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Dustin LindenSmith

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low carb nutrition

A recent conference on nutrition has sparked an intense and interesting debate on the value of low-carb diets to treat obesity. It has drawn in heavy hitters such as Dr. Robert Lustig and Gary Taubes, and gone on to implicate others throughout the nutrition blogosphere such as Stephan Guyenet.

It's an interesting debate and I enjoy watching it, because it's attacking with real science the conventional wisdom held since the 80s about low-fat diets. In large measure, it's quite likely that we can tie the modern obesity epidemic to the low-fat craze of the 80s and 90s, because that brought with it a huge influx of refined carbs into our diets.

One of the commenters in this most recent debate, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, has an excellent website I just found this morning for the first time, and I love this summary post he's made about a form of eating he calls LCHF, or Low Carb High Fat. It's a really good read, and basically summarizes the kind of diet I've been trying to follow for about the last 8-10 weeks, successfully losing weight each and every week since I started:


In some respect, it's "Atkins." But the logic behind it is quite sound for those who are obese, and if you're "pre-Type-II-diabetic" or Type I diabetic, this way of eating is much easier on your diabetes. In fact, I think it can pretty much resolve Type II diabetes entirely. Personally, what I've noticed with it is that my hunger is much better managed, I don't think about food all the time, I don't need to eat much between meals, and I feel much more satisfied after a given meal. I'm also getting in a lot more vegetables than I used to. So for me, it's all good so far.

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vyus August 18th, 2011
in my experience, getting to that point where you don't crave refined carbos is difficult, but once you get there, it's easier. some people then might allow themselves something sugary are carby as a treat from time to time, but in me that simply re-ignites the craving. sugar especially is a drug, imho.

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