Low carb diets. What’s in a name?

“LCHF (Low carb high fat), Paleo, Atkins, Ketogenic, Primal, South Beach, Protein Power, Sonoma, Sugar Busters, Zone, Bernstein’s Diabetic, Dukan, Low GI are all popular diets based on low carbohydrate intake.

Are they all the same? If not, what are the key characteristics they all have in common and how are they different.

I absolutely understand that there is more to these “lifestyles” (e.g. exercise, sleep, stress management etc) than just diet, but I want to simply look at the dietary component.

What all these diets have in common is limitation of carbohydrates such as foods containing sugars and high fructose corn syrup as well as starches (potatoes), grains, bread, pasta and rice. Where they differ primarily is in the relative proportions of dietary fat and protein, as well as the degree of restriction of carbohydrates…”


Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?

“The idea that Alzheimer’s might be Type 3 diabetes has been around since 2005, but the connection between poor diet and Alzheimer’s is becoming more convincing, as summarized in a cover story in New Scientist entitled “Food for Thought: What You Eat May Be Killing Your Brain.” (The graphic — a chocolate brain with a huge piece missing — is creepy. But for the record: chocolate is not the enemy.)…”


The Manhattan Project to End Fad Diets

“Imagine what could be done if we had an X-men-like group of the world’s best scientists, independently funded and uninfluenced by industry, tackling the most important questions in nutrition?…”

“…Do we really have good science to support our diet recommendations? The answer is convincingly no. The largest public health crisis in the United States is being addressed with the type of data that we question in every other field of medicine: observational studies subject to selection bias, and small scale, short-term clinical studies which can’t offer definitive results…

It’s well past time for an effort such as that proposed by NuSI–to test our hypotheses with rigorous science. We owe this effort to the public and to our children who otherwise could suffer from the disastrous consequences of our scientific hubris on this issue.”


Primal Resources

Vida Primal




Paleo na Prática



The Primal Blueprint


Good Calories, Bad Calories


Ignore the awkward!


Voodoo Science


Science for Smart People

Big Fat Fiasco

Sugar The Bitter Truth

What If Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat

Why We Get Fat

The Hidden Truths about Calories

“Odds are you sometimes think about calories. They are among the most often counted things in the universe. When the calorie was originally conceived it was in the context of human work. More calories meant more capacity for work, more chemical fire with which to get the job done, coal in the human stove. Fat, it has been estimated, has nine calories per gram, whereas carbohydrates and proteins have just four; fiber is sometimes counted separately and gets awarded a piddling two. Every box of every food you have ever bought is labeled based on these estimates; too bad then that they are so often wrong…”


Dieta Low-Carb e Paleolítica: Dr. Dráuzio Varella

“Quando uma personalidade conhecida e respeitada endossa uma ideia que contraria o dogma convencional, isto ajuda as pessoas a ter mais segurança de que não estão embarcando uma aventura sem fundamento. É neste contexto que reproduzo, abaixo, texto do Dr. Dráuzio Varella, que endossa inúmeros pontos defendidos neste blog. Reconheço que as conclusões do Dr. Dráuzio, ao final de seu texto, são ainda bastante conservadoras em vista do conteúdo do mesmo; contudo, os leitores saberão ler no corpo do texto os argumentos que põe abaixo o frágil edifício da teoria lipídica da doença cardiovascular…”