UK charity comes out with LCHF Real Food Guidelines

A British charity called the National Obesity Forum, in association with the Public Health Coalition, is in the news today for attacking the low-fat dietary guidelines and food industry manipulation of science (in the UK known as the Eatwell Guide), and suggesting a way out of our growing public health crisis in this document. The Public Health Coalition earlier came out with LCHF guidelines for the prevention and control of obesity and diabetes, and with real food, healthy fat guidelines for the rest of the population. You can download this document, Healthy Eating Guidelines & Weight Loss Advice For The United Kingdom, here.

They’ve even created some cool graphics to counter Public Health England’s dire grain-based Eatwell Guide:


The National Obesity Forum/Public Health Collaboration report has had excellent coverage in the UK media, their recommendations are in all the major newspapers, news websites, and TV news programs.

This has stirred up the usual backlash from experts, many from the UK organizations that have sweetheart deals with the food industry.

For example,

Dr Tedstone of Public Health England responded to the publication by saying: “In the face of all the evidence, calling for people to eat more fat, cut out carbs and ignore calories is irresponsible.”

She said thousands of scientific studies were considered as part of the official guidance adopted throughout the UK, whereas the National Obesity Forum quoted just 43 studies, some of which were comment pieces.

She added: “It’s a risk to the nation’s health when potentially influential voices suggest people should eat a high fat diet, especially saturated fat. Too much saturated fat in the diet increases the risk of raised cholesterol, a route to heart disease and possible death.”

You get the picture. Let’s all get lost in the “totality of the evidence” and leave things as they are, with the Food Industry in charge of our diets in a token partnership with these expert bodies it sponsors.

So who are these irresponsible people at the Public Health Collaboration? They include GP David Unwin, who has published several papers about the effectiveness of LCHF in treating obesity, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in his Southport practice. Dr Unwin’s practice has been reported as saving £45,000 per year on drugs for type 2 diabetes compared to the average in his area. (If you want a guide as to how to introduce the LCHF diet into clinical practice in an affordable, practical way, we recommend Dr Unwin’s work)
The PHC also includes cardiologist Aseem Malhotra, who promotes a low carb, high-fat Mediterranean diet as an effective way of managing coronary heart disease, plus a dietitian, a diabetologist and several more GPs. Of particular interest is the presence of a psychiatrist and psychologist, showing a holistic understanding of the importance of not only finding solutions, but motivating and helping people as individuals.


All these people have considerable experience between them, often working in deprived areas and with seriously ill patients; they are reporting back from the front lines in the war on diabesity and the health problems caused by poor nutrition, and it would be foolish not to take them seriously just because they have produced a short, readable document.

The PHC’s Healthy Eating Guidelines & Weight Loss Advice For The United Kingdom joins the ranks of Real Food Guidelines globally – including our own Real Food Guidelines from 2014, as well as the Brazilian dietary guidelines and the Canadian Government report on obesity.

It’s the Real Food Revolution and it’s not going to be won in a day, but when you get a group of well-qualified people leading by example and ignoring the nay-sayers to show that the LCHF approach works, as the members of the PHC are doing in Britain, it’s no longer just a battle of words. The public are impressed by results, rather than by hearing opinions, or by reading thousands of peer-reviewed papers. Which we still do, because reading peer-reviewed papers is necessary, useful, and often rewarding, but by golly it’s nice to see people helped by LCHF to a better life on TV, as in the recent Aussie TV show The Saving Australia Diet.

13 Comments on “UK charity comes out with LCHF Real Food Guidelines

  1. This story also posted today on the diabetes forum . They have been promoting practical advice on diets for a while now, including low carb. Of their 200,000 forum members 125,000 report that they are on a low carb diet, many with impressive results.

    Dave Hoskins

  2. Stop Counting Calories (Calorie focused thinking has damaged public health)

    Thank you, National Obesity Forum

    Cool Graphics, George.

      • They certainly are. Perhaps the first to properly show the “sliding scale” of carbohydrate density and fat calories needed to adjust for carbohydrate tolerance, in pictorial menu form. And everything on it is edible.

  3. It was a sad day for the British yesterday, to have such a great piece of communication be rubished by people who give themselves titles that imply they protect us… It was shocking. Thanks for sharing the links, especially to Zoe’s page. I think that should be added to every news article that included references to their response to the obesity forum’s article,
    Matthew, Protector of th British (I’m sure that must make my comments more important)

  4. Obesity is unknown among more than 3 billion people who currently live on grain-based diets and the billions more who have done so in the past.

    All large populations of trim, healthy people, throughout written human history, have obtained the bulk of their calories from starch. Examples of thriving people include, Japanese and Chinese in Asia eating sweet potatoes, buckwheat, and/or rice, Incas in South America eating potatoes, Mayans and Aztecs in Central America eating corn, and Egyptians in the Middle East eating wheat.
    To classify all carbohydrates as the same is retarded.
    You never see an obese person sitting down to eat a whole bowl of red rice, sweet potatoes or corn, etc.

    Over the past century there has been an escalating trend in Western societies of people abandoning starchy plant-foods for refined carbohydrate, low-carbohydrate, meat and dairy foods. A worldwide epidemic of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer has followed this dietary change.

    Saturated fat causes a progressive decline of beta cell function leading to beta cell exhaustion precedes beta cell demise.
    With persistent hyperglycemia, increased saturated FFA induce a glucolipotoxic state that is detrimental to beta cells by increasing oxidative stress, subsequently reducing insulin synthesis and secretion thereby compromising both beta cell structure and function.
    Animal products are high in saturated fat and vegans have the lowest diabetes rates.

    Click to access nutrients-06-02131.pdf

    While consuming the most carbohydrates out of all groups.

    Click to access 525s.full.pdf

    Therefor ones body cannot tolerate carbohydrates and even more so refined carbohydrates hence a high fat low carb diet works(but is not the answer because you can’t tolerate carbohydrates when you should be able to) but to say unrefined, unprocessed carbohydrate foods are causing health problems is retarded. If you do the research you find animal products are associated with diabetes and unrefined carbohydrates are protective. The answer isn’t high fat low carb. Its the source of your food.

  5. New Scientist has a truly excellent report of this debate in its latest issue.

    The NOF report above (not the PHCuk guidelines) was in some respects ridiculous, overstated, and indiscreet.
    Yet it’s exactly those qualities that ensured enough coverage and outrage to start the change in the mainstream.
    When you think about it, revolutions are always tipped by some firebrand loon rushing at the palace. No matter how much care has gone into preparing them, you really need that guy if you expect things to change.

  6. I am a recovering diabetic and this came about by using HFLC diet.
    I would like to raise money for a charity who promote this HFLC diet. I can see this diet would help many groups not just diabetic. Which in the long term would help reduce the burden on the NHS. With the correct information, we could stop this epidemic in its tracts.
    If you could put me in touch with a charity who support HFLC diets I would be most appreciative.

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