Nov 012012

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
Google Books

I saw this at Barnes & Noble and thought it might be just another low-carb diet book but was pleasantly surprised to see the authors approach of taking the glycemic index of various foods and factoring it by a true serving size.

The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly a quantity of a food containing 50 grams of carbohydrate raises blood-glucose levels. But you might have to eat a whole watermelon to get 50 grams of carbohydrates. The glycemic load, therefore was created and factors into account the amount of carbohydrates per serving of a food, providing a more useful measure to those of us outside a laboratory.

Book Info

The Glycemic Load Diet
by Rob Thompson MD
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN-10: 0071462694
ISBN-13: 978-0071462693
Started: 11/01/2012
Source: Amazon
Format: Hardcover

Publisher Synopsis

It’s not about willpower–it’s about your body chemistry

You’ve tried dieting, and, after some initial success, you always seem to put the weight back on. Stop blaming yourself! The problem isn’t with you; it’s with the diets themselves.

Many are based on the glycemic index, which doesn’t make a distinction between good carbohydrates, such as carrots, from bad ones like starches–potatoes, white pasta, sugar, etc. Nor do they take into account real-life serving sizes; the GI numbers are based on lab-controlled portions. The good news is that nutritional scientists have developed the glycemic load, a powerful new tool for controlling weight that’s based on what people actually eat and allows for more of a variety of foods.

In The Glycemic-Load Diet, cardiologist Dr. Rob Thompson unveils a revolutionary eating and exercise plan that helps you reverse insulin resistance, allowing you to:

  • Eat more of the foods you like
  • Eliminate cravings for starchy foods
  • Eat chocolate and still lose weight!
  • Speed up your metabolism with regular, non-strenuous exercise
  • Keep the weight off without “dieting”

Author Info
Rob Thompson, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist in private practice who has counseled patients with high blood cholesterol and heart disease for more than twenty-five years. He is on staff at Swedish Hospital Medical Center in Seattle and is the author of The New Low-Carb Way of Life.

Oct 252012

Steve Gibson is a computer and cyber-security expert who I have listened to for years on the “Security Now” podcast with Leo Laporte. Earlier this year he began experimenting with a very low-carb diet and began hinting about it while discussing his book recommendations in a couple of the April Security Now podcasts. In May he finally ‘came out’ with some details about his n=1 low-carb experiments in two TWIT special podcasts dedicated to the subject.

This Sunday, October 28th, Steve & Leo will be having a follow-up podcast. It will be interesting to see what he has to say. I have learned so much about nutrition, insulin, leptids, ketones, and the glycemic index in the last 5 months and feel I will need another 2 years just to understand what little I currently ‘know’.

On his website, Steve gives the following Q&A series to answer questions about very-low-carb living:

Question:What may be the SINGLE HEALTHIEST CHOICE YOU can make?
Answer:Choose to NEVER eat calorie-dense carbohydrate.
Question:“Calorie-dense carbohydrate???”  What’s that?
Answer:It’s the term we use here to mean any form of rice, any form of
corn, any form of potato, and anything made from wheat: bread,
donuts, cookies, crackers, chips, pretzels, and everything else. In
other words, any grain- or starch-based food.
Question:Whoa there!  That seems rather extreme!  Besides, I like cookies!
And what about whole grain? I thought that was good for me!
Answer:This is a complex topic, and it’s controversial, not because there’s
much doubt about it any longer, but because it’s not what anyone
(even me!) wants to discover is true . . . But I’m afraid that it is.
Question:Okay.  Hmmmmmm.  What if I just back off on those things a bit?
Answer:That doesn’t work, at all.  Perhaps you’ve tried that in the past?
I explain, below, why it must be total avoidance or don’t bother.
Truly amazing things happen if you are able to get over, onto the
other side of “The Sugar Hill”.  (And it is a bit of a hill to climb!)

On the latest Security Now podcast, Steve asked for listeners to write in with their experiences so far on a low-carb diet. Here is my summary of the last 5 months:


I dropped carbs shortly after listening to your 2nd Sugar Hill podcast in mid-May. I had done ‘Atkins’ 10 years ago but fell off the wagon. I think the reason I have been able to stick to it is that the idea of avoiding ‘calorie-dense’ carbs is much easier to do than trying to just ‘limit’ carbs.

Anyway, I am 6’0″ and started at 245.6 lbs. In 5 months I have dropped to 194.8 lbs bringing my BMI from 32.95 (obese) down to 26.5, not far from 24.9 where the government won’t consider me overweight. I have had to trade my size 40 pants for size 34s and buy L instead of XL shirts.

When I started I hoped to hit 185 lbs (24.9 BMI), but now that I am within 10 lbs I think I will blow past that. My goal, though, is not so much to lose more weight but to live healthy.

Thank-you for giving me the kick in the but I needed to get started.

In some future posts I will detail some of the resources I have found useful as well as my experiences in this new low-carb lifestyle.

Jun 112012

A very interesting post by “Dr. Jay,” author of “My Big Fat Diet”, looking at the other ailments that a LCHF (Low Carb / High Fat) lifestyle may alleviate. The main reason I decided to cut carbs out of my diet was because of the swelling caused by large amounts of fat inside my body and the concern I have due to the history of diabetes in my family.

Here are two quotes I wanted to save:

The current paradigm implies that weight gain is a causal link in the chain that connects to diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a host of other common conditions. I think that weight gain is not, in and of itself, causal. It is another of the conditions that are symptomatic of the underlying cause which is related to carbohydrates in the diet.
exercise will cause you to overeat but overeating won’t cause you to exercise
May 222012

This was from last year sometime. Colbert really satirizes the Low-Carb / High Fat movement. With all the pictures and talk of ‘pastries’ he did miss the LC side of the story but the “butter-on-the-cob” made up for it.

May 182012

I have been reading about LCHF, which stands for Low Carb – High Fat and pretty much turns the food pyramid upside down. It is probably not right to call it a diet since the word ‘diet’ has come to mean something temporary you do till you loose a certain amount of weight rather than how you eat on a day to day basis.

I really like the way this video answers the questions people naturally have since LCHF goes against conventional wisdom. Interesting thing is, the arguments all make sense.

Favorite Quote: “People around you will tell you that you are crazy but still they cannot tell you you are wrong either”