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‘Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show’ Episode 403: Dr. David Ludwig Committed To Ending Childhood Obesity

Posted Sep 21 2010 1:47pm



In Episode 403 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we hear from researcher and author Dr. David Ludwig as he shares more about his work on childhood obesity and disease. He’s the author of the book Ending The Food Fight: Guide Your Child to a Healthy Weight in a Fast Food/ Fake Food World and does regular research on juvenile diabetes and obesity at the prestigious Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He’s also an associate professor of pediatrics in the Department of Endocrinology at Harvard University. Listen to Dr. Ludwig discuss why he became interested in childhood obesity and disease as his primary focus, his Optimal Weight For Life (OWL) program, what his low-glycemic load diet looks like, why he’s not convinced a very low-carb diet like Atkins is good for weight loss but not necessarily over the long-term, his forthcoming study comparing a very low-carb diet vs. a very low-fat diet vs. a low-glycemic load diet, why he believes very low-carb diets are difficult to maintain, what’s wrong with the carbohydrates consumed by most people today compared with the carbohydrates consumed by our grandparents, why an apple and a Coca-Cola are similar in sugar but different in the way they are metabolized, the role of calories in his nutritional philosophy, why your metabolic rate does not slow down on a low-glycemic diet, his research on fatty liver disease , the way foie gras is made by force-feeding geese carbohydrates, the role of saturated fat in a healthy lifestyle, the difference in the particle size of the LDL cholesterol, his reaction to the recent animal-based low-carb diet worse than a plant-based low-carb diet study, whether the saturated fats in grass-fed meats are better than processed and grain-fed meats, why low-glycemic carbohydrates are preferred over processed carbohydrates, why it is next to impossible to gain weight from just eating dietary fat, how our body adapts to real food regardless of its macronutrient makeup, his concerns with a heavy focus on meat as the basis of your diet, and where he falls on the spectrum between Dr. Robert Lustig putting the focus on fructose vs. Gary Taubes putting the focus on carbohydrates. Dr. Ludwig is one of the top names in the world of childhood obesity and I appreciate his willingness to share his viewpoints on my podcast.

There are three ways you can listen to Episode 403:

1. Listen at the new iTunes page for the podcast

2. Listen and comment about the show at the official web site for the podcast

3. Download the MP3 file of Episode 403 [41:13m]

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How did you like what you heard from this prestigious Harvard researcher? Share your thoughts about Dr. David Ludwig in the show notes section of Episode 403 . Pick up a copy of the book Ending The Food Fight: Guide Your Child to a Healthy Weight in a Fast Food/Fake Food World and check out Dr. Ludwig’s web site . Coming up on Thursday we’ll have a special two-fer interview day for you to enjoy! First up will be a quick conversation with Christian fiction author T.L. Hines who went through a very trying experienced when he was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2007. You’ll hear him talk about what it was like getting this diagnosis at the tender age of 40 and the alternative treatment option he chose to beat it. Then the primary interview will feature my chat with Rebecca Latham from “My Low-Carb Road To Better Health” to talk about how this amazing way of eating has changed her life!

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