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Offline Fjorgynn

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Low carb diets and weight loss
« on: June 14, 2012, 07:29:00 AM »
Low carbohydrate diets are more popular these days. As you may know, Jack eats the Paleo diet and has talked about it and Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution was a guest in episode 800. In Sweden where I live the low carb diet LCHF  (Low Carb High Fat) is very popular and there are now a few cookbooks about it in the store. I personally know people that lost 66 lbs in six months by eating meat and high fat.

In 2005 Dr. Annika Dahlqvist was reported to the authorities because she recommended a low carbohydrate diet to her diabetes patients. In 2008 The National Board of Health and Welfare responded that her recommendations were consistent with science and proven experience.

You can eat meat, fish, eggs, vegetables growing above ground and natural fats like butter and cream. But you should avoid sugar and starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. You can also eat food that people who are allergic to gluten can eat, like psyllium seed husks instead flour which you can't eat. It's recommended not to eat more than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day, some people say that not more than five grams per 100 g of food.

I recommend that you watch Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt's presentation at Ancestral Health Symposium 2011. He talks about obesity and that you can control your blood sugar and keep it on a decent level. In fact, you probably need less medication if you eat a low carbohydrate diet.

I'm not sure what distinguishes LCHF from Paleo. If you know. Please comment.

Links that you should read

http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSeSTq-N4U4 (50 min long presentation by Eenfeldt at ANS)
http://www.tommytappar.se/ (Swedish, but he takes pictures of what he eat)
http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/robb-wolf-on-paleo-nutrition-and-permaculture
http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/greg-ellis-on-low-carb-nutrition
http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/episode-785-audience-questions-on-paleo-and-low-carb-eating
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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2012, 08:05:19 AM »
Hello, I'm currently starting up the Paleo diet, and from my understanding the only difference is no dairy in the Paleo compared to LCHF. Other than that, I don't see too much of a difference. 


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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2012, 09:03:57 AM »
I started a paleo diet program about two months ago. I had tried the low carb diet a number of years ago, but broke with it after about a year due to financial circumstances. From what I can tell and as CrunchDog mentioned, they're nearly the same in most respects. Some highly processed foods made specifically for those on a low carb diets wouldn't be acceptable in the paleo diet. On the low carb diet you didn't necessarily have to go out of your way to find grass fed beef, pasture raised pork and free range chickens with the thinking that if they were fed grains, the harmful chemicals in what they ate were transferred.

I've been doing well on the paleo diet and only felt badly for a few days when I broke with it to have some of my mother's birthday cake.


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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2012, 09:50:22 AM »
You actually don't have to write any diary like Tommy did. But if you read his about page you can see two pictures of him before and after. He is now 50 % of himself. From 385 lbs to 187 lbs today. But yeah. I think the big difference is that you don't look at the maximum carbohydrates in paleo and that you don't eat processed food.

Have you noticed anything different now when you eat Paleo Nicodemus?
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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2012, 08:45:03 PM »
I switched to paleo about two months ago, and have lost 20 pounds.  I feel a lot better, and it eliminated my cravings for bad food.  I always broke from diets before because I would want ice cream, or pie or a sandwich or whatever.  Now I don't even feel I am missing out.  That alone makes it a success for me.

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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2012, 11:07:00 PM »
You actually don't have to write any diary like Tommy did. But if you read his about page you can see two pictures of him before and after. He is now 50 % of himself. From 385 lbs to 187 lbs today. But yeah. I think the big difference is that you don't look at the maximum carbohydrates in paleo and that you don't eat processed food.

Have you noticed anything different now when you eat Paleo Nicodemus?

Tommy looks good!

Generally I feel like I have a lot more energy now. I've lost quite a bit of weight. After a while the cravings for carbs and sugar went away, but I'm lucky in that I've always preferred savory to sweet anyway.


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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2012, 06:22:34 PM »
As for loosing pounds, low car, low fat, low starch will all work. The nutritional aspects of certain diets can be argued however. I have an article on my blog http://blog.larrydgray.net titled "Larry Gray's common sense guide to dieting and nutrition"  Jack actually made a comment on it about the palio diet.  In my little email conversation with Jack I realized that loosing weight is one thing, nutrition is another.

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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2012, 11:16:28 PM »
I've been doing primal/paleo so long it is hard for me to remember that it's controversial :).

Eating whole foods that are high in fat (aka stuff that tastes great and makes you feel good) works!
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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2012, 12:07:19 AM »
After listening to Gary Taubes on another podcast and hearing jacks success, I decided to try a low carb diet.  My wife joined me and we both have experienced amazing results.  I've lost more than 25 pounds this year.  We do have times where we fall off the wagon, but overall it isn't difficult to do.  I'm sold on it.

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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2012, 07:49:37 AM »
In 2011, I entered a 90 day weight loss % contest with several male co-workers.  They were 10 years younger than me or more, so I figured they had the advantage in metabolism, but also knew they did some crazy things to lose weight in past contests.

I opted to use a fairly strict paleo diet and hi intensity kettlebell workouts.  The results were that without depriving myself, I was able to double the weight loss percentage of my closest competitor and prove that an old guy doesn't have to starve himself to lose weight and can whip himself back into shape at the same time.

A year later, I am mostly paleo/primal, but since my weakness is high fat ice cream my weight is fairly stable rather than a gradual loss.  The only time my weight has actually increased is when I was experimenting with a "gallon of milk a day" to fuel my barbell lifting when I wanted to increase my personal records at back squat and deadlifts.  After smashing my PR's, I went back on paleo/primal and lost that 25# I'd gained during my 6 week experiment.

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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2013, 04:19:16 AM »
Diet and weight loss is all about burning excess fats in the body. It's also about lowering your carbohydrate intake. Low carb diets for weight loss are very popular and have been for the past decade. Many people swear by low carb diets, and have claimed phenomenal weight loss success as a result of using a low carb diet.

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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2013, 10:56:32 AM »
I did a weight loss contest with a group of coworkers once, since we were all overweight and in need of motivation. We all put up $100 bucks up and whoever lost the weight at the end of two months got the pot. I went for a mostly paleo route (I did cheat a bit and have some cheese here and there). They all kept saying how crazy I was when I would bring in chicken cordon blue and steaks, and just about everything you can think of wrapped in bacon. Didn't even keep track of calories. But I lost 12lbs at the end of the first month, twice what all others, who were practically starving themselves, lost. Unfortunately they all came up with excuses and backed out of the contest so there was no money left to win, but at least I lost the weight.
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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2013, 04:44:32 PM »
I have some diets plants lets see..

A. Low carb
B. Low Starch
C. Low Fat
D. Low carb low Starch since starch is a complex carb
E. Low carb low fat
F. Low starch low fat
G. This is the really good one.  Low carb/starch low fat.

Those are all very popular diets each with its own best selling book.
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Re: Low carb diets and weight loss
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2013, 11:14:26 AM »
Another lower-carb protocol is known as the "Slow Carb" diet as described in Tim Ferriss's book, the Four Hour Body.  The protocol is high in protein and fat, with leafy, fibrous carbs, AND (here's the difference from Paleo) beans 6 days a week .  No fruit, no dairy, no grains.  There is a re-feed day once a week, where anything goes.  There is a complementary supplement program and exercise protocol.  For details see this excellent summary website: http://www.4hourlife.com/cheat-sheets-4-hour-body/
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