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  1. Jeremy,
    Will I really see anything new in those hours of vegan videos? A quick scan did not show anything except the usual – cherry picked observational studies and strongly held opinions.
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  2. Alexandra M:
    As a swede I must apologizse for all the harm we have done to the US by exporting weapons of massdestruction such as the food pyramid (invented in Sweden 1974) and the My Plate (invented 1992 in Sweden as the "plate model"). The idea of "carbloading" in sports is also swedish...

    I hope we can export the LCHF trend as a compensation

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  1. Jeremy
    Low-carb DEBUNKED with hundreds of studies: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCC2CA9893F2503B5&feature=....
  2. Jeremy,
    Will I really see anything new in those hours of vegan videos? A quick scan did not show anything except the usual – cherry picked observational studies and strongly held opinions.
  3. Ondrej
    One of my medical student friends is a vegetarian. Few days ago one really respected young docent, in fact already the 2nd most important person at Pathology department of the largest hospital in central Europe, made funny statements about her during seminary when he asked who eats this way...like "look at her how orange and wrinkled she is:-)"...he meant it in a good way, he is rather funny and popular among students, but really, I think nobody who truly understands medicine, and he really is top-class, can follow this diet.
    By the way, during one lecture, there he presented awesome photo-slide of great french charolais steak and he really recommended to go to France just for this purpose:-) I don't think he specifically follows any diet...he just knows the human body really, really well.
    I mean, he doesn't read studies, he does them.
  4. Patrick
    Hi Doc,

    Firstly, thank you so much or your blog; I really love it!

    Secondly, have you come across this article before? Do you have any opinions on it?

    Thanks, Patrick.

    http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/carbohydrate-hypothes...

  5. Rodrigo
    It´s amazing what is happening on Sweden. I wish I knew your language. But i´m sufficient happy just for know english. Here in Brazil we don´t have much of LCHF. I just know one good blog from a physician on south.

    I hope my blog and others about this kind of eating can do some good for us Brazilians .
    About the comments of this post, what i can say is that i was vegetarian for almost 2 years and what i saw was my health going down and down.
    I did everything with careful and i got worse.
    I had some really big troubles, mainly with my metabolism, headaches, high blood pressure, adrenals and thyroid going very bad, low energy, etc,etc,etc.
    What i did was see the best doctors i could. Those how who also "does the studies". But they couldn´t help me.
    I can say that if i did not pursued my happiness with strength and study a lot from books like, "life without bread", "know your fats", "good calories bad calories", and many others, and the best thing, test with my self and see the results, i don´t know what would be me. I was really really bad.

    Again, congratulations for your blog doc. I hope my blog here in brazil can do for brazilians the same yours do for me and many others with an open mind.

    Best regards from brazil.

  6. Patrick
    Doc,

    I have just found your comments in Stephan's blog, no need to reply.

    Thank you, Patrick

  7. Mike
    Love and subscribe to your blog. Wish there were English (and other languages) translations for these magazines.
  8. Ondrej
    Andreas, is there a difference between Primal diet by Mark Sisson and LCHF? I know the positions are different, former marathon runner x doctor, holistic life approach x focus mainly on diet, Primal trademark, although researched x evidence based medicine...but in the end, diet-wise, is there any difference? Thanks for answer. I hope to read Your book in english some day.
  9. Maggan A
    hI MIke

    I know Google Translate is not perfect, but it is better than nothing ;-)

    Here are 186 articles on LCHF from Expressen - the second biggest tabloid in Sweden.

    http://translate.google.se/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=n&...

  10. George I., M.D.
    It looks like the only way I am going to be able to get as much info on LCHF as I need is to learn to read Swedish. From what I've seen by following links around the web, the Swedish LCHF community is very organized and pro-active pro-sharing.
  11. Maggan A
    George

    #10

    It could be worse - it could have been chineese or russian ;-)

    But keep on asking - we are a few entusiasts hwo try to answer in english as good as we can on this english site. Our english may not often be perfect - but if you dont understand you can always ask again - and WE try again ;-)

  12. Confused
    Hi George:

    "It looks like the only way I am going to be able to get as much info on LCHF as I need is to learn to read Swedish."

    Not at all. Read Volek & Phinney's book called the Art and Science of Low carb. It's written for doctors like yourself.Also, you can join Dr. Mary Vernon's group Innovative Metabolic Solutions- she has web lectures and doctor education.

    You'll be in a lonely group tho', since as best as I can tell, Vernon, Westman, Volek and Phinney remain the last who believe in the insulin hypothesis and low-carb. Even Taubes' friend Dr. Peter Attia has renamed his blog from War on Insulin to the Eating Academy. He has now switched back to the lipid hypothesis, as his 6 part series on cholesterol concludes.

  13. Maggan A
    Confused

    Your namedropping is impressive!

    Sorry George forget what I said before - you´d better learn swedish after all because we have lost a lot of weight and gained a lot of healt with LCHF - without knowing a single one of the names Confused are refering to...

  14. FrankG
    @Confused: Still Confused? Or are you purposely trying to spread confusion and dissent?

    Dr Attia explained in comments how he has just changed his website but his page banner still proclaims "The War on Insulin and the defense of fat" and if you really do think he has "switched back to the lipid hypothesis" (rather than you are just being deliberately obtuse) then I suggest you re-read his series of posts on cholesterol... which incidentally, are not finished. In particular I suggest that you concentrate much harder on his explanation about the difference between LDL-C and LDL-P ;-)

    The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VI...

  15. Maggan A
    For those intrested in the swedish LCHF community I suggest google on names like Dr Annika Dahlqvist och Sten Sture Skaldeman - for those of you hwo have not learnd swedish yet I suggest Google translate.
  16. Alexandra M
    Confused (appropriate moniker, BTW)

    "Even Taubes' friend Dr. Peter Attia has renamed his blog from War on Insulin to the Eating Academy. He has now switched back to the lipid hypothesis, as his 6 part series on cholesterol concludes."

    If you actually read the series, Dr. Attia has done nothing of the sort. The name of his blog remains War on Insulin (which I think is a terrible name because insulin is an essential hormone and it's only its chronic elevation that is dangerous), though I notice his email has changed to Eating Academy. He writes:

    "Amazingly the persons with the worst survival had low (below median) LDL-C but high LDL-P. The patients most likely to have high LDL-P with unremarkable or low LDL-C are those with either small LDL particles, or TG-rich / cholesterol poor LDL particles, or both (e.g., insulin resistant patients, metabolic syndrome patients, T2DM patients). This explains why small LDL particles, while no more atherogenic on a per particle basis than large particles, are a marker for something sinister."

    Right. How is this supporting the "lipid hypothesis?" People who support the lipid hypothesis think that to avoid atherosclerosis you must lower LDL-C as much as possible, while Attia is saying that small LDL particles are a marker for atherosclerosis.

    What strongly correlates with LARGE LDL? High HDL and low triglycerides. What is the only dietary intervention that increases HDL and lowers triglycerides? Can you guess? Or are you still Confused?

    Yes, the answer IS carbohydrate restriction.

  17. Alexandra M
    Maggan - "without knowing a single one of the names Confused are refering to..."

    If you can read them, the books by Gary Taubes ("Good Calories, Bad Calories" and "Why We Get Fat") and by Phinney and Volek ("The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living") are excellent and very readable.

    Gary Taubes is probably the person in the US most responsible for making people aware of low carb diets. He's written several major articles for the New York Times (and been viciously attacked for them).

  18. Maggan A
    Alexandra M

    I dont doubt that they are readable - but my point Is that you/we dont NEED to know them to still be succsessfull with LCHF - wich goes for moste people in sweden. You dont see many referalls to their books in the warious swedish blogs and internetcommunities....

    My reply was to the nick Confused hwo seemes to have moore interest in the theory - as fo me and many others - we are happy with plaine simple practise ;-)

  19. Ondrej
    How did this actually happen that LCHF is such a hit in Sweden? Is it pushed by government or something? How did this wave start?
  20. Ondrej #8 & #19

    I would say that Mark Sissons Daily Apple/Primal Blueprint is about as close as you get to LCHF in the US. Love his books and his recepies. It´s paleo with some butter added in, pretty much LCHF.

    How did this actually happen in Sweden... Good question, really! LCHF is a true grassroot movement and it started with Dr Annika Dahlqvist and her blogg. It is a fantastic example of what the power of internet can do. The LCHF movment is not organized at all... there are just people bloggning and publishing books and spreading the word.

    We do not get any funding either from the goverment or industry [not even the meat- and dairy industry who benefit from the LCHF-trend].

    The best english source about what has happend in Sweden is probebly Jimmy Moore's site:
    http://eatlikeaswede.wordpress.com/

    There You will find an interview with me from 2008 when LCHF started to booming in Sweden. Enjoy (even though my english is far from perfect).
    http://eatlikeaswede.wordpress.com/2011/05/14/interview-per-wikholm-s...

  21. Ondrej
    I think we need "European Sisson", or better a doctor who writes a bestseller LCHF book that is complementary with what is available in european cuisine, and this book has to be translated and spread through the continent:-) Sweden should start this....maybe the way Sweden-->Britain--> the rest...could work.
  22. tooticky
    LCHF is a big in Finland too. We have one particular surgeon (Antti Heikkilä) who has been advocating eating proper food for over 10 years now (he published his first LCHF related book in 2002) and appears regularly on TV talking about food & health related issues. He's doing a grand job in translating English literature and research in Finnish in a format that general folk can understand. He used to blog very actively too. Less so nowadays.

    LCHF is not called LCHF in Finland due translation, however the diet Heikkilä advocates is very closed to LCHF in my opinion. A lot of people have tried the diet, got good results and are voting with their feet. A country with a small homogeneous (and reasonably educated) population this type of movement can grow possibly quicker than in an other kind of environment. This is my guess - have no scientific data/understanding to back this up.

    I gather that LCHF is going strong in Norway too. I got hold of Dr. Sofie Hexeberg's English book (The Scandinavian Diet, published March 2012) where she goes through a number of case studies. Good read although I don't like its title. I can understand it's done for marketing reasons as (at least) in the UK people are so fat scare. That's how it appears to me. It makes me feel very sad how obesity is seen as people's own fault in this country - like they are only to blame for being as obese as they are. There are lot of TV programs currently running (in the UK) that tout calories count approach and avoid fat as much as you can. Just eat less, exercise more and you'll lose weight. Therefore, lots of people are not eating enough - they're obese and malnourished. No emphasis is given for the idea that perhaps the advise is wrong. All very sad.

  23. Ondrej
    What is your opinion on Whey protein isolate (90g protein/100g product)? Is a dose of 2x30g a day a good, easy way to increase protein intake when you train hard, or is it just a waste of money?
    I use this one, what do you think?
    http://www.aminostar.cz/en/cfm-whey-protein-isolate?fa_section=Proteiny
  24. Alexandra M
    "...a small homogeneous (and reasonably educated) population..."

    I think you might be on to something there. Here in the US it doesn't seem to make much difference that Dr. Atkins' book is still selling after 40 years, or Gary Taubes' books are bestsellers and that his articles appear in the NY Times, or that Dr. Eric Westman is using LCHF to treat obesity and diabetes at Duke University - it all seems to fall mostly on deaf ears as far as the population in general. Outside the Paleo / LCHF "community," people don't know anything except the food pyramid. I don't know if we're more obsessed with diet than other countries, but the bombardment with the anti-fat message is going on every day in news stories, in commercials, and even in places you'd never expect it: if some politician or celebrity is overweight, it's inevitable that they'll be accused of eating "too many cheeseburgers."

  25. Alexandra M:
    As a swede I must apologizse for all the harm we have done to the US by exporting weapons of massdestruction such as the food pyramid (invented in Sweden 1974) and the My Plate (invented 1992 in Sweden as the "plate model"). The idea of "carbloading" in sports is also swedish...

    I hope we can export the LCHF trend as a compensation

  26. Karen
    Andreas, thank you for your great blog and all the important information that you're sharing!

    I'm currently doing well on a LCHF diet, but I'm a bit confused about how counting carbs intersects with other concepts, such as: total (including fiber?) versus "net" carbs and glycemic index measurements. For example, if I want to eat lentils, they are high in carbs, right? However, they also have a lot of fiber (which is included in the carb count, right?) and they're very low on the glycemic index. If I'm loosing weight on LCHF, can I eat lentils? Once I reach a healthy weight, can I eat them then?

    If you can offer some insight, that would be great!

    Thanks again!

  27. Zepp
    Karen, its net carbs you should count!

    And glycemic index is more impotand for those how eat a lot of carbs, but GI is just a part of Glycemic Load.. and LCHF is about GL!

    You know, many person can eat lentils and thrive on that, you must try it out by your self.. if you can eat it and hove much carbs you can eat.

    The great thing is that one dont need a lot of carbs, and different person can eat different amounts of lentils and other carb rich foods!

    And I dont think that lentils is the major cause of obesety and dibetes, its probably more sugar and junkfood!

    One just need to aply some comon sens to ounderstand what one can eat.

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