Keto and low-carb news highlights

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Last week, we covered the headlines. This week, we’ll take a look at mainstream press coverage of emerging science and real food success stories.

Emerging science

Over the last month or so, there has been a lot of science in the news:

  1. Looking for a comprehensive list of over 70 clinical trials that compare lower-carb, higher fat diets to higher-carb, lower-fat diets? This list was put together by Virta Health’s Dr. Sarah Hallberg, and in virtually every trial, the lower-carb regimen does as well or better than the lower-fat arm on one or more of the following measured outcomes: weight loss, blood sugar control, and CVD risk factors. So for those who think lower-carb eating is just a fad, think again.
  2. Which comes first? High insulin levels or obesity? A new genetic study from Dr. David Ludwig’s team shows high insulin levels predict weight gain, not the other way around.
  3. Yale News reports on a new study, published in Cell, that “has identified leptin — a hormone made by fat cells — as a key mediator” in the body’s switch from burning carbs to burning fat during fasting.
  4. Is obesity contagious? In JAMA Pediatrics, a new study of military families shows an association between community obesity rates and participant BMIs.
  5. Does sleeping more at night help you eat less sugar during the day? A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that more sleep leads to lower levels of sugar consumption.

Wait… there’s more science. Is consumption of ultra-processed foods associated with obesity? Are paleo diets healthier for older women? Which is better for blood lipids—whole milk or skimmed? What post-workout snack is better for building muscle—eggs or egg whites? What is the timeline for full keto adaption? For conventional dieters, why is losing weight the easy part? Is adult-onset type 1 diabetes more common than we think?

Real food success stories

Read about how boxer Tyson Fury lost 55 pounds and is training for his next fight with keto. Or how this Englishman lost over 85 pounds with a low-carb diet and a gym membership. (He improved liver function, too.) Or how two midwestern couples lost weight with keto: 100 (combined) pounds in Michigan and 160 (combined) pounds in Iowa.

So many more stories to share this month… A New York chef, recovered. A “dad bod,” resculpted. A young lady, halved. A young woman, close to goal. A sugar craver, transformed. A young mom, resculpted. A diabetic 70-year-old, “tamed the monster.” An almost-300-pound man, slimmed down. A gentleman safely eliminated insulin (and the $7,200 per yr expense). A chill keto mama dished on Live with Kelly and Ryan. And another mom, transformed, told her story on the local news. A mom of twins dropped 125 pounds. A size 26 became a size 12.

Want more?

Tune in next week for longer reads and interesting articles about food, plus Eat the Butter’s Wall of Shame! Don’t miss it.


This news gathering is from our collaborator Jennifer Calihan, who also blogs at Eat the Butter. Feel free to sign up for her weekly newsletter.

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  1. russell mitchell
    Keto will help a big man lose weight and a vastric sleeve with a keto diet is living proof 420 down to 245 and my feet dont hurt becouse of neuropothy wich is caused by sugar no high bp and the list goes on. Thanks keto.
  2. Leah
    Congratulations on your weight loss. I started keto 14 weeks ago and I was 193 pounds now I am down to 157. It's been a hard journey but easier every day. I love feeling more confident about my self. Good luck on your journey .

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