Interviewed on Hank Garner’s podcast

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Hank Garner has interviewed a lot of fascinating people on his podcast, e.g. Gary Taubes, Mark Sisson and Jimmy Moore.

Now you can listen to his new 45 minutes long interview with me. He asks me about how to do low carb diets right and my experience using low carb diet advice for my patients.

I’m not used to being interviewed in English. It’s fairly obvious in the beginning, less obvious later in the podcast. If you want to coach me by pointing out details to improve I’m very grateful!

9 comments

  1. Less Antman
    You might have been uncomfortable at the start of the interview, but your English was excellent and easily understandable throughout the entire podcast. And your straightforward advice was more helpful than the complicated approaches others have taken. Thanks!

    The only thing I would suggest is that you give more guidance on artificial sweeteners. Yes, the safe answer might be to not use any sweetener of any kind, but people giving up all sugar and starch often will make some compromises to make their diet tolerable, and using alternatives to sugar is one of those compromises. It would be helpful if you offered your opinion on the choice between sucralose, aspertame, saccarin, and stevia, unless you really believe they are all exactly the same. My wife will NEVER adopt LCHF if she is just told to forget about ever experiencing the taste of sweet again, but could follow advice about the second best choice for somebody who cannot adopt your first best choice of giving up all sweeteners for life. Maybe we Americans are different, but sweetness is a big part of our lives from the beginning.

    I also think some discussion of whether exercise is important or not would be helpful, and whether weight training or aerobics is more helpful for weight loss (and health). Many low carb sites are suggesting that aerobic training, especially long distance running, is harmful, and you obviously have a different opinion. It would be nice to know what reasons you have for disagreeing.

    Again, the interview was terrific, your LCHF for beginners the best one page summary I have ever seen on diet, and your website is now one that I look forward to reading regularly.

  2. Less Antman,
    Thanks for a lot of helpful suggestions. I do indeed try to emphasize straightforward advice as much as possible, to refine what's important and what works.

    Regarding sweeteners, I just don't trust any of them. Sorry. But that doesn't mean never experiencing the taste of something sweet. How about berries with whipped cream or a piece of fruit once in a while for dessert? When we aren't adapted to everything tasting unnaturally sweet the natural sweet tastes might taste better than ever...

    Regarding exercise I think it's certainly helpful for maintaing health and well being. Although by itself it's not much use for losing weight I think it can be helpful to speed up weight loss while on a low carb diet. You might have to do quite a lot of it to really get a noticable effect though.

    I would not chose long distance running either, variation is important.

  3. Less Antman
    Thanks, Doc. But if it is okay to get some natural sugars from fruit, why not the natural sweetness of organic stevia? I know most "stevia" in the store is not pure stevia, and that you are objecting to artificial sweeteners, but if somebody buys certified organic stevia without additives, wouldn't that just be natural sweetness like having a bit of fruit?

    I actually love berries and cream, but my wife has spent the last 27 years trying to kill me with the most fabulous gourmet desserts imaginable. She is willing to experiment with almond flour and a sugar substitute, but I'm afraid asking her to stop making fancy baked desserts is going to make the next 27 years much less pleasant than the last 27!

  4. Zepp
    If you persist then I will suggest that you use Stevia and/or Erythritol.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythritol

    What I can se these seems to be considerate as safe food.

    And Erythriol, branded Sukrin in Sweden, seems to be the favorite among those lowcarbers thats not so hardcore.

    Anyway, I think we have reached broader in the population and some of them love the food but
    still want to have som sweet desserts som time.

    At the end, its your choice, its everyones choice, how hadcore they want to go, and if its necessary to go hardcore at all.

    Lowcarb cant be a dogma, its all about eating healty food for healt and a healty waistline.

    I think its the same as for alcohol, most people can use it occasionaly for a god time, but if you are an addict, then you should avoid it.. even the substitutes.

  5. Less Antman,
    Everyone gets to decide for himself how hardcore to be. I'll have some fruits and berries instead, you can certainly go ahead and use some sweeteners if you want to. My advice is just to do it as little as possible.

    Perhaps stevia is a decent option as well as erythritol (sukrin). As Zepp said, those are the most popular brands with Swedish low carbers.

    I don't necessarily regard using purified stevia as more natural than, say, aspartame though. If you eat the stevia plant that's natural. But if you allow the food industry to purify a single substance from thousants of plants so you can make everything you drink super-sweet, that's not natural in my book. ;)

  6. Less Antman
    Thanks, Zepp & Doc. I do understand the reason for some people to abstain completely. Many people in America have commented about how much more successful Alcoholics Anonymous is than Overeaters Anonymous, and one reason is that an alcoholic can very simply follow the rule, "Don't drink," but an obese person cannot just follow a rule that says, "Don't eat." One reason I love the diet doctor advice is that someone CAN follow a rule that says, "Don't eat sugar or starch."

    But if I understand correctly, we KNOW sugar is unhealthy, but we DON'T KNOW if sugar substitutes are unhealthy. In my case, as long as my waist size, blood pressure, triglycerides, HDL, and fasting insulin level tell me I'm healthy, then I will conclude I'm eating well enough. If one or more of my measures gets unhealthy, then I will know I have to be stricter, and cutting out sugar substitutes to see if it improves would then be much more important. Until then, I probably will indulge a little in sugar substitutes while you indulge a little in fructose. Actually, I might use aspartame as long as I am condemned to hell either way, since it is more easily available right now in America. Organic stevia is not only expensive, but hard to get except by mail.

    I think this is why it is important to visit a doctor for routine checkups, even if the doctor is not a fan of LCHF. He is helpful in diagnosing how healthy someone's body is, and that is very valuable information. Then, if he gives lousy dietary advice, I can give him my printed copy of LCHF for Beginners if he doesn't have the time to watch Tom Naughton's Fat Head or read Gary Taubes' Why We Get Fat. Or I can send him your book and a Swedish-English Dictionary!

  7. Rose
    Hi Doc,

    First of all THANK YOU so much for writing this blog and dedicating your time to educate people around the world.
    My gym gave me a LCHF diet and at first I was put off by it , because I really wanted to lose weight. I thought oh no not again a stupid jojo diet. But then I did loads of research and I found loads of evidence that LCHF really works. And I love how long this way of eating is around, way longer than any modern science . You are like a modern William Banting, he dedicated his free time and even his money to spread the word about this (he published “The letter on Corpulence” and financed it as well.) Thanks very much for doing this.

    I have two questions regarding LCHF the first is : Is it really good to drink coffee ? I heard that Coffee raises the Insulin levels, and if so that would be bad for LCHF, what do you think. My second question is more specific to my condition. I have Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and I was wondering if LCHF is good for that condition? Also I have excessive amounts of androgenic (masculinizing) hormones. Again I heard that fat has testosterone in it or lets say meat has it as well. So would LCHF still be beneficial for me ?

    Thanks for taking time to reply to me .

    Kind regards Rose

  8. Rose,
    1/ Coffee is probably fine, at least in moderate amounts. I have certainly not heard anything to convince me to give up drinking two or three cups a day... ;)

    2/ LCHF has very beneficial effects on PCOS and the accompanying excess in androgenic hormones. In fact PCOS is very closely tied to metabolic syndrome (abdominal obesity, diabetes typ 2 etc), and the hyperinsulinemia from excessive carb intake may be the underlying problem.

    I interviewed dr Michael D. Fox who is an expert on treating women with PCOS with a strict low carb diet:
    http://www.dietdoctor.com/category/health-problems/pcos-fertility?mod...

    I think LCHF will have a beautiful effect on your health issues. Good luck and if you want to report on your progress later that would be very interesting!

  9. Rose
    Thanks Doc,

    You are very good for getting back to me so quickly.I guess one coffee is not too bad. I had a look at the interview and it is reassuring to see that Dr. Michael Fox has so much success with LCHF.
    I’m on day 6 of LCHF with everyday workouts . My training plan requires from me to workout for the first 12 day’s everyday. At the beginning I felt sick and had a pain in my throat but these side effects are gone now. And I can feel the muscle’s in my body grow. So I’m pretty excited how much muscle I have gained after 12 day’s. And hopefully I can lose some weight as well.

    Anyway , I get back to you in 6 day’s and we will see if I lost body fat and gained muscle. Apparently, muscle’s use more calories than fat and that should make me lose the fat. And lessen the symptoms of the PCOS as well.

    Thanks very much for your help.

    Take care

    Rose

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