This week, we summarize the top five news articles and studies in the low-carb realm, plus some success stories.
- Do genetics doom children to become and remain obese? A new, hopeful study shows that kids with a genetic propensity for obesity respond well to lifestyle intervention… just as well, in fact, as obese kids with no genetic predisposition.
- Dr. Sarah Hallberg makes a strong case for reform of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in her compelling op-ed just published in The Hill, a popular newspaper and website covering public policy and politics from Washington, D.C. The title? “Government dietary guidelines are plain wrong: Avoid carbs, not fat.”
- Many of us think of ourselves as healthy, even if we know we weigh more than we should. A new study looks at five “scale-free” measures of metabolic health and demonstrates that just 12.5% of American adults qualify as healthy across all five metrics. What measures were the study authors evaluating? Waist circumference, blood sugar, blood pressure, triglycerides, and HDL cholesterol — all major markers for metabolic syndrome.
- The American Medical Association (AMA) is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require front-of-package warning labels on packaged food with high levels of added sugar. In addition, the AMA would like to see upper limits on the amount of sugar that can be added to food products. As you can imagine, Big Sugar and Big Food don’t like this idea, so resistance from industry will be stiff.
- A new study shows poor compliance and mediocre results for both intermittent fasting and chronic calorie restriction, pronouncing them equally effective (that is to say, neither was terribly effective) for weight loss. However, subjects were eating a higher-carb diet. Might these subjects have experienced an easier time complying with the regimen — and thus, more success losing weight while practicing intermittent fasting — on a low-carb diet?
‘Tis the season… What should you get for the keto enthusiast on your list? (An honest gift guide with unbiased ideas rather than sponsored content!) What’s for dinner? Let Dinner Plans, a colorful mix-and-match cookbook/meal planner help the low-carber on your holiday gift list find the answer. Do you know what Kristie Sullivan likes to make for keto-friendly celebrations? Buy her latest cookbook, Keto Gatherings, to find out.
What’s the real relationship between cows and climate change? (Pssst… It’s NOT the cow, it’s the how.) Why is Big Food behemoth Kraft Heinz buying the paleo-friendly Primal Kitchen brand? Did the Wall Street Journal just notice that butter coffee is a thing? What ingredients are “health-oriented-eaters” trying to avoid? What happens when food becomes art? Do you have a favorite butter hack, like freezing spent butter wrappers to use later for tasks like greasing pans or separating food?
- A father loses over one hundred pounds and improves his metabolic health with keto. But what’s the real story? He started cooking keto to help his adult daughter battle brain cancer — and she is cancer-free at two years!
- A former cohost on The View, Sherri Shepherd, is down 25 pounds with a keto diet. The best part for Sherri? Being able to give up SUGAR. (And the clarity, focus, patience and energy that comes with a sugar-free life!)
- Young woman, Brittany Wallace, loses over 100 pounds with a keto diet (and no trips to the gym)! Regarding maintenance, she says: “My diet is pretty strict, but I don’t feel restricted.”
Tune in next week!