Why Is A Low Carb Diet Good for You?

Jeff Volek, professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University, talks about why a diet that is low in carbohydrates and low in calories is good for you. He also talks about why saturated fats are not necessarily bad.

Jeff Volek bio:

  • Jeff Volek bringing the most basic biochemistry to the masses. Gotta love it.

  • There's a reason the latest "Atkins vindicating study" (see comment by Carlos) only looked at 16 people for 4 months. There's a reason why the Inuit have such a dismal history of atherosclerosis (arterial blockage). Research published in an article in the June 1987 National Geographic, titled “Sealed in Time: Ice Entombs an Eskimo Family for Five Centuries” showed autopsy results of two Eskimo women, one in her 20s and one in her 40s that were frozen five centuries ago. These Eskimo women “…suffered from atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries caused by deposits of cholesterol and fat, probably the result of a heavy diet of whale and seal blubber …and they showed signs of severe osteoporosis, bone-mass deterioration.” That wasn't from carbs, it was saturated animal FAT.
    Real science, not crony research.

    There's a reason why the primarily meat-eating Masai tribes in Africa have such profound atherosclerosis that their arteries expand to get the blood past the plaque. A study titled “Atherosclerosis in the Masai” that was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 1972, and was carried out largely before sugar and flour played a part in the Masai diet, concluded that the Masai tribes who consume diets of meat and milk have a similar amount of atherosclerosis vascular disease as old American men, but at a much younger age.
    Real science, not crony research.

    Yes there's a reason why those "paleo" cultures have such early death rates, high heart disease rates, and high osteoporosis for the Inuit. Not only today when they have access to processed flour and sugar foods, but in the old days on their traditional diets.

    Sure, flour and sugar and processed junk are no good for us, we should avoid them, get rid of them, and only eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds. A vegan diet is all we need and B12 supplement is easy and is not only needed by vegans, after all, "food animals" are routinely supplemented with B12, not to mention the severe antibiotic abuse and all the rest of the abuse and waste…all bad.

    So when some tiny, bogus "study" comes out obviously backed by meat interests and hawked triumphantly by Atkins/paleo pushers, run, don't walk, to your nearest reality check.

  • Atherosclerosis by itself is not responsible for illness. Does it cause disease? Mann et all thought not:
    Cardiovascular disease in the masai

    A field survey of 400 Masai men and additional women and children in Tanganyika indicates little or no clinical or chemical evidence for atherosclerosis. Despite a long continued diet of exclusively meat and milk the men have low levels of serum cholesterol and no evidence for arteriosclerotic heart disease. The reasons for this disagreement with the popular hypothesis relating animal fat intake to coronary disease are examined. The authors concede that some overriding protective mechanism such as freedom from emotional stress or abundance of physical exercise may be present. They favor the conclusion that diet fat is not responsible for coronary disease.

  • Inuit's eating their Traditional Diet don't have the atherosclerosis problem.  

  • +Vegance Ismine I think you need to reevaluate the literature yourself more carefully before you jump to premature conclusions.

    To address the inuit/eskimo claim, I think you need to read over this: http://freetheanimal.com/2014/10/damned-inuit-diet.html which outlines that the Inuit diet was not a ketogenic one – which can be attributed to their excessive protein consumption.

    Moreover, to address the Masai tribes concern, as you may or may not know, the Masai tribe have some of the best cardiovascular markers known to man, as Anthony Bourdain puts it, the "Masai enjoy cardio and physical strength and endurance that would qualify as Olympian any day of the week." But this is only a journalistic interpretation, one that I wouldn't trust either at first glance. So to redirect you back to the same literature you brought up, I think this will shed more light onto the topic and how interpretations (like yours) are misconstrued: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.ca/2008/06/masai-and-atherosclerosis.html

    I only bring up these points to let everyone else know the facts, not to start some meaningless back-and-forth attacks. My wish is for everyone to become more informed about nutrition as a whole and that's it.

  • The real question should be – Is low carb good for you? From my experience the answer is No!

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  • This is fucking bullshit. Humans are meant to eat carbs, and a lot of it

  • It's weird isn't it….the low carb crowd…..why is it all the vegans seem to live longer…alot longer?  Anyone ever think about that?

  • We have two different ways of vision: daytime vision and night time vision. In a strobo world we would probably go crazy.

    We also have to ways to metabolise food: when food is plenty (summer): carb burning vs when food is scarce (winter):fat burning. Maybe we should go hungry from time to time. Maybe in a way we are living in a kind of strobo food world now.

  • Vegan Bud Look up Dr Bernstein. Do you know how to do that?

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  • short and informative, thanks !hope, it will be one more nail in the low fat dogma coffin of 70ies and 80ies

  • avoiding carbs completely can also cause insulin resistance tough 🙂

  • Are we forgetting that ketones are actually toxic for the brain and that some cells are designed to eat glucose? Also, the lack of carbs means that you can end up consuming your own muscles or not being able to build muscle because of insufficient insulin secretion

  • I want to stress this doesn't mean meat for every meal, it means fat. Moderate protein is key. This is not Atkins. This can be done vegan if one so chooses… I recommend don't look at this diet as sweet I can eat like shit. It still requires good whole foods.

  • omg mellisa u gotta learn more about subject.

  • My co-workers all follow the “fizy unique plan” (Google it) and they have shed between 9 and 18 lbs each so far. They told me Google it along with check out it too. As soon as I started following it the weight just lowered 15 pounds.

  • Fat (even protein) is only bad in the context of following carbohydrate-based (especially sugar-based) diets.

  • The original Bodybuilding diet was based on fat and protein and very little carbs to keep bodyfat low. This is a lifestyle and has worked well over the years. No real science behind it and not needed. Take a look at Ricscorner.com and you'll see

  • Anyone tried the Fenoboci Diet Plan? I've heard some extraordinary things about it and my cousin lost lots of weight with Fenoboci Diet Plan (just search it on google).