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

Why dogs are good for you

I’ve had three family dogs – all border collies. The one in the picture is Bluey, a 15 month old red/white border collie. He’s a friendly and active fellow, on a whole food meat and other stuff based diet. I wanted the smartest, most active dog because my view was that they would need exercise and that would force me and the family to do more exercise.  So is that likely to work, or is the dog more trouble than he’s worth and you just spend more money and can’t holiday when… Read More

What if I ate less?

What would happen if I ate less?  Here’s a theoretical question from a reader.  I’ve been mulling it over as it is really fundamental to what I am talking about. Here’s the question: Professor Schofield, I have a situation for you and I would love to hear how you respond. Given three identical 100-kg individuals (assume they are a model of a human that experiences no natural desires or whims to suppress or appease) who all burn kilocalories at a rate of exactly 2500 per day. Assigning letters ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ to… Read More

How ketogenic (low carb high fat) diets work

A really nice paper was just published by Paoli, Rubini, Volek and Grimaldi in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition titled “Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets” You won’t see a better review paper for summarizing the latest in how we think carbohydrate restriction affects various aspects of metabolic health; from weight loss to neurological issues to acne (yes acne!). A second excellent review article was also published in Nutrition Today by Volek (again!) and Phinney, the low carb gurus. This one is called “A… Read More

Why some people must restrict carbs

OK, I will start this by saying that this is a more academic piece about metabolic control in type 2 diabetics, and the ethics of feeding them low fat diets. It is a bit technical in places and deals directly with original research. Read on if you are interested! The key message is that in my opinion, when you are insulin resistant, really the first option you should consider is restricting carbs. I hear a lot about “it’s the processed carbs, not the starchy veges that are the problem”, that “vegetarian and… Read More

Will sweeteners make you fat or sick?

Now here’s a very controversial topic: aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. My conversations with (usually) men on sugar and substitutes usually go something like this: Me: ‘Have you thought about replacing your fizzy drinks with diet drinks like Coke Zero or Diet Coke?’ ‘No.’ Me: ‘Why not?’ ‘I don’t drink that shit.’ Me: ‘What do you mean?’ ‘It’s full of that artificial crap, like those sweeteners and other chemicals. They cause cancer. Diet Coke is a girls’ drink, as well.’ Me: ‘So you’d rather drink that 500 ml of Coke, which has… Read More

What do I actually eat?

Grant Schofield has a chat to a village pig about the pig’s future. The pig listens carefully. Thanks to everyone who has started following this blog.  Frankly, while I find this stuff interesting and important, I had no idea that it was shared by so many other people.  An academic’s real-life exposure to social media is an eye opener and fun. 3000 hits in a little over a week! So the main question I have had from people so far is “what do you eat?” and “what about kids?” I think I… Read More

What do I actually eat?

Grant Schofield has a chat to a village pig about the pig’s future. The pig listens carefully. Thanks to everyone who has started following this blog.  Frankly, while I find this stuff interesting and important, I had no idea that it was shared by so many other people.  An academic’s real-life exposure to social media is an eye opener and fun. 3000 hits in a little over a week! So the main question I have had from people so far is “what do you eat?” and “what about kids?” I think I… Read More

Diet wars: Can you really eat fat and get lean?

There’s a food fight cooking… In the red corner, we have the national nutrition guidelines, with its support crew of dietitians and most of the conservative medical and scientific community. They are the reigning public health champions. They are undefeated, but then they haven’t been seriously challenged. Until now.  In the blue corner, we have a new challenger. He’s been around a while but till now he’s just been shadow boxing. For some reason he strikes fear in those around him. I present to you…..Fat. We’ve been told for decades now that saturated… Read More

How to become a fat burning machine, lessons from athletes

Why become a fat burner? In a previous post, Why some people stay skinny and others get fat I talked about how high carb foods lead to high insulin levels which effectively turn down, or off, your ability to burn fat. There is a longer downward spiral from years of this. But that was that post. In this post, I want to look at exactly what you can do to turn yourself into a fat burning machine. This is not only about turning the fat burning on and creating a situation where… Read More