Anyone move to an LCHF lifestyle?

Anyone move to an LCHF lifestyle? Low carbohydrate/high fat eating.

I know, I know, what does this have to do with prosthetics and surgeries et al.

I have been doing a ton of research on this. Many physicians, scientists, researchers have done a complete 180 turn around on supporting the national food guides of Canada, American, South Africa, Australia, England – which all look alike: Heavy on the grains and fruits = heavy on the carbs.

They are pushing for heavy on the fats, low on the carbs and proteins and NO refined carbs.

It’s more about obesity, coronary artery disease, and diabetes, with research still going on about Alzheimer’s, epilepsy,┬ácancer and skin issues, but to me, it is about weight on the prosthetic or the lack of it.

With no increase in exercise, in fact a decline (for now) due to a heavy schedule, I have lost 8 or 9 pounds over less than three weeks.

Thoughts?

I have always known refined carbs to contain no benefit, only a cost.

Anyway….

11 thoughts on “Anyone move to an LCHF lifestyle?

  1. Three months before my first THR 2 years ago, I started Banting. I managed to loose 15kg before my surgery. I gave me lots of confidence for the recovery process. Unfortunately stress had its way and I fell of the wagon with my eating program. I had my second THR now 4 weeks ago, and will get back On full LCHF soon. It really the best eating program to feel healthy and loose weight and have energy for an active lifestyle. I am walking 3kms already, crutches and all. Hope to be running again by December.

  2. Hi Chris – me, over the last couple of years. Initially got interested in diet due to the 5:2 intermittent fasting strategy which rose to global prominence in 2013; three months of this was sufficient to dump 15 lbs of unnecessary fat which was about 10% of my starting weight. This helped my natural hips last a bit longer and gave me a decent running season (but was merely staving off the inevitable). Not long after losing the excess flab I went back to eating meat (27 years as a fish-eating veggie) and stopped using cereals as a staple. Also started buying coconut oil…
    Wife followed 5:2 like me and still does 6:1, but is resolute about not eating meat. She lost a similar amount of weight and kept it off and still runs well for an old lady.
    Neither of us eats anything called “low fat” any more, we both limit the amount of bread/cereals and use berries/apples as fruit (with the odd post-exercise banana) and try to minimise processed food – it seems to be working for us!
    Have you read about Tim Noakes’ trial, and seen the evidence he used during his court appearances?
    How is the 10k challenge going?

    Pete

  3. There is so much science out about a turn-around by scientist and researchers et al, who moved away from national food guides, which is grain and fruit-heavy to low carbohydrate-high fat lifestyles (not diets).

    It is compelling. Interesting. I have drunk the cool aid sort of speak, but it just seems to make sense.

  4. I have heard of this LCHF diet. It seems counter to all I have encountered over the last 10 years. I pretty much eat the total opposite of this. I’m high carb, low fat. And eating vegetarian. The carbs are whole foods, minimal processed foods. It works for me. I dropped 70 pounds 12 years ago and have kept it off. Turned vegetarian 5 years ago and almost immediately dropped another 10 pounds. I am fairly active with running and lots of cycling.

    I guess my point here is that we are all different. What works for one, might work for you too, but something else might work different. There are a lot of studies out there, researchers go back and forth. It reinforces my notion that there is not one all inclusive answer for all of humanity.

    So, find what works for you. Life is a big experiment and we are the guinea pigs. Good luck and enjoy figuring this all out.

  5. Bob,

    I found that when I was running – and I see this with others – 70 miles to 100 miles per week for months and years on end, one appears to be able to eat what they want. Ron Daws is a great example of a guy who thought that he could, he is the author of Self Made Olympian and a couple of other books. Ate a box of ice cream daily? Or often. ran for the US in the marathon – died of coronary artery disease in late 30s?/early 40s?

    But anyway, good you are eating whole foods that contain carbs, not boxes of ice cream – ha-ha.

    I am still researching the LCHF lifestyle, so still gathering info. As is documented that is how we existed for centuries, so quite fascinated not so much by LCHF, but the conflict of interest in the grain industry lobbying the various governments to make grains a prominent foundation of “good eating”, when clearly there is a correlation between heavy carbs and CA disease, obesity and diabetes.

    Cheers.

    1. Yes, Chris, I am not eating a box of ice cream a day. I think I would surely be dead by now if I did that. I do look at the Forks Over Knives research, the Ornish diet and things of that nature for my nutritional guidance. One thing I saw states it is fats that contribute to diabetes by blocking the site insulin binds to leading to insulin resistance. So a high fat diet scares me a bit.

      And since my THR, where I had a good experience with my surgeon and the hospital; I do not want to make a habit of visiting them on a regular basis an also supporting the pharmacy industry.

      So after looking at a lot of papers and research, kind of like you, I keep a bit simple. Eat balanced. Whole foods, minimal processed, lots of fruits and vegetables, some dairy, and as much exercise and this aging body can tolerant without getting injured. The exercise is more than a lot of my age group peers, but it is not crazy.

      I agree some of this research promoted by different industries can be misleading. And self serving. It is difficult to know who to believe and who to trust.

      Cheers to you,
      Bob

  6. Petemeads:

    Yes I have watched all the videos and read all the articles on the Noakes trials and his 180 turn around. This is very interesting.

    What is compeling is his statements that he believes that he and the whole medical industry have likely harmed people promoting diets with heavy carbs for 30-40 years and that he is quite apologetic. He sure has turned a complete about face to recommend the high fat, low carb, low protein, medium fibre diet.

    It’s a little shocking and quite fascinating.

    One thing I like is when he says that there is no exact LCHF for everyone because it depends on the individual – but the LCHF is a template – specifics have to be found out by experimentation or practice.

    He is one of many scientists to completely reverse opinion.

    The question then is, have we been lied to in the UK, Canada, US, Aus, NZ, RSA et al, with national food guides and did lobbyists from the grain industry influence the governments. If so, that’s a serious issue.

    Noakes states that Coca-Cola and the grain industry funded through university grants studies and their outcomes. I read that Kellogs backed the lawsuits against Noakes in RSA supporting the Dietetics Association. Total conflicts.

    As much as I love scientific research they sure seem to be susceptible to corruption.

  7. I’ve tried several diets from vegan, vegetarian, paleo and also ketosis. The word diet is a little misleading in that you don’t necessarily eat that way to lose weight, so for me it’s more of a life style change. Vegan and Vegetarian were difficult for me to maintain as my wife wasn’t interested in either, so I could eat that way during the week when I live in Miami but when I came home at the weekend it was back to the usual. Ketosis, which is a high fat low carb diet, is good, I tried to follow for several months but never got round to doing the testing to verify I was in a state of Ketosis. I have a 24 oz fruit smoothie every week day for breakfast, a salad with various vegetables for lunch, greek yogurt and a meat, vegetable and potato dinner with nuts for a snack. So I think the fruit and potato probably put me over the limit, even though I tried to use more berries than other fruit. However after that I’m not afraid of eating fat on any of my meats and also don’t have non-fat foods such as yogurts etc. I’m more following a Paleo diet now, trying to eat as our ancestors did to some degree, just eating whole food that you can either pick or kill to eat. I’ve read (listened) so many different books on nutrition, for sports performance or just general health as part of my research. I believe the key take away, regardless of the type of diet you follow, is that you eat whole food and eliminate all processed foods. Yes it costs a little more, it takes more time to prepare (30 mins in the morning and 45 mins in the evening cooking meal for 1), but I believe it’s worth every penny and minute. I maintain my goal weight, feel good, never really feel hungry, and enjoy my food. I’ve never eaten so well but it does take discipline, whenever anyone brings bagels or donuts into the office I never have them. No more microwave foods for me. There are claims of reduced risk of heart attacks, cancer etc., and many studies that claim these are as a result of us eating more salt, sugar and grains. So I think avoiding and reducing exposure to this is the best possible outcome. I’ve also read various books about factory farming and the impact of corn on our lives. I try to eat organic, free range, grass fed whenever I can but it’s too expensive to eat what I would like. I’ve certainly reduced my carbs ratio, try to keep protein to an acceptable level (too much and it converts extra to carbs), and enjoy my fats (avocado’s, meet etc.). I also try not to drink alcohol 3 days a week.

  8. Dave,

    Interesting stuff. I have researched a ton over the past few weeks. What I have found so far that endurance athletes may find intriguing:

    Ketones or being in a state of ketosis, provides a better more efficient fuel source to the body over glucose and other sugars. It appears the ultra community is starting to adopt LCHF.

    Also, cholesterol – after all these years – does not rise with fasts, but with refined carbohydrates, especially the LDL.

    What I have found in my own littler experiment of about three weeks of LCHF, with intermittent fasting and intermittent cheating (so not that disciplined) my appetite has dropped considerably, lost 10 pounds with no more exercise, in fact less, no stomach pain, bloating and almost no gas.

    But I am a little lethargic still – waiting for that to pass….

    I notice the LCHF scientists aren’t just advocating LCHF, but also try to stay away from food that has human interference – so whole food, as you mention. Eat vegetables, but leafy green and rich in colour.

    Cheers

  9. If you want optimum health, and cardio-vascular efficiency, eat whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The science backs that up a thousand fold. If you decide to be strict vegan, you may need B-12 after six years, but other than that, supplements are unnecessary and counter-productive. However, it is not considered manly (like cavemen), and there is zero money in promoting low-fat, vegan lifestyle. Corn farmers would much prefer you eat beef, as it takes eight times more corn to get meat on you plate. Finally, there are hundreds of studies showing high-protein, low carb diets are good for you, but almost all of them are funded by the meat and dairy industries.

  10. Hey Jimmy,

    I don’t like arguing, especially online, but I gotta say, that no, the newest science is saying the exact opposite.

    There are some very well-respected scientists that are now telling us that high-fat diets that are nutritionally ketogenic enhance performance. They are saying that when fat is burnt instead of carbs – and we have WAY more fats than carbs stored in us – the by product is ketones, which are a far more effiencent and clean-burning fuel.

    There are many research scientists and various other medical Drs that are saying basically the high grain diet has been a lie, backed by the grain industry lobby. This guy is good to listen to, he sites all sorts of ultra runners who have won recently that are now switched to high fat, low carb as well as Paula Newby-Fraser who won 28 ironmans – more than anyone, who couldn’t eat carbs, she also ate mostly fats.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQbgdRoAfOo&t=1449s

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