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Is the Keto Diet Healthy? (Saturated Fats)
Should you avoid dietary saturated fat? The keto diet recommends eating more natural fats and less carbohydrates – is that healthy or unhealthy? The surprising conclusion from the world’s top cardiologists is that there is no reason to limit natural foods high in saturated fat such as whole fat dairy, red meat and chocolate.
Fructose causes insulin resistance – Hormonal Obesity XXXII
The metabolism of excessive amounts of fructose leads to fatty liver, which is a key step in the development of insulin resistance, as we saw in our last post. Is there evidence that consumption of fructose leads to insulin resistance? In a word - yes. As far back as 1980, there were studies linking the...
LCHF for Type 1 Diabetes
I spend a great deal of time in my clinic dealing with the problems of type 2 diabetes. But occasionally, people ask about type 1 diabetes (T1D) as well. The reason why it is so rare for me is that I treat adult patients where T2D outnumbers T1D by at least 9:1. I was looking...
Fibre reduces Insulin – How To Lose Weight X
When we consider the nutritional benefits of food, we think about the vitamins, minerals and nutrients they contain. We think about components in the food that nourish the body. Fibre is completely different. The key to understanding fibre’s effect is to realize that the benefit lies not as a nutrient, but as an anti-nutrient. Fibre...
Wheat – How to Lose Weight VII
Wheat is one of the most vilified foods in the nutritional world. From gluten concerns to obesity, the poor fellow doesn't have a friend to call his own. Yet wheat, along with rice and corn, is one of the most ancient domesticated foods in existence. The original Paleo - if you will. How can wheat...
Beverages – How to Lose Weight VI
The sugar-sweetened beverage is one of the leading sources of added sugars. This includes all soda pop, sugar sweetened teas, fruit juice, fruit punch, vitamin water, smoothies, shakes, lemonade, chocolate or flavored milk, iced coffee drinks and energy drinks. Hot drinks such as hot chocolate, moccachino, caffé mocha, and sweetened coffee and tea would also...
Reduce Added Sugars – How to Lose Weight IV
The first step in virtually any weight loss program is to reduce added sugars. Sugar is particularly fattening because it increases insulin both immediately and insidiously over the long term. Sugar is comprised of equal amounts of glucose and fructose. Glucose, as a highly refined carbohydrate, will immediately raise blood sugar levels and directly stimulate...
IDM Patient Profile November 2014 – Kirk
Our patient profile this month is Kirk, who I have been following for a number of years. Over that time, he had always been quite heavy. He was diabetic on several medications and developing all the usual insults of obesity and diabetes. We had started to develop our Intensive Dietary Management Program several years ago...
Cardio-protective effect of Saturated Fats – Hormonal Obesity XXXIX
Saturated fats turned out to be not quite as toxic as we had believed once the trans fats were stripped out. But many studies pointed out the fact that there is a chance that they may actually be protective against heart disease. The study "Dietary fats, carbohydrate, and progression of coronary atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women" examined...
Polyunsaturated Fats – Hormonal Obesity XXXVIII
As Dr. Keys warned Americans about the dangers of saturated fat, consumption of animal fats and butter declined. The main component of animal fats is saturated fats. Omega 6 fat content is vanishingly low. Both butter as well as beef tallow are similar in composition. Vegetable oils such as corn, by contrast have low level...
Milk – It does a body…. bad?
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal on milk consumption has generated some waves. Milk is widely advocated (by the Dairy Farmers for instance) for the prevention of osteoporosis and other general goodness of health. We give it to our kids, believing it will make them tall, strong and less obese. However, the...
Trans Fat and Coronary Disease – Hormonal Obesity XXXVI
Doesn't dietary fat 'clog up' the arteries and cause coronary disease? It would seem from popular press that this has been proven beyond a shadow of a shadow of a doubt. Perhaps we had better take a closer look. The Diet-Heart Hypothesis suggests that diets high in saturated fats lead to high cholesterol which leads...