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I am not an experiment.

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When you tell people that you are eating a LC-Normal Protein-HF or Ketogenic diet, the knee jerk reactions kick in. We’ve all heard them. They fall into several categories.

(1) This is just one more fad diet.

(2) Eating LCHF is unhealthy because ____________ Fill in the blank.

(3) You really only lose water weight.

(4) You can’t sustain this type of eating long term.

and the real reason –

(5) I could never give up pasta.

fad diet Any of a number of weight-reduction diets that either eliminate one or more of the essential food groups, or recommend consumption of one type of food in excess at the expense of other foods. Fad diets rarely follow sound nutritional principles for weight loss, which focus on ingesting fewer calories and/or consuming more energy through exercise; fad diets are generally not endorsed by the medical profession. Segen’s Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

This common definition of a Fad Diet could apply to eating a Low Fat diet that has been the be-all-and-end-all Doctor recommended eating plan for the last 40+ years. It would also include a vegetarian or vegan eating plan.  But it is the Low Carb – Normal Protein – High Fat diet that gets the pejorative “Fad” label.

It is now more than 10 years (21 days more) since I started eating this way. I guess that means that I am an oddity, since “you” can not sustain this way of eating.

A friend – who is on month 4 – commented that this is the easiest way of eating. She is really happy with it.

I have not sustained any health detriments – and I have a physical every 6 months, along with every other type of health check up that insurance will pay for. Here are my latest Lipid numbers as of 4/1/17:

  • Cholesterol Total: 203 (100-199)
  • Tryglycerides: 43 (0-149)
  • HDL Cholesterol: 114 (>39)
  • VLDL Cholesterol Calc: 9 (5-40)
  • LDL Cholesterol Calc: 80 (0-99)

My Doc doesn’t give a hoot about my Total – given my HDL and Tryglyceride numbers.

My fasting glucose: 98 (65-99)

My pulse rate was 60. Actually when I checked it – 55.

And interestingly my blood pressure was 112/64 – pretty much the lowest it has been in ages – probably since my mid 20s. I commented – “Gee – maybe I don’t need the BP meds anymore.” These were prescribed when I was 80 pounds heavier and reduced when I reduced.

Nope – he wants to keep the pressure low so that it will not stress the aortic artery. Ok – a fog rolled over my brain when he started his explanation. Hopefully – continuing on the meds will not harm me.

But – a one person experience (experiment) is not enough to save the day from the nay sayers. 

10th Anniversary – Missed it!

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10th Anniversary

 

Yikees! I missed my 10th Anniversary. No – not my wedding anniversary – but – March 12, 2007 – the day I started eating VLCHF and Exercising.

Wait – 99% of all Nutritionists and Dietitians claim that no one can sustain this type of eating for more than a couple of months and then they put the weight back on plus some.

Missing this important date – tells me one thing – this way of life – has become my New Normal.

Thank you one and all for joining me on this journey. 

Ketogenic Diet and Gout

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One of the aspects of a VLCHF diet that continually surprises me is the impact of its anti-inflammatory effect. I’ve reported about this from both personal experiences and the experiences of others.

Now – a new Study speaks to the possibility that a Ketogenic diet may protect against gout.

New research from the laboratory of Vishwa Deep Dixit – professor of comparative medicine and immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT – suggests that the so-called ketogenic diet may help to relieve the symptoms of gout.

Dixit and colleagues conclude that: “Collectively, our studies show that BHB, a known alternate metabolic fuel, is also an anti-inflammatory molecule that may serve as a treatment for gout.”

Emily Goldberg, co-author on the study, associate research scientist, and clinical veterinarian in comparative medicine, explains the findings:

“In isolated neutrophils, [BHB] completely blocked NLRP3 inflammasome activation, even when provided at low concentrations that are physiologically achievable through dietary modification.”

She also suggests that targeting the NLRP3 inflammasome to reduce inflammation during a flare may improve the gout patients’ symptoms. However, she admits that more studies are needed to test this possibility.

This is a whole different spin on dietary modifications for the treatment and avoidance Gout outbreaks.

The studies just keep coming in.

 

Unintended Consequences – Part Four

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On March 12, 2007, I started eating Very Low Carb – High Fat (VLCHF) Normal Protein. The sole purpose was to lose some weight. I ended up losing 80+ pounds. My wife and I found that eating this way actually fit our life style and tastes a lot better than Low Fat or Weight Watchers. As we became adapted to this form of nourishment and meal preparation things went beyond mere weight loss. I’ve discussed much of this in prior Blog posts, but some deserve re-telling, in no specific order.

  • In order to avoid Carbs, we went from eating a multitude of Highly Processed foods to just a limited amount. Even as Atkins and others have become the new WW with their highly processed products, we significantly limit our use, preferring whole foods.
  • Our blood work – from all directions has become just plain Super.
  • My mild case of Psoriasis has become almost – but not completely – gone.
  • I no longer get heart burn.
  • I rarely get headaches.
  • My ability to fend off “colds” has been surprising.
  • I’ve maintained my weight loss for over 9 years – something I have never been able to do before.

To what extent these are solely due to eating VLCHF or Weight Loss or Exercise – OR a combination of all three, I don’t know. I do know that having lost weight and exercised heavily in the past – that I did not have many of these results.

Oh – and yes – I have become the Answer Man for so many others who head down this path.

 

Very Low Carb High Fat versus Diabetes

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I hosted today’s 52DC. My topic was Clean Eating. What follows is some of the “discussion” that followed:

My Post: Clean Eating – By any other name – is really confusing. 10 years ago – it meant low fat. Today – who knows?

  • Organic
  • Grass fed
  • GMO
  • Whole Foods or Minimally Processed or Highly Processed Foods.
  • Low Fat or Low Carb or Very Low Fat High Carb.
  • Weight Watchers products
  • Atkins products
  • Alcohol
  • Soda or Diet Soda or water
  • 80-20 rule or 90-10 or 100%

QOTD: What is your personal definition of Clean Eating – at least for this Challenge.

My AOTD: Over the years, I defined CE as WW approved, then Low Fat – never paid attention to anything else. Today, eating VLCHF means that most of the foods I eat are whole or minimally processed foods that we prepare. I stay away from Atkins products and similar highly processed low carb foods. My main processed foods are – condiments. I will buy organic if I can find it at a reasonable price. Have yet to find grass-fed beef locally. Not really concerned about GMOs. I limit diet soda but do not eliminate it. Alcohol – red wines mainly – or – Vodka – or light beer. I’m probably an 80-20 guy.

Jessemaa responded:

AOTD: My lovely {wife} has been an insulin dependent diabetic for over 25 years. She was injecting 70-90 units of insulin per day. She had an appointment with a new MD on 12/19 and he told her if she followed his instructions she could be off insulin in 30 days. Long story short, she stopped using insulin and started a high fat very low carb diet the next day. 60% fat 15% Carbs and 25% protein. I have followed along with the same plan.

She has lost weight and has only used very small doses of 8-10 units of insulin 5 times to deal with a high morning test. Yes folks this is a BIG DEAL.

However she has had a hard time dealing with the transition. Going from very high carbs to no carbs cold turkey has caused some stomach aches, nausea and other side effects. She is doing better day by day and she is sticking with it and will continue. She is under close monitoring with her MD and he is pleased with progress.

I am amazed at the results for her and I am experiencing fewer side effects and enjoying the food plan and losing weight, so it is a win win!

My response: Nice progress – weight loss is happening – well done. 3 cheers for your wife – she is battling a massive change and her body is fighting back. The reduction in insulin shots is just amazing. My son stayed with us for 2 days – and since he ate as we did – his insulin shots went down. He still will not try an alternative.

Jessemaa responded: TNT MAN It is not surprising your son is hesitant, diabetics have been fed a load of propaganda their whole lives. Even the Diabetes Association refuses to accept that a low carb diet is a safe alternative. Follow the money, billions are spent on diabetes related drugs. Billions in R & D for drugs but very little in nutrition studies. Unfortunately some of the proponents of the low carb diabetic solution are labeled quacks. It took one doctor who was on the program himself to inspire my lovely and I to take this huge step.

My final statement: You hit the nail on the head. Well said!

And the War against Low Carb heats up!

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Professor Tim Noakes, known for his controversial low-carbohydrate high-fat diet, has criticised researchers who have claimed that a balanced diet delivers the same results as a low-carbohydrate diet.

This is the opening paragraph in the story published on January 10, 2017, by News24Wire out of South Africa, entitled “Noakes slams study that aims to debunk low-carb diet benefits.”

Noakes went after the authors of a study that purported to show that a Low Carb diet had no greater effect that a “balanced” diet.

My take-a-ways:

  • The opening paragraph  to this news article used the phrase “controversial low-carbohydrate high-fat diet.” This immediately sets the biased tone of what follows.
  • It is a Meta Analysis of other studies – not a new study. Noakes points out in fancier terms the old adage – GIGO! Yep – Garbage In – Garbage Out.
  • Noakes position that: The study did not analyse the effects of a low-carb diet because the carbohydrate intake used in the study was 35%, rather than the recommended 5% a low-carb diet should consist of.” 35% of a 2,000 calorie diet would be 700 calories or 175 grams of carbs. That may be lower than the usual – but is no where near VLCHF diet of 25-50 grams of carbs.

The Article gave no links or citations to the underlying study and how it was conducted. I believe this is the Article– but it was published in July 2014 – so I am confused.

Your Cholesterol is off the Charts!

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I see my PCP (Primary Care Physician) twice a year. Yesterday was my day. Got a Flu Shot and a Pneumonia Shot. Got a minimal amount of blood drawn for Cholesterol measurement.

He used to send me to a lab to get my Blood work done. Now – he does it in house with his handy dandy new piece of equipment – the Alere Cholestech LDX. I still have to fast – but I don’t need to go to a lab and hang out for an hour or more.

So Doc – how did my blood test turn out?

Your Cholesterol is Off The Charts!” He responded.

My heart sank – fear showed its ugly face. How could I go from years of positive measures to this? Send me back to the Lab.

Your HDL is greater than 100, so the machine can’t give us a number.

Your Triglycerides are less than 45, so the machine can’t give us a number.

End result – the calculated measures for LDL can’t be done.

My numbers are off the chart – but in a positive direction. Happiness.

Oh BTW – Blood Pressure – 117/70. Pulse rate – 56.

Who said eating a Ketogenic Diet was unhealthy?

 

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