[Originally posted 02/27/2017]
It is probably true that everyone knows a person that is either obese, diabetic or pre-diabetic. That is a very sad statement of the health or our nation and the world. The epidemic of obese and diabetic people has exploded in the last 40 years even though many have done their best to “do their best” by exercising and eating according to the Standard American Diet recommendations of low-fat high carbohydrate. Check out this video: BBC Panorama: “Diabetes: The Hidden Killer” (2016). People are working hard on their diet and exercise, but they are not succeeding. Why? Denise Minger has an excellent book on the subject: “Death By Food Pyramid: How Shoddy Science, Sketchy Politics and Shady Special Interests Have Ruined our Health,” (2014).
I started taking a closer look at my own health and fitness back in 2013 after reading Prof. Tim Noakes website “Real Meal Revolution”. Prof. Noakes is a well known expert in running and exercise science and nutrition having written the well known books: “The Lore of Running,” and “Waterlogged.” Both of which I highly recommend. There is one caveat, though, as Prof. Noakes will tell you to ignore the high-carbohydrate nutrition information in the Lore of Running, as he now is convinced, and the science is supporting, low carbohydrate diets for weight loss, health, and even endurance sports performance. (see the books by Volek and Phinney: “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living” and “The Art and Science of Low Carb Performance”). More references are listed on our nutrition page. In August of 2013 I eased into a low carbohydrate lifestyle and since 2015 have been eating a very low carbohydrate, moderate protein, optimal diet consisting of less than 30 grams of carbohydrates per day, protein to support lean body mass, and good fats to satiety. The key is to eat no added sugars or high sugar foods, no grains and no vegetable oils, avoiding processed foods as much as possible.
What has been the result? To keep it simple… weight loss without hours of cardio. More importantly my annual physicals show lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, lower blood glucose, and a much healthier liver. Healthy, Happy, and Medication-Free. In fact, LCHF was the standard of care for obesity and high blood sugar before insulin was discovered.
So if you struggle with weight, study the Low Carbohydrate “way of eating” in the references listed and on the web. Then try it out for yourself. It is not a sacrifice diet, since calories are not the focus, and thus it is easy to make into your normal lifestyle. What can be easier than eating eggs, meats and leafy vegetables.
Here is an easy to read online ebook: “Ultimate Diabetes Control On Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) Diet” to get you started on LCHF. More later.