This year’s Low-Carb Cruise that took place May 6-13, 2012 was our 5th Annual event and I would say it was arguably the best one we’ve ever done. We had an incredible 275 people on board the Carnival Magic in 2012 completely shattering our previous attendance record of 110 people in 2011. It was an exciting time had by everyone who joined in on the fun and we are already excited about what we have planned in 2013 with even more amazing speakers set to dazzle you with their knowledge and experience. More details on that in a future post.
For the first time since we started doing these cruises beginning in 2008, we had a professional video guy on board the ship with us VOLUNTEERING his talents to record each of the lectures and other parts of the Low-Carb Cruise. Terry and Pam Young from “Make It Fun & It Will Get Done” heard about our event and expressed an interest in coming to join in on all the fun times we have. They said taking video of the lectures wouldn’t be a problem at all since Terry does this professionally already. What a nice surprise!
So, rather than TELLING you about what the lectures were about on the Low-Carb Cruise this year, how about we share the video footage of the lectures themselves instead? And that’s precisely what I’ll be doing at the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog along with some pull quotes from each video very soon. I’ll be posting these in the order of the lecture schedule on board the ship so you can see them in the sequence they were presented on the Low-Carb Cruise or you can watch all of them right now at the “Make It Fun & It Will Get Done” web site. Slides for many of the lectures are available for download along the right-hand side panel at the official Low-Carb Cruise web site if you want to follow along. Again, a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to Terry and Pam for allowing everyone this unique glimpse into what it’s like to be at the conference portion of the Low-Carb Cruise. ENJOY!
DR. ERIC WESTMAN – May 7, 2012 at 10:30AM
“Debunking The Myths Told About Low-Carbohydrate Lifestyles”
This Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic at the Duke University Medical Center is currently serving in 2012-13 as the President of The American Society of Bariatric Physicians. Dr. Westman is a well-known researcher of low-carbohydrate diets as a means for improving the weight and health of patients who are willing to implement the high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb strategies popularized by the late, great Dr. Robert C. Atkins. He co-authored the New York Times bestselling book The New Atkins For A New You with Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek in 2010 and continues to be a champion of the science support carbohydrate restriction. Dr. Westman joined us on the 3rd Annual Low-Carb Cruise and we were pleased to have him back again in 2012! Listen to him in Episode 15 of the “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” podcast for even more information on this subject of the myths about low-carb diets.
Watch Dr. Westman’s 2012 Low-Carb Cruise lecture (with key pull quotes):
“You’ll not find a carbohydrate on the essential nutrient list.”
“The brain really wants ketones and when you’re eating carbohydrates, glucose substitutes for ketones in the brain.”
“The body can make 200g of glucose a day.”
“One paper, an influential person and everyone knows that (low-carb and consuming fat) is bad and that was enough to just kind squelch the research for 22 years. Kind of a sad story, huh?”
“Dietitians are taught you have to talk about calories, you have to restrict calories…if you didn’t talk about calories, dietitians wouldn’t have a job…calories matter in terms of the science of weight loss and energy balance, but it’s not helpful in terms of low-carb diets or understanding the teaching of low-carb diets.”
“You don’t have to talk about calories to get people to lose weight. You just restrict carbohydrates, appetite goes down, people eat fewer calories and they lose weight.”
“The Wendy’s Baconator without the bun satisfies many of my patients early on. Remember, this is North Carolina I’m talking about. There are regional variations. If I said no fast food, I would reduce the people who would be able to do this. Probably 80% of my patients eat fast food everyday.”
“There are lots of ways to do a low-carbohydrate diet and it’s not something that has to be untasty…people on a low-carb diet don’t want to eat. Is that bad? I give pills to people to suppress their appetite so they lose weight…Carbs make you hungry–don’t eat carbs, you’re not hungry…it’s overwhelmingly obvious, but if there’s no study about it then it can’t be true.”
“There’s a popular belief about what (low-carb) is and then there’s the reality of how you can do it. La la la la la la!”
“(Most diet researchers using food surveys) are just asking people what they’re eating and oh it must be true.”
“Nobody is able to get money to replicate the (low-carb) science.”
“It’s the absolute amount of protein that matters metabolically, not the percent of protein in the diet.”
“Ketones increase when dieting, but not much…harmful acidosis, it just doesn’t happen. It may happen rarely–the other weird thing in medicine is that if something happens once you can write a case report about it and get it in a major journal. And then doctors who know very little about the underlying physiology will see the one case report–1 in 10 million–and then they say, ‘look, it causes ketosis and harmful acidosis.’ It’s unfortunate that a case study can erase all the science.”
“Can you imagine back to when there weren’t any gyms, there weren’t any exercise machines and if people said, ‘Well, no one is gonna exercise, let’s give up on it?’ Now it’s so important, how many people have home gyms and exercise and do it all the time? So we’re kinda at this level of toddlerhood (with low-carb diets).”
“We understand the underlying cause in atherosclerosis and hardening of the arteries really comes from the triglycerides and the HDL part of that (lipid) panel. So not just the LDL.”
“What happens on a low-carb diet is the triglycerides go down almost uniformly…and then the HDL cholesterol, the good guy, the healthy cholesterol goes up more than any kind of intervention that we know of, better than any drug, better than exercise…when you look at the type of LDL, or bad cholesterol, actually changes in quality. So it goes from the small LDL which we think is the bad guy to the large, light and fluffy LDL. And that satisfies many of the preventative cardiologists that are into that. I get many referrals from cardiologists at Duke.”
“Investigators who never had done really a low-carb diet before kinda got books and handed them out and kinda supported people a little bit. So what I hear filtered through these studies are, ‘Well, Atkins is okay, but you only get two kilos of weight loss a year.’ But that’s when you don’t really teach people what to do and you don’t really help them.”
“You’ve just got to know that the Dansinger and Gardner studies are out there, but I think their results are pretty unimpressive. In our analysis (of patients with varying health and weight goals), we get about 30-50 pounds of weight loss per year on average–the range is from 20 to 100. When you’re in a medical clinic supporting people or you have a dietitian that’s supporting people who understands how to do it you can get much better results. But those aren’t published. A lot of people won’t believe you unless they are in publications.”
“Dr. Atkins had a selection bias for people who had insulin resistance. So he was led toward the low-carb diet explicitly. Now, unfortunately in the U.S. we have more insulin resistant people than insulin sensitive people. Even (Stanford diet researcher) Christopher Gardner, who’s a vegetarian guy, says the low-carb diet has a role for insulin resistant people. So I look at this and say, ‘Low-carb works whether you’re insulin resistant or not. Why not just use low-carb?’ That’s kinda my perspective.”
“(After finding success on a low-carb diet) ask the doctors, ‘Why wasn’t I give this option (low-carb diets) before? I was just given the option of the medications.’ I think that’s what we need to ask and also figure out how to fix that so that people are offered this first. I think we can actually do a lot to change the mindset of people around the country and the world and everyone can have a healthier life perhaps.”
Stay tuned for even more video lectures from the 2012 Low-Carb Cruise posted at my blog or you can go ahead and access all of them by going to the special Low-Carb Cruise lecture page at the “Make It Fun & It Will Get Done” web site. We’d LOVE to have you join us on the 2013 Low-Carb Cruise leaving out of Galveston, Texas on May 5-12, 2013 on board the Carnival Magic featuring guest speakers Robb Wolf, Dr. Mary Vernon, Dr. Jay Wortman, Dr. Larry McCleary, Dr. Cate Shanahan, Dr. Dwight Lundell, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt and his LCHF friends, Jackie Eberstein with a special tribute to Dr. Atkins, Dr. Jayson and Mira Calton, Dave Asprey and Jonathan Bailor. Plus, Tom Naughton will be back for another rip-roaring roast of the guest speakers! YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!