Last month I shared with you a student presentation by one of my enthusiastic blog readers named Holly Johnson from the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Livin’ la vida low-carb has changed her life so much that she just had to do a presentation for her public speaking class sharing with her fellow students the virtues of high-fat, low-carb living. Well, it’s happened again and this time around we head clear across the world to Niš, Serbia to meet up with a 23-year old English Language and Literature student there named Sasa Lazic .
Sasa has long been interested in the subject of human nutrition and it became especially important to him when he got up to 220 pound on his small-framed body. This motivated him to do something about it and so he did what virtually everyone these days does to learn more about the best way to lose weight–he Googled it! Inevitably, what Sasa found was a whole lot of information about low-fat diets where he “fell victim” to the conventional wisdom regarding nutritional health. Although he did lose weight eating a low-fat diet for a period of time, as soon as he started eating “normally” again (including 200 grams of bread at every meal which is a custom in Serbia) the weight came pouring back on again. It’s a scenario that many people desiring weight loss have found themselves in but Sasa wasn’t giving up hope that there was a way of eating out there that could work for him and keep him satisfied without feeling deprived so he could make it a permanent lifestyle change. He eventually found his saving grace in the healthy low-carb lifestyle.
Although he can’t remember exactly how he first heard about low-carb, Sasa did note that the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog opened his eyes to new information he had never seen or heard about before. He very quickly realized some of the most basic concepts about low-carb diets that helped him come to the conclusion that it was the right plan for him. From the harmlessness of consuming dietary fat in the absence of sugar/carbs to the amazing biological process known as gluconeogenesis , this education led him to begin his own customized low-carb plan which helped him lose weight and maintain that weight loss ever since. He did admit to me that with the stress of studying for his exams he will occasionally have a sugary treat, but only on rare occasions.
Sasa’s teachers gave his class an assignment to write an essay on the topic of their choice and then present a 5-minute oral presentation about it. Needless to say, with his newfound passion for sharing about healthy low-carb living, Sasa chose this topic to educate his classmates and teachers. When his speech was finished, Sasa noted “this is where the fun began.” Questions started flying at him from students inquiring to learn more about why fat isn’t fattening, why carbohydrates aren’t really necessary in the diet, how carbs turn to sugar in the body and so much more. Like a low-carb superstar, Sasa patiently answered all of their questions as thoroughly as possible by presenting the science supporting carbohydrate-restriction. He said he hoped his speech at least “tickled their brains” about learning the truth about the harmlessness of fat and the dangers of consuming carbohydrates that turn to sugar in the body. I’d say mission accomplished!
Here’s the written presentation by Sasa Lazic that started the hullabaloo amongst his classmates:
124 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health , Contributed by Nancy Appleton, PhD
Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes, page 23, chapter “Inadequacy of lesser evidence”
Good Calories, Bad Calories, Gary Taubes, page 249, chapter “The carbohydrate hypothesis III: hunger and satiety”
WOW! For someone who is learning English as a second language, I think Sasa did a spectacular job with his presentation which is why I wanted to highlight it here at my blog. He included so much information in such a clear and concise way that I don’t think he could have done much better with the final product. Sasa, we are VERY proud of you, my friend, and wish you well as you continue to be a beacon of light for livin’ la vida low-carb in Serbia! If you enjoyed this presentation from Sasa Lazik, then how about sending him an encouraging e-mail or writing to him through his Facebook page . I know he’d get a kick out of corresponding with you!