The real food guidelines

It’s a food fight. The time has finally come where a deep and important line needs to be drawn in the sand.  No more throwing bad science and bad advice around.  Stop! The “food pyramid” guidelines are still alive (and well?) in New Zealand (see here). They are outdated, old school and quite simply wrong. Recently they were up for review… Unfortunately, they came back more or less the same – saturated fat and fats in general are bad for us ….blah blah blah. So our team felt we had to put… Read More

LCHF success, but will protein kill me?

Here’s a great letter about LCHF success but with an important question. I hope you enjoy Norman’s story – it’s a nice one about improved weight, energy and health.  Great blood results, but some concern about protein. In fact, its been a big week for protein.  The story about two research papers lead to headlines like “High protein as bad as smoking” (see detailed comments I’ve made at the end of this blog). So today we’ll look at Norman’s story, and think about the role of protein. Hi Grant, Following the recent… Read More

Dr Caryn Zinn talks LCHF and dietetics – a must watch

This is an outstanding 15 min presentation by our own Dr Caryn Zinn, Registered Dietician, about her growth , development, practice and ethics of LCHF practice.  Recorded at the recent Low Carb Down Under conference in Auckland, she is the first of the videos released. Enjoy.  Send this to your dietician friends (and even the ones who are not friends!). Click here or below.

NZ’s health leaders respond to our research publicity: Saturated fat…its bad, low carb radical and unsafe

It was no surprise to see this one coming.  A perfect storm for the old powers that be in New Zealand obesity research and practice. The BMJ paper on why we got the saturated fat thing wrong, the ABC Catalyst series, and me out and about in the media talking about low carb high fat. I just noticed another one the NZ Herald just now by a NZ dietitian. Looks like I (and those associated with me, sorry everyone) are now officially on the outer after this press release today (see this Experts decry fat… Read More

Why you are designed to eat and burn fat…your big brain

I’ve just finished a couple of public lectures and had a big two page spread and a front page piece in the national newspaper about our work in low carb high fat eating. That’s prompted quite a few questions about how some people can eat carbs and not get sick.   Here are a few of these questions: “Why are some people and populations fine on higher carb diets?”   “Why are you promoting a higher fat lower carb approach given many people (and sometimes populations) exist disease free eating higher carb diets?” “Why do I put on weight so… Read More

Low carb high fat lecture full, so we are doing another

Thanks to the many who have registered and shown interest in this seminar at AUT Millennium on October 16th.  Its been wildly over subscribed to the point we have decided to do a second seminar.  So please if you are interested, its filling very fast, get registered today. Event Details Date:   Tuesday, 22 October 2013 Time:   7.00pm – 8.30pm Venue: AUT Millennium Institute, 17 Antares Place, Mairangi Bay, Auckland Free public parking is available Programme 6.00pm – 6.50pm       Registrations open 7.00pm – 7.45pm       Event commences.  Keynote presentation from Professor Grant Schofield 7.45pm… Read More

We’re doing a public lecture on Low Carb High Fat

Click here for the full PDF version of the invite Low Carb High Fat_16 Oct 2013 Join me and my research team to see the latest in the world of Low Carb HIgh Fat (LCHF) research and practice.  We will look at what the research shows, what we are doing, and what this means in practical terms.  We will be discussing both health (weight loss, diabetes, and chronic disease), and athletic performance. Get in quick to register if you are in Auckland as seats are free but limited. When: Wednesday October 16th 7-8.30… Read More

More on low carb and diabetes

Last week I wrote a short piece on low carb and diabetes, specifically Type 1 diabetes. That’s the diabetes where the body can’t produce insulin (aka Diabetes Mellitus or T1DM). Conventional wisdom has it that people with T1DM should eat a decent amount of carbs (200+ grams a day), which is a fair bit, and you match the insulin you inject to cope with that carb load.  The trouble is that: It’s really hard to exactly match the insulin to the glucose load Operating like this means that you will be constantly… Read More

Joseph Kraft: Why hyperinsulinemia matters

Science has a history of ignoring some of the most important and astonishing work for a long time, then coming to its senses and celebrating it. It is time now to celebrate the work of Dr Joseph Kraft MD, a pathologist now in his nineties. Dr Kraft is the author of “Diabetes Epidemic and You” which is still available, at least in hard copy. He defines what he calls “Diabetes in situ” which is borrowed from his cancer pathology background. He has written several good papers, none of which have ended up being… Read More

Schofield’s hormetic theory of wellbeing

I had a few things click into place in the last week or two, around how to conceptualize and manage our well-being, especially considering all the biology involved. Without being grandiose and egotistically naming a theory after myself, I think what I have come up with has some novel concepts. I do acknowledge the inspiration from a scientific paper, which lays out the (some) diet and exercise components of the hormesis of wellbeing (see here). So here’s a summary of the theory (or at least the bringing together of a few different… Read More