THE SCIENCE IS IN: LARGE DIETARY STUDIES, such as Stanford’s A to Z study and the Swedish Council on Health and Technology’s Assessment review of 16,000 dietary studies, show low-carb diets promote both weight loss and health. Last year, Sweden declared “LCHF” (Low Carb High Fat) as its official diet. Norway followed. The USDA won’t “go there” just yet, but it did strike cholesterol from its list of things to avoid for the frst time since 1980. Cardiologists are apologizing about being wrong for 40 years. Time magazine put a pat of butter on its cover and reported that fat-phobia was based on … um … fawed science.
What’s next, you say? Are they going to tell us lard is healthy? Well … yeah. Lard recently won out over common “healthy” oils for promoting the most longevity in calorie-restricted rodents. VLCDs (Very Low-Carb Diets) are being used to treat
AFTER some cancers. Will this “craziness” stop? I hope not. This type of diet literally saved my life 25 years ago, and it keeps me healthy today.
If this is shocking to you, I understand. I, too, once clung to the low-fat theory of weight loss and health. Or maybe you’re hip and have already adopted some incarnation of a low-carb diet such as a lowglycemic, grainless, or Paleo eating style. If so, you’ve probably reaped many rewards. But what if you could feel even better? After years of struggling with an eating disorder and multiple health problems, I was transformed by a diet that I devised myself after much research. I lost so much weight and looked so much better, I became unrecognizable even to highschool friends standing two feet in front of
BEFORE me. It’s the diet plan that I teach to clients today. It involves no calorie counting or portion control. No “white knuckling it” around formerly tempting foods. A low-carb, high-fat diet healed my food-addicted brain, poor digestion, and failing liver after 12 years of binge eating. After two years on this plan, I’d lost 10 dress sizes, my notorious pear shape, and every headto-toe health complaint—including the canker sores; bladder infections; leaky gut; sniffling and allergies; blurry vision; oozing, faking eye and chin rashes; and dizziness upon standing—without struggle. Family and colleagues assumed it was willpower. It wasn’t. I had developed a profound biochemical peace. It was 1994, four years after I’d harnessed leptin’s power unwittingly, that this For 43 years, since the age of 7, singer Mark Paul endured an average of three horrific seizures each night of his life. He did not know what sleeping through the night was like. “I came to accept being jolted out of my sleep,” he said. “But I never got used to it. My wife has awakened with me each night for the 18 years we’ve been together.” Having heard about ketogenic diets helping seizures, he started my regimen, and immediately his seizures were cut down to one per night. This was a first for him. His weight soon dropped from 215 to 187. Energy was the “best ever,” he said. He was thrilled. But based on the experience of other epileptics I’d worked with, I was convinced that Mark didn’t have to have any seizures at all. We worked together to troubleshoot, and weeded out some hidden sugars including vegan milks, beets, and too many nuts and cooked vegetables.
Within two days of eliminating these foods, Mark’s seizures stopped cold for the first time in 43 years. “I’m sleeping through the night for the first time in my adult life,” he says. “I’m currently at seven months seizure-free. There is no desire to stray. I probably have the best built-in motivation of anyone, since I know the seizures will return if I eat the wrong thing.”