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Dr. Eric Westman Boosts Ketogenic Diet In January 2014 Woman’s World

Perhaps you were walking by the checkout at your local supermarket this week and glanced over at the magazines only to see a familiar face on the front cover of the January 13, 2014 issue of Woman’s World magazine. With a robust circulation of a whopping 6.8 million readers a week, this publication has certainly got some major clout with the female population clamoring for the latest information about diet, cooking and health. That smiling mug on the front cover displayed so prominently in nearly every grocery store and Walmart in America right now that you may recognize is none other than internist Dr. Eric Westman, the Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Durham, North Carolina and coauthor of The New Atkins For A New You and Cholesterol Clarity. He’s been teaching his patients about the weight loss and health benefits of low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diets for 15+ years and was one of the first to actually do research on this way of eating (getting published in prestigious medical journals, most notably in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008) after watching the late, great low-carb diet physician Dr. Robert C. Atkins himself use this nutritional approach therapeutically with the patients in his complementary medicine clinic in New York City. I’ve been admiring the work Dr. Westman has done on behalf of low-carb living for many years. Anyone who thinks low-carb is a thing of the past certainly hasn’t been paying much attention to what is happening in the real world. It could be argued that this nutritional approach is stronger today than it has ever been–and we have people like Dr. Westman to thank for that!

After dedicating many years into the investigation of low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diets, Dr. Westman decided to collaborate with two other famous low-carb researchers–Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek–in 2010 to write an updated version of the Atkins diet that included the latest cutting-edge information from their research called the New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great. That book went on to become a New York Times bestseller and is widely considered the most up-to-date version of the Atkins diet on the market today. I interviewed Dr. Westman in March 2010 about that book and have always admired his passion and dedication to getting the word out to others about these alternative health concepts while dispelling the most common myths. That’s why I was thrilled when he accepted my invitation to be the coauthor on my Victory Belt debut book in August 2013 called Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? (listen to our Q&A session about the book in Episode 43 of “Ask The Low-Carb Experts”). Anyone who knows Dr. Westman personally will quickly tell you what drives him the most is looking at all the ways a ketogenic diet can be implemented to bring about some of the most incredible improvements in weight and health we’ve ever seen from diet or medications. He believes in this stuff strongly–which is why it caught the attention of the editors at Woman’s World!

In 2013, Dr. Westman decided to release a 24-page pamphlet on Amazon outlining the basic tenets of the dietary program he uses with his patients called A Low Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet Manual: No Sugar, No Starch Diet. For about $5, you get the basics of his “No Sugar, No Starch” diet complete with tips and strategies for making this work. This little book just barely scratches the surface of explaining all the ins and outs of low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diets which is why I’m happy to once again collaborate with Dr. Westman on my next book slated for an August 5, 2014 release entitled Keto Clarity: Unleash The Health Benefits Of A Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet that will go into great detail about Dr. Westman’s story about learning about low-carb from his patients as a traditionally-trained medical doctor, why being in a state of ketosis is so important, how to best make a ketogenic diet happen for you, the health benefits you can expect to experience, meal plans and recipes, and a whole lot more! We’re currently writing this book and can’t wait to get it in the hands of those who are sincerely interested in it (which apparently is a lot considering it was the #5 most searched diet term on Google in 2013).

The Woman’s World article was really good despite the typical hyperbole that accompanies being on the front cover. That whole “lose 20 lbs in two weeks” mantra unfortunately sells magazines for them and they always describe the diet with some clever name like “last-chance.” It’s marketing and I get it. Yes, it’s a turn-off to a lot of us who now recognize this stuff for what it is. But let’s face it–the reality is this tactic works on most people who are so desperate they want to believe anything they see on these magazines is true. The good news is this time what they are sharing IS true. In fact, when I purchased my copy of this issue of Woman’s World featuring Dr. Westman this morning, the checkout clerk at Walmart said she’d like to lose 20 pounds and wondered if it really worked. It got her attention and opened the door for me to tell her about my low-carb, high-fat experience. As I was leaving, she said she’d give it a go for herself to see how she does. Mission accomplished!

The article itself was superb making some excellent points:

  • Dr. Westman gets results for patients other docs give up on
  • His approach is nutrition-based, not drug-based
  • Major health markers normalize with low-carb, high-fat
  • Hunger dissipates and exercise isn’t the primary focus
  • You consume unlimited protein and fat with 20g carbs daily
  • Low-carb, high-fat works for virtually everyone who does it
  • Switch your body from burning carbs to stored fat for fuel
  • Calories are “irrelevant” when you eat a low-carb diet
  • Skip trans-fats, but embrace saturated and monounsaturated fats
  • You can follow this way of eating forever if you’d like
  • Once you reach goal, experiment adding back in a few carbs
  • Fight carb cravings with bouillon cube dissolved in hot water
  • Additionally, they share a fantastic “Cheesy low-carb meatloaf” recipe from one of Dr. Westman’s star patients (and a great personal friend of mine!) named Lynne Daniel Ivey (she was also featured in the story about my low-carb success that aired on CBN’s “The 700 Club” in October 2013). And a sample breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks is shown as an example of how to do this. I found this a bit funny since when you eat low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic you don’t have to eat nearly as often as you would on most other diets. We’ll explore this a bit more in Keto Clarity, but listen to my lecture about this topic from the 2013 Low-Carb Cruise for more information about why you don’t eat as often when you consume a low-carb, high-fat diet. Speaking of the Low-Carb Cruise, Dr. Westman will be returning again as one of our featured speakers on the May 2014 Low-Carb Cruise (watch his 2012 Low-Carb Cruise lecture)–SIGN UP HERE TO BE A PART OF THIS EVENT!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Eric Westman for championing the cause of ketogenic diets to the millions of readers of Woman’s World magazine! We are all very proud of you for representing the low-carb, high-fat community well and I can’t wait to share more about your experience using this way of eating with real patients in our Keto Clarity book coming later this year. This kind of media exposure is a tremendous boost and I look forward to seeing the ripple effect of this in the months and years to come. Go out and support Dr. Westman by purchasing your own copy of this issue of Woman’s World. I’ll be seeing him in person in a couple of weeks for a couple of Cholesterol Clarity book signing events in Pittsboro, NC on January 18, 2014 and Raleigh, NC on January 19, 2014.

    To celebrate this momentous media exposure, I’m putting together a Dr. Westman Prize Package that will include an autographed copy of this Woman’s World magazine, an autographed copy of A Low Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet Manual, and an autographed copy of Cholesterol Clarity (which I’ll sign as well!). A winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, January 20, 2014. To enter, send an e-mail to livinlowcarbman@charter.net using the subject line “Dr. Westman Prize Package” along with your name, mailing address, and your personal experience on a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet (keep in mind your story may be featured on this blog). I’ll take entries into this contest through 11:59PM ET on January 19, 2014. GOOD LUCK!

    1-20-14 UPDATE: I drew a winner today and it’s Jenn R. from Virginia! Congratulations and enjoy your free gifts.

    • anitabreeze

      Do you happen to know if they sell this magazine in Canada? I will hit the local supermarket later to see if it’s there.

      • LLVLCBlog

        You know, I don’t know about their distribution outside of the United States.

      • Lin Smith

        Anitabreeze, yes they do sell it in Canada! I am Canadian and buy it every week.

      • Roxanne Wilson

        Yes, this issue of “Woman’s World” is just now available in Canada. I purchased an issue at my local newsstand today. (There was a delay, possibly due to the holidays, said the sales clerk, when I inquired to why both issues, January 13th and January 20th had arrived on the same day.) Just glad to finally see it here!

    • billslo

      We couldn’t be more pleased that Eric got featured
      in Woman’s World Magazine.

      We’ll be having him speak at our conference here
      in San Luis Obispo, California on March 1st, 2014

      Here’s where the info is:

      http://www.ccnutritionconference.com

      billslo

    • asdf

      You mention in your blog The Latest from LLVLC entitled Dr. Eric Westman Boots Ketogenic Diet in January 2014 Woman’s World that “… (emphasis mine)You consume unlimited protein and fat with 20g carbs daily Low-carb, high-fat works for virtually everyone who does it …”

      In your talk on the March 2012 cruise you talk about high fat (80+%) and very modest protein (12% or so) in your diet. You also mentioned that the liver converts high amounts of protein to glucose. (A fact the Dr. Richard K. Bernstein also mentions.)

      Unlimited protein cannot be advised, can it? So surely, either something is amiss or thinking has changed. To be sure, I have not read the article yet, only your report on it, but I shall read it. Of course, I may have misread your article–punctuation is always helpful.

      Thank you

      • LLVLCBlog

        That is what the article said. But I disagree with unlimited protein. We’ll explain why in Keto Clarity.

    • Nancy B.

      Are you going to address how to do a high-fat diet for people who can’t eat dairy products in Keto Clarity? All the ketogenic diet information I’ve seen always includes large amounts of dairy fat.

      • LLVLCBlog

        It will be a component for my Paleo, dairy-free friends. :)

    • Paul K. Hargrove

      Why do artificial sweeteners (in particular sucralose) need to be eliminated from the LCHF Diet? How do they slow down or stop weight loss? I lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks on the LCHF Diet and then stopped losing any more. I dislike the taste of plain water so all of the water I drink “Fruit 2 O” has the sweetener sucralose in it. I am thinking that the sucralose in the water has stopped my weight loss. Could this be the case?

      • LLVLCBlog

        It depends on the individual. The best way to check for it is to test your blood sugar before and after eating the sweetener.

      • Paul K. Hargrove

        Are you familiar with or have you heard of the supplement “Garcinia Cambogia?” Any comments?

        • LLVLCBlog

          Never heard of it.

    • Roxanne Wilson

      Here is a link to a 38-minute YouTube video of Dr. Westman discussing his “No Starch, No Sugar” program with patients at the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic:

      • LLVLCBlog

        Thanks Roxanne! But I included this link already in this blog post. :D

        • Roxanne Wilson

          Thanks Jimmy. I had forgotten about your link when I posted my comment. You did an AWESOME job, as always, covering the magazine story on Dr. Westman with all the various links !!!

          Looking forward to reading your book on Keto Clarity.

          • LLVLCBlog

            THANK YOU!

    • Missymonypenny

      Jimmy, I luvd your presentation on Dr. Westmans spread in WW. So informative for those who cant get the magazine. I was able to get it the day I read yr blog, very thankful. I also entered the giveaway for Dr. W, fingers crossed I hope I win! Do you happen to know if Dr. W is speaking anywhere LA during his trip to CA? I started his plan last Thurs, lowest weight yet. Yay! But I will say its still a challenge.

      • LLVLCBlog

        Honestly I don’t know. But I’ll ask him. :)

    • L Evans

      Dear Jimmy,
      In the book New Atkins for a New You on p107, Dr. Westman says, “Women should shoot for a range of 1,500 to 1,800 calories a day, while men should aim for 1,800 to 2,200. Eat less if you’re not losing weight.” I know he says most people will not have to count calories, but suggests counting them if you aren’t losing weight. Thus, how can calories be “irrelevent”? Thanks!

      • LLVLCBlog

        I encourage you to watch Dr. Westman’s lecture from the 2012 Low-Carb Cruise: http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/2012-low-carb-cruise-lecture-dr-eric-westman/14771

        Here’s what he said about calories:

        “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.”

        Knowing him personally, his position on calories is not as hard-lined as it was outlined in the New Atkins book. He did that primarily for an audience of people who needed direction when things start going wrong. Appreciate your comments.

        • L Evans

          Very helpful to get the inside scoop. Thank you! I tend to stay within that calorie range for women naturally anyway. But, if I’m hungry and need to eat more some days, I guess I shouldn’t worry about it as long as I’m eating high fat, moderate protein.

          • LLVLCBlog

            Bingo!

    • Chatterbox

      I would like to read some success stories about this program if anyone has any to share.

    • Valerie Stout

      How can I get page 4&5 that let you know what you can eat?

    • amelie

      This is very informative and interesting. Thank you