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“I’m Beginning to Become a Believer”

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Over 165,000 people have signed up for our free two-week keto low-carb challenge. You’ll get free guidance, meal plans, recipes, shopping lists and troubleshooting tips – everything you need to succeed on low carb.

Here are new amazing stories from the people who’ve taken the challenge:

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What I liked about the challenge:

  • It gave a good menu plan. That helped a lot.
  • The shopping list was also a very big help.
  • Very nice that you can change the # of servings and have the shopping list and recipe change with it.
  • I’ve lost most of my cravings. This is big.
  • I like the idea of cooking at dinner and then using leftovers for lunch. Good idea that helps when you have to cook every meal.
  • I used to race mountain bikes and I’m getting back into it after 4 years away. However, one of the big things about this diet is that I can ride longer before I need to eat. I’m still trying to figure out how to do distance rides (anything over 3 hours) and how to eat after that. I did a 5½-hour ride this weekend and had to eat Gel packs (AKA sugar) at the end of three hours. I ride up 12-hour races so trying to figure out how to fuel the remaining hours. Nonetheless, I’m able to eat much fewer carbs during that ride and my energy is much more stable. This really is a big deal for me, as I have really struggled with keeping the glycogen levels up in the past.

What didn’t go well:

  • Although I strictly followed the diet, I didn’t lose much weight.
  • Yes, I did watch the 5 most common things that go wrong and I didn’t do any of them.
  • Yes, I did watch the list of 18 things.
  • Yes, I read all the comments I could.
  • Still struggling.
  • I’m on my 4th week. This week I’m going dairy free to see if that helps.
  • In the recipes, a couple times it said, “add all the ingredients” so I did only to find out later that the butter was for the frying pan and not to be added to the dish.
  • Some of the ingredients were either: 1) Hard to find 2) Very expensive.
  • Also, sometime you buy a spice or curry paste, etc., and then not know when you are going to use it again. This can get very expensive.

Thanks,
David

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“It Has Transformed My Life”

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John’s progress

John experienced amazing benefits on a low-carb high-fat diet already when he started in August. As more time has passed things just keep getting better! Here’s an update to his previously sent-in success story: Continue Reading →

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Our Second Winner

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Congratulations to Fran – she won the contest for our existing members and we’re sending her the amazing prize package.

Here’s her story about how she ended up at Diet Doctor:

I started following you on Twitter, based on following such people as Gary Taubes and Peter Attia. From there I saw the articles and videos you linked to on your site. You, and the articles, were a major factor in getting me back to low-carb eating. In fact, you introduced me to the idea of low-carb, high fat, and for that, I am eternally grateful. Continue Reading →

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Professor Lustig: “Insulin Drives All of the Behaviors Seen in Obesity”

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The only way to fight the diabesity epidemic effectively is to switch to a low-sugar diet with real food, argues Professor Robert Lustig. That way your insulin (the fat-storing hormone) dramatically drops and you can lose weight effortlessly.

In contrast to popular false beliefs, weight loss and health should not be a constant battle uphill through calorie restriction, which simply doesn’t work:

Following current dietary advice is counterintuitive to achieving a healthy weight.

The reason is the myth of energy balance. If you believe this, then you believe that obesity is a physics problem; too much energy in, too little energy out. Energy balance assumes that all calories are equal, no matter where they come from. Rather, obesity is about energy deposition into fat tissue. Obesity is a biochemistry problem, and where those nutrients came from determine where they go in the body. It’s called nutritional biochemistry and it shows that all calories are not created equal.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Dietary Factions Are Hurting the Fight Against Obesity

If you prefer to watch Professor Lustig discuss the issue in a new interview, check out the link below at 5:21:

ABC News: The Damage Sugar Does to Us

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“Life Is Marvellous”

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Would you trust a skinny cook? Renetté certainly didn’t believe that you could. Until she changed her life, lost 110 lbs (50 kg) and became one herself with the help of low carb.

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Type 2 Diabetes Reversed Again

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Here’s yet another proud patient of Dr. David Unwin. The 63-year-old man went low carb and practically reversed his type 2 diabetes, normalizing blood sugar, dramatically improved his cholesterol and lost 6 inches (15 cm) off his waist.

Of course he’s proud, and rightly so.

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How to Not Get Hungry: Fasting and Ghrelin

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Tea and fasting can keep hunger at bay

Ghrelin is the so-called hunger hormone. It was purified from rat stomach in 1999 and subsequently cloned. It binds to growth hormone (GH) secretagogue receptor, which strongly stimulates GH. So, for all you people who thought that eating makes you gain lean tissue, it is actually the opposite. Nothing turns off GH like food.

Of course, food provides the nutrients needed to grow, so in fact, you need both feeding and fasting cycles to properly grow. Not all feeding, and not all fasting. Life lies in the balance of the two. The cycle of life is feast and fast.

Ghrelin, has also been found to increase appetite and weight gain. It also reduces the effect of leptin (in rats at least). Leptin, as you might recall, is the hormone produced by fat cells which turns off appetite and makes us stop eating. Ghrelin turns on appetite.

So, if you want to lose weight on a long term basis, you need to tune down ghrelin. This post is about how to do that. Continue Reading →

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Why Calorie Counting Is Useless – and Sometimes Even Harmful

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Calorie counting can be a devastating weight-loss method that distracts us from what really matters – the effect that different foods have in our bodies. If you try to counterbalance the chocolate eating with more time in the gym, you might be in deep waters.

Here’s a good article about the problems of calorie fundamentalism, i.e. believing that a calorie is a calorie:

That crudity leads to mistakes, like the idea that 200 calories of Skittles are in any way equivalent to 200 calories of salad. In that way, calories have been weaponized by marketers to claim their ingestible products are innocuous. As Coca-Cola has advertised, for one, drinking soda is fine as long as you exercise enough to burn off those calories. That’s reasonable if it weren’t also true that constant exposure to high-sugar foods changes the way our bodies store energy. It’s like saying it’s fine to insult someone as long as you follow it with a compliment.

The Atlantic: It’s True, Hot Baths Burn Calories

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“This Is My Year of Change!!!”

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Susie’s blood sugar was ever increasing. She had thrown in the towel, believing her type 2 diabetes was out of her control.

However, when it became clear that she risked going blind she decided to do something, and eventually found the ketogenic diet. That was the start of her year of change: Continue Reading →

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“We Feel Better, Have More Energy, Are Never Hungry”

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Over 135,000 people have signed up for our free two-week keto low-carb challenge. You’ll get free guidance, meal plans, recipes, shopping lists and troubleshooting tips – everything you need to succeed on low carb.

Here are new amazing stories from the people who’ve taken the challenge:

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Hi. Thanks. I found the Low-Carb challenge really hard to follow strictly. I do not like dairy products such as cream and butter, so found the recipes too rich for my taste. And I hate cheese! I cut out carbs altogether and feel better for it but lost just a couple of pounds.

Thanks for the encouragement, though.
Dianne

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