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Moderate-protein diet may beat high-carb diet March 18, 2009

Filed under: nutrition — Chris Biles @ 11:59 am
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By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – People lose weight when they cut calories, but a diet with some extra protein may be especially effective at trimming body fat and improving blood fats, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that over one year, a moderate-protein diet was better than a standard high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet at helping overweight adults shed body fat. What’s more, it had greater benefits when it came to boosting “good” HDL cholesterol and lowering triglycerides, a type of blood fat that contributes to clogged arteries.

The findings, reported in the Journal of Nutrition, suggest that trading in some carbs for protein may do dieters good.

For the study, 130 overweight adults were randomly assigned to one of two calorie-restricted diets: the commonly recommended higher-carb diet, with about 15 percent of calories coming from protein, 55 percent from carbohydrates and 30 percent from fats; or a moderate-protein diet where 30 percent of calories came from protein — including lean meat, low-fat dairy and nuts — while 40 percent came from carbs, and 30 percent from fats.

All participants were given menu plans and attended weekly meetings with a dietitian to help them stick with their new lifestyle.

After one year, the average weight losswas similar in the two groups — 23 pounds with the moderate-protein diet, versus roughly 19 pounds with the high-carb diet.

However, the moderate-protein former group lost more fat mass, and had greater improvements in both HDL and triglyceride levels.

The extra protein at each meal helps dieters preserve “metabolically active” muscle mass, explained lead researcher Dr. Donald K. Layman, of the University of Illinois in Urbana. At the same time, he told Reuters Health, the diet’s lower carbohydrate content means lower levels of the blood-sugar-regulating hormone insulin.

So the diet encourages the body to shed more stored fat, according to Layman.

The greater improvement in triglycerides, he said, is largely the result of cutting carbs, which can raise triglyceride levels.

A problem with any diet is that people have to do it right to be successful. In this study, dieters in both groups got a lot of help, with planned menus and weekly educational sessions. Whether people would fare as well on their own is unclear.

“One of the problems with moderate protein diets is that people bring old diet concepts to their approach,” Layman said.

For example, he said, the concept of eating “lots of small meals” throughout the day works when the diet is high-carb, low-fat because people are hungry more often — but it’s a bad idea with a moderate-protein diet.

“The important change is three consistent meals with balance of protein and carbohydrates at each meal,” Layman advised.

“A higher protein diet is not more protein at dinner, but balanced protein at breakfast and lunch.”

SOURCE: Journal of Nutrition, March 2009.

Did you catch that? The difference in the two groups (moderate protein vs. high carb) as far as weight loss was only 4 pounds in the one year study. BUT the moderate protein group lost more more fat mass AND had improved good cholesterol as well as triglycerides. The researchers are attributing most of the benefit to decreasing overall levels of insulin. It’s a good start. Now go eat some beef!


Dr. Laura is certified! It’s now Dr. Laura, DC, CACCP! March 13, 2009

Filed under: General — Chris Biles @ 5:14 pm
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After over a year of work, Dr. Laura has finally gained her certification in pediatrics through the ICPA! Dr. Laura is the only chiropractor in Ellis county who is Certified by the Academy of Family Practice and Webster Technique Certified.

About the CACCP:

The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association offers Doctors of Chiropractic an opportunity to achieve Pediatric Certification through advanced academics and clinical studies.

The rigorous, 180 hour curriculum offers techniques and protocols of care for children and pregnant women. The 15 module course covers levels of training and expertise additional to what is offered in chiropractic colleges.

Those Doctors who have completed the hours of study are examined in the practical application of the course academics, technique and case management. Once they have successfully passed the exam, they receive Certification status from the Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics in the Academy of Chiropractic Family Practice. The I.C.P.A. recognizes their certification status with their continued membership in the I.C.P.A.

These Doctors have chosen to participate in the program to better care for the families in their communities. They are listed as having a Pediatric Board Certification status on our membership referral directory and have the initials C.A.C.C.P. after their names.

Yea, Dr. Laura! I knew you could do it. Expect some kid’s health posts soon, now that she has time to kill…


Where do you get your info? March 2, 2009

Filed under: nutrition — Chris Biles @ 8:38 am

Where do you go for information on health related topics? It would be nice to believe that an unbiased source exsited and that hidden agendas didn’t cloud research and marketing. That you could find answers to your questions without being sold a product or pushed a pill. But the truth is that every day we are being sold a big fat lie by someone. Jon Gilson of Again Faster talks about the USDA’s role in this in one of the best articles I’ve read in a while-

Disturbing Counsel

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, the United States Department of Agriculture is an asphalt factory.

The USDA is responsible for providing Americans with dietary recommendations.  Unfortunately, they’re also responsible for creating national and international markets for American crops, a money-driven mission that makes a mockery of diet and health.

The United States’ primary agricultural products—wheat, corn, and milk—are all carbohydrate-rich.  This is not a problem in and of itself, were the USDA to recommend their consumption in moderation.  They do not.  The USDA asks Americans to consume over of 70% of their calories from these sources.

Carbohydrate consumption, in the form of wheat, milk, and high fructose corn syrup, subsidizes American crops and keeps the USDA in business.

The financial incentive for this request, embodied by the Food Pyramid, is easy to ascertain.  More carbohydrate consumption, in the form of wheat, milk, and high fructose corn syrup, subsidizes American crops and keeps the USDA in business.  It benefits the economy and the American farmer, a worthy endpoint.

Regrettably, it also prescribes hyperinsulinemia to 300 million trusting souls.

Hyperinsulinemia is a state of chronically elevated blood sugar, brought about by the incessant overconsumption of carbohydrates.  It is linked to diabetes, heart disease, and obesity through a very simple and undeniable causal chain.

Insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, removes sugar from the bloodstream, putting it into cellular storage for later energy production.  When blood sugar is chronically elevated, insulin is unable to remove the bulk, and the pancreas ramps production back, recognizing the futility of rampant insulin release.  Sugar remains in the blood stream, where it oxidizes with LDL cholesterol and creates arterial plaques.  

Artery walls harden, and people die.  

Clearly, money and health are at odds at the USDA, yet the conflict of interest goes unaddressed.  As their mission statement illustrates, the organization is more interested in the economic benefits of high carbohydrate consumption than they are in health of the American people:
“USDA has created a strategic plan to implement its vision. The framework of this plan depends on these key activities: expanding markets for agricultural products and support(ing) international economic development, further developing alternative markets for agricultural products and activities, providing financing needed to help expand job opportunities and improve housing, utilities and infrastructure in rural America, enhancing food safety by taking steps to reduce the prevalence of foodborne hazards from farm to table, improving nutrition and health by providing food assistance and nutrition education and promotion, and managing and protecting America’s public and private lands working cooperatively with other levels of government and the private sector.”

Nutrition warrants a brief mention, but actions speak louder than words.  Visiting, I plugged in my statistics to get a dietary recommendation.  As a 5’9”, 170-pound male with less than a half-hour of physical activity per day, the site recommended I eat 2600 calories per day, including a whopping 9 ounces of grains and 24 ounces of milk, while consuming only 6.5 ounces of meat.  

Per the Zone Diet, my recommendations amounted to 27 blocks of carbohydrates, 9.5 blocks of protein, and 24 blocks of fat, a short path to hyperinsulinemia and more than enough to induce obesity.

Seemingly unaware that they’d just doomed me to poor health, the USDA left me this little gem:

“The weight you entered is above the healthy range for your height. This may increase your risk for health problems. Some people who are overweight should consider weight loss. Click here for more information about health risks and whether you should try to lose weight, or talk with your health care provider.”      

The irony is palpable.

Given the USDA’s (colossally laughable) position as America’s foremost authority on nutrition, this ignorance is unforgivable, and worth fighting.  The power to dictate diet needs to be removed from the hands of an organization with so much skin in the game, and transferred to individuals with the knowledge and freedom to act in the best interests of the American people.

This will not happen at the top level. Billions of dollars and an extraordinarily powerful farming lobby dictate that grassroots education and individual change are the only tenable way to affect a diet revolution in America.

American farmer or no, this will not stand.  We will bring the USDA’s elemental flaw to light, one person at a time. The road to hell is still under construction, but we’re bringing the jackhammers, and the asphalt will crumble. 

From author Jon Gilson at Again Faster -check him out for more motivational articles.