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Low carb diet success story: meet the new Samantha

Published on October 3, 2012,

Not everyone who experiences success with a low carb diet starts off hugely over-weight. Over at Ancestral Weight Loss Registry they have a great success story from a 24-year old medical student, Samantha, who has now achieved a goal of becoming a model after losing 37 pounds and improving her skin on their programme…

The New Samantha courtesy of

I am a 24-year-old EMT-B and pre-med student. I recently received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from San Diego State University in San Diego, California. I have worked at the Salk Institute in the genetics laboratory of Dr. Fred Gage studying the cellular phenotypes and molecular mechanisms of Schizophrenia and Autism. I have taken the MCAT once and am in the process of studying to take it again. I’m currently reflecting heavily on where I would like my medical education to go. To make a long story short, I went through the majority of my teenage and young adult life overweight and unhappy. I would diet relentlessly to the point of starving myself and never acheive results. I suffered symptoms of chronic fatigue, I had acne and I retained a lot of weight in my midsection.

It wasn’t until I was encouraged by my friend Ryan to start reading your website and some scientific articles on nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and evolutionary medicine that I started to get clues. I started to eat only nitrate-free, preservative-free, humanely- raised meats, grass- fed beef, organic chicken, raw organic fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, wild-caught fish, olive and coconut oils, and vegetarian protein such as organic chia seed and hemp seed. I cut out gluten, grains, dairy, and genetically modified organisms such as soy.

It was effortless from there: I lost 37 pounds, my moods changed, my mental health changed, my skin changed, and my quality of life changed. Not to mention, I finally fulfilled my dream of becoming a model. It was not until very recently that I decided I wanted to incorporate my passion for nutrition into my medical career. If you have any insight as to how I can make that happen, let me know.

I truly believe that Hippocrates was right when he said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”.

More (including before pic) at: Not to mention, I finally fulfilled my dream of becoming a model

Is your low carb diet good for your skin?

Published on July 24, 2012,

Fox News has a report considering the effect of your diet – including low carb diets – on skin condition.

Sure, your diet keeps your body slim and healthy, but its impact doesn’t stop there. The food you eat—from wrinkle-fighting antioxidants in fruits and vegetables to hydrating healthy fats in fish—may matter to your skin almost as much as it does to your waistline. Is your way of noshing helping or hurting your complexion? We asked top docs for their take on the face-friendliness of six popular diets.

High-protein, low-carb
(such as South Beach Diet and Atkins)

The lowdown: First, the good news: Cutting back on white bread, pasta, and refined sugar in order to fight flab can also lower the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol and minimize breakouts, says Manhattan dermatologist Francesca Fusco, MD. Moderate plans that swap in whole grains, fresh produce, and lean meats also up antioxidants, blemish-busting zinc, and collagen-building protein.

But beware of more meat-heavy plans: Getting some cholesterol from red meat will shore up skin cells’ protective lipid layer, but “eating too much animal fat can result in an increased production of free radicals, which are thought to interfere with normal cellular processing,” says New York City–based aesthetic dermatologist Dr. Lisa Airan. “This may cause premature cell death,” which can lead to sagging skin.

Skin Rx: Drink lots of water to keep skin hydrated. Choose fish and other lean proteins—not just saturated fat–laden red meat. Eat antioxidant-rich leafy greens daily.

More, including the assessment of five other popular diets, at: Is your diet good for your skin

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