The Food Revolution – edited lecture from #AHS11

After quite some work it’s now on YouTube – my talk from Los Angeles last month, edited with the slides included.

These 44 minutes (+ Q&A) summarizes what is about to happen. How uncovering the mistake behind the obesity epidemic makes it possible for us to help others eat real food and improve their weight and health, without hunger.

If you like the lecture please share it with friends who may be interested. Share it on Facebook, tweet itembed it on your blog (like above), mail it to friends. Like it on YouTube. Whatever suits you. Let’s spread the revolution across the world.

All comments are welcome.

PS: Once again a special thank you to Jimmy Moore who made this possible by generously giving me his speaking spot at AHS.

51 comments

  1. Kobayashi
    It took a little longer, but it was well worth the wait!
    Very nice presentation with a good logical structure to it.
    I'll make sure to show this to all the people that I care about.

    Thank you!

  2. Thank you for this presentation, Dr. Eenfeldt! I am in the process of posting about this on my blog (http://guestdietblog.com -- I'm looking for a good photo of you I got on the 2011 Low-Carb Cruise). I just hope it doesn't fall on deaf ears -- the low-fat superstition has many True Believers (among them "Dr. Oz", mentioned in the lecture).
  3. Very nicely edited... and a pretty solid presentation too! :-)
  4. Klödderslusk
    Awesome but your English sucks.

    I've met a lot of people in Sweden who have learned almost perfect American English accent.

    Check out this Swede:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyl1fqBESEo

  5. Richard
    Make sure not to miss the chief of the American Journal of Cardiology, speaking all about cholestrol (2011)

    http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/eliminating-the-1-cause-of-death/

  6. Lipophila
    Thanks a lot for this video! It's exactly what I need right now with all my friends and colleagues coming up to me and asking with what kind of diet I lost all that weight (27kg in one year) and how I manage to look fresh and healthy all the same.

    Here in Austria no one has even heard about LCHF so far, and as soon a I tell them about the amount of fat I eat and that I avoid carbs almost completely, I have to deal with the same questions over and over again (cholesterol, brain needing sugar, Atkins having died rather early...DID YOU CONSULT A DOCTOR?) Which, of course, is an understandable question - who would rather believe a stupid musician with no background in science than their doctors, no matter how slim and healthy I get?

    But NOW I can tell them to listen to YOU and then to decide for themselves which doctor to trust... Thanks again!!!

  7. Mark
    Absolutely fantastic presentation, Dr. Eenfeldt! I totally disagree with the comment about your poor English too. I am from England and I think your English is very good indeed.

    I am considering embarking on a LCHF diet for health and weight reasons. My only concern is long term ketosis. What are your views on this as I have read a lot of negative things about it on other blogs etc?

    Keep up the great work!

  8. Sue from Canada
    Excellent presentation, now if physicians who have used LCHF as a successful treatment could influence other physicans to try the same methods with their patints, this could truly become a great change for future generations. In my opinion, medications should almost always be used as a last resort, not as the first line of defense.

    Real Food for a Real life

  9. Paul
    Some of the AHS11 videos were hard to watch. However, this was excellent and pitched at the right level for me.
  10. Magnus
    I have to say that doing a presentation like that in a language that's not your own, so to speak, and in front of such an esteemed audience, is not an easy thing (I think. I've never done that so I don't really know), but I think you did a really good job.

    /Magnus

  11. eddie watts
    firstly your english is fine, so i'd ignore the comment above saying otherwise.

    i watched on your youtube channel and will likely subscribe when i get home again. have posted to facebook as well as put my own facebook note highlighting that Sweden is moving to LCHF along with the quotes from the professors.

    i fear that as Sweden is a small country, population speaking, it may be treated as an oddity that will become another paradox.

    but we can only hope :D

  12. JAUS
    #4 This is more like a normal Swede speaking English: http://youtu.be/RSXLH74yfHw

    There are some excellent English pronunciation lessons on Youtube, though. I myself have still not mastered the "th" sound.

  13. FrankG
    I grew up in the UK speaking the "Queen's English"... I now live in Canada so have had to adjust to the North American version of same ;-) I say "Bravo!" Dr Andreas... I understood every word that you said. I doubt I would anywhere nearly as successful trying my hand at Swedish.

    OK... enough about the accent let's focus on the content, please!

    You spoke clearly, succinctly and eloquently on a subject about which are are evidently both passionate and knowledgeable. I will be sharing this excellent presentation as widely as I can.

    Many thanks :-)

  14. FrankG
    I just finished up the Q&A session...Wow! I think the professional stature of those who rushed up to talk with you, underlines the value of your presentation. Impressive questions and impressive answers, thank you Doctor Andreas... I share your optimism about the future :-)
  15. Meatsallad
    Some people live in USA for over 40 years and still can't speak proper English
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mayCvk2P4f0&feature=related
    Btw Put the cookie down
  16. Sorry but the audio quality is very choppy, poor. Needs to be redone, reuploaded. Thank you.
  17. Lawrence Louis
    Dr. Eenfeldt

    Having watched more than half of the lectures presented at the Ancestral Health Symposium, I have to say that your lecture was, by far, the most engaging, entertaining, and most clearly articulated lecture. I have watched numerous presentations on the efficacy of low carb diets over the years, and your presentation is the best of the best. You also had the most illustrative slide show, and I am glad that when you uploaded your video, that you took the time to edit your video to include your slides. You have really impressed me. I am going to make sure that whenever I get asked for advice about weight loss (which I get a lot from coworkers, after I lost over 50 lbs in 6 months using LCHF) or I get confronted by skeptics of low carb, I am going to show them your video.

    What I love about your presentation is that it can be appreciated by those who do not have a sophisticated background in science. If we are going to create a grassroots movement to get LCHF to have mainstream acceptance, we need to have that message accessible to the masses. While I enjoyed the other lectures at the Ancestral Health Symposium, many of the presenters are so academically immersed in science, that they forget that for many in the population, what they have to say is too esoteric to understand. I am glad that you, as a doctor, understand the need for simplicity in order to ensure a broader comprehension, as well as compliance.

    After viewing your presentation, I think it is safe to say that you will probably be one of the biggest names in the low carb movement. I am elated to have you as a advocate for this message. Keep up the good work Dr. Eenfeldt.

    -Lawrence

  18. Esa
    This was great - very clear and helpful. As someone 100lbs heavier than I should be, this is very encouraging information. I was flirting with the idea of Lighterlife because of the size of the task ahead of me.

    This has brought me back to sanity. I have already lost 12lbs with partial LCHF - so am now seeing sense. I'm going to rise to Mark Sisson's 30 day challenge and commit to sustained action.

    Thank you, Dr Eenfeldt. Much appreciated - and congratulations - a great presentation - engaging, amusing and clear.

    Esa

  19. Hi! Love your presentation and your accent is very attractive!! LOL. I have just moved to New Zealand from the UK, and am very disappointed that the food system seems to still be moving in the direction of MORE food processing. I hope I am wrong on this, but it's going to take some time to turn it around here. I always share the 'eat real food' message when I can.
  20. Tony
    Great talk. Are the slides available somewhere?
  21. Tom
    I don't understand some of the comments in this thread. The audio is excellent. Your English is excellent. And your accent is very, very good. And a terrific presentation!

    I'm glad you took the extra time to edit in the slides and extra camera angles, for as good as it was for AHS, it's maybe even better as an introduction to the wider public who will find it on the web.

  22. I also thought the presentation video is excellent.
    I would however also like to see the slides uploaded to slideshare.
    If a transcript of the talk was made available those who don't understand English could cut and paste the text that goes with the slides into Google Translate and thereby get a reasonable understanding of the talk.
  23. Loved it!!
  24. AC
    Just watched your video, liked, favourited and commented at YT. Great lecture; as others have said, really clear and informative. I also enjoyed the spots of humour. You have a really engaging way of presenting - and your English absolutely does NOT suck. (Some people, honestly.)

    I've bookmarked your blog, and shall be sharing the video around. Thanks, and keep up the good work!

  25. Trial Lawyer
    Great talk. Your English was fine. You could have convinced any fairminded jury. Ignore the people who find any shortcomings. Thanks for coming to America. And thanks for the talk.
  26. Maggan A
    Great Doc!
    Now priority no 1 should be to get your book The Food-revolution translated into English pronto!
  27. Guillermo
    I don't mind about the accent. Stop mentioning it :D

    Anyway, yeah the audio is choppy, kinda crackling, makes it painful to listen.
    Pls see if there is something you can do it.

    GJ anyways! Tackare.

  28. mezzo
    Ködderslusk: your attitude sucks. Dr. E: excellent job.
  29. Thanks for the hard work, Dr. E!
    Tweeted it.
    -Steve
  30. Ron
    Doc, I am a 61 year old native born. Your English is better than mine. :-) Thank you so much for a brilliant presentation: clear, concise, and to the point. Bravo.
  31. Margaretrc
    @Mark, forget about any negatives you've read about ketosis. They are most likely confusing it with ketoacidosis, which is what happens to diabetics (especially type 1, who produce little or no insulin) before they are diagnosed/when they are not getting enough insulin to deal with their blood sugars. Ketoacidosis is, indeed, dangerous and can lead to death if not treated. The ketosis that happens on an LCHF diet, however, is normal (our ancestors dealt with it all the time) and not harmful at all. Do not let fear of ketosis keep from going LCHF!
    Doc, I can't wait to watch this later today after my chores are done.
  32. Mark
    Thanks Margaret. The negativity I have read actually comes from people well versed in LC and Paleo. They seem to advocate eating some level of starch to avoid being in 'chronic ketosis'.
  33. Jim Murray
    Congratulations to you and your wife on the birth of your daughter and thanks for posting your lecture.
    I am a Registered Nurse working as a manager in the NHS in Scotland and I get frustrated by our dogged continuation of support for Low fat high whole grain carbs diet advice. When I speak to Dr's and Dietitians about the evidence on LCHF they either haven't heard of it or just stick with what they've been taught and speak of the dangers of high cholesterol! We often hear of public health comparisons with Sweden here in Scotland due to the similar weather and dark winters, so maybe as your success increases our policy makers will take note!
  34. Pastor Kevin M. Shaw
    Dr... Your speech was truly amazing... I loved every moment. I especially appreciated your two meal self test.... with ensuing blood sugar graph.... Stark reality!!! I would like to download your slides to my laptop for personal "edification." Thanks!!
  35. Zepp
    Mark, I do think they not so worry about Ketosis as about glucose defiency.

    Moore like to rest on gluconeogenesis for the bodily glucose needed.

    I do think they extrapolates a lot from thats there is many things in our bodys that are so cald glycoproteins.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glycoprotein

    I newer heard of any glucose defiency to build those anyway.

    But there is some conciderations to take, and that is moore about if you do a lot of anaerobic exercise, then you do need moore glucose then a sedentery person needs.

    And if yoy do a lot of anaerobic exercise on a high level, and do deplet your glycogen depoes to much, then you probably will feel avfull, and need to rest a lot to be normal again.

  36. Dion
    Brilliant presentation. Pay no attention to the ignorant, uninformed comments about your English. I'm a native English speaker and communications professional and I was very impressed with the content and delivery.
  37. DesertTomte
    Just watched your AHS2011 Food Revolution talk and loved it. But I decided to see what kind of advice the Mayo Clinic was giving folks with Type 2 Diabetes, here's a sample meal plan I found:
    "A sample menu
    Your daily meal plan should take into account your size as well as your physical activity level. The following menu is tailored for someone who needs 1,200 to 1,600 calories a day.

    Breakfast. Whole-wheat pancakes or waffles, one piece of fruit, 1 cup of low-fat milk.
    Lunch. Chicken kabob, 1/2 cup of steamed broccoli, 1/2 cup of cooked rice, 1/2 cup of juice.
    Dinner. Pasta primavera prepared with broccoli, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash and Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of low-fat milk.
    Snacks. Six homemade crispy corn tortilla chips, 1/2 cup fresh vegetables with a seasoned garlic sauce."

    Carbs with every meal!! I couldn't believe it!
    Pulled from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-diet/DA00027

  38. Over 17,000 views and still rising daily.
    Unfortunately the statistics show very pale green (fewest views) in the UK where perhaps the message is most needed.

    Someone was asking on one of the forums I visit if there is a DVD of this talk available for purchase?
    There is a demand for DVD versions.
    Tom Naughton (Fathead) makes his presentations available both on DVD and free online Many people prefer to GIVE their relative/friend a DVD to watch as this is a more positive gesture than just asking them to watch in online.

  39. Sharyn
    Thank you for making this presentation available - it is the best LCHF (Primal equivalent) information I have seen so far. I have sent it to all my family as important viewing.

    I would love to see my country (New Zealand) follow Sweden's lead on this revolution.

    The low-fat castle is shaking and the first bricks are starting to fall...

    Please keep up the excellent work.

  40. eddie watts
    i agree with Ted about making dvd's available.

    i noticed on the daily mail's comment section that a ted hutchinson is commenting there a lot...you're a busy man Ted :D

  41. @eddie watts You're a busy man Ted
    I don't really know why I bother as the majority of my posts either don't appear or get removed soon after. It seems the Daily Mail don't like having posts that include pubmed reference numbers or anything that is evidence based. I'm thinking of starting a new blog entitled "What the Daily Mail doesn't want it's readers to know or understand", at least then I'd have a record of the posts that get moderated off. I really haven't got time to return there every day to check if my previous posts still exist.
  42. Lisa Q
    Hi. I enjoyed the clip. I lost weight 4 1/2 years ago just by doing what I thought was 'eating healthily'. I reduced portion sizes and just ate better with an emphasis on reducing fat, refined carbs and sugar, but I eliminated nothing. I have kept the weight off. I am interested to hear how you explain the many apparently healthy cultures around the world where carbs are commonly eaten (eg. rices, noodles, breads and pastas, all of which are on your 'avoid if you can' list). It just does not make sense to me.
  43. @ Lisa It doesn't make sense to me that people don't "Get" the ideas underlying low carbohydrate diets.
    Perhaps this quote from the medical textbook "Essential Biochemistry for Medicine" by Mitchell Fry will help
    • High-carbohydrate (low-fat) diet. In a diet consisting of 70% carbohydrates and 30% protein with no fat, some protein will be used for body building and repair, and some will be converted into glucose. All the carbohydrates will be converted to glucose initially. This will result in a rapid and sustained elevation in blood glucose levels, stimulating insulin production. Insulin stimulates cells to uptake glucose, as well as increasing appetite, causing most people to eat again not long after eating a high-carbohydrate meal. Insulin stimulates the body to store fat.
    Thus, a high-carbohydrate diet will provide excess of what is necessary for immediate energy usage. Some will be converted to glycogen and stored in the liver, but most is converted into fat for storage in the body tissues.
    • High-fat (low-carbohydrate) diet. In a diet consisting of 30% protein, 70% fat with no carbohydrates, proteins will be used as before, but in the absence of carbohydrates the body must ‘burn’ the fat it consumes. This causes the body to ‘convert’ to a fat-burning engine instead of being primarily a glucose-burning engine. Fats, unlike carbohydrates, have a high satiety factor; fats make you feel full, and the satiety lasts for hours. Therefore, you tend to consume fewer calories on a high-fat diet than on a high-carbohydrate diet. Also, with a lower carbohydrate intake, the levels of insulin are low. Therefore, the fat you eat tends not to be stored. Thus a high-fat diet, in the absence of carbohydrates, typically results in weight loss.”

    I'm afraid the idea we can look at apparently healthy cultures consuming high carbohydrate diets and assume we in Western Cultures can copy their example is misguided IMO.

    In most of those cultures most people are born vaginally and don't get bombarded with antibiotics in their early years they therefore have acquired not only they mothers gut flora but also developed a better natural immune function. Having a healthy lean type traditional for that cultural gut flora enables better utilization of the foods traditionally eaten in that culture. If you have the cultural gut flora that associated with seaweed consumption then you will benefit from eating seaweed without the specific gut flora associated with seaweed eating it may not be so beneficial.

    We also have to consider lifestyle. In Western culture it's common for kids to sleep with nightlights. If we look at the role of melatonin in obesity you'll soon see why disrupting melatonin secretion has such profound effects, it affects lab rats just as much. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2958202/?tool=pubmed.

    The damage to mitochondrial function that so often causes weight regain amongst successful dieters (see The role of impaired mitochondrial lipid oxidation in obesity.
    is caused by inflammation leading to oxidation. Melatonin is key to reducing that damage. Traditional cultures generally have less disruption of circadian rhythm, the other major anti inflammatory anti oxidant that is higher in traditional cultures is vitamin D3. I'd also propose that magnesium and omega 3 status (both anti inflammatory ) are higher in traditional cultures. Modern Western food sources are highly biased to pro inflammatory omega 6 and lack magnesium.

    I think the whole idea of extrapolating from primitive cultures without first correcting vitamin d , melatonin, omega 3, magnesium, gut flora status is ignoring the obvious and it saddens me that so many otherwise intelligent people do this.

  44. Lisa Q #42,
    All these cultures had three things in common:
    1/ They almost only consumed low glycemic load starch, not white flour etc.
    2/ They consumed almost no refined sugar (fructose).
    3/ They were normal weight and active to begin with.

    Under those circumstances a high carb diet seems to be safe. But replace the root vegetables/brown rice etc. with white bread, add Coca Cola and switch to an office job (which you take the car to) and BANG you have the recipe for developing metabolic problems.

  45. Lisa Q
    It's interesting that both respondents assumed that the carb eating cultures I referred to were in the past. :) I do 'get' the ideas, I doubt I would have sat through the presentation otherwise. I just don't believe it's the one and only magic answer. No, I don't really expect you to agree with me.
  46. moreporkplease
    I just find this so confusing Lisa - there is no country on the planet in the 21st century where obesity isn't rising, and this apparently includes nations deep in poverty and in the midst of civil wars. Madagascar, for example, a very poor nation, has seen obesity double in the last 10 years. All over Asia obesity is common and viewed as a serious public health problem. Present-day traditional carb-based diets are, if we can trust WHO, are making obesity skyrocket across the globe. Why? Is it, as Dr. Lustig argues, that sugar and esp. fructose are more commonly available, or are becoming available for the first time?
  47. Nads
    I agree with Lisa. 5 years ago I lost almost 30kg by calorie-counting, doing the low fat thing. I ate lots of carbohydrates. What about Asian populations that eat white rice, white noodles and sugary sauces? I know in Asia they aren't actually as sugary as our Western versions, but still.

    But saying this, I have taken the no-sugar on board in the past 5 months and have been eating far more protein and fats, and it's helped with my appetite control.

  48. Lisa Q
    Obesity is becoming more common where these Asian and Mediterranean people are now eating the white bread and drinking the Coke, THIS is what I think needs to be eliminated, not carbs in general. I'm bowing out of this discussion as I'm not terribly happy having people change my questions OR my responses to suit themselves.
  49. @ Lisa I just don't believe it's the one and only magic answer.
    I'm sorry if you thought my answer implied low carb was the only option. However for me it was.
    Because exercise isn't an option for me annual weight gain had been a problem and so I'd exhausted "official" health weight loss advice followed my dieticians and doctors advice and was still gaining year on year,
    It was only after I started Dr Dahlqvist's low carb plan that I lost weight, without stalling and no subsequent regain (despite my overindulgence of red wine)
    It was exploring the reasons why low carb diets fail some people and why regain occurs that led me to explore the role of inflammation, gut flora, circadian rhythm in metabolism.
    Bear in the mind The Safe Starches t Paul Jaminet suggests are in the context of correcting vitamin D3. magnesium, melatonin deficiency and enhancing gut flora.
    I'd done all that before I'd started low carbing which is why I think my weight dropped off and didn't return (until Stephan did his potato blogs)

    It's probably the case that under circumstances where people haven't got damaged mitochondrial or hormone signalling problems and there is less particulate and less light pollution and less stress ( see Stanton on cortisol people can tolerate more safer starches but I believe its the increasing urbanization of populations together with the increased availability of fizzy drinks and processed foods, that makes people increasingly vulnerable to the more inflammatory aspects of a higher refined carbohydrate diet.

  50. Russell Taggart
    Dr. Eendfeldt,

    Thank you for convincing me to finally try LCHF diet. I have been on it strictly for two weeks and have already seen a reduction in my cravings for food. No carbs = no sugar lows = fewer hunger pangs. It's so simple it seems too good to be true. I'm struggling a little to get my servings of vegetables but hollandaise goes great with spinach and eggs and bernaise goes well over asparagus so I'm sure I'll manage. Your starter guide for LCHF has been very helpful.

    I'm currently about 20kg overweight and have already lost a couple kg ... likely water weight. But already enjoy not feeling guilty eating Eggs Benedict or a steak with Bearnaise sauce or bacon or cheese. It may be a struggle to steer clear of the sweets over the holidays but perhaps by then I'll be able to justify a cheat day, though from what I've heard from others on LCHF, the carbs might make me feel terrible after a couple months on LCHF.

  51. Margaretrc
    Dr. E., I'm sorry I neglected to comment AFTER I watched the presentation. It is awesome--no other word for it. Your accent is charming, your command of the English language amazing, and the content superb. End of story.

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