1. You did an AWESOME job, Andreas! THANK YOU for being such a champion for healthy high-fat, low-carb living. Can't wait to see you again on the 5th Annual Low-Carb Cruise coming May 6-13, 2012!
  2. Alexandra
    Looking forward to meeting both of you on the LCC!
    Happy 2012
  3. Nads
    I'd love to come on the LCC but I live in Australia and it's too exxy to get there :(
  4. Joyce
    I love this blog!

    I hope your book is published in America. You make LCHF so easy to follow. No counting carb grams. No constant weighing and measuring of food. I am at my lowest weight in 20 years...still have a way to go, but eventually I'll get there. I'm enjoying this journey - the food is so good!

    P.S. Between you and Dr. Davis' Wheat Belly...I'm set for life with good eating! And I'm shrinking while eating well! When will dieters wake up?

  5. I dont listen to all of his podcasts but ill make sure i catch this one
  6. Kenny
    Hi Andreas,

    I couldn't find a discussion board, so please excuse me for posting this here.
    Just wondering if you would be able to address this?


    I came to LCHF on my own (not knowing about it when I started my lifestyle change) by simply cutting out foods that made me feel 'funny' (breads, cereal, etc). I have managed to lose 30kg in 6 months. When my friend asked me what I was doing, I told him what I was eating; He said, that sounds like LCHF and directed me to your blog. I see LCHF is now starting to get noticed by the mainstream (I even saw the butter shortage commented about on Saturday Night Live the other week!), but with this attention comes the naysayers. Especially in Australia, I've noticed more and more negative press directed towards LCHF down here in the last few weeks. With a health professional interviewed last week (sorry I don't have the details) flat out rejecting it and strongly recommending against it. Now this article comes out today warning of brain damage...

    As I said, I came to LCHF on my own, I modified my diet without consultation, and just stopped eating food that made me feel bad. I feel like my body has reached it's natural state, I still have a few KGs to drop, but slowly but surely it's melting off, like butter :P

    Anyway, sorry for posting this here, please delete or move, as I said, I couldn't find an appropriate place to post comments.

    Kind Regards,


  7. Galina L.
    @ Kenny,
    May be it will cheer you up - there is an Australian blogger http://primalmeded.com/ - she is a young doctor and a professional nutritionist-trainer from New Zealand http://thatpaleoguy.com/. They both promote LCHF way of eating.
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  9. eddie watts
    kenny we live in a world where some people still believe it is flat...there will always be conflicting views

    having now read that it notes that it happens in rodents.
    humans are not rodents.
    also what high fat food were they eating? vegetable oil? horribly processed meats like hot dogs?
    that information would need to be known

  10. Kenny

    Of course, but those people are called 'idiots'. If people can't approach a new idea without a basic level of maturity or intelligence, that's their issue.

    The study also shows they've found similar results in humans, which doesn't so much alarm me as prompts me to ask the same questions you just did. What type of fats? Over what time? etc etc etc. More data please!

    I don't take any of these reports on face value, nor do I think there's a giant conspiracy. What I'm worried about is that LCHF has only received negative attention in Australia in the last month or so (I may be noticing it more because I've only just discovered it, the old 'recency effect'), but there has been no one to advocate it here in the mainstream.

    Even if LCHF turns out to be completely wrong (dangerous, damaging, whatever), the nutritional information we've been getting for the last 20 or so years is obviously not working. I see anything that questions the information that has made the world sick and fat, or gives us an alternative, as a welcome first step.

    As I've said, LCHF has worked for me, but if there are any concerns I think they should at least be explored. Or, at the very least have an advocate speaking against the naysayers here. There are morning shows here that would eat Andreas up! The sexy Swede with the charming accent and all that. I would really like to see the other side of the story reach Australia :)


  11. Gina
    Also, what kind of study was it? Has it been duplicated? What kind of fats were given, and were they given in combination with a high amount of carbs? These sort of articles only draw my suspicion without substantiation.
  12. Justin B
    When the results/headline are vague, you can almost always expect that they didn't do it correctly. We know for a fact that vegetable oils and trans fats are bad for the brain. If a study condemns "fat" as a general blanket statement, it is safe to assume they don't mean "saturated animal fat", because, if it was, you can bet that they would have made it very clear.
  13. Kenny
    Exactly, I'm not so much concerned about one study, I'm more concerned about the overall negativity directed towards LCHF by the mainstream Australian media. Is this the norm in the rest of the world?
  14. Milton
    Yes, high-fat diets, particularly if they include saturated fat and cholesterol (and if they reject vegetable oils) are looked upon as unhealthy and even dangerous around the world. The conventional wisdom is that a healthy diet includes a fair amount of grains and starches and very little fat. Any attempt at going against that advice will be treated as if you are trying to hurt yourself.

    I think that your approach (stopped eating foods that made you feel ill) is the best, because it goes beyond the idea that one diet is the best, or that anyone has even figured out which diet is the best for every person. Stick to your approach and I believe that it will serve you best, though it might annoy people who think they know your body better than you do.

  15. dr-no
    @Kenny: I have read the studies cited by "The Age": http://www.jci.org/articles/view/43134 - This is a very interesting read, which could be interpreted as "leptin helps the brain grow new neurons".
    http://www.jci.org/articles/view/59660 - This study is a little bit questionable in its form, as it mixes results from humans where no experiment has taken place with experimental data from mice, who thrive naturally on a herbivorous diet.

    The latter research article is a classical case of combining the two sins concerning current obesity research:
    1. Studying lab rodents and drawing direct conclusions to humans.
    2. Implicitly defining nutritional fat as the cause and drawing conclusions from there.

    The only thing that will bring us forward right now are high-quality independent long-term randomized controlled human trials on macronutrient composition. Pointing to inflammation here, structural change blah, blood level there, are all very dull substitutes for recognizing real-world effects in humans.

  16. FrankG
    Yes I also see LCHF painted in an overall negative light in Canada, USA, UK etc...

    Not only does it threaten the conventional thinking of the health establishment -- the "status quo" on which many experts have staked their professional reputations... BUT (and probably more significantly) it threatens to eat into the vast profits of the multi-national food-manufacturers who have done very well in the last 50 years or so by selling us brightly packaged and processed "franken-foods" that promise "low-fat", health and long-life while costing very little to produce; as their lack of nutritional substance is made up with cheap fillers.

    The USA is a prime example (closely followed by Canada, the UK and no doubt many other countries including Australia) where the food pyramid (recently updated to a plate) was developed and is promoted by the USDA -- the US Department of Agriculture. Surely the role of the USDA is to promote the interest of USA food producers? So what qualifies them to provide health advice to the general population? And yet this obvious conflict of interest seems to go unquestioned.

    Higher profits for food manufacturers = more money for lobby groups = more re-election funds for politicians = favourable policies for food manufacturers = higher profits for food manufacturers... and so on...

  17. FrankG
    On the question of potential dangers with saturated fat: consider that the way we humans store our own energy is as saturated animal fat -- almost identical to pig fat... AKA lard.

    Does it make any sense that we are adapted to store energy in a form that will harm us?

    And the real kicker is that every time a well-meaning (but misguided) expert advises a calorie-restricted diet, they are really prescribing a diet high in arterycloggingstauratedfat. Are they trying to kill us?!? lol ;-)

  18. Nads
    Kenny, I'm from Australia too. I've started on my own personal campaign that is pro-LCHF. I've started interest on my Facebook page (a group who started LCHF 1st January) and on a diet website that I am on (calorieking.com.au) and currently there are over 20 people trying it out and liking it.

    I also have started saying "artery-clogging sugar" every time I say the word sugar.

  19. Olga
    Hi Kenny:

    I think this may answer your question about saturated fat and the brain. The results of the study were misinterpreted by the media as usual. Here is a clarification by one of the authors of that study:


  20. Erik Larsen
    I was wondering what you eat for breakfast in the diet? Following danish eating traditions, the 54 minute film clip only guides on lunch and dinner. What do I put my cheese on, if not bread? What do I pour on my yoghurt if not fruit, müsli or oats?
  21. Zepp
    How about Danish bacon, with egg?

    Put some nuts and sunflower seeds on the youghurt.

    One can eat cheese with our hands like the french!

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