Sunday, April 20, 2008

Look, Spider!


I can't help myself, I have to share with everybody...

My daughter (nearly 3) did this today on Paint without any prompting or help, then turned around and said "Look, Spider!" so cute... :)

Scam Watch: Weight Loss Scams

Here is one for people from Australia and NZ that have been scammed or are concerned about a weight loss scam that they have seen and wish to report it. I reported Kimkins...

It is an Australian government website called Scam Watch and they have a page for weight loss scams.

From their website:

What are weight loss scams?

These scams promise weight loss for little or no effort. The scam may involve an unusual or restrictive diet, ‘revolutionary’ exercise or fat-busting devices, or products such as pills, patches, or creams.

Scammers exploit the fact that people can often be attracted by promises of success with little effort. Many weight loss scams suggest that you can achieve great results without having to do any extra exercise or even modify your diet.

Often, attractive people or celebrities are used to sell the products. These may be people with a different body shape and metabolism to you and who use the product in conjunction with an exercise regime and strict diet.

At best fad diets and products might result in a temporary weight loss in the short term and can be dangerous if followed over a longer period. Unless a person develops and maintains a better diet and physical activity habit, any weight lost (often water or muscle rather than fat) will soon return.


Warning signs

The weight loss scheme or product:

  • lacks scientific evidence or demonstrated links between the result and the effects of the program, food, supplement, gadget or process being promoted
  • is sold outside normal commercial distribution channels. For example, through the internet, by unqualified individuals or mail order advertisements
  • claims effortless, large or fast weight loss such as 'lose 30 kilos in 30 days' or 'lose weight while you sleep'
  • claims that you can achieve weight loss without exercise, or without managing food or energy intake
  • fails to recommend medical supervision, particularly for low-calorie diets
  • claims to reduce fat or cellulite in specific areas of the body
  • uses terms such as 'miraculous breakthrough'

Sound familiar? :)


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Kimmer: Cut Calories and Take Laxatives

Have you guys seen this conversation that was allegedly in private messages from Kimmer?

If true which IMO I am 100% sure it is, this is a good example of the kind of crap that came out of Kimmers mouth in private messages on her forum. Here she is trying to help a lady lose weight faster, a lady averaging somewhere close to a mere 600 calories a day. She tried to go even lower but gets dizzy at 450 cals. Kimmer seems to think the only reason for her dizziness is her 8 or so carbs a day in that shes having too many carbs! :eek:


Basically, shes telling this lady to lower her calories even more, take laxatives and even lower carbs more because they are causing her blood sugar issues and perhaps she has diabetes!

An example of her advice to this lady:

I can only give you my opinion. I don’t think your calories are as low as you think — but that’s only my opinion.

However, let’s say they are. Let’s analyze why would feel faint? There’s no reason. Except for the Mona Vie (2 oz = 8 carbs), you’re not taking in any carbs, right? Carbs are the ONLY thing that affect blood sugar (dizzyness).

If you feel dizzy and eat chicken and feel better, it’s not from the chicken. It has no carbs.

If you need 1500 calories a day, we’ll say to maintain your current weight and only eat 500 (to make my math easier), then your body takes the other 1000 calories from body fat. Again, nothing to be dizzy about.


Somehow I think those super low calories may have something to do with the dizziness!!!

But as an aside to this suggestion in her having diabetes, I wonder if she has seen this study that I have listed up top of my Very Low Calorie Diet Research page:

Starvation diet and very-low-calorie diets may induce insulin resistance and overt diabetes mellitus

We have observed seven initially obese individuals who, during the course of a strenuous weight-reduction program, developed diabetes mellitus: non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in five cases and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in two cases. None had any sign of prior diabetic symptoms. Although weight reduction is encouraged in obesity, crash diets without proper medical surveillance may have deleterious effects. This sequence of induction of diabetes has not previously been reported in the medical literature. The metabolic situation in extremely low-calorie diets may be comparable to that in starvation. An attempt is made to explain our observation concerning the induction of a diabetic state during such diets, on the basis of increased insulin resistance in states of starvation and anorexia nervosa, with a concomitant role in stress hormones.

Koffler M, Kisch ES, Starvation diet and very-low-calorie diets may induce insulin resistance and overt diabetes mellitus. J Diabetes Complications. 1996 Mar-Apr;10(2):109-12.


Its just a small one, but certainly makes you go hmmmm

Anyway go check out these private messages, and keep an eye out for more on Truth's blog: Kimmer: Cut Calories and Take Laxatives

To this lady that had this conversation with Kimmer, please get in touch and let us know that you're okay!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Apparently, consuming one lousy egg a day will kill you...

Well it seems the latest study to make the news every where is this one that demonises egg consumption, but whats new...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Middle-aged men who ate seven or more eggs a week had a higher risk of earlier death, U.S. researchers reported on Wednesday.

Men with diabetes who ate any eggs at all raised their risk of death during a 20-year period studied, according to the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.



Seven or more eggs a week raises risk of death

Surely, you would think there would be an awful lot of low carbers dropping dead by now?

After reading that, I went and tracked down the study (only abstract was available) as well as an editorial, in hopes to find out more about it but alas, I didn't find much:

Egg consumption in relation to cardiovascular disease and mortality: the Physicians' Health Study

Egg consumption in relation to cardiovascular disease and mortality: the story gets more complex



A couple of quotes that I think are important:

Egg consumption was not associated with (heart attack) or stroke

Men who ate the most eggs also were older, fatter, ate more vegetables but less breakfast cereal, and were more likely to drink alcohol, smoke and less likely to exercise -- all factors that can affect the risk of heart attack and death.


Now, I don't know how eating less breakfast cereal is a factor that can negatively affect the risk of heart attack and death... lets ignore that one...

When I read the editorial, I get the impression there really isn't a great deal of data - other then they just happen to have been eating more eggs...

I wonder about these older and fatter men who just so happened to eat more eggs, did they also happen to be more likely to be taking a cocktail of drugs such as blood pressure medications, statins etc? and what about the rest of their diet?

What puzzles me the most is the advice from the editorial:

So, if you are a male physician and are going to eat ≥1 egg/d, why not eat the whites only?


Despite that they found no association between eggs and myocardial infarction or stroke?

Despite from what I can tell, from his statements that the study didn't provide information on LDL and other markers?

Despite his statement questioning the consistency of an association between cholesterol and CVD risk...

He draws the conclusion that it must be the cholesterol in egg yolks and that physicians whom want to eat at least one egg a day should just eat egg whites instead?

Personally I find it a bit hard to believe that one egg a day could be bad. Of course, with all the crap they do to hens these days such as the crap they feed them, the antibiotics, hormones and the fact that most are caged can't be good for the eggs they lay!

If eggs are a problem, thats where I would personally be pointing my finger...

But with that all said, let me leave you with these two studies published back in Ferbruary that I recently found when working on my low carb research page:

Dietary Cholesterol from Eggs Increases Plasma HDL Cholesterol in Overweight Men Consuming a Carbohydrate-Restricted Diet

Carbohydrate-restricted diets (CRD) significantly decrease body weight and independently improve plasma triglycerides (TG) and HDL cholesterol (HDL-C). Increasing intake of dietary cholesterol from eggs in the context of a low-fat diet maintains the LDL cholesterol (LDL-C)/HDL-C for both hyper- and hypo-responders to dietary cholesterol.

In this study, 28 overweight/obese male subjects (BMI = 25–37 kg/m2) aged 40–70 y were recruited to evaluate the contribution of dietary cholesterol from eggs in a CRD. Subjects were counseled to consume a CRD (10–15% energy from carbohydrate) and they were randomly allocated to the EGG group [intake of 3 eggs per day (640 mg/d additional dietary cholesterol)] or SUB group [equivalent amount of egg substitute (0 dietary cholesterol) per day]. Energy intake decreased in both groups from 10,243 ± 4040 to 7968 ± 2401 kJ (P < 0.05) compared with baseline. All subjects irrespective of their assigned group had reduced body weight and waist circumference (P < 0.0001). Similarly, the plasma TG concentration was reduced from 1.34 ± 0.66 to 0.83 ± 0.30 mmol/L after 12 wk (P < 0.001) in all subjects. The plasma LDL-C concentration, as well as the LDL-C:HDL-C ratio, did not change during the intervention. In contrast, plasma HDL-C concentration increased in the EGG group from 1.23 ± 0.39 to 1.47 ± 0.38 mmol/L (P < 0.01), whereas HDL-C did not change in the SUB group. Plasma glucose concentrations in fasting subjects did not change.

Eighteen subjects were classified as having the metabolic syndrome (MetS) at the beginning of the study, whereas 3 subjects had that classification at the end. These results suggest that including eggs in a CRD results in increased HDL-C while decreasing the risk factors associated with MetS.



Abstract: Mutungi et al: Dietary cholesterol from eggs increases plasma HDL cholesterol in overweight men consuming a carbohydrate-restricted diet. J Nutr 2008, 138(2):272-276.

and..

Eggs modulate the inflammatory response to carbohydrate restricted diets in overweight men

Background

Carbohydrate restricted diets (CRD) consistently lower glucose and insulin levels and improve atherogenic dyslipidemia [decreasing triglycerides and increasing HDL cholesterol (HDL-C)]. We have previously shown that male subjects following a CRD experienced significant increases in HDL-C only if they were consuming a higher intake of cholesterol provided by eggs compared to those individuals who were taking lower concentrations of dietary cholesterol. Here, as a follow up of our previous study, we examined the effects of eggs (a source of both dietary cholesterol and lutein) on adiponectin, a marker of insulin sensitivity, and on inflammatory markers in the context of a CRD.

Methods

Twenty eight overweight men [body mass index (BMI) 26–37 kg/m2] aged 40–70 y consumed an ad libitum CRD (% energy from CHO:fat:protein = 17:57:26) for 12 wk. Subjects were matched by age and BMI and randomly assigned to consume eggs (EGG, n = 15) (640 mg additional cholesterol/day provided by eggs) or placebo (SUB, n = 13) (no additional dietary cholesterol). Fasting blood samples were drawn before and after the intervention to assess plasma lipids, insulin, adiponectin and markers of inflammation including C-reactive protein (CRP), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-8 (IL-8), monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1(VCAM-1).

Results

Body weight, percent total body fat and trunk fat were reduced for all subjects after 12 wk (P < 0.0001). Increases in adiponectin were also observed (P < 0.01). Subjects in the EGG group had a 21% increase in this adipokine compared to a 7% increase in the SUB group (P < 0.05). Plasma CRP was significantly decreased only in the EGG group (P < 0.05). MCP-1 levels were decreased for the SUB group (P < 0.001), but unchanged in the EGG group. VCAM-1, ICAM-1, TNF-α, and IL-8 were not modified by CRD or eggs.

Conclusion

A CRD with daily intake of eggs decreased plasma CRP and increased plasma adiponectin compared to a CRD without eggs. These findings indicate that eggs make a significant contribution to the anti-inflammatory effects of CRD, possibly due to the presence of cholesterol, which increases HDL-C and to the antioxidant lutein which modulates certain inflammatory responses.


Full Text: Ratliff et al, Eggs modulate the inflammatory response to carbohydrate restricted diets in overweight men. Nutr Metab. 2008 Feb 20;5:6.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Been MIA And Some Interesting Links

Hey Guys!

Sorry I have been so quiet, I have been struggling with what I like to call - considering I am not a writer, "Blogger's Block" :)

When this whole kimkins thing really started to come to my attention early last year, I started to feel a fire under my belly and had lots of ideas to blog. But, then came the trouble with researching them and putting my thoughts into words, which I was really struggling with and I will explain why in a moment. I am still not happy with the kimkins posts I wrote at the time because I feel like I forgot to mention so much that I really wanted to convey in those posts. Then, it seemed people weren't so interested in the health side of it at all but rather the scam itself which I wasn't really into so much myself, so then my desire to blog about it started to slide... plus I was feeling burnt out.

Here's the thing, I am finding it awfully difficult to think of and write up posts, whilst being interrupted by what feels like a constant occurrence. It totally breaks my train of thought, but also distracts me so much, that I come back and find myself working on something entirely different and this will go on, back and forth all day. It seems, I am not a good multitasker at all and I end up with a dozen unfinished projects!

The worst bit is, I am finding it is just getting worse the older Maya gets, I guess shes such a "social" personality that she really needs a playmate but I don't think I want to go there again hehe

I try all sorts of things to give her something fun to do, but it seems the only time she wants to do something on her own is when she wants to draw on the wall with her pencils when I am not looking!

In the afternoons, she starts to quieten down a little sometimes but then that always coincides with Ryan coming home from school whom now wants my attention, then before you know it I have to cook dinner!

Her dad is exactly the same, so once I get her to bed and think "ah now I can go do some reading and actually sink some of it in" there he is vying for my attention as well. By the time hes off happily re-reading his Wheel of Time books or watching an X-File rerun (bought him the collection for Chrissy) I am so dog tired that I can't concentrate on anything (Maya still wakes at night).

Plus, as most of you would know I run an Australian based low carb website as well and ever since the domain hit the two year mark, traffic has been increasing and with new year resolutions and summer just ending over here, we are getting lots of newbies which is also keeping me busy. My days go so fast, I never seem to have enough time, and with all the pulling in different directions sometimes feel I never accomplished anything!

How do other people do it???

Anyway, I have two things I want to blog about, the first one being some articles and the next one which I will work on after this post, stems from a conversation I was having with some friends this morning about maintenance, which I thought would be a good topic to blog about.

I haven't had much time for trying to keep up with everyones blogs but I have been shown lots of interesting articles recently which I want to share, some I am still trying to finish reading myself.

The first one is a blog post by Lyle McDonald, I planned to blog about over the Easter weekend because I found his perspective so similar to how I felt, its a bit late now (sorry!) but interesting all the same. Now I know a lot of my readers are far from bodybuilders but it is his perspective that I think we could all benefit from:

Flexible Dieting


On the low carb front, I had shared a news article on the forum a little while ago and forgot about it until Malcolm posted some really interesting links on it from Regina's blog. Basically, a community of Aborigines in Canada, were put on a low carb diet and followed. The study, has been made into a documentary.

You can read more about it through these links:

West Coast aboriginal community tests low-carb diet

Getting to Know Dr. Jay Wortman

My Big Fat Diet - Aim High, Think Big, Score One More!

Dr J Wortman's blog


Next, was a link that was sent to me by the website owner. They are putting together a database of peoples reviews on their experiences taking various supplements and medications and asked me nicely if I would link to it if I found it of value. I think this could have a lot of promise but on my brief look there was one aspect that bothered me. It seemed that people that wrote reviews were being paid, this must cost the owner a lot of money which brings me to my concern, how does he plan to pay for that? The first thought that comes to mind is advertising by manufacturers of said supplements? This could bring a potential bias?

Who knows, I could be totally way off the mark as I have only had a quick look, but if this isn't an issue then I think this could be a really good tool:

Substance Reviews


Then, there is a blog post that was bought to my attention by Laura and that is a post by PJ which I thought a lot of folk would connect with:

A Dose of Sanity


This one was shared by BG (Bamagal) which I simply have no words for, you will see what I mean:

Alarm as dolls get breast implants in 'Miss Bimbo' game

A couple of interesting articles shared by Nat:

Gluten and rheumatoid arthritis

Research review: Crosstalk between estrogen and leptin signalling in the hypothalamus

Plus a couple of interesting articles on Science Daily:

Can Allergic Reactions To Soy Be Overcome Through Fermentation?

Tendon Complications, Though Rare, Linked To Statins, Study Shows

Link Between Pesticides And Parkinson's Strengthened With Family Study

Teenage Risk-taking: Teenage Brains Really Are Different From Child Or Adult Brains

Plus, if you are interested in the one above, you may be interested in this old one that I found some time back:

Feelings Matter Less To Teenagers, Neuroscientist Says

Oh and that reminds me, another interesting article that Malcolm shared on our forum:

The "Fat-Free Fallacy:" Is It Obesity's Great Enabler?


Oh and last but not least, here's a funny article that popped up on yahoo as I went to check my mail earlier :)

Naked NZ cop nabs would-be car thief

Oh, and how could I forget the latest kimkins video, I haven't had time to watch it yet, but it is supposed to be very good. I am hoping to be linking to the 30minute one so if this is shorter please let me know and I will hunt the link down again!

Headline Legal News: Kimkins Diet Scandal | John E. Tiedt of The Law Office of


There have been heaps of great articles about recently so I have probably forgotten a bunch from the many interruptions just writing this post but I think there is more then enough already :)