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Diabetes Drug Could Offer Low Carb Diet in a Pill

Published on October 15, 2013,

Andreas Eenfeldt, the Diet Doctor, has a fascinating post on his blog on a new drug that has been developed and approved in the European Union as a diabetes treatment but which he suggests is, in effect, a low carb diet in a pill. This is from the Diet Doctor..

Various pills

Various pills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Forxiga is a new drug for type 2 diabetics that lowers blood sugar, lowers weight and lowers blood pressure.

How does it work? Forxiga blocks the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys. This leads to the excretion of glucose – up to 70 g per day may leak out into the urine for people with diabetes (less for people with normal blood sugar).

So the result may be the same as if you had eaten 70 g less carbohydrate that day. This results in lower levels of the hormone insulin. And the effect – lower blood sugar, blood pressure and weight – is exactly what you see in studies on low-carb diets.

The decrease in long-term blood sugar (HbA1c) is significant. But, this is not the exciting part – many diabetes drugs lower the blood sugar this much. The exciting thing is that most other diabetes drugs (especially insulin) have weight gain as a side effect. Forxiga does the opposite…

The Diet Doctor goes on to outline some of the side effects of Forxiga and suggests how it only makes sense once someone is are already eating a low carb diet. Interesting development though.

More at:  Low-Carb Diet in a Pill – A Good Idea?

Four Simple Steps to a Healthier and Leaner Life

Published on September 25, 2013,

The Diet Doctor Andreas Eenfeldt has published another excellent post that distills health and weight management down to four simple steps: eating a low carb diet, intermittent fasting, sleep and exercise. This is from the Diet Doctor…

4 steps to a healthier leaner life

4 steps to a healthier leaner life

Many are jumping from diet to diet in pursuit of a thin and healthy body. Over the past eight years, GI (low-glycemic) and then LCHF, have been the most popular methods in Sweden. However, during the past few weeks intermittent fasting in the form of 5:2 (eat just 5-600 calories two days a week) has become hysterically popular.

The reason is likely that all three methods work. Furthermore, they work in a similar way.

The figure above is from a recent and worth-reading post by science writer Ann Fernholm:

You’ll Become Less Sweet with the 5:2 Diet (Google translated from Swedish).

Lifestyle for Weight Regulation and Health

The figure above shows how all versions of a low-carb diet (for example a low glycemic load diet, LCHF, Atkins or Paleo) will lower blood sugar and the fat storing hormone insulin. And so does intermittent fasting, such as 5:2 or 16:8. And so do exercise and adequate amounts of sleep and relaxation (by hormonal influence).

In other words, a low-carb diet, intermittent fasting, good sleep and exercise create a synergistic effect – for optimal weight and good health.

However, diet is by far the biggest piece of the puzzle when it comes to weight.

See more (including the opposite scenario) at Four Simple Steps to a Healthier and Leaner Life

Video: Making Fat or ‘Bulletproof’ Coffee For Breakfast

Published on April 15, 2013,

In a recent post (link below) we covered how the Diet Doctor had incorporated drinking ‘fat coffee’ to help him reach optimal ketosis during a two month experiment in which he lost considerable weight despite already being in good shape from a generally low carb diet. The Diet Doctor explained how, to stay in optimal ketosis, he had to consume much more fat than normal and cut down his protein. The formula was high fat, modest protein, very low carbs. The idea of ‘fat’ or ‘bulletproof’ coffee seems to have been pionered by Dave Asprey (below) but first this is a great video from CavemanKlaus showing how to make it yourself…

The recipe is basically good coffee, good unsalted butter and good coconut oil (or MCT oil)

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Here are some alternatives from Dave Asprey himself…

Part 1…

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Part 2…

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Here’s a link to the recipe on Dave Asprey’s site

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