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  1. bill
    Dr. E:

    Isn't it time, now, to retire this:

    from your blog roll?

    Have you or one of your team read it?

    Reply: #3
  2. Bev
    I am a big fan of Dr. Eenfeldt's work, am a member of the site and I love reading the success stories - people losing vast amounts of weight quickly without the need to count calories. For me, though, the experience is that it is much harder work to shift even a small amount of weight even with LCHF and I absolutely DO have to count calories. I eat strict low carb - 20g carbs per day or less and eat home cooked real food and plenty of good fats. I walk a couple of miles or more every day. I fast intermittently - at least 16:8 and often 18:6 or 20:4 every day. Even with all this, I have to keep calories under 1600 every day except Mon, Weds and Fri where fast until dinner and restrict calories to 500 - 700 to lose 0.5 - 1lb per week average. Any deviation results in quick and significant weight gain or a long stall. If I don't count calories, I stall or gain.

    I am a big fan of Dr. Fung's work, too and I do believe that managing obesity is not as simple as CICO, but calories DO figure in there somewhere for some of us. Statements like 'Eat until satiety' and 'Only eat when hungry' don't help me. I feel great on LCHF - my depression has lifted completely, my joint pains are reduced and I have no IBS and I am losing weight steadily but slowly, so I will always eat this way now, but I will also always need to count calories.

    Reply: #4
  3. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD Team Diet Doctor
    Yes, I'm not a fan of that post. But sometimes AN still publishes good stuff.
    Reply: #6
  4. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD Team Diet Doctor
    I'm open to the possibility that there may be exceptions for different reasons. But I believe that not counting and using our built in hunger and satiety feelings is the best option for most people by far.
  5. Jilly
    Bev.. I feel your pain, I do find it frustrating when people say you don't need to worry about calories when doing low carb, I think they don't realise most of us aren't fat because we only ate when we were hungry! I did low carb religiously and did not lose weight (although felt better) until I started incorporating fasting (thus lowering my calories) I find as I surf the web there are a LOT of people in the same boat.
  6. bill
    "Yes, I'm not a fan of that post. But sometimes AN still publishes good stuff."

    Less and less often. And with him pushing
    healthywholegrains, why would you keep
    linking to him? It makes it increasingly
    difficult to refer people to your site, with
    this major conflict.

    There's plenty of info out there without
    this compromising the integrity of your site.
    I suggest:

  7. Valerie
    "A new study shows that compared to a low-fat, low-calorie diet, people lost more weight by eating a higher-fat Mediterranean diet, even without counting calories."

    The abstract clearly states that calories were not restricted in any arm of the study.

    What's more, the "superior" weight loss was less than a single, measly pound. And their waist circumference still increased. I wouldn't hail it as a raging success.

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  8. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD Team Diet Doctor
    Yes, my mistake. Updated regarding the calories.

    Regarding small differences between the diets – this is always the case in similar studies. Relatively small differences between the study diets combined with lagging compliance over five years = still impressive to get statistically significant results at all.

  9. Stipetic
    Be cognisant that when Professor Dariush Mozaffarian says "time to end our fear of fat" it does not apply to saturated fat. He is still phobic concerning these.
  10. Stipetic
    I was correct. I read his article--well, the free first page--and Mozaffarian is pushing VEGETABLE OILs! Beware that these epidemiologists are adding there support to these kinds of studies to further push vegetable oils.
  11. Miguel
    Dr. Andreas, what would be your comment on the study "Energy expenditure and body composition changes after an isocaloric ketogenic diet in overweight and obese men" which recently came out on American Journal of Clinical Nutrition? It does seem to devalue the effect of low-carb diets on weight loss.

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