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An Expert Guide to Sugar Addiction

Sugar Addiction

How do you deal with sugar addiction? What’s the history of sugar anyway, and the dangers of it?

For the answers to these questions and more, check out this new and interesting guide from Karen Thomson and Michael Joseph:

Nutrition Advance: How to Deal With Sugar Addiction: An Expert Guide

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Can Unstable Blood Sugar Lead to Sugar Binges?

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Can blood sugar swings lead to sugar binges?

This and other questions (do antidepressants increase hunger?) are answered this week by our food addiction expert, Bitten Jonsson, RN:

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Breaking Up with Sugar Addiction

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What is it like being a sugar addict? And what is it like to struggle to break free from it?

In this presentation from the recent Low Carb USA conference Karen Thomson, former model and a recovering cocaine and sugar addict, talks about her personal journey to quitting sugar (and other drugs). For her a big part of the solution was starting to eat an LCHF diet.

It’s really one of the most powerful talks of the entire conference.

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Breaking Up With Sugar Addiction – Karen Thomson

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Does Low Carb Have a Cholesterol Problem?

4.3 out of 5 stars5 star67%4 star16%3 star4%2 star6%1 star5%74 ratings4,252 viewsCan a low-carb diet be bad for your cholesterol? Probably not… but maybe.

Most people get great cholesterol values on a low-carb diet. The only thing that usually goes up is the good HDL cholesterol, which is fantastic. This has also been shown in studies, where people on average improve their cholesterol and reduce their risk.

But even if a majority improve their cholesterol, a small minority of people may get significantly higher bad LDL cholesterol. This happens whatever type of measurement we do. Is it dangerous? Nobody knows for sure. So what do we do? Ignore it?

Dr. Sarah Hallberg (of TEDx fame) says no – we can’t ignore these people. In this presentation from this year’s low-carb conference in Vail she discusses what we should do instead – and how to think about your cholesterol on a low-carb diet.

This presentation has previously only been posted on our membership site (free trial available) but now everyone can watch it above.

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Discovering Ketosis – How to Effectively Lose Weight

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What do you think will happen to your weight if you combine a ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting? That’s what Ariel Faigon wanted to find the answer to – and judging by the graph above, the answer seems to be very effective weight loss over time.

GitHub: Discovering Ketosis: How to Effectively Lose Weight

Faigon tracked a number of different factors to determine what the most important ones for weight loss were.

So what are some of his insights? That carbs and no sleep equals weight gain. On the other hand, low-carb, high-fat foods and sleep cause weight loss. And the greatest obstacle to achieving weight loss is the carb-craving monster. In order to stay on top of it, Faigon offers this advice:

Eat avocados, olive oil, mayo, coconut oil, nuts. I never worry about natural fat, I eat as much fat as I want. This is what makes it much easier to avoid carbs.

What do you think – is a ketogenic diet plus intermittent fasting (and getting enough sleep) the most effective way to lose excess weight? Or is Faigon missing something important?

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Can You Still Handle Fat If You’ve Had Your Gallbladder Removed?


Are there any adjustments that need to be made to the LCHF diet for women once they are pregnant? And if so, what do you do?

Get the answer to this and other questions – can you still eat LCHF if you’ve had your gallbladder removed? – in this week’s Q&A with the fertility specialist Dr. Fox: Continue Reading →


“I Ditched the Bread, Pasta, Rice and Potatoes”

Before and after

Before and after

Andy gained weight and had a hard time losing it on low-fat diets. He always felt hungry and eventually gave up.

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The Rapid Rise in Cardiovascular Disease in China


According to a study by Harvard researchers, China is facing an enormous problem with heart disease, brought on by lifestyle factors and smoking.

As the Chinese increasingly start adopting Western lifestyle habits, such as drinking soda and consuming junk food, obesity and heart disease rates are skyrocketing. In addition, the fat-phobic dietary guidelines in China only seem to exacerbate the problem.

Maybe the Chinese should stop copying the West, especially when it comes to our biggest mistakes, like smoking and low-fat diets?

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Good Health Doesn’t Come Out of a Medicine Bottle


Note: This post is by Dr. Aseem Malhotra – his first post on
I recently saw a woman in her early sixties who was terrified because her GP had told her that her cholesterol was high. “Congratulations,” I said. “That will probably help you live longer.” She left smiling.

It is little wonder she had been scared. For decades, governments have issued “low fat” dietary advice, while consumption of sugars and refined carbohydrates has soared. The result has been twin epidemics of type 2 diabetes and obesity – and a bloated medical bill to match. The time has come for an urgent overhaul.

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Support Research on Whether Low-Carb Ketogenic Diets Inhibit Cancer Growth

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Do you want to help fund research about the possible effectiveness of low-carb ketogenic diets inhibiting cancer growth? Then you could back this scientific project from Professor Eugene Fine and Professor Richard Feinman:

Experiment: Can Low Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diets Inhibit Cancers?

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