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Is a low-fat vegan or an LCHF diet better for lowering the risks of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease? If you want to hear the arguments for both sides, you can watch this video with Dr. Aseem Malhotra and the vegan-inclined Dr. Joel Kahn.
Skip to 1:48 unless you want to learn more about penile arteries:
The common ground between the two debaters and cardiologists is that sugar is bad for you and lifestyle (movement, stress reduction, not smoking) is important in decreasing risk factors. When it comes to fat they predictably disagreed.
According to Dr. Naiman – from whom I’ve stolen the header to this post – there was a clear winner to the debate. What do you think?
Tash had attempted to starve herself throughout her adult life in efforts to lose weight. Regardless, her weight just kept increasing. She even ended up with a diagnosis of prediabetes, despite only being 30 years old!
Desperate to find a solution, she came across Dr. Jason Fung and Diet Doctor.
Soon she started doing the exact opposite of what every doctor had told her before. This is what happened: Continue Reading →
Why should a low-carb diet be high in fat, and not high in protein?
I’ve often recommended switching to a diet higher in natural fats and lower in refined carbohydrates. What’s the deal with dietary fat? Simply put, dietary fat does not raise insulin. And hyperinsulinemia is the main driver of obesity. Hyperinsulinemia means literally, high insulin in the blood (hyper means high, and -emia means blood levels).
So, logically, switching refined carbohydrates, which raise insulin significantly, for dietary fat, which does not, can lower insulin levels significantly even if you take the same total number of calories.
But what is so different about dietary fat compared to both protein and carbohydrates that makes this true? It all comes down to the different ways that proteins and fats are metabolized. Continue Reading →
How can we turn the epidemics of obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes around in a country? Dr. Salih Solomon is a researcher at The Noakes Foundation in South Africa, and talks about this in his presentation from the Low Carb USA presentation.
South Africa is known as a country where LCHF diets (often called “Banting” there) have become very popular in recent years. But it is also a country facing huge problems with obesity and diabetes, not least in the less wealthy segments of the population.
So what interventions exactly are necessary to turn this problem around? That’s what this talk is about.
Watch the full presentation on our member pages, including captions and transcript:
If you want to become obese like a sumo wrestler you may want to eat a lot of carbs, like they do. And by a lot of carbs, we mean a thousand grams per day… or ten bowls of rice at every meal.
The sumo wrestlers are basically on an extremely low-fat diet. Why do they eat mostly carbs, instead of fat? Perhaps because carbs stimulate insulin, the fat-storing hormone, so that they can increase their body fat.
If you do not want to look like a sumo wrestler, you may want to go more easy on the carbs.
Freda was diagnosed as pre-diabetic and decided to do something about it immediately. After discovering LCHF and Diet Doctor, she emptied her food cupboards of carb-rich foods and went low-carb shopping in March 2015.
In the year that followed she did not just lose weight and gain energy, she managed to get off SIX medications! But it did not happen right away, she had to correct some common mistakes on the way: Continue Reading →
This year almost 54,000 people have signed up for FREE guidance, meal plans, recipes, shopping lists, troubleshooting tips, etc., via the two-week low-carb challenge.
What could happen if you were to take it? Here’s feedback from this week:
Dear Diet Doc,
Thanks for the challenge! We did not follow it strictly but instead followed your general principles. No bread, cake, pasta, sweets, chocs… Did this ok! Eating fresh meat, fish and veggies with melted butter – delicious and minimal cooking.
Barbecues are good. Salads with yogurt dressing or top quality oils – delicious. Cheese and more cheese but kept portion sizes small. Berries and cream or full-fat yogurt – a treat for dessert.
Had occasional 40 g of oats for breakfast topped with berries and yoghurt for breakfast. Had (perhaps a little too much!) white wine/red wine but banned the beer.
Results: husband dropped 4 lbs (2 kg) in 2 weeks, I dropped 4 lbs (2 kg) in 2 weeks. Blood pressure – significantly down – husband now going to doctors to see if he needs to reduce medication. Mine is always low and didn’t change.
We will carry on – more weight to go and it’s easy to do!
In the beginning of 2016, Bill was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and had a sky-high blood sugar level at 26 mmol/l (468 mg/dl). He started researching ways to reverse his condition, and stumbled upon Diet Doctor.
This is what happened: Continue Reading →
Nancy struggled with dieting for a long time, and never felt like she could find a way of eating that suited her.
Then she found low carb and intermittent fasting, and it was life changing. No calorie counting. No killing herself at the gym. And still the excess weight falls off her, without even trying.