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New Study AGAIN Shows Low Carb Diets Work

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Yet another study showing the efficacy of low carb diets.  I know, as many people do, that low carb simply works.

By reducing carbs which minimizes the insulin response, people will stop storing those carbs as more fat.  This latest study showed that people who ate a low carb diet not only lost weight but their health markers (cholesterol, blood pressure, c reactive protein, liver function, etc.) IMPROVED!!!

Most carbs in our society are empty calories anyay.  Corporate food companies have to ADD vitamins and minerals (aka ‘enriched’) to even make much of the carbs people eat ‘nutritious’.  If they didn’t, they’d have ZERO nutritional value.

Combine that with adding sugar and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) to virtually everything processed, then you have a recipe for signicant health problems.

Now with regards to this latest study showing low carb works, the one thing I find really interesting is the IMPROVEMENT in HDL (the so-called ‘Good’ cholesterol).  With all the hype and fear mongering about eating animal products / saturated fat and how eating a steak will cause a heart attack???  It’s rather ironic.

How is it that the ‘Good’ cholesterol IMPROVES on a low carb diet??  Cholesterol levels improve eating a low carb diet????  Good cholesterol improves eating eggs, bacon, steak, chicken, cheese??  Apparently so.

Low fat dairy doesn’t help shed pounds

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

In a completely surprising study, switching to low fat dairy didn’t help kids lose weight.  Wow, what a shocker!  At least now we have some conclusive evidence that reducing fat doesn’t help kids lose weight.

All kidding aside, the only real surprise is that people/scientists still think reducing fat is helpful.  Obviously, I am a bit biased here.  And I’ve only lost 76 pounds by NOT reducing fat.  I reduced carbohydrates instead and guess what?  I lost weight.

The amusing thing to me is one of doctors was quoted as saying that these kids managed to reduce their saturated fat which will help them later in life with heart disease.  Now this is ironic to me.  Because I just read an earlier study that said there are NO STUDIES showing that eating saturated fat causes an increase in heart attacks or strokes.  There is NO evidence to conclude that.  Maybe they should be looking at inflammation levels, cortisol levels, etc.

So the old dogma is still going strong.  Saturated fat is bad, low fat is good (even though the studies aren’t showing that) and so on and so on.  Maybe one of these days, people will catch on.  I don’t know.

I can only gauge by what I know and have experience with.  I don’t buy low fat ANYTHING.  I don’t think fat is the problem.  I think excessive sugar consumption is a major issue.  I think artificial chemicals, growth hormones, antibiotics, mercury, pesticides, genetically modified food and product marketing are all major issues.

Reducing fat is just not a good idea.  Fat helps slow down digestion, which would help prevent serious blood sugar spikes and provides a highly concentrated source of energy.  Sometimes, I take saturated fat by the spoonful in the form of coconut oil.  Sometimes I even add flax oil (100% fat) to full fat cottage cheese.  And I’m still losing weight eating fat :)

Water, weight loss and low carb

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

There was a recent study at Va Tech back in February 2010 that looked at whether water could help out with weight loss.  It was a short 3 month study and found the average weight loss in those who drank 2 cups of water before every meal was greater than those who didn’t. The participants in this study were on a low fat diet and over 55.  The idea being that drinking water before meals would cause you to feel more full and eat less.

The average weight loss on a low cal diet (not low carb) was 15.5 lbs.  The other group lost an average of 11 pounds over 3 months.

That’s interesting right?  Well, what if I told you I lost nearly 50 lbs in 3 months on a low carb diet plan?  Yep, and very true.  Now, I will say, that I had a lot to lose, so probably weight wise the %’s are a bit skewed in my own case.  But the result is still a massive amount of weight in a short period of time.

So I guess my question is why only 11 – 15 lbs?  How about doing the same study on a low carb diet?  In 90 days, if you needed to, you could easily lose 2 – 4 lbs per week.  Let’s say you lost 2.5 lbs per week.  That’d still be 30 lbs.  So why only an average of 15.5 lbs?  Seems low to me.  Water and low fat and only 15.5 lbs?

Me personally, I like eating fat.  As they say, fat = flavor.  Along with stable energy and more stable blood sugar levels.

Also I did notice that if my weight loss on a low carb diet slowed down or even stalled, then if I drank an extra cup of water or two each day, then it would resume.  Not sure why, but it just seems to be something I have noticed.  Could totally be unrelated, but still I do know that with ketones and ketosis, you probably want to be amply hydrated.