Friday, October 29, 2021

Dr. David Ludwig - 'The Carbohydrate Insulin Model of Obesity'

 High fat, high protein foods are filling and satisfying, and can lead to weight loss. I certainly found that adding olive oil to my food made me feel more comfortable and satisfied. 

I can remember having scrambled egg on toast as a boy, and loaded with butter, it was scummy, which left me feeling full for hours on end. 

From what I've read recently, high carb diets are excellent for fit and active people, but if you are inactive, or in poor health, a high carb diet can push your insulin levels up too high, leading to weight gain and ill health. So everyone is different. 

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, is a practicing endocrinologist, researcher, and professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He received a PhD and an MD from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at Boston Children's Hospital.

Dr. Ludwig also directs the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. His research focuses on the effects of diet on hormones, metabolism and body weight. He developed a novel “low glycemic load” diet (i.e., one that decreases the surge in blood sugar after meals) for the treatment of obesity-related diseases. In addition, his group has done some of the original studies linking sugar-sweetened beverages and fast food to excessive weight gain, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time magazine, Dr. Ludwig has fought for fundamental policy changes to restrict junk food advertising directed at young children, improve the quality of national nutrition programs, and increase insurance reimbursement for obesity prevention and treatment.


lastgreek said...

as long as your carbs come with their fibre, you're fine. it's the refined carbs that you got to watch out for.

And here's the problem: You can't package insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre, sure, but not the other one. You're body needs both.

lastgreek said...

"your," damn it -- i meant "your," not "you're."

Peter Pan said...

Yer body, yer choice.

lastgreek said...

Seinfeld episode: all you can eat nonfat yogurt. Remember that one? All gained weight because it wasn’t the fat but the sugar that replaced the fat:)

Peter Pan said...

The ideal snack food would have zero calories.

Peter Pan said...

So far, they've only managed zero nutrients. Science!

Konrad said...

A morbidly obese neighbor across the street saw me lose 50 pounds in three months. He asked me how I did it. I told him to avoid all sugars in any form except for complex carbs like vegetables.

I told him that, while losing weight, avoid fruits. Today's fruits are bred to be loaded with sugar. Avoid bread and all refined wheat products. Avoid starches (rice, pasta, potatoes, etc). Avoid fast food. Avoid all refined food products.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, EAT LESS OFTEN. Every time we eat, we spike insulin, which causes our body to store food energy as fat, instead of burning the energy. This worsens our insulin resistance, leading to obesity, diabetes, and so on. Some foods (e.g. sugars) spike insulin more than other foods. With practice, we can develop the habit of intermittent fasting, e.g. eating only once a day. This will accelerate weight loss, and if done properly, it will not make us suffer with hunger. If I have a craving for a snack of some sort, I drink a cup of coffee (no sugar).

Exercise is important, but it accounts for only 20% of weight loss. Diet is more important.

My morbidly obese neighbor objected, saying he had hired a nutritionist who told him to eat five times a day, and to reduce his fat intake.

I told him fine: talk to me again in three months when you are even FATTER, and I will show you the REAL way to lose weight, just like I did.

He personally saw me lose 50 pounds. I am the proof. However he is not yet ready to listen to reason.