So many experts have extolled the virtues of so many foods and diets that one might think that choosing how to eat is like picking a card from a full deck, with jokers included. We have marked the deck to make it easier to avoid the jokers and find the benefits of a high fat and moderate protein lifestyle, our Ace of Spades.
I’m one of HEAL’S co-founders (the business guy) and my partner, co-founder is Eric Westman, MD, MHS, HEAL’s Chief Medical Officer. Jacqueline Eberstein, R.N. is HEAL’s Director of Medical Protocol. She is an expert in the area of eating low-carb, and both she and Eric have published many articles and books about the benefits of eating low-carb. There is strong scientific research behind our low-carb approach. It works just as effectively for non-medical weight loss even if one doesn’t have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or obesity. It’s a lifestyle, not a diet. HEAL is building a chain of low-carb based wellness clinics across the country with our first one in Durham NC.
To tantalize one a bit, when using this approach, whether to put diabetes into remission or to lose weight, one does not count calories, but carbs. No need to count calories because eating fat and protein makes one feel full quickly, thus this approach contains its own build-in appetite supressant.
Research shows that cholesterol (especially when eating low carb) is not harmful. See one discussion in the cover story of Time Magazine, “Eat Fat” (6-12-14). In low-carb, eating fat instead of carbs is how the body gets its energy. In fact, the brain’s preferred fuel is fat, not carbs. Low-carb works just as well if not better, even for active athletes, to supply one’s body with energy derived from fat.
Not counting the small volume from vitamins and minerals, all carbs (i.e., all sugar, starches and grains) have two main constituents, fiber and various forms of dextrose. The fiber is expelled from the body and all the dextorse is converted into blood sugar. Excess blood sugar inflames one’s arteries and veins. The repeated swelling from eating too many carbs creates cracks in arteries near the heart, which plaque then covers over as a natural response, producing problems with one’s heart and other organs over time. In the extremities, where blood flow is not as strong as in the torso, the inflammatory swelling kills the small capillaries, creating the need for amputations in advanced or untreated diabetes.
An additional benefit of a high fat and moderate protein diet (accompanied by healthy vegetables) is that one feels full during the day, without cravings. It stops the high carb diet’s vicious craving cycle. It’s now apparent that the joker is really our current unhealthy eating of too many carbs, and our Ace of Spades is a life-style of eating healthy protein and fat.
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