healthy body, you may want to feed it real low-carb food. Creds to Dr. Ted Naiman for the graph above.

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First Cases of Obesity in Siberian Tribes As Fatty Fish Is Swapped for Western Junk Food

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As Siberian tribes become exposed to instant noodles and carb-rich foods, the first signs of obesity – previously unheard of – start to show:

Mail Online: First Sign of Obesity in Arctic People Is Discovered After Remote Tribes Are Exposed to Instant Noodles and Pasta

Going back to a traditional lower-carb diet rich in fatty fish and venison would most likely eradicate these signs, in the same way that a lower-carb diet based on real food could likely halt the obesity epidemic in the rest of the world.

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Margarine with Added Butter – Is This a Joke?

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I came across this amusing tweet by film-maker Damon Gameau this morning:

Signs of identity issues within the Food Industry: first ‘Coke plus fibre‘ to improve ur health and now Flora margarine..with added butter.

Couldn’t have put it better. What do you think – is the fake-food industry having an identity crisis?

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Hey Ireland! The 80’s Called, They Want Their Dietary Advice Back

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New and obsolete advice?

The Irish government just launched the new ‘Healthy Eating Guidelines’ in a campaign. You would think that it is a joke, or an invitation to some kind of 80’s masquerade party, but sadly it is not.

But hey Ireland, the 80’s called. They really want their failed fat-phobic, carb-heavy advice back.

Department of Health: Press Release: Minister Corcoran Kennedy Launches Healthy Food for Life – New Healthy Eating Guidelines and Food Pyramid

Fortunately some people are not impressed, here’s an article from Ireland’s biggest paper:

Irish Times: Beware of nutribabble in revised food pyramid

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Carb vs. Fat Metabolism – The Dr. Ted Naiman Hydraulic Model

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What happens in your body when you eat fat or carbs? Here are more awesome and simple illustrations from Dr. Ted Naiman, an “über-geeky mechanical hydraulic model of metabolism”.

Above you can see what happens when you eat a low-carb, high-fat diet. Your body gets its energy from the vast fat stores (in blue, to the right).

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Should This Be Served at a Diabetes Conference?

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Sugar, carbs and… sugar

These pictures were taken by a reader who attended the ‘Diabetes Epidemic in California – What Can Cities Do?‘ conference.

For a start, they might consider not serving and promoting high-carb foods that send people’s and blood sugar levels on a roller coaster…

Unfortunately, these conference organizers are far from alone in being clueless about the main cause of the type 2 diabetes epidemic. Check the links below for other hilarious or sad examples.

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“Everything You Know About Healthy Food Is a Lie

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Are most Americans’ beliefs about healthy eating true and based on science? Or is it a result of marketing by Big Food? This food industry insider knows a lot about what is going on:

The New York Post: Everything You Know About Healthy Food Is a Lie

The food industry financed nutritional studies that influenced the USDA guidelines and doctors, meaning that the advice you’re getting is, at least in part, a marketing campaign. And a food labeled ‘sugar-free’ or ‘trans fat-free’ might actually be jam packed with this.

So what can you do about this? Here are three pieces of advice from the insider:

  • Cut sugar
  • Avoid any food in a box
  • Ignore all marketing terms and food labels

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Is Zero Carb a Good Idea?

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Is it a good idea to eat a zero-carb diet?

The answer to this and other questions – for example, how do you make sure to not eat too much protein? – in this week’s Q&A with Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt: Continue Reading →

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The Ultimate Guide to Low-Carb Living in a High-Carb World

Ahoy, low-carb eaters! Rough seas lie ahead.

Take a look at your surroundings. Cheap calories are everywhere. Lousy, outdated ideas about diet and health dominate. Clueless doctors and dietitians supervise. Lame government health officials put their heads in the sand. It’s a perfect storm.

How could you ever live low carb in this world? Well, if you want to know, we have the perfect guide for you:

The Ultimate Guide to Low-Carb Living in a High-Carb World

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Is That Granola or Dessert?

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Dessert?

What’s the difference between granola and dessert, you may ask? The answer is: there is none. At least if you’re judging by the sugar content in commercial brands.

NYT: Why Your Granola Is Really a Dessert

The sugar content in one cup of popular brands of granola usually range between 20 and 30 grams. In comparison, one cup of ice cream has 28 grams of sugar.

Not that much different – except that granola is perceived as a healthy choice.

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