Happy New Year!

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May you and yours have a Joyous and Healthy New Year!


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See you at the 52DC Starting Line.


Gary Taubes: Opinion


Found this interesting Opinion piece by Gary Taubes published on December 22, 2017, online in the Globe and Mail entitled: Minimal carbs, lots of fat, incredible dieting results – but not enough science.

There really isn’t much new in this article that you haven’t read before, but it puts it all together and may very well be a good read for the Newbie.

This is citation is interesting:

Now, decades later, the most recent unbiased review of this evidence – from the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization founded to do such unbiased reviews – has concluded that clinical trials have failed to demonstrate any benefit from eating low-fat diets and so, implicitly, any harm from eating fat-rich foods. The 2015 review describes the evidence as only “suggestive” that avoiding saturated fat specifically may avert a single heart attack and says it’s even “less clear” whether this would lengthen anyone’s life.

Put simply, if this were a legal case, saturated fat would easily be acquitted. Any unbiased judge might even toss it out of court. This puts the history of LCHF diets into an entirely different perspective: remarkably effective medical interventions – both as treatment and preventive measure – that were rejected as quackery not because they were harmful but because they clashed with naive biases about the causes of obesity (gluttony and sloth) and the nature of a healthy diet.

Now – go and enjoy your Holiday Meals and Parties and when the New Year dawns and you think about undoing the damage done and getting healthy — Sign up for the Winter 2018 52 Day Challenge. See you at the Starting Line.

Lies We’ve Been Told!

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The big health news – The Sugar Industry Lied. “What The Industry Knew About Sugar’s Health Effects, But Didn’t Tell Us.” This story has been repeated in a number of publications. The original “study” was published in PLOS Biology.

Simply stated: The Sugar Industry aggressively hid the fact that sugar had negative effects on health and advertised that it was a healthy nutrient.

The sugar industry did not disclose evidence of harm from animal studies that would have (1) strengthened the case that the CHD risk of sucrose is greater than starch and (2) caused sucrose to be scrutinized as a potential carcinogen.

Are you shocked. Read Michael Moss” Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. Or Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories. And so many other books out there – in the Low Carb world.

Does this sound familiar. Smoking is healthy – right? How many years did it take to show the lies the Tobacco industry foisted upon us. 

Big Tobacco finally tells the truth in court-ordered ad campaign.”

Smoking kills 1,200 people a day. The tobacco companies worked to make them as addictive as possible. There is no such thing as a safer cigarette.

Ads with these statements hit the major television networks and newspapers this weekend, but they are not being placed by the American Cancer Society or other health groups. They’re being placed by major tobacco companies, under the orders of the federal courts.

Lies our Fathers Told – Dietary Fat is unhealthy. Carbohydrates are healthy. Sugar, Tobacco, Low Fat – name your poison.

It is up to you to read, understand and control your own health.

Rant over.

A New Day Dawns.

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After a bit of floundering and with guidance of Shrinkinguy, the 52 DC has landed in a Closed Group linked to MH Forums on Facebook.

We are not sure how this is going to work out – but it is at least a path forward.

Check out the new – hopefully improved – 52 Day Challenge.

52DC Finish Line – Saturday 9/30/17


With a tip of the hat to Shrinkinguy!

This is the FINISH LINE for the Fall 52 Day Challenge.

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We made it through another challenge!  

If you’re reading this, you made it through, and regardless of how well you did on your goals, the most important thing is that you finished!

A BIG thank you to everyone who helped make this challenge a success – our Challenge hosts and our daily hosts and YOU! 

Today we’ll be posting our final numbers for the challenge, which includes all 52 days.  JUST COMMENT TO THIS POST.

Soon we’ll have an awards ceremony, so stay tuned!

Quoting from  the FAQs:

Your level of final placement, Gold, Silver, or Bronze is achieved solely from the Core Goals of the challenge, CE’s, RT’s, & CT’s.

  • Make 1 Core Goal: Give yourself a Bronze Medal
  • Make 2 Core Goals: Give yourself a Silver Medal
  • Make all 3 Core Goals: Give yourself a Gold Medal
  • Make all your Core Goals and your Personal Goal 1: Give yourself a Gold+ Medal
  • Make all your Core Goals, PG1 along with 95-103 CE’s: Give yourself a Platinum Medal
  • Make all your Core Goals, PG1 along with 104 CE’s: Give yourself a Platinum+ Medal

Note: Although there will be an Awards Ceremony posted soon, if you miss that tally, you may still award yourself a Medal in accordance with these rules. This entire Challenge is based upon the Honor System.

Question of the Day: What was your biggest success for the challenge, and what was your biggest hardship?  Did you learn anything along the way?


The Last Day of Men’s Health Forums


The Men’s Health Forums including the 52 Day Challenge are being discontinued. Today is the Last Day. Here is the announcement:

The Men’s Health discussion forum is moving!

You can jump into the new Men’s Health Forum Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/120380495347736/. Make yourself comfortable, reacquaint with old friends and make new ones.

We want to thank all the people who made these forums a place to share stories and information, a good laugh and the occasional rousing argument, for more than a decade. We hope this move, to the world’s largest online platform, will allow that same sense of community to exist for years to come — just in a different location.

We understand that this decision will be disappointing to some of you. The existing conversations can’t be migrated and there are some features on the current platform that won’t be available on Facebook. But after considering all the pros and cons, we’re confident that this is the best move forward.

These forums will be closed down on Thursday, Sept. 28, and visitors here will be redirected to a page that will alert visitors to the change and provide a link to the Facebook Group.

Again, thanks for your participation and looking forward to connecting in the Facebook Group.

The Editors of Men’s Health

I’ve already joined the Group.  Check it out.

Eat Your Veggies – But – How Many?


The number of “recommended” servings of fruits and vegetables has been all over the place.  WebMD states:

“Under the U.S. government’s latest food guidelines, five servings of fruits and vegetables may not be enough. Adults need anywhere from 7-13 cups of produce daily to get all the health benefits of fruits and vegetables — including possible protection against obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.”

The general rule I follow came from the TNT Diet Book: The most successful weight loss is achieved by eating 5 servings of Veggies a day. Since Fruit is – except for a small  amount of berries – not Carb friendly – I focus only on Vegetables.

I caught an interesting article on T-Nation: Tip: No Need to Eat So Many Fruits & Veggies.

They reported on a recent study tracking the health benefits of eating Veggies and Fruits.

An international team of researchers spent 2003 to 2013 recruiting 135,000 participants between the ages of 35 and 70 from 18 different countries. Participants were routinely quizzed on their frequency of eating various foods so researchers could ascertain their fruit and vegetable intake. Fruit juices and potatoes (and other tubers) were excluded from their analyses.

The researchers took into consideration their sex, education, smoking status, and physical activity. They followed the participants for between 5.3 and 9.3 years, while checking specific health parameters every 3 years.

What They Found
Eating a combination of fruits, vegetables, and legumes lowered the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer, as well as the overall risk of death.

None of that is new, but they found the greatest impact for people who ate between 375 and 500 grams a day, with an overall reduction in risk of death of 22%, compared to those who ate less than 125 grams a day. Eating more than 400 to 500 grams a day didn’t confer any additional health gains.

How much is 375 grams – 500 grams – about 3 to 5 servings. And we are back where we started.

Check out the Post I wrote entitled: TNT Diet Plan A Veggies.

I’ve been maintaining my weight loss and my positive blood work eating VLCHF for the last 10 years. Sometimes I’m in Ketosis – sometimes not. I no longer pay much attention. But – I usually get in 1 serving of veggies with breakfast – and 3-5 between lunch and dinner. Always – no – of course not. But It averages out to 4-5 servings a day.

The study is Published in the Lancet:

Higher fruit, vegetable, and legume consumption was associated with a lower risk of non-cardiovascular, and total mortality. Benefits appear to be maximum for both non-cardiovascular mortality and total mortality at three to four servings per day (equivalent to 375–500 g/day).

Does this new study change anything – NO – but it is nice to know that I’m on the right track.

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