About & contact

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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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115 thoughts on “About & contact”

  1. Hi Grant

    I would like to subscribe. Do I have to do anything special.
    It is a great way for me to keep up with you.

    Mum

  2. Hi Grant,
    Keep the blog coming, i find it criminal that more people ate mot following you as the information you provide is sensational. Ill keep spreading the word.
    Im sure you have heard of the movie Cereal Killers which is out soon. Looks like a great doco and a further piece of reinforcement of lchf.
    Since making the switch i have found a huge increase in endurance and awareness. Im doing 50km runs on water only.
    I await your next post.

  3. Good Morning.

    It is not very often I find anything positive to say about the section of society known as politicians  and NO this is NOT electioneering material.
    However in this instance the Australian Independent Politician Kerry Finch exceeded all expectations in this seven minute speech he gave yesterday, in Tasmania…. it is health related and it is well over due…. I hope you will bear with me and take time to listen to it.
    http://etaslink.com/kfmlc/Video29_08_13.html

    During his short talk he mentions an orthopaedic surgeon who is instrumental in the fight to improve our food supply…… here is a link to that website as well….. for those who are interested in this field
    LINK to the Orthopedic Surgeon’s website NOFRUCTOSE Tasmanian Orthopedic Surgeon DR. Gary Fettke. http://www.nofructose.com/

    Perhaps you will join me and endeavor to see this ‘go viral’ by passing it along far and wide.
    Many Thanks
    Clare in Tasmania

  4. Hi Grant

    Congratulations on the seminar last night. It is SOOO encouraging to see the high fat/low carb message finally gaining some traction. Sally Fallon, head of Weston A Price Foundation, had radio and TV interviews lined up when she was in NZ last year, by they were pulled, presumably because the Foundation actively promotes the consumption of saturated fat, a big No-No as far the Heart Foundation is concerned. I have loads of friends who are doctors and none of will read the information out there, let alone engage in a discussion about nutrition.

    A friend who is a Type 1 diabetic (originally misdiagnosed as Type 2) who won’t follow any advice except what he hears from the Diabetes Association. Another friend with high cholesterol wouldn’t come to your seminar because she thought the nutritional advice would be detrimental for her. If only she knew. Keep up the good work!

    Facebook link on this site not working BTW.

  5. Interesting article on Stuff.co.nz. I live in San Diego and think you might be interested in Dr Peter Attia, who’s a long distance swimmer and president of the Nutritional Science Initiative.
    http://nusi.wpengine.com/about-us/meet-our-president/#.Um6sdoaKLqg

    Also, for those interested in further reading on the topic of a low Carb diet and performance can recommend a book called “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance” by Volek and Phinney.

    Cheers

  6. Hi Grant. I followed a link by Jimmy Moore of Livin la Vida http://www.livinlowcarbdiscussion.com/showthread.php?tid=12008

    So happy to find LCHF on the radar of professionals in New Zealand. We need to hear more from you if possible.

    I am 75, live on the Coromandel Peninsula, and most of the time manage to follow a nutritionally ketogenic diet for weight loss and health. Good to see someone getting this health message out into the our media. Now I don’t feel quite so isolated.

    Blessings

  7. I just watched the video from the seminar in Auckland. Like MargieAnne, I’m impressed that we have some ‘low carb’ professionals in what I hope are influential circles here in New Zealand.

    I’m 59 and while I’ve ignored the conventional dogma all my life (after all my mother cooked in animal fat and I’ve always trusted my taste-buds when it comes to a good roast), I’ve recently been reinforced in my beliefs since Tom Naughton and his movie Fat Head.

    Since the beginning of this year I’ve taken over the food gathering and cooking for my wife and I, to the end of getting us back down in weight. We’ve lost 8kg and 10kg respectively and are now on the cusp of ‘overweight’ to ‘normal’ (from having been ‘obese’).

    During the last 10 months I’ve been poring over the Internet in my quest for information on nutrition and health and now consider myself to be reasonably well-informed. A couple of months ago we took issue with my wife’s doctor when he disagreed with us about our decision to take her of statins. While I tried to give him the reasons, I found that he was ignorant of the studies that had been performed in this area while, ironically, he urged me to concentrate on actual study results rather than Internet blogs. I have therefore set about creating a website with links to both blogs and studies in order to have a resource available should I come up against similar ignorance in the future. http://dietshack.weebly.com

    In your position you will no doubt become aware of doctors who are ‘seeing the light’ and I wonder if it might perhaps be possible to have a register of medical professionals set up so that we might better find someone in the future that suits our needs. I’ve put a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ advertisement on my website that you might find amusing (http://dietshack.weebly.com/1/post/2013/09/situations-vacant-medical-practitioner.html) – but if there was such a register established I could try and motivate our family doctors to try and apply to get some additional education and get themselves on it. 😉

    While I was really pleased to see your presentation, I did take issue with one thing put up by your colleague, Karen Zinn, namely that fibre is a nutrient. I am not convinced that there is any scientific evidence that proves fibre is required in our diet at all. (The Inuit didn’t need it for example.) Also I suspect that my wife’s recently diagnosed bowel cancer may have been perhaps caused by some abrasive/irritant like bran (she has never been much of a meat eater – unlike me – and I’ve never been a bran eater – yet she is the one with a lesion). While I’m hoping that the ketogenic diet we’ve been on for the last 10 months or so may have a protective aspect in this situation – we still have some bridges to cross during the coming months.

    Anyway the ‘fibre’ thing was only a minor niggle with me about your seminar and I look forward to seeing more from you guys. Keep up the good work!

  8. Just watched your excellent video of your lecture.
    This is life changing for me.
    You mention on the video a reading list on your Website – can you please point me to it.
    Keep up the great Work!

  9. Hi Grant, I listened to a podcast of your interview at 180 Nutrition this week. Great stuff. You should have a link on your website.

    Also my husband signed up for a men’s health course your team is running in December, but has received no info. Can you please advise.

  10. Hi Grant, big respect for what you’re doing. I find it crazy that our country is still pushing for people to eat 6 serves of carbs a day! And considering the many people have no idea how big a serving actually is makes this even more dangerous! Since dropping bread, pasta and rice I have lost almost 10kg ( without adding any extra exercise) I have more energy and less anxiety. Thanks for being at the forefront of awareness and hopefully change for nz health!

  11. Hi Grant, great blog. We are a doctor and nurse doing the LCHF diet for most of the year and are committed for life. Yes we are frustrated and confused how many experts refuse to accept the new research in this area. I keep between 60-120 grams net carbs per day and feel great (gone from size 14 to 8). I am now more interested in the health benefits of this lifestyle rather than the weight loss itself (lets face it the weight loss goal has been reached).
    I do still have grain in the form of All Bran for breakfast and Burgan ‘low carb’ bread for my sandwich at lunch. Both are low in net carbs (high volumes of insoluble fibre) and I understand the malabsorption argument but am I stuffing it all up having these grain carbs even though I am still in the low carb range??
    Was happily having eggs for breakfast but developed a bit of an intolerance to them if the yoke was not well cooked so gave it a rest.
    Is the minimisation approach useful for wheat carbs or (given you knowledge) do I need to kick it all together?
    I have no food intolerances, metabolic disorders, no family history of these, am just under 40 years and do moderate activity.
    Keep up the fantastic work!!
    Thanks Di

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  13. Hi Grant, I am the parent of an epileptic child successfully treated with the ketogenic diet. At age 17 he has just passed his 10 year seizure free anniversary. Obviously I am a staunch advocate of high fat / low carb eating for the treatment of childhood epilepsy, especially for those whose seizures are not responsive to medications, as was the case with my son. Do you have an interest in, or knowledge of, dietary treatment for seizures? I am currently lobbying for it to be reinstated in NZ as a treatment in our public hospitals, DHB funding was unfortunately cut about 4 years ago for the dietitian input needed. A less rigid / controlled version (Modiifed Atkins Diet, MAD) is having to be utilised currently with private dietitian guidance.

  14. Hello dr.grant
    Tryed to contact yesterday through news talkzb but line was too busy.
    I have question for you.
    First bit about my self.
    I am 33 year old male I was born in korea.
    I rased war against my body fat on December 2011. I am 165cm in hight was 74kg now I am at 66kg at the moment.

  15. Hello dr.grant
    Tryed to contact yesterday through news talkzb but line was too busy.
    I have question for you.
    First bit about my self.
    I am 33 year old male I was born in korea.
    I rased war against my body fat on December 2011. I am 165cm in hight was 74kg now I am at 66kg at the moment. I been working out at gym 5 days a week, I been doing this 2011. Now I have took up MMA(mixed martial art) Training which is high intensity cardio. I do this 5hr a week.
    I am currently at 14% body fat content my goal is 10%

    Being asian I eat rice daily at least once a day. Rice carb which worrys me.

    Is there any other thing I can eat instead is rice?

    Can you advise me of long term diat plan to reach my goal of 10% body fat.
    Regard

  16. Hi Grant,

    Great site and a wealth of information you have here.

    I recently started my LC journey 6 weeks ago as I am tired of being overweight, unhealthy, not to mention the food swings especially in the afternoon where i constantly needed a sugar fix to stay awake.

    I have lost 6 kgs since starting and am feeling much better. I try to stay in ketosis but its not always easy however i am still overwhelmed with my progress.

    A question I do have is am I to count carbs or net carbs (minus fibre) as there seems to be two schools of thought regarding this?

    Thanks

  17. Hi Grant – I have a question that I have found asked on a few nutrition blogs, but not answered.

    Seems there are a few people out there like me on a LCHF diet with intermittent fasting (eating within a six hour window most days) having a morning glucose spike (mine spike high 7s, early 8s, spikes higher after morning HIIT workout). Normal HbA1c (34). G drops during the day, and is fine PP in the afternoon, then starts to rise throughout the night.

    Cortisol (maybe due to chronic sleep dep)? Gluconeogenesis/glycogenolysis?

    Diabetes Clinic Nurse tells me it it because of the fasting – she says pancreas needs regular stim to produce enough insulin (does not sound right to me).

    After watching your latest clip, I was thinking I might ask my GP to measure my insulin.

    Very much appreciate your time and any thoughts on this one.

    Cheers,
    Anna

  18. Hi Grant.. Can you please direct me to a site where I can find food recepies for LCHF. I’m type 2 diabete, age 64, active, average weight 69km and slim but I have family history.
    Other question, how long can take me with this diet to notice the difference?

    Best regards,
    Faris

  19. Hi Grant

    Trying to help my 10 y.o. daughter lose some weight and get fitter.
    Currently have her on LCHF with me (2nd week) and she is in ketosis but seemingly plateaud with weight loss and went up today from 56 to 56.4 kg (started at 57.9 on 5/3).
    Her ketone stick is quite purple.
    She is being very disciplined with her eating and I have promised a treat when she reaches her first milestone – 55kg.

    Wher can I get some help on LCHF and children? Only seem to find syuff related to epilepsy.

    Cheers

    Steve

    1. Briefly Steve – I would like to write a bigger blog on this topic next week. She’s doing well – I wouldn’t yet be saying sh eis staled. This wil take a while. I’m not convinced ketosis is necessary. Usually ditching sugar and all grains is enough for these kids. I work with several kid of this age and we get best results with a less restrictive approach – eliminate all processed sugar and cereals including bread. stay strict for a few weeks and then allow a day a week where they have some freedom. The weight comes down pretty quickly that way in my experience. Stress and lack of physical activity are also issues to consider in stalling weight.

  20. Thanks Grant – I feel better about my daughter’s progress (looking forward to your post on the subject) – I just need to get some variety into the recipes to keep her interested, she’s tiring of eggs a little but almond meal muffins were nice.
    Once my daughter and I see some history of success I’ll be able to convince my wife and get her on board with the other 3 kids (will make shopping and food preparation a little easier).

    Now to me.
    I have removed all added carbs and sugar (including fruit) and replaced with more meat, eggs, cheese, nuts (almonds, macadamia, occasional pistachio) and butter.
    I’m eating plenty of fresh and steamed vegetables.
    I’m using full fat everything and see my ketone stick go more purple when i have my stir fried beef and vegetables smothered in butter.
    I’m reading the research and other articles voraciously and have viewed and enjoyed http://www.cerealkillersmovie.com and as a result I am convinced that the LCHF lifestyle is the way to go.

    My doctor thinks I’m being extreme and I find myself questioning the local dietitian’s view that saturated fats are bad fats and that it is important to have margarine because it has essential oils for a balanced diet.
    I’m awaiting my baseline blood test results as we speak.
    But…. my weight is not changing.
    On 5th March I was 110.3kg today I’m at 110.6kg.
    The only area I may have strayed marginally was having 3 glasses of red wine la”st night and some roast pumpkin (I’ve read conflicting views on pumpkin).
    I understand it is still early but i need a sign. What do you think?

    Cheers

    Steve

  21. Hello Prof Grant, I stumbled across your videos late one night in my never ending research on managing Type 1 diabetes. My 12 year old daughter was diagnosed 6 months ago. Instinctively I felt a low carb diet would make managing her blood glucose a lot easier. However, the diabetic team have lectured me no end about how a developing brain needs carbs! The inquisition on diet that we are subjected to every 3 months is quite nerve racking. They are very concerned that she only eats 15g of carbs for breakfast. She has grown 3cm and her weight has remained the same in 3 months. There is research to back that adult Type 1 diabetics can function well on very few carbs but I haven’t come across any referring to prepubescent children. I live in Sydney and would dearly love to find some support.
    Thank you
    Eve

  22. Hello, I am a preschool teacher in California and I was reading an article about research that you did in primary schools in New Zealand around rules or getting rid of them. I was wondering if the research had been published and where I could find it? I apologizes if I totally have the wrong guy.

    -Carl

  23. Hello Grant,

    Just one quick question. At what percent should my fat be at. Currently it’s 70%. Should it be higher than that? My goal is weight loss.

    Thanks,
    Deborah

  24. Hi Prof Grant, No doubt you have seen the publicity about Project Wild Thing, but just in case, here’s the link: projectwildthing.com
    Kindest regards, Helen

  25. Hi Grant,

    Do you even know how to review literature?

    I am about to write to AUT to discuss your job, as it seems you are incompetent at reviewing literature.

    I would love to see your cholesterol profile but I bet you are too scared to post it. FACT.

    Kindest regards (a Dietitian, whose job you are making extremely difficult). Thanks.

    1. In regards to literature, in case you haven’t seen this – here is a full review of the literature for your consideration. Our team are more than happy to discuss the research with any one at any time. We prefer actual criticism of actual points we have made rather than general abuse frankly.

      https://scienceofhumanpotential.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/moh-dietary-guidelines-feedback-april-2014-revised-23-4-14.pdf

      Happy reading and critiquing. Please can you give an accurate email as the none you supped doesn’t work

  26. Shes right Grant- to have your core belief system challeged by real evidence based research must be very difficult indeed. Once the world was flat!!!

    Having said that after years of eating low fat high carb foods and having a BMI of 28, always hungry and tired, I switched to lower carbs (<100gm) higher fats (40-60%, sat fat under 20%, the rest in vegetable carbs) over 9 months ago.

    I eat butter and coconut oil daily and a doz eggs a week (did I mention vegetables)…..I did my full lipid profile before and 8 months in. You would not believe it- they all improved, my BMI is 21, I am seldom hungry and full of energy. So much so I now exercise regularly.

    I eat more veggies than a vergetarian, red meat 2-3 times per week, no grains or refined sugar or packaged foods—- crazy extream diet of MADNESS!!!!! It will never work!!!!

    Nutrition only needs to be difficult if one makes it difficult (and a model of failure).

    Real food- its not complicated or confusing and it works!

  27. Hi Grant
    I’m wondering if you could help me with a problem I seem to have encountered after about 6 weeks of starting LCHF. I have horrible nagging pains in my tummy, to the left side which can get very painful at times, not necessarily after eating. Also in the last week or two I have noticed a difference in my poos in that they are quite pale – sorry to have to say this publicly! But I am wondering if it is as a result of the diet. I don’t really want to go to my Doctor as he will tell me I am silly following such a diet and tell me to eat normally. I had been feeling great and was enjoying all the benefits of the diet that you had promised. But now I am feeling tired and in constant nagging abdominal pain but I have lost about 3.5kgs and my skin and hair is looking good. My husband and I are both following the sort of eating regime you recommend, but the only difference is that I am not eating nearly the amount of cream and butter that my husband does. Do you think I might need to eat MORE? I have about 3cms sq cheese each day and some cream with coconut cereal (as per I Quit Sugar cookbook), lots of vegies and a smoothie for breakfast and enough protein to satisfy. I am a bit overweight so would like to lose more weight, but the tummy pains are getting to me. It is definitely not appendix – too high for that. I wonder if any of your followers have had the same problem and if so, how did they get over it? If no joy, I will go to my Doctor!

    1. would go to your doctor and especially ask about your gall bladder to be safe and get a full set of blood tests. Otherwise no reasons diet related I’d you eating whole foods for this as an issue as far as I can tell

  28. Hi Grant, we were very excited to see you on 3rd Degree as it did not seem that NZ had much of a LCHF process going. We have been following the LCHF advice from our South African ‘guru’ Prof Tim Noakes. They have just launched a LCHF magazine you can get on MySubs App called ‘Lose It’. Just today their cook books we ordered arrived from SA as we’ll called “The Real Meal Revolution’ and ‘Low-carb living for families’.
    http://Www.originaleating.org
    Just keep on going, we need to hear more about LCHF in NZ 🙂
    Hanri

  29. A great app to keep record of food intake, energy, stress, aches and pains, etc “MySymptoms” . The diary can be printed as a PDF and trend lines are available, though I haven’t used it yet. My reason for finally clicking ‘normal’ eating doesn’t work is to get rid of increasing migraines and heartburn, this app is for lack of a better word ‘cool’

  30. Hi Grant, I saw you at the Nutrition in Medicine conference on the weekend and wanted to ask you how you thought the ketogenic diet or very low carbohydrate diet (which seem to be two of the most abundant terminologies used in research) to characterise the various ‘low to very low carb-high fat-moderate protein’ diets available fit into the low carb mediterranean style diet or the ‘primal’ diets? I was of the understanding that the ‘true’ Paleo diet contains no or minimal grains/starches and no dairy (which although are sources of beneficial forms of both protein and fat and are widely available, may be problematic for some people) as well as being post agricultural revolution, so maybe not true paleolithic or primal? It seems that as with all new concepts a consensus should be attempted to be made about these terms, because as you mentioned more and more people are turning to media to obtain information and health practitioners should not only know what is ‘out there’ but also know what the differences are between them. Thank you and best wishes, Nargiza

    PS – If possible, could I please get a copy of your position statement that you provided to the NZ government and a copy of the food pyramid you presented at the conference?

    1. Guideliens as discussed are here

      https://profgrant.com/2014/04/23/the-real-food-guidelines/

      Follow to the PDF, enjoy!

      I’d say a keto diet is sully under 50g carbs a day. What different people tolerant is something else. So people who are low crabbing can be anywhere from 20 to 120 g day I would say. It depends on their individual insulin sensitivity.

      “paleo” grain free, etc etc are al choices I advise to people depending on how they feel when they eliminate the item. I go fine on dairy for instance, others don’t. I prefer to avoid grains as I just don’t like how I feel with them.

      I guess its personal medicine at its best?

  31. Hi Grant, really enjoyed absorbing all the info on your site. Quick question – I’m an endurance cyclist, a short ride for me is approx 2 hours and my long rides are 4-5 hours, usually involving hills. At the moment I eat high sugary muesli or specific sports bars (eg cliff bars or Em’s Power Bars or Em’s Power Cookes and gels to fuel myself on my long rides. I would really appreciate any alternative snacks/alternative recipes for foods that I can replace….look forward to hearing from you.

    1. I think this depends on the extent to which you are fat adapted AND how hard you are riding at. Both combined will decide how much you are using glucose and fat as fuel. Easy riding, fat adapted will mean all fuel is fat and no need to bother eating anything as you can just use fat. Not fat adapted and rinding hard you ail need to use carbs as fast as you can get them in.

      So that’s the trick, mange your carbs to match your intensity, get fat adapted so you can rely less on them

      1. Thanks Grant, interesting. In that case – any suggestion on suitable carbs? I want to stick as closely to the LCHF philosophy wherever possible…bananas?!?! Thank you, Anna

  32. Hi Grant,

    I wonder if you can help me.

    I was recently asked to give a talk on weight control to a regional meeting of the Myasthenia Gravis Association which you probably know is a autoimmune neurological disease, involving the immune system attacking muscle nerve receptor sites and putting them out of action, leading to severe muscle weakness, inability to swallow and even breath. There is no cure for it and sufferers are routinely put on steroids to suppress the immune system, causing secondary insulin resistance, weight increase and diabetes etc.

    I had a problem finding anything on diet and myasthenia except a general statement that a low carb, low fat diet was best in one article, with no definition of what those terms meant. The only other reference I could find was concerning Lupus which is another autoimmune disorder in the book ‘ Life Without Bread’ by Allen and Lutz. They report that the reduction in weight on a low carb diet leads to an increase in growth hormone which activates the immune system leading to a renewed attack on target tissue. They can cope with this by giving a short dose of steroids which is an option because Lupus sufferers are not routinely put on steroids. In the case of Myasthenics this would be pouring oil onto the fire.

    Do you know of any work which would solve this dilemma.

    Thanks for any help and love the work you’re doing.

    John

      1. Hi again,

        Re: The increase in growth hormone

        Thanks for replying. This is way out of my competence area but I have come suggestions on the internet that a high insulin level distorts the anabolic/catabolic balance and the body down regulates other anabolic hormones such as growth hormone to compensate. When the insulin levels drop significantly there is a swing back to high growth hormone levels, which could stimulate the immune system. Just a thought.

        Best wishes

        John

  33. Hi Grant

    I am on to low carb eating for about a year. From time to time i measure my ketone levels and i have achieved 1.5 mmol/l in the morning to max 3.3 mmol/l after 1 hour of easy aerobic exercise.
    What i noticed is that my max heart rate rised during this period from 195 bpm to 203 bpm (i have measured it using a polar heart rate monitor)

    Can this be possible? Am i getting younger in a way? (my chronological age is 45)
    Any thoughts on this?

    Regards
    Nikos

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  35. Hi Grant,

    Similar to Nikos above, I’ve noticed that, in ketosis (>0.5 Mmol/L BHB) my heart rate was much higher (about + 15 bpm) during a number of my regular cycle routes (including 1-h races), despite similar perceived efforts and times. Also resting HR was about 10 bpm higher, and my previous HR max obtained with apparent ‘ease’ in racing. Reading around this on the web I think I understand correctly that this could be related to sodium-potassium imbalance and reduced blood volume leading to higher HR(?). However, I had been keeping sodium intake high with extra salt and stock (continental beef stock pots – delicious), so thought I had that covered. I’m still alive, and seem not to be experiencing high HRs at the moment so not overly troubled, but would be interested in your comments, Grant. I’m male, 50-ish, ~20% body fat.

    Another question: is there any reliable information on how long or tow what degree fat-adaption persists if you move out of ketosis for some duration (but without going overboard on carbs)? I ask because, whilst I feel physically and mentally great on low carbs compared to my previous massive craving-driven carb gluttony, I do find it restrictive. I hope, once adapted and a little leaner, to able to be return sometimes, to a moderate carb diet, whilst still retaining fat-adaptation benefits. Apologies if you have covered this elsewhere.

    Finally, thanks for the blog – great stuff.

    1. Good questions – I think you probably should consider adding some carbs in now and then. Constant ketosis isn’t what i suggest. How long can you go before you fayt unapt? I don’t have an answer to that question. I think it really depends on how long you have been fat adapted. If a long time then probably you could get back into ketosis very quickly and without the adaptation issues?

  36. Hi Grant i have just come across your blog/work via a work link it interesting hearing your views particularly given you public health background it is unusual to hear these messages from public health experts. It is always good to have open debates around these types of issues but there are always potential consequences for the most vulnerable in society in conflicting evidence around nutrition. I do not have as much faith as you do in the ability of intelligent discussions on open sources to positively influence human health as most individuals reading this information do not hold PHD,s and he with the most to gain and who wants to sell the most books blogs the most. I think you have a significant ability to help shift some opinions in some areas including Obesity but i for one think you would be more effective with a little less anecdote and a little better evidence. we need good salesmen and individuals that are passionate but there are already too many out there with 10% substance and 90% vim and vigor. I am sorry but you appear to be picking bits and pieces that suit your argument and then padding the information with personal anecdotes and others that agree. i just watched on of you online videos with two other gentleman that clearly share your views it was good watching but as an example you talked about recent studies showing significant metabolic advantages to low carb high fat isocaloric diets which i am going to assume is the JAMA study in 2012 which did show an advantage in REE but the low GI moderate was also very close 200kcal to 165kcal . significant but even the high carb had 100kcal reduction and there were only 22 participants left with many previous studies showing little or not difference i might add. you then hammed it up with your friends anecdotes about consuming 6000cal a day and loosing weight to reinforce one piece of evidence with hearsay. there are some great statements in your blogs around diets not being absolutes but joe public has limited support and thinks in absolutes when you say low carb they hear nil when they hear high fat they warm the car up to get down to KFC . define some amounts give some examples and please less unproven anecdotes particularly from athletes or personal trainers who often believe anything they hear and typically have limited/nil training. my experience is that individuals latch onto information and absolutes you appear to be exposing that lowcarb high fat will magically fix all for a population that first and foremost consumes far too many calories regardless of substrate. The evidence dosent support that it is iffy at best on any real difference between substrates and at best might show a 10% difference between different substrates. its great that you have contributed so much to this area and there is a lot for us to still learn but is the best mechanism for a professor of public health to be helping selling books and doing public speaking with average evidence ?. when i hear your story of working with the elite ironman i cringe that he let you manipulate his diet and didnt finish the race yet you talk of this as a success ? you appear to have a lot to offer these conversations there are already too many book selling laywers and lord knows who else out there with nutrition messages i would love to hear you views and all the evidence around them but you are a bit like reading the side of most of the usless ergogenic aids out there like the protein powders 15 anecdotes then some handpicked out of context evidence.

  37. Hello professor- I’m really enjoying your site! Thanks for the info..
    I have been low carb for a long time and recently gone down ketogenic route (blood measurement) – my problem is whilst I’m enjoying many benefits, I am not loosing fat. I am desperate to loose body fat and don’t know what to do.
    I am fat adapted and train crossfit 5 times a week. What tweeks could you recommend to my diet? Also is there a doctor or someone in sydney that you can recommend me to?
    I appreciate your help and site. Thanks
    Gab

  38. Hi Grant. I am wondering how LCHF works with women like me who have had breast cancer. The reading I have done so far says that fat, red meat and dairy are not desirable foods to eat. However I believe that these are acceptable for this particular eating plan. I am a little confused so could you please clarify for me

    1. Yes LCHF could be a reasonable supplementary treatment for breast cancer. Please do all your regular treatment as well though. There is a lot written about diet and cancer and we are just learning that a strict ketogenic diet may be therapeutic.

  39. Hi Grant,

    You mention ‘no beans and legumes’ during your write up on to get started on a LCHF diet..
    When referring to beans does this include green string beans? I’ve changed to a LCHF lifestyle, however have not read anything about avoiding beans as yet.

    Thanks,
    Gab

  40. Hi Grant

    I have a question about athletic performance for juniors on LCHF.
    Yesterday was the opening day of the local little athletics where I have 4 children competing.
    All of our family eat LCHF (with the children allowed a free day every now and then) since March this year.
    This has greatly assisted us with weightloss, especially my daughter and myself.
    My eldest boy is 9 and has been one of the strongest performers at the little aths over the last few years winning the champions trophy each year.
    Yesterday however, the wheels fell off and he seemed to lack energy and struggled in the sprints and jumping, doing ok in the discus.
    In the 400 metres his time was far worse than his 8 y.o. brother.
    Interestingly their 10 y.o. sister that has lost a lot of weight finished off the 400m really well and overtook many to finish 3rd (a miracle really, documented at http://www.fathergrowsless.com).
    My children would generally have 25 – 50g carbs a day and are fit and healthy in all ways – school sick days have greatly reduced this year and they look very fit (boys have become even more muscular).
    My question is do you think that the 9 y.o. could benefit from some carbs to assist with explosive energy source the night before his athletics?
    His technique was a little scratchy also and I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, but he did seem to lack a little energy at “go time” during the athletics.
    Could it affect 1 child more than the others?

    Cheers

    Steve

    1. Hi Steve

      I think if they are lean, active and metabolically healthy then why not give them a few more carne fr performance? I do exactly that with my kids of a similar age. Potato, sweet potato, fruit of all kinds

  41. Hi Grant,

    I organise the Annual Certified Builders Conference & Expo and next year we are holding it in Christchurch at the Horncastle Arena 21st to 23 May. You have been recommended to me as a potential guest speaker. As you could well imagine the audience is majority male, however they are quite fit as they are the men on the tools. But I think that you book “Buck Up: The Real Bloke’s Guide to Getting Healthy and Living Longer” would definitely appeal to our audience.

    Terry Williams (our MC this year and next year) recommended you as he saw you speak at a recent ACC Conference.

    I look forward to your reply.

    Regards
    Eve

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