What do overweight and obese people eat?


Here’s what a group of mostly overweight or obese people are eating (via Dr. Ted Naiman).

Does it suggest anything to you?

By the way, here’s the average daily intake in the US:


For some reason there’s an obesity epidemic going on. What could possibly be the problem?

Dr. Ted Naiman

Just for contrast, here’s what Dr. Naiman eats in a day.

Ted Naiman's Daily Food Intake

So what happens when you eat all that fat? Here’s what:


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  1. bill
    Dr. E:

    Here's what comes up on that link:

    Alkaline phosphatase dissolves calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals.

    Is that right?

    Reply: #2
  2. Inger Swanberg Team Diet Doctor
    Thank you for letting us know - fixed the link! The last digit in the link to the study was missing and so it became a different study!
  3. Peter
    I think Dr. Naiman is way too high on the protein (150 grams per day) according to Dr. Rosedale
    Replies: #4, #5, #14
  4. BobM
    Peter, while I tend to agree with you about his protein intake, he's the guy in the picture (opposite "straight outta carbs"). It's difficult to argue with those results.
  5. Pierre
    Low-carbohydrate diet of meat and fish

    "Stefansson is also a figure of considerable interest in dietary circles, especially those with an interest in very low-carbohydrate diets. Stefansson documented the fact that the Inuit diet consisted of about 90% meat and fish; Inuit would often go 6 to 9 months a year eating nothing but meat and fish—what was perceived to have been a no-carbohydrate diet."


    "The results of the year-long trial were published in 1930 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and showed that the answer to all of the questions was: no. There were no deficiency problems; the two men remained perfectly healthy; their bowels remained normal, except that their stools were smaller and did not smell. The absence of starchy and sugary carbohydrates from their diet appeared to have only good effects. Once again, Stefansson discovered that he felt better and was healthier on a diet that restricted carbohydrates. Only when fats were restricted did he suffer any problems. During this experiment his intake had varied between 2,000 and 3,100 calories per day and he derived, by choice, an average of eighty percent of his energy from animal fat and the other twenty percent from protein"


  6. Valerie
    Here is what now comes up on that link:

    "Hispanic women reported consuming more energy, a greater proportion of energy from fat and vegetable protein, less alcohol, and less energy from animal protein compared with non-Hispanic white women."

  7. Sarah Pearce
    I agree the protein numbers are very high for the rest of us. I was at 100g protein -20g carbs and I gained 20 lbs before I stopped, horrified. Menopausal woman with a year in low carb at that time. I learned the hard way not everyone is the same!
  8. Mitch
    He looks fit in the picture (and probably is) but I don't think eating a high fat diet is the whole reason he looks like that - in fact many people get the look it with a high carb diet.

    Genetics, accumulated health issues, sleep, diet, exercise, stress, age, gender, work, lifestyle etc all play a part.

    Also more often than not, these people with fit looking bodies enhance the lean look leading up to the photoshoot - eg go stricter on the diet, fast, harder in the gym, restrict/omit alcohol.

    Then just before the shoot : Trim/shave body hair, get a spray tan, eat a high carb meal (eg maybe, fruit, rice, potato etc) to get a 'pump', a heavy gym pump session, maybe use a professional photographer, and the best 'dim' lighting to highlight muscle separation shading, maybe add a photo filter - and if they are lean enough have the lower ab 'V-Line' (inguinal crease) showing, then pull the pants down to an unnaturally low level to show it.

    Yes they have good body at the time of the photo (even with out the 'tricks') but many/most can't maintain it to that same level.

    Replies: #9, #10, #13
  9. bill

    You just go ahead and believe that. If
    you would look at some of Dr. Naiman's
    posts or videos, you might change
    your mind regarding his conditioning.
    Or not. Suit yourself.

    I choose to go along with his thinking.

  10. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD Team Diet Doctor
    I don't think what one person looks like is any sort of proof of what everyone should eat. It's just an interesting observation.

    But for what it's worth – not much – Dr. Naiman looked just like that on the Low Carb Cruise. So no tricks.

  11. Mitch
    OK thanks.

    I agree about the looks/diet thing.

    Condition/look of in-shape people leading up a summer/beach holiday (or cruise) often improves in the weeks leading up it - though Dr. Naiman may be able maintain the 'tight' look year round.

    Health/fitness people are usually (and maybe unfairly) judged by their looks and condition - no doubt he looks in good condition.

    I'll have a look at his posts, but I'm guessing they will include a healthy lifestyle - I probably will agree with most he say/writes (and I'm probably already mostly doing much of what he's advocating).

    I'm not bashing LCHF - most meals I eat are LCHF and I stay lean - though it doesn't mean everyone will be automatically that lean from it alone.

  12. Janet
    First link remains as Bill noted in #1 on my RSS feed (newsify) though fixed here on your website.
  13. Pierre
    You are wrong, actually it is not difficult to look like that.

    You need to be motivated.

    Take a look to Stephen Amell (Arrow) 1,85 m 82 kg IMC of 24

    and Mark Sisson (62 years) .

  14. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    I agree with number #3 and #7. The protein intake is high. LCHF normally means (if you don't train hard) that you eat approximately 1 g protein per target body weight.
  15. Stella B
    So what you are saying here is that a very physically active man can be extremely lean on. ~2000 kCal diet while smaller, less active women are obese on a ~2700 kCal diet. Have you thought about publishing this amazing finding? ;-)
  16. Pierre
    The protein intake is not high, unless is a couch potato, which is not the case.

    "The Gold Standard – 1g of Protein Per Pound of Body Weight

    I would be willing to bet the majority of people reading this article have at least heard the recommendation of 1g of protein per pound of body weight at least once. This recommendation tends to be the general “bro” guideline. Surprisingly, this may be one thing the bros got right. One gram of protein per pound of body weight seems to be pretty effective and supported by the literature.

    However, there is some research that suggests a lower protein intake then the common standard. Instead of breaking down all the literature that supports a lower protein intake (<1g/lb) I am going to direct you to a very well researched article written by Menno Henselmans, you can check out here. In the article, Henselman broke down numerous studies looking at optimal protein intakes for athletes. Based on the research he concludes there is no advantage to consuming more than 0.82g/lb (1.8g/kg) of protein per day to preserve or build muscle. This is probably considerably less than what you are consuming. Although I agree with petty much everything in the article (you are probably eating too much protein), I can’t really cap my own recommendations off at exactly .82g/lb."


  17. Lauree
    I note there is disageement amongst the LCHF Experts, about minimal dietary protein.
    Protein is primarily insulinogenic, but does it directly produce significant glucose?, if so is that only the excess. When I studied, many years ago, I was taught healthy adult needed 40g per day, with minimal capacity to store dietary protein.
    Jason Fung has suggested there is minimal need for dietary protein, as in prolonged fasting, as minor loss of protein in normal physiology which can be measured in the urine.
    Presumably if trying to grow muscle, as with Ted Naiman's exercise to fatigue, will need extra protein to build the cytoplasmic proteins, mainly actin and myosin.
    Logically any calculations of requirements would mainly based on optimal weight, as fat doesn't have much protein.
    I note the obese in graphs have lower protein intakes than Ted, who currently is maintaining muscle mass rather than increasing it.

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