A Low-Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet Reduces Body Weight Without Compromising Performance in Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting Athletes. – PubMed – NCBI

Fourteen intermediate to elite level power lifters were studied using 3 months of an otherwise ad lib (as much as you want) low carb diet consisting of less than 50 gms per day compared to 3 months of their usual diet (fully ad lib) which was >250gm/day of carbs.  During the three months of low carb they lost over 7lbs of body mass and almost 5 lbs of lean mass compared to the usual diet.  However, they did not suffer any loss of strength or performance.

For all of us not power lifting, we can still benefit from this study.  We probably want to stay strong and weigh less too.  We want practical strength to be able to pick up the bag of dog food, dig a hole for planting a shrub, or even carrying our kids out of burning house.

J Strength Cond Res. 2018 Oct 17. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002904. [Epub ahead of print]
— Read on www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/30335720/

Anti-aging molecule produced by fasting

A recent study showed that the effect of aging on arteries can be delayed by a molecule your body makes during a fasting.

Fasting-induced anti-aging molecule keeps blood vessels young

When the body fasts from food intake it enters a unique period that restores and resets many of the normal body functions.  The general flow of energy shifts from a net storage mode to a net utilization mode.  Energy, often in the form of triglycerides, having been cleared from the blood stream by a few hours of no food intake is now being called out of storage to fuel various organ systems.  As the triglycerides come out they are converted into three ketone byproducts; one of which is beta-hydroxybutyrate.  This particular molecule was shown to induce cell growth and proliferation within the vascular system in a recent study.  Rejuvenation of the cells within a blood vessel can help keep them flexible and compliant as opposed to the chronic pressures for them to stiffen and calcify during atherosclerosis.

Ketones and ketosis have had a bad rap over the years but as research and experience progresses, we see many beneficial effects.  It is something I teach regularly to my patients and have found it to be a powerful tool that can reverse diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  Weight loss is a given with measurable ketosis but, more importantly, people feel so much better.

Consider what a primary care practice dedicated to proper nutrition AND exceptional medical care could do to help you reach your health goals.  Don’t let an eight minute appointment turn into a lifetime of prescriptions.  Find a physician with a heart of a teacher who can help you understand how medications might not be necessary with a few simple changes.  Contact our office for more information on our nutritional education program.



Latest Low-Carb Study: All Politics, No Science | Psychology Today

Here is a very nice critique of the recent ‘low carb will kill you’ study. It’s helpful to pull away the hype and expose the truth behind how this study failed to accurately gather dietary data over time and didn’t actually study low carb nutrition. I consistently see in my practice how LCHF reverses health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Are low-carbohydrate diets, which are delivering so many people from chronic disease, really also potentially deadly?
— Read on www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/diagnosis-diet/201809/latest-low-carb-study-all-politics-no-science