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‘Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show’ Episode 297: More From Diane Kress About Saturated Fat, Carbs And MetB (Part 2)

Posted Oct 16 2009 10:01pm

ATTENTION LLVLC PODCAST FANS! In 2009, I’ve been able to interview some of the biggest names in diet, health, and nutrition and I need your help deciding which ones you thought were the best of the best. Just as we did with the best of 2008 during our special “Encore Week” presentation in January, we’re gonna do it again in the first week of 2010 with the best of 2009. E-mail me your TOP THREE favorite interview guests from 2009 along with any follow-up questions you would like for me to ask them and why you are voting for them to I will be taking nominations through November 30, 2009 so I can follow-up with your five most-requested podcast guests. Think back through who you REALLY liked and want to hear more from and then send me their names and any follow-up questions you’d like for me to ask them. This was so much fun last year and I can’t wait to see who you want to hear more from!

Author Diane Kress shares more about her “Metabolism Miracle” plan

In Episode 296 we heard new terminology describing those of us who have an aversion to consuming carbohydrate. The phrase “Metabolism B” created by registered dietitian Diane Kress is a very effective way to explain that for about half of the overweight population, we have an issue that is not solved by the conventional low-fat diet approach. It does an effective job of hammering home the point that there is a faction of people who NEED an alternative to the so-called “healthy” high-carb, low-fat and that’s livin’ la vida low-carb. Kress is back again today for Part 2 of my 90-minute interview with her.

In Episode 297 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” Kress expands further upon the principles outlined in her #1 bestselling book The Metabolism Miracle: 3 Easy Steps to Regain Control of Your Weight…Permanently. Although I didn’t agree with everything she said, especially regarding her assertion that there is a NEED for carbohydrate and her aversion to consuming saturated fat-based foods, I think Kress is definitely on to something positive for people with “Metabolism B” who need to adhere to a carbohydrate-restricted lifestyle change.

In Part 2 of my interview, you’ll hear Kress tell you what’s wrong with The South Beach Diet, why she believes saturated fat is not necessarily good to consume on a low-carb weight loss diet, the reason she says why some carbohydrates are needed for you to be healthy, the purpose behind spreading your carbs out throughout the day, why it is paramount you eat something at least every five hours, why eating at night is not as bad as you think, the reason why Phase 3 is a 33/33/33 macronutrient ratio, what the liver does to feed your body sugar when you don’t eat at night or breakfast, the mechanism behind the diabetes drug Metformin, why MetB people will GAIN weight if they use the treadmill on an empty stomach, how detrimental the scale can be to gauge your weight loss progress and what is actually better for measuring success, why a low-carb weight loss looks like twice as much loss compared with a low-fat weight loss, why a high-fat diet slows the stored body fat-burning process even when carbs are restricted, and how to stay positive during a weight loss effort.

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Now that you’ve heard Diane Kress from start to finish, what do you think about the message in her book The Metabolism Miracle? Is she on to something bigger and better than Atkins or other respected low-carb plans or is this just another author attempting to piggyback on the success of the low-carb lifestyle? Share your comments in the show notes section of Episode 297 . Get your copy of The Metabolism Miracle: 3 Easy Steps to Regain Control of Your Weight…Permanently and visit Be sure to read my somewhat critical review of her book based on reading the book and this interview and then Kress’ point-by-point rebuttal to my review at her blog. In light of what Kress stated about Dr. Atkins when he began using his low-carbohydrate nutritional approach on patients, I decided to ask registered nurse Jackie Eberstein from Controlled Carbohydrate Nutrition to respond to Kress’ comments about the Atkins program.

Here’s what she wrote:

I began working as an RN with Dr. Robert Atkins in his medical practice in 1974 and remained with him in a number of capacities until I closed his Center in October 2003-6 months after his death. I want to add a few points to clarify how Dr. Atkins functioned in his practice.

One of my first duties was to teach patients how to follow their program and I quickly learned that Dr.Atkins recommended consuming butter rather than oleo, margarine or shortening. He believed that natural fats were fine. He recommended staying away from hydrogenated vegetable fats and oils, later know as trans fats. He was one of the first to talk about this and he did so often on his radio programs as early as the 1980’s and 90’s.

Dr. Atkins was on the cutting-edge of nutritional science. He evaluated patients’ blood sugar and insulin responses over hours. He routinely measured triglycerides and HDL in the 1970’s — well before these became routine. He understood the impact of carbs on insulin, fat storage, blood sugar, lipids and common symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia which he later called unstable blood sugar.

As he advanced his patients to higher levels of carbs to maintenance he did so with the idea that he needed to help patients find the level and type of carbs allowing them to maintain weight within 5 pounds of goal, control hunger and cravings, keep lab values normal and avoid re-occurrence of symptoms that were diet-related. This was not black and white and could vary over time and it was highly individualized.

Early on the role of fiber, when counting the amount of carbs that could impact blood sugar, was not clear. Once it was, Dr. Atkins was able to refine the Induction phase of his plan by deducting fiber and adding more allowable carbs while still obtaining the desirable results of correcting the metabolism.

Contrary to common belief, there is no minimum daily intake of carbs that the body must have. We often hear the number 120 grams of carbs daily. This is not based on physiology but belief. However, there are minimum requirements of fats and protein one must consume. The brain and other organs can function very happily on ketones. If we couldn’t, humans would not have survived. Much of the work done on ketones and brain function was by Dr. Richard Veech. Red blood cells and a few parts of the body that require glucose are well taken care of by gluconeogenesis.

I hope this adds some clarity to the discussion.

Jacqueline Eberstein, R.N.

All in all, I think this was a good week of podcasting featuring Diane Kress and her new book The Metabolism Miracle. Anytime we can debate the various nuances of livin’ la vida low-carb that are espoused by a variety of leaders in the health arena, knowledge can be expanded and understanding quickly follows. I’m appreciative of Kress despite the fact that she took such offense to my review of her book. Even still, this was one of my more informative podcast interviews and I was thankful for the opportunity to speak with her.

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Coming up next week, we’ve got two amazing interviews to share with you! On Monday, I’ll have Joel Salatin from the Virginia-based Polyface Farms who will talk about how industrialized farming has destroyed the American food supply and why it is important for us to return to buying local grass-fed beef, pastured eggs, and organic produce from local farmers like him. He’s written a series of books about this, including two we will discuss: Holy Cows And Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide To Farm Friendly Food and Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front. Then on Thursday, we will have “The Diet Diva” herself Tara Gidus here to talk about the benefits of using the natural stevia-based sweetener Truvia instead of the artificial sweeteners on the market. Should be a FANTASTIC week of low-carb podcasting…and we’re coming up quickly on our very special 300th podcast that I can’t wait to share with you on October 26, 2009! THANK YOU as always for your continued support of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore.”

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