Category weight loss

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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