About 5 years ago I moved to Australia from England. I was about average weight, but you could probably say I was “skinny-fat” at the time (not much muscle). After a year of living in a new country and eating a lot of carbohydrates, junk food and sugars my weight ballooned to 185 lbs. (I’m 5′ 7″). I tried to lose the weight through cardiovascular exercise and low-fat diets, but this just made things worse, I was always hungry and just gained more weight. When I couldn’t stomach the diet anymore, I returned to my usual eating habits, and with it came excess weight gain.
In 2013 I was looking through the Internet for another solution and stumbled across ketogenic diets. I read lots of studies and participated in the forums online, and finally adopted this lifestyle. Continue reading
The path that brought J to a gluten-free, LCHF diet is interesting to learn about. The fact that he is a fellow medical practitioner makes it even more so. – Dr. Perlmutter.
I am a physician who has had intermittent diarrhea my entire life as did most of the members of my family. I simply lived with it. However, in my mid-forties, I started developing other symptoms, including inflammatory arthritis of my PIP joints of the hand (negative rheumatologic workup), odd fatigue, and three year’s worth of microscopic hematuria (negative urological workup). I was serum negative for the standard gluten markers and endoscopy biopsies were negative.
But within 4 weeks of stopping gluten on a dare from my sister, my blood in the urine stopped and has never returned (I presume kidney inflammation was present), my joint pains slowly subsided, the fatigue lifted, and the lifetime diarrhea has vanished. Man was I a happy guy!
Brain cells function with far greater efficiency when they are utilizing fat (ketones) as a fuel source as opposed to sugar. The exciting news is that scientists are now taking advantage of this finding in the actual treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, as you can see in this recent research publication.
This research clearly substantiates the health benefits of a low-carb, high-fat diet as a powerful lifestyle change to achieve the goal of brain health and functionality. While there actually exists a pharmaceutical “medical food” based on the science explained in this report, you can boost the availability of ketones for your brain by simply adding coconut oil or MCT oil to your daily regimen. But to make this effective, carb restriction is a must!
Alzheimer’s now affects some 5.4 million Americans. It is my belief that this dietary approach may well go a long way in keeping the brain healthy and allowing us to remain free of this dreaded condition.
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Ty sent me his story on Facebook, and after reading it, I knew I had to share it with you all. I’m impressed by his dedication to the LCHF lifestyle, and how he works to inspire and motivate others. – Dr. Perlmutter
In September 2013, I decided to finally transition to a low-carb/high-fat lifestyle (and also 100% free of grain and sugar) and since then I have lost 82 pounds. I have been reading and researching ketogenic diets for about 10 years, and have had much success in the past, but this time something just clicked. I no longer “treat” myself to low-carb grains, or fake sugars. I feel fabulous! My skin conditions have completely cleared up. My mental fog is gone. Intestinal distress, muscle cramps, and headaches are a thing of the past.
Humans are natural endurance athletes. While the concept of “carb loading,” or the use of sports drinks and gels in endurance events are increasingly popular, human physiology is perfectly set up to use fat as a fuel for endurance exercise.
Olaf Sorensen, seen here in the blue shirt, is a 40-year-old long-distance runner who will be running a marathon soon. What’s unique about his upcoming endeavor is that, first, his goal for this event is to beat his grandfather’s Olympic qualifying time of 2 hours and 40 minutes. But what is particularly unique about Olaf’s plan is that he plans to accomplish this feat on a high-fat, extremely low-carb diet. He will essentially demonstrate to the world that being in a state of ketosis (burning fat as opposed to carbohydrates) is an extremely efficient human adaptation permitting long stretches of efficient physical activity.
Olaf does a lot of his running either barefoot or with minimal footwear, again emulating our forebears. I really appreciated his instructions when we ran together. But while I’m definitely dialed in on the keto adaptation part of the story, I’ll likely stick with my running shoes.
We will be following Olaf’s progress and will soon provide information about the movie being made about this incredible athlete.
For more on applying this lifestyle, read my blog post on how to balance your intake of fat, protein, and carbs.
UPDATE: In May 2017 I had the chance to catch up with Olaf and see how he’s doing.