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What do we know?

Slow carb, low carb, low calorie, low fat,  Atkins, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig…  The list is endless. Everywhere we turn, every single day, on TV, in magazines, on the radio, online, and on the side of a bus, we are reminded that we need to DO something about these extra pounds. Well, that’s about to end.

Yes, Virginia…  there is additional information on this topic. And it will be of ultimate value to all of us who have struggled with extra weight, and therefore, often, poor health.

So it’s not just another diet site…  I know, I know, everyone says this. But look around and I think you’ll notice big differences.

Calories don’t count!

For many years, our news media, our doctors and nutritionists, our workout coaches, and our friends and neighbors have told us that the way to weight loss is to cut calories consumed and exercise more than we have been. This is now “common knowledge,” even though it is NOT true. You’ll have a hard time believing that, I’m certain. I mean, it’s just common sense!  You eat too much food and you put on weight — you exercise and eat less and you lose weight.

But that’s NOT what is really happening. And what is really happening (and understanding that) will enable those of us who have lost and gained weight forever, worried about our health, blood pressure, and cholesterol to finally get off that merry-go-round and live free from all the mental and physical problems that counting calories and jumping up and down on a trampoline have brought into our lives. It’s about Low Carb and Slow Carb. You may have said at some point, “I just LOOK at food and I gain weight!”  or ” Since I hit 50 I can’t seem to lose weight like I used to.”   This site will provide you with 70 years of research that has been withheld from us for various reasons — good and bad — and help you deal with this “fat” problem once and for all.

It’s about FAT, not WEIGHT

Fat gain and fat loss are complex operations that take place in our body as we process the food we eat. It’s a lot more complicated than the “calories and exercise” story we’ve been told.  Genes, hormones, age, and other factors conspire to make us a person who gains weight easily and cannot lose it — or a person who stays lean for life, without much, or any, effort.  We hate them, I know…

In posts that will follow and on the pages of this site, all this will be explained to you in detail, with references to the original research findings, so that we can all deal with this in a much more complete way, stop counting calories and dancing around a gym in tights and start eating well and living well.  Living long and incredibly healthy lives, free of the diseases that overweight causes.  That’s why www.SlowCarbHQ.com exists.  To help us all learn what we need to know to be healthy for life.

Slow Carb, Low Carb History

Slow Carb -- 1800's Style

Slow Carb -- 1800's Style

Slow Carb has a history? Let’s see, how boring can I make this?  Before you click out and go to another site, leave a comment below and let me know at which point I lost you…

As far back as 1825 (you read that right) medical professionals and others concerned with excess weight gain had discovered that eating fat is not what makes humans fat.  There were the “Atkins” look-alikes of the day and publications written to spread this information to help people lose weight.  First published in 1825, The Physiology of Taste by Brillat-Savarin, was republished in the United States in 1865 and re-named The Handbook of Dining, or Corpulence and Leanness Scientifically Considered. This publication, along with a pamphlet published in 1863 by William Banting (a former fatty) Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public, extolled the value of eating a low carbohydrate diet to lose excess weight and to regain health.

Through the intervening years there were many more publications and reports that verified that it was carbohydrates and sugars that caused overweight — fat was not the culprit. Even Dr. Spock, who taught parents of the mid 20th century how to raise their kids, cautioned against giving your child too much carbohydrate and sweet food in order to avoid excess weight gain. If you’re interested in more details about all of this, they can be found in Gary Taubes book, Good Calories, Bad Calories,  published in 2007. ( And please note that when I say “carbohydrates” I am not referring to vegetables — a most vegetables are Slow Carbs!))

And then the shift:

Then, in an amazing shift,   public health officials, the AMA and the American Heart Association,  realizing that patients with heart disease had clogged arteries,  pronounced that fat in the diet was associated with heart disease,  and so, applying “common sense” and not research, it was decided that fat was the enemy and all these important organizations came out in favor of “low fat” diets.  And so that became Common Knowledge for all of us as we lived our lives.

Corporations jumped on this and began creating “food” for us that was low in fat and, therefore, had a larger percentage of carbohydrates.  We gobbled it up. We watched our fat intake. We were diligent. And the incidence of heart disease and morbid obesity in the United States rose dramatically over the ensuing years.

During this time, many people came out FOR higher fat, high protein eating  — most of us are probably familiar with Robert Atkins and Michael and MaryDan Eades, for instance.  And there were others. But the big guys, the AMA, AHA, and  the big public health associations warned us in no uncertain terms that these diets would be very bad for us. They were labeled “fad diets” and dangerous.  And we continued to be fat, or get fat, and suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and all the other problems associated with obesity.

There is a movement afoot now to get the correct information out — that Slow Carb, Low Carb, and fat and protein will help us get to a normal weight and stay healthy.