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I am Grant Schofield, Professor of Public Health (Auckland University of Technology) and director of the university’s Human Potential Centre (HPC) located at the Millennium Campus in Auckland, New Zealand. My research and teaching interests are in wellbeing and chronic disease prevention especially reducing the risk and eventual mortality and morbidity from obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. I live by the motto “be the best you can be” and have a strong commitment to peak performance in which I also do consulting work.

I’m also the Chief Education Advisor Health and Nutrition.

I’ve been interested in human health and performance for my whole career. I started in psychology, went into sport and exercise psychology, then into public health, especially physical activity, then obesity. There have been some twists and turns along the way, which are the reasons for why I do what I do – click here for a little story of my path.

I want to know how we can be the best we can be. This crosses disciplines such as biology, medicine, public health, and productivity management. The cornerstones are nutrition, exercise, sleep, neuroscience, psychology and wellbeing. In my blog, I cover these topics under the broad heading of the Science of Human Potential.

Please contact me through this blog or at university through the following link

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105 comments

  1. Hello, could you please advise .
    I’m wanting to do LCHF for moods and anxiety and binge eating.
    I’m worried about gaining weight with LCHF and also worried about my skin changing , I’m happy with both. I was 25 kilos heavier when I was 19 . I’m now almost 32 and have maintained for a long time. Would be happy to lose final 5 but my main goal is mental health improvement . Thanks 🙂
    I’m on day 1 today and seem fine mentally but bloated and usually have flat tummy . Do I need to track calories or just macros? I’m 165cm tall and 58 kilos . Thanks

    1. The usual case is that people lose more weight on LCHF than other diets at least int he short to medium term. It is usually good for mood and any anxiety. Go for it!

  2. Russell Jacobs · · Reply

    Hi Professor Schofield,

    What percentage of caloric intake in the form of carbohydrates do you recommend for long course triathletes? Should I count the small amount of carbohydrates I take in during longer training sets? I typically use UCAN to help keep my blood sugar more consistent.

    1. I think its intensity of training and racing that will define carb needs. The longer easy sessions can be done without carbs. Harder sessions will need extra carbs. You can try super starch but in my experience it tastes horrible and is hard to drink. I prefer straight gels and normal higher sugar supplements – given sufficient intensity you won’t get an insulin response if you are a trained athlete.

  3. Virginia · · Reply

    Dear Prof Grant,
    Our 12 yo son recently (21/1/15) diagnosed with DT1, what info can you provide or sources re the low carb diet for growing boys?
    thanks, Virginia

    1. Please get Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars see http://www.amazon.com/Dr-Bernsteins-Diabetes-Solution-Achieving/dp/0316182699

      And join The Facebook group Type1grit which is for you and your child

  4. Hi Grant. I’m a 52yo, post menopausal woman, about 35kg overweight. I’ve read widely about the LCHF approach and have attempted it several times. I lose weight on it, but over time my mood drops and by about 3 weeks I’m irritable (not hangry, but volatile), tearful and withdrawn. I also have sleep problems. Do you have any suggestions about this? I’ve read the accounts of many women like me, and most often it seems that we’re a group that LCHF just doesn’t work for.

  5. drjacsnz · · Reply

    Hi Grant. I’m a 52yo, post menopausal woman, about 35kg overweight. I’ve read widely about the LCHF approach and have attempted it several times. I lose weight on it, but over time my mood drops and by about 3 weeks I’m irritable (not hangry, but volatile), tearful and withdrawn. I also have sleep problems. Do you have any suggestions about this? I’ve read the accounts of many women like me, and most often it seems that we’re a group that LCHF just doesn’t work for.

    1. I’ll email you direct lithesome contacts

  6. Judy Stewart · · Reply

    Hi Professor
    I followed LCHF guidelines for two weeks. Rough to start, then great, sleeping well, feeling good everything working better than before. Then hospital admission with pancreatitis and surgery this Thurs to remove gallstones. Obviously the stones are a result of my previous diet Where to post surgery ? The advice so far is to eat low fat, buy low fat yoghurt etc If the hospital meals reflect my future, I am concerned, I have never had mashed potato and omelet before! Will I be able to tolerate a LCHF diet ? Should I work toward it gradually by trying moderation all round ( which has never worked for me before ) The high carb, white bread, mashed potato, custard example has effectively put me off carbs for a while. I would appreciate your comments

    Judy

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  8. […] Professor Grant Schofield, Professor of Public Health at Auckland University of Technology, has dissected the issue in more depth. Here’s an extract from his article (you can read the full version here). […]

    1. Thanks – good initiative

  9. Hi Dr Grant – I have been following a mostly low carb diet for the past 8 years to treat my PCOS and it has been the only thing successful – gone from infertile to having 4 kids and things generally being manageable health wise.

    Lately though I can’t seem to shift the weight (about 8kg) and seem to be slowly putting it on even though I haven’t changed anything with my diet and in fact have gotten much stricter with carb intake lately.

    I have also studied Nutritional Medicine and now work as a Nutritional Therapist – moving people whenever possible and appropriate towards a low carb high fat and protein diet and even towards Ketogenic diets when needed for weight loss, diabetes etc.

    But, I am struggling at the moment with my own health – and don’t know who to see about it because I don’t know any other Low Carb/High fat doctors in Tauranga – do you know any?

    I have been doing strict Keto and intermittent fasting (ie. not eating until 5pm and then only till 8pm at the latest and then fasting the rest of the time) – was feeling pretty good on that, not too hungry – although a bit in the mornings, but coming right again, energy was stable, no dips etc..

    I started doing it because a few days beforehand I was feeling oddly slightly drunk whenever I was eating anything with any measure of carbs in it (no grains, just small quantities of veggies or dairy) – and I came across an article online about hypoglycaemia and auto-intoxication because of a lack of a liver enzyme or something and how that can cause feelings like that – but I can’t seem to get my head around it or make heads or tales of what to do – have you had any experience dealing with that weird drunk like effect in people who have been doing ketosis and then have even a small amount of carbs? I was feeling it before I had even gone strict or done the fasting, so not sure why…

    Have you read any research you could point me towards? It is perplexing and a challenge when I have no other health professionals around me that I know of who understand the complexities of low carb/ketogenic diets to do any testing etc. or figure out what is going on… any suggestions? And I can’t seem to find much info about it other than the hypoglycaemia possibility online.

    I am in Tauranga, NZ.

    Thanks for your thoughts:-)
    Rachael

    1. I wonder about trying some carb cycling and see what happens – ie add some carbs back in a meal or two a week, but have a keto base? Have you tried this?

  10. Beverley Jordan · · Reply

    Hi Professor Schofield. Wondering if you can help me with information on what we can do. My husband and I have been living the LCHF way since January. We have both lost weight and although I am feeling very well my husband is not. He is a type 2 diabetic but has been controlling it with diet. He is 59 years old and work is very stressful. He recently had some blood tests that indicate that his sugar is too high (13) and so is his cholesterol (7). His blood pressure is a bit high too 80/140. The doctor has prescribed pills for the sugar and also statins. So far he has not suggested anything for the blood pressure other than to consider retirement ( which is not currently possible). He doesn’t really want to be taking any of these meds but the doctor has indicated that controlling his sugar by diet may no longer be possible. He has also indicated that the sugar issues could be causing the cholesterol issues. Based on the information in your What the Fat book we would normally be sceptical about the doctors concerns with the cholesterol. However with the added problem with the sugar we are not sure if we can afford to be sceptical. What would be a reasonable course of action to get my husband’s health right? Thank you.

    Bev

  11. Debbie Cunliffe · · Reply

    Hi Prof Grant
    I have been given you contact details by Sam Feltham in the UK (Smash the fat) as a contact in NZ for professionals working in diabetes and interested in LCHF diets for those with T1 and T2.

    A LCHF diet is currently contrary to what the NZ Dietitian Council, NZ MOH recommend in diabetes management, but I suspect, and hope, that things will change fairly soon and that professionals will be able to follow what they know to be truth (rather than skewed research/data) and communicate not only a real food diet to their clients but LCHF, perhaps on a continuum. In the meantime, I have been approached by a forward thinking charity to prepare some tea towels for use in a diabetes campaign that represent the typical food model plate; as a charity we ourselves are also keen to take a stand and represent LCHF as a possible means of improving both T1 and T2.

    I’m reluctant to prepare something for another charity that (a) I have doubts about (b) that is likely to change in the next year or so. I am keen to provide them with something LCHF related, but do not feel my opinion holds much sway…. whereas yours would. Would you be keen to help me with this and in return get your logo/signature as part of the charities tea towel? Sorry for the long-winded email.

  12. Mark Irwin · · Reply

    Hi Grant,
    I rececently read WTF sports performance and have embarked upon LCHF. I run approximately 70km per week and I’m now 3 weeks into the diet, I’m starting to notice the benefits particularly on long runs however I’ve encountered a major problem – at around day 10 I started to develop a rash just underneath my chest area. Over the past 10 days this has grown in size and ferocity (itching is waking me up). From what I’ve seen online this has all the symptoms of ‘keto rash’. I’m not sure what to do, if I increase carbs then I’ll be out of ketosis and probably haven’t been ‘in’ long enough to say I’m fat adapted. Lots of theories about this being caused by not being able to break down fats efficiently or simply that there are toxins coming out in sweat and causing the rash. Do I hold on and see if this is merely my body adjusting and hope it goes away? Am I deficient in some nutrient? Have you encountered this problem before and do you have any suggestions?
    Cheers, Mark

    1. Hi Mark, sorry about the delay in responding; some people report the rash and say it is transient; there’s no good explanation yet of why it happens; toxins stored in fat and being released might explain it, as might changes in sweat patterns (some people sweat much less on keto)

  13. John van Dolleweerd phone Auckland 8346250 · · Reply

    Hi Grant,
    I like to bring to your attention a programme that is being run in the Netherlands in conjunction with health insurers and public hospitals to reduce or eliminate diabetes 2 through diet and lifestyle.
    Their website is called “Keer diabetes 2 om” (turn diabetes 2 around) and it shows videos of
    3-4 minutes duration of participants who successfully conquered diabetes 2.
    The same title “Keer diabetes 2 om” is also a 50 min documentary where health professionals are airing their views about diet (more fat – less carbs). All this is off course in Dutch – but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem as there are plenty of dutch speaking people in auckland – if you get stuck I can always help you out with the translations.

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