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  1. Ghislain
    I've been doing LCHF for about 10 months now and I'm having positive results. However I'm sick and tired of the emphasis on body shape. I think we should emphasis health issues that lead to insulin syndrome. I know a couple of people who follow a strict LCHF diet and they are unable to loose the kind of weight that I do on a less restricted LCHF diet. They do it for health reason and don't concern themselves with body shape. And please I'm not interested in a 'true Scotsman' argument. I leaned about LCHF from one of these people and I know the kinds of foods she eats. There is enough fat shaming going around and I find that the LCHF community often promotes it.
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  2. Michelle
    I don't see any of this now as I do my weekly shop. After 6 months of LCHF eating, I don't crave any of it.

    I am working on my parents-in-law, sister, niece and friends. They all ask me how I've lost the weight etc. But when you start telling them, you can see them 'switching' off. You have to find this way of eating on your own, all you can do is keep advising them when they tell you how ill they feel or how fat they are. I have only one major achievement and that is stopping my mother-in-law using margarine; she bought herself a butter dish and uses real butter now. She has cut down on bread, but finds it hard to give up cake (lol).

    Small steps folks that's all we can expect. This is because people really enjoy consuming this stuff. Most of the time they grew up on it and only now is the information that low fat is wrong is being expressed on TV programmes and the internet. Here in Britain we have had a few mainstream TV shows that have expressed the horrors of added sugars.

    One question to you doc and others; how can you be expected to give all this horrible so called food up, when you are surrounded by it, crave it and associate it with feeling happy and good times? Some people can only afford to have fun this way; chocolate, cheap coke, crisps and sweets. I could go into one of those supermarkets and buy a massive amount of cheap 'feel good' food for £5 and spend the evening watching a film with the family. It's cheap and it makes you feel better.

    This is what we are trying to fight against and most people will not want to give it up.

    Love your blog doc, thanks.

    Michelle

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  1. Paul
    Hey Doc, relax. I was a 'warrior for the cause' for a long time and finally realized that one can not win this war from the top - it has to come from understanding and need from within. We can only provide a choice for those who seek.
  2. Nan
    While the language leaves something to be desired, I have to agree. I was at the market with my grandkids, and challenged them to find something healthy, not processed, in the food aisles, and they came to understand what I'm worried about.

    http://www.sugaraholics.com

  3. Barb
    Hey Paul, I don't think that doc write thus personally. I don't think our beloved doc would ever be going to the store to purchase bread and milk... LOL!
    Nonetheless, a very true observation.
  4. FrankG
    I also agree with the sentiment.. it is your blog Dr Andreas so say what you feel even if in this case the language came from someone else.

    BTW... before my neighbours to the South get too up in arms, you might reconsider your choice of categorising this under "Why Americans are Obese"... as I'm pretty sure the photos are from an Australian (and not a USA) supermarket :-)

  5. Eddie Mitchell
    “The World is Fucking Insane” Welcome to the crazy world of obesity and diabetes. The world is insane I'm afraid and getting worse ! I joined the madmen some time ago and never looked back.

    Keep up your great work.

    Regards Eddie

  6. GP
    “The World is Fucking Insane” and I like it to be that way :)

    The insanity in the food industry is not good but people in most countries have a free choice. If you want to eat certain foods you are able to do it without too much problems.

    Now let's thank the world for the other insanities :)

    Reply: #7
  7. FrankG

    ...people in most countries have a free choice. If you want to eat certain foods you are able to do it without too much problems.

    While I am all for personal freedoms and personal responsibilities: if you look at the relatively cheap prices of processed "junk" foods, compared to real whole foods (preferably locally sourced and seasonal) and then consider which socioeconomic groups are most likely to suffer the diseases of Western civilisation; then I think you will find it is not as straightforward, or so easy as you state.

  8. GuyJeb
    My jaw Dropped when I saw on Diabetic Living Magazine:

    "Is your Pet at risk?"

    .
    .
    ...I think our Ancestors would be upset with our Values today..

  9. cave horse
    GP: Stop stealing from peaceful, honest people by subsidizing food, and then we can talk about free choice.
  10. LarryB
    No objections to the language, but the tag "Why Americans are Obese" isn't fully accurate - this supermarket isn't in the US. (UK? AUS? But definitely NOT the US or Canada.) Maybe "Why Westerners are Obese" would be a better tag.
  11. Peggy Holloway
    Why was the author in the supermarket buying bread and milk?
  12. Mike Graf
    Welcome to colonialism. The Oligarchs will extract every penny along with your health. They only care for themselves. Profit before People is the chorus of this song and we're all singing in tune.

    https://www.truthdig.com/chris_hedges

  13. Michael Bawol
    Vote with your dollar and stop shopping at your local grocery store. Farmers markets, organic health food stores and food co-ops will go a long way. Educate those around on the benefits of these choices, and support the politics of freedom of food choice and fair policies.
    Reply: #23
  14. Grant
    This is definitely an Australian supermarket but I can't say which chain. The layout is pretty standard across all. You should see the collection of low fat cholesterol free food we have, it's impressive.
  15. ItsTheWooo
    Apt title. I am always impressed by the fact most supermarkets have entire isles (double sided) dedicated to water and sugar.

    There is also , usually, a fake healthy foods isle dedicated to nothing but boxes and boxes of insulinogenic starches and sugars marketed as health food to women with sugar addictions who want to feel better about that.

    Pepsi Max, however, is a less lethal substitute for modern humans; like a native american recovering alcoholic sipping on non-alcoholic beer so to speak. i can put away some coke zero but I can also go months without a single one if I run out.

    People who purchase these things will be first to tell you that eating bacon and pork rinds is extremely unhealthy, ironically enough.

  16. Emma
    I'm Finnish and for the first time in this summer I got the opportunity to visit an american supermarket. (I'll have to say, seeing all the pop tarts, hot pockets etc, that I've seen in popular culture was very much fun) What came a shock for me that the kids' cereals were over 50% sugar. (shouldn't they be confections then, instead of cereals?)

    Anyway, what was interesting was that the same cereal brand names (Frootloops and the like) were over 50% sugar in U.S. and about 30% Sugar in Finland. Taking in the mentioned 40% in the Australian sugar video earlier, just how much the sugar content varies? Are they country-, or continent specific? Hmm, as your readers are an international bunch, maybe we could gather the local sugar contents in some international brand names, so see if they differ and how much.

  17. Michelle
    I don't see any of this now as I do my weekly shop. After 6 months of LCHF eating, I don't crave any of it.

    I am working on my parents-in-law, sister, niece and friends. They all ask me how I've lost the weight etc. But when you start telling them, you can see them 'switching' off. You have to find this way of eating on your own, all you can do is keep advising them when they tell you how ill they feel or how fat they are. I have only one major achievement and that is stopping my mother-in-law using margarine; she bought herself a butter dish and uses real butter now. She has cut down on bread, but finds it hard to give up cake (lol).

    Small steps folks that's all we can expect. This is because people really enjoy consuming this stuff. Most of the time they grew up on it and only now is the information that low fat is wrong is being expressed on TV programmes and the internet. Here in Britain we have had a few mainstream TV shows that have expressed the horrors of added sugars.

    One question to you doc and others; how can you be expected to give all this horrible so called food up, when you are surrounded by it, crave it and associate it with feeling happy and good times? Some people can only afford to have fun this way; chocolate, cheap coke, crisps and sweets. I could go into one of those supermarkets and buy a massive amount of cheap 'feel good' food for £5 and spend the evening watching a film with the family. It's cheap and it makes you feel better.

    This is what we are trying to fight against and most people will not want to give it up.

    Love your blog doc, thanks.

    Michelle

  18. Troy Wynn
    Not much to this last blog. Profanity and the obvious. nothing new here. Doc, you must be getting a bit desperate for new info?
  19. Scott UK
    Willy Wonka's slogan -- "Live a Little!" -- seems tragically apt.
  20. Caitlin
    I think I see a "Foodland" on some of the price markers.

    I live in the southern US and it seems the one or two supermarket chains I use have a little less of this sort of heavy promotions of junk food than in the past and a bit more emphasis on real food. One has even started carrying grass-fed beef. But there's a looong way to go.

    For a real horror show, visit a US hospital's food café. A few years ago I was absolutely shocked while visiting a patient - the front of the shop was lined with rows of bulk candy dispensers. Nothing but junk food in the aisles. The hot serving line had nothing I would eat either. Yet they were trumpeting low-fat brownies over the speaker.

  21. ZellZ
    Well, this stuff is ADDICTIVE & that is part & parcel of the Insanity, right there, but "the world is fucking insane" in way more horrible ways than just soda. (Drones, anyone? Syrian gassing, anyone? America becoming more & more of a Police State, anyone)??? However, the marketing, selling & actual drinking of this sugary swill is Definitely helping to drive the world ever more insane, at least where health is concerned. Now, Some people drink soda & are thin, Dr. Ennfeldt. (I guess they must starve themselves in other ways for the soda or they have a naturally fast metabolism and/or they are just too young for weight woes to show up quite yet). Let's try to remember what Dr. Robert Lustig has said (if you care to remember & *I* very much Do): 20% of fat people are healthy, 40% of thin people Ain't. The real foe is Visceral fat, the stuff that's on the Inside of the body, that you Can't see, not the subcutaneous "big butt" fat. Not to say that having both do not go hand-n-hand, but we have to remember (if we are going to be Honest about it) that being thin is no guarantee of metabolic health - so those skinnies drinking the soda are doing way more damage than they realize, because most of them are just worried about the scale, not their visceral fat, of which most probably do not even know they have it, or what it Is, in the 1st place. As for Pepsi Max, it's swill, like all the rest, but sometimes a person needs a bit of "methadone" (as Dr. Lustig refers to diet soda). I drink as little as possible of the diet swill soda. Plain seltzer works for me & I love it w/Plenty of Ice!!!
  22. Margaux Harris
    Most groceries and food stores have these. Better they should sell healthy juices and extracts like Garcinia Cambogia, not sure if anyone heard of it.
  23. Charlotte
    Not to mention: Saving and trading seeds, and growing your own food in your own back yard or on your balcony. The heirloom tomatoes coming out of my garden are SO MUCH tastier than the stuff we buy at the grocery store. I have kale, spinach and other winter vegetables growing along slowly. Find a local source of horse manure and wood chips, both are free for me, just look around your local area.
  24. Ghislain
    I've been doing LCHF for about 10 months now and I'm having positive results. However I'm sick and tired of the emphasis on body shape. I think we should emphasis health issues that lead to insulin syndrome. I know a couple of people who follow a strict LCHF diet and they are unable to loose the kind of weight that I do on a less restricted LCHF diet. They do it for health reason and don't concern themselves with body shape. And please I'm not interested in a 'true Scotsman' argument. I leaned about LCHF from one of these people and I know the kinds of foods she eats. There is enough fat shaming going around and I find that the LCHF community often promotes it.
  25. Raymond Neville
    Completely reversed my Diabetes Type 2 in 7 months.

    - Stopped eating modern man made Trans Fats.
    - Replenished with natural fats from (caveman) Walnuts - Paleo!
    - Now my insulin acts as intended on the natural fat membrane around every cell.
    - No more Diabetes Type 2.

    http://www.facebook.com/WalnutWayforDiabetesT2

  26. ZellZ
    Ghislain, Love your comments & think what you are saying needs to be said more often!
  27. Zanjabil
    I agree with the sentiment of that article. What he chose to point out should make us all think. Governments shouldn't subsidize the grains that these cheap junky foods are made of, then they wouldn't be so cheap and readily available. People have to realize that these foods drive hunger because they are calorically dense and nutrient deficient the only way it will change is if we people stop buying these edible food like substances. Buy the types of foods you know are healthy ( whole fruits, veggies, animal foods, IMO) and boycott the junky food. When people stop buying, they will stop selling and subsidizing. That stuff isn't good for us or our animals.
  28. Magnus
    #24 - You're definitely right about focusing less on body shape. However, nobody likes to be overweight or obese. It's hard work both physically and mentally even if nobody comments on it. I felt very bad about my body shape before losing approx 15 kg on LCHF on both liberal and "borderline" LCHF, even though my friends and family didn't think I was particularly fat. My BMI was 27 then, now it's approx. 22,5, and I stay on very liberal LCHF nowadays. I am nowadays quite proud of my very much improved body shape, even though I hardly ever do any exercise.

    You say some people you know are more strict than you, and you obviously have been able to lose weight way better than them. I know Andreas here says that the stricter you are, the better results. However I think that's a mistake and an unhappy oversimplification of things. Lots of people seem to lose weight better on a less restricted diet. You and me seem to be two examples. People should focus on minimizing the bad carb sources instead of counting every single gram there might be in vegetables and whole fruit, and not overload on fat if you rather eat at regular times instead of when you're hungry. For a long time, I ate way too much for breakfast to be hungry at lunch. That wasn't a good idea. Later I noticed that I managed well with quite a lot fewer calories for breakfast, which the results that I was hungry again at the lunch breaks as I should be. Eat when you're hungry or adjust portions to your eating pattern, that's my advice. Always eat until you're full though.

  29. Ghislain
    # 28: Magnus: I'm glad that it's working well for you. The reason I started LCHF was not to loose weight. My father was diabetic and I saw all the consequences of it. He had infections, two heart attacks and eventually lost his mind. Last year my doctor told me that my hemoglobin A1c glucose test had been slowly rising. It was around 6.5% just before I started LCHF. That scared me! I know what chronic elevated glucose does to the body. The results of my latest was 5.2%. It's absolutely normal and should continue as long as I stay on moderate LCHF. (I eat more fruit than other people do).

    In my case it's the health that is the issue. I don't think looking a certain way would ever have compelled me to loose weight. Not that it didn't bother me at all. It's hard not to be affected by fat obsession. I actively refuse to make body shape an issue. I see how it makes my daughters feel. That means that I comment on reviews that tend to emphasize fat shaming instead of health. Certainly it's legitimate to talk about excessive weight as it pertains to doing things you want to do but you'd be surprised at how 'fat' women can do yoga and how strong they can be. Just to make sure I'm not misunderstood, I don't judge anyone's motives or goals. People have different goals, motivations and priorities. That's the way it should be.

  30. Jo tB
    Seeing Diabetic Living in one of the photos, tells me that the supermarket in in Australia. So not only are supermarkets in the USA dreadful, also in Australia.

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