Why fitness is medicine, and you should learn about Fasting Mimicking Exercise (FME)

Dr Richard Babor, a cancer surgeon, and his new TV show “How not to get cancer” attracted loads of attention. There was some negative reaction because people felt they were being unfairly blamed for getting cancer, because poor lifestyle was pinned as a major cause of cancer. I doubt that was the intention of the show. In fact, Dr Babor clearly started in the intro that “it’s no one’s fault personally” and this is an important point. But it is a big public health issue. No one wants cancer, and we want… Read More

Eating more saturated fats raises risk of early death; yeah, right.

Behold, a new diet-health observational paper appears! (What, this one, again?) There are two long term observational studies of diet and health that get more press coverage than all the others combined. New papers on these studies, which say the same things with minor variations, are published every few months in high-impact journals. The editors of these journals don’t seem to mind that the papers they get are unoriginal and the repetitive choice of the same studies amounts to cherry picking, because the authors are the rock stars of the nutritional establishment, and… Read More

All That Fat – A Guide for the Perplexed

By George Henderson, a member of the Human Potential Centre Research team at AUT University  An updated version of this post is available in PDF “All That Fat” – Factors influencing the choice of fats in a high fat diet; A Guide for the Perplexed for your use as you see fit This blog is a bit longer than usual, and a little more science focused than usual. Its aimed to help you understand where the talk about fat and health comes from, and where the field is moving. The question I hear most often… Read More

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 They are outdated, old school and quite simply wrong.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

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

Stand up at work

My research team has been using and doing research work with standing desks for some time now.  Great benefits for feeling good, more creative and energized through the day.  This is a great little piece from Mark’s Daily Apple