It’s the beginning of a brand new year again and virtually impossible to miss all the subliminal and blatant messages being thrown at you right now about healthy living on television commercials, online marketing, magazine ads, and when you go into your local retail bookstore. You can’t avoid it and what’s most disappointing of all is how much of it is just plain wrong. You’re hearing stuff like cut your fat, reduce your calories, exercise for hours a day, eat more “healthy” whole grains, eat your “good” carbs and “good” fats, everything in moderation and balance. These kind of messages are nauseating at best and some of them are actually potentially dangerous to your health.
At the same time, we’re still getting constantly bombarded by negative messages about high-fat, low-carb diets from numbskulls like this duh-duh-duh dietitian from Georgia claiming such outrageous and unfounded beliefs like “triglycerides can be high due to…eating excess amounts of fat.” Say what? Uh…no. With all due respect, triglycerides get abnormally high from eating too much sugars and grains, not fat. It’s this kind of misinformation that people are exposed to and take at face value as the truth from all the so-called health “experts” out there who absolutely know better and still spout off this garbage. We still have a long way to go to convince people of the truth.
The good news is there are examples galore of people who have attained success, radically improved their health, and changed their lives forever as a result of livin’ la vida low-carb. Yes, even in 2010 when the post-Atkins era is supposed to be in full swing, I receive e-mail after e-mail from readers on a daily basis who are excited to report their amazing progress from following a healthy low-carbohydrate nutritional plan that is working for them to shed the pounds and give them their health back. Today I wanted to share just a small sampling of the encouragement I receive from the people who are kind enough to visit my blog, listen to my podcast show, watch my YouTube videos, and read my books.
These are real people who have experience amazing turnarounds in their health:
Fantastic! Keep up the beautiful job with your weight loss and never forget about how much your health has improved as a result of your new low-carb lifestyle. Even if you never lost another pound, you’ve got your health in a better position than ever before!
WOO HOO! Awesome job and I encourage you to keep at this. What you are doing proves there is validity to low-carb living, especially for the health and well-being of diabetics. I’m proud of you and wish you well in your continued journey.
Very low risk indeed! Your triglycerides show me that you are indeed keeping your carbohydrates restricted and that HDL will continue to rise as you replace the carbs with fat, including healthy saturated fat from butter, cream, coconut oil, and fatty cuts of meat. Keep working with your doctor and let your health results speak for themselves. You might be surprised when she begins recommending what you are doing to her other patients in the near future.
GOOD FOR YOU! I tell people they are the ones who need to take back control of their own health and stop thinking that’s the role of your family physician. His job is to provide you with information from tests he runs on your health so that you can make an informed decision about what’s right for you. Unfortunately, most people abdicate their role as the “boss” of their own health to their doctor who very rarely offering a non-pharmaceutical answer to your health ailments. You are among a growing breed of patients who is bucking this trend and I see this movement growing more and more over the next decade or two.
WOW! After just a mere two weeks of livin’ la vida low-carb, you were already seeing tremendous benefits to your health that can only continue to get better and better as time progresses. I always tell people that if you give low-carb a chance to work, then it can and will produce some of the most sensational results you’ll ever see without ever having to take a single drug. That’s a powerful message that I hope nobody ever forgets in this conversation about health.
Well, thank you very much! I have to say this was one of the most unique and entertaining e-mail messages I’ve received in a long time. It is both gratifying and humbling to know what an impact the work I am doing is having on the lives of people like this incredible woman and I have nothing but respect and admiration for her tenacity to get the job done. Welcome to livin’ la vida low-carb and may you see many more years of improvements in your weight and health!
It hasn’t been that long ago when I was in the exact same position as you. Morbidly obese and looking at a new year with a fresh set of eyes realizing that the time for me to make a change was right here, right now. You have the right mindset to make this a permanent lifestyle change for yourself and I encourage you to get active at my low-carb support forum to lock arms with people on this same journey to experience the best health of their entire lives. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
Thanks for the constructive feedback about your experience on low-carb. And good for you sticking with this way of eating even though the scale has been refusing to cooperate. Too many people allow that scale to be the final decider about whether they continue on a low-carb nutritional approach or not. But all of those amazing improvements in your health you listed are reason enough to keep eating this way for life. Keep plugging away at it and I’m confident you’ll see the results you are longing for that will keep you happy and healthy for many more years to come! I sincerely appreciate your comments and cheer you on to great success on your healthy low-carb lifestyle.
Dr. Wilshire is a dear friend of mine (as is his famous low-carb blogging wife Regina Wilshire) who helped my wife Christine and I as we struggled with fertility issues several years back. He was the one who discovered Christine’s endometriosis which is a much more severe problem than most women even realize. I do share in Dr. Wilshire’s hopeful response to women with PCOS that they can beat this and keep their hopes and dreams of motherhood alive and well. At the tender age of 23, you have many more years of fertility left in you and I believe when it is God’s timing for you to get pregnant it will happen. Keep on keeping on with your low-carb lifestyle and when you’re ready to have a baby you’ll be in prime position to make that possible!
AWESOME! Never stop the momentum you’ve got going for yourself!
INCREDIBLE! And I’m sure your doctor friends wanted to know what drug you were on, right? That’s when you can look back at them confidently and say that you’ve been livin’ la vida low-carb, baby. Good for you showing that this way of eating is the natural way to get heart healthy!
YAY! People don’t believe me when I tell them how quickly this low-carb diet works to get your weight reduced in some people. If you work the plan as prescribed by any of the many respectable authors of various low-carb regimens, then more times than not it will produce stunning weight loss results that will help make you slim and healthy. Keep pressing on!
Too cute and I’m sure my buddy Tom Naughton will enjoy hearing this too. Your dad’s diet sounds like an EXCELLENT plan to me! If more people would just “give up sugar and white stuff,” then we’d be a whole heckuva lot healthier as a culture wouldn’t we? Tell your dad to keep “beating the crap” out of the family in the weight loss contest. HA!
You just did! Thank you for once again showing the stark difference that eating a healthy low-carb lifestyle produces and how quickly those improvements will go away once you stray from eating this way. That’s why once you start livin’ low-carb, you stay livin’ low-carb for life!
What a superb point! Most people think of sugar and sugary foods when it comes to dental health, but it stands to reason what we know about all carbohydrates is that they turn to sugar when digested. So any starchy foods that get stuck in your teeth and begin to metabolize in your saliva would ostensibly turn to sugar in your mouth and lead to tooth decay. This is yet another compelling reason for consuming a sugar-free, starch-free diet.
YES! This is the kind of positive results I have seen over and over again for people who choose to make low-carb their diet of choice and I’m so happy this has worked well for you. Drs. Mike and Mary Dan Eades have seen countless people like yourself achieve similar changes and avert health disaster by following the basic principles of carbohydrate-restriction. Never stop doing what it took to make yourself the health man you are today!
Miracle indeed and you should be so proud of yourself for what you’ve been able to accomplish. I’m honored to have played even a small role in motivating you to your success, but you deserve a big pat on the back for making it happen. Now go share your enthusiasm with someone else about how low-carb has changed your life and let that infectious passion inspire someone else to make the changes that you and I have already made in our lives.
The proof of low-carb living really is in the pudding — the numbers you have shared are repeated over and over again by so many people I’ve come into contact with in the low-carb community. It’s overwhelming at times to see all of these health improvements happening as a result of an increase in fat consumption and a decrease in carbohydrates and yet people like us continue to be ignored by the mainstream medical establishment. They can’t keep up the facade that we don’t exist for long as more and more people begin reporting their successes for all the world to see!
This just proves you’re NEVER too old to go low-carb! How exciting!
Addiction is right. Too many people think drugs are the worst possible addiction you can have, but I contend sugar is MUCH more addictive than heroin or cocaine will ever be. Try weaning yourself off of sugar and starchy carbohydrates by not eating any for thirty days and you’ll see just how incredibly addicted you are to them. This is why so many people feel like crud when they first begin livin’ la vida low-carb, but then they get the whoosh once those intense cravings cease. Fight the good fight, my friend, and keep this addiction at bay!
If there’s one thing that I have been grateful for about the untimely death of my brother Kevin at the age of 41 in October 2008, then it’s this — all the people who have been touched by his story watching that YouTube video or reading about him in the final chapter of my latest book. I am trying to reach the Kevins of this world and give them hope for a better tomorrow for themselves. It’s not an inevitable fate that death is coming for you just because you’re obese and battle health woes. That message didn’t penetrate Kevin’s heart and mind, but it is piercing the consciousness of so many others. Never lose the motivation to better yourself!
Awesome job with your health improvements! And thank you for sharing your experience with red yeast rice. My doctor tried to put me on that crap too, but reading the work of people like Dr. Uffe Ravnskov (who I’ll be sharing a podcast interview with very soon) and others has fully convinced me that cholesterol and fat are not the great enemies to our health that we’ve been led to believe. The sooner we can abate the fat-phobia that far too many people feel, the quicker we will be able to turn the tide of obesity and disease around that has plagued us during the miserable low-fat years since the 1970s.
Another satisfied low-carb customer! Way to go!
You may indeed be right. Like I said before, it will be increasingly difficult for doctors to turn a blind eye to the changes that are happening in their patient’s lives who choose to consume a high-fat, low-carb diet. Many may be resistant at first, but I believe in my heart of hearts that most doctors only want what is best for their patients. And if something natural like livin’ la vida low-carb is producing the kind of results we are seeing, then it’s only a matter of time before it becomes accepted by the mainstream. We’re already seeing this happen among bariatricians and I think it’s beginning to take root in family medicine as well. There may be a revolt that takes place first by the low-fatties, but low-carb acceptance is not that far away.
This is why I say that once you begin a healthy low-carb lifestyle change, you stay on it for life. There’s just too much heartache and pain when you don’t. Great job in turning your life around…AGAIN!
Thanks to testimonies like yours, the swell of support for the low-carb way of life will continue to grow and grow. Never stop sharing your story!
I’m so happy to hear of your health success and I am proud of you for recognizing the importance of having good numbers and not relying exclusively on the scale to measure how successful your low-carb lifestyle is. I will continue to hammer away at this because it’s just too important to ever give up on.
Even better benefits than taking a statin drug and it was done with simple dietary changes that were easy to implement and execute in your life. Gee, imagine that! What you’ve done is revolutionary to conventional medicine…and ain’t that a shame that this isn’t the norm? Never stop learning and keep on livin’ la vida low-carb!
Low-carb: Live it. Love it. And make it a lifetime commitment! Go get ‘em!
You keep bucking that trend and proving that doctor of yours DEAD WRONG!
I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your father and wish you nothing but continued success in the many years to come. I know your daddy would be so proud of you for changing your life for the better. Keep working the low-carb plan and it will work for you!
I know that many of the low-carb researchers and authors like Gary Taubes are trying very hard to convince the powers that be to even look at the already-published data that’s out there. The truth is much of it is being ignored and some would say purposely so in order to protect the economic interests of the various industries that benefit from a low-fat, high-carb diet. If the health of large numbers of people consuming a high-fat, low-carb diet improved dramatically, then the pharmaceutical industry would take a hit in the tens of billions (probably much more!) of dollars annually. The domino effect would then hit the food industry where whole grains and sugar would take a major hit. It’s an interesting philosophical exercise, but one that warrants serious examination in the coming years if we’re gonna get a grip on obesity and health.
As you can see, there’s a LOT of good things happening as a result of healthy low-carb living. Do you have a story you’d like to share about how cutting carbs and increasing fat in your diet has changed your health for the better? I want to hear from you and share your results with the world. E-mail me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org. Together we CAN make a difference in the lives of others by never being ashamed to share how livin’ la vida low-carb has given us our lives back!