Weight loss: Why calorie counting is flawed and hunger hormones will always win!

Next Low Carb Leeds Meeting: Monday 2nd March

The sad reality is that most people who go on a typical low-calorie weight-loss program either don’t lose much weight, or those that do end up regaining all that weight within 1 year (and often gaining more besides).

The $multi-billion diet industry has us believing that this failure to lose weight/ keep weight off is our fault. If only we ‘had more willpower’ we would succeed, right? So we keep going back, vowing to ‘try harder’ next time, trapped in a cycle of calorie counting, yo-yo dieting, failure and self-blame.

Why calorie counting is flawed

Anyone of us who has tried calorie-counting in order to lose weight knows how miserable an existence it is. Obsessing over calories-in vs. calories-out each day, whilst using all our willpower just to fight hunger. Not only is it miserable, but calorie counting is also pointless! Why? Well, let’s take this example: …Read More

How much sugar is in your ‘healthy’ breakfast….?

Could your mid-morning cravings and snack habit be caused by secret sugar hiding in your so-called ‘healthy’ breakfast’?

By Dr Neil Shaw

For many years I believed I was making a healthy choice by having a breakfast consisting of “high- quality” muesli (the one I preferred even had a Queen’s Award no less!).

Every morning I had a good bowl full of muesli, and although it wasn’t cheap, I considered this to be a worthwhile investment in my health.

I added a good dollop of an expensive low-fat, organic bio-culture yoghurt and a little skimmed or semi-skimmed milk.  For good measure, I would also take a well-known, expensive, orange juice drink, with or without “bits”.

Feeling exhausted and hungry half-way through the morning was a frequent occurrence and I would snack on some biscuits, a chocolate bar, or whatever came to hand! I attributed this to be simply the “way my metabolism worked”. Surely it could not possibly be the fault of the “wholesome” breakfast I had taken?

I now know this was, possibly, the worst way that I could start my day! Let me explain what I now know…….Read More

Naughtily Delicious Low-Carb Recipes on Test!

The Diabetes Weight-Loss Cookbook

Thank you to our wonderful Low Carb Leeds member Carol Bradley for writing this review of the newly released Diabetes Weight-Loss Cookbook, which describes itself as ‘A life-changing diet to prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes‘.

Carol has recently been cooking up a storm of delicious looking dishes from this cook book and regularly sharing photos and inspiration with us in the Low Carb Leeds facebook group – making our mouths water every time!

But, how good is this book, how easy were the recipes, and, most importantly, should we buy it? Here’s Carol’s honest review… Read More

Type 2 Diabetes Remission – A GP’s Low Carb Journey

Although a medical practitioner for some years (now retired), I’ve recently put my type 2 diabetes into remission and offer here my own journey and perspective as a patient.

A “Questioner” mindset

In common with numerous attendees of Low Carb Leeds, it would seem I am a “Questioner”, or at least have some of the traits or the personality profile of a person who questions the advice given by others, particularly in matters of health and personal wellbeing.

In September 2012 I was intrigued by the “5-2 Intermittent Fasting” Horizon programme presented by Dr Michael Mosley which piqued my interest in how lifestyle choices might impact health and wellbeing…   Read More

Celery or tuna fish? How to tell if you’re truly hungry…..

Do you know how many times you eat every day, including meals, snacks and calorie containing drinks? Two, three, five, ten, more…..?

All-day snacking is common for many of us. In fact, mainstream dietary advice has told us for years that we should “eat little and often to keep our blood sugar stable”. And, on the back of this advice the big food companies were delighted to introduce a vast range of ‘snack’ foods to satisfy our needs!

More recent evidence, however, points to constant grazing being not only unnecessary for human health but detrimental for our long-term wellness and a barrier to healthy ageing…….Read More

Getting the Measure of Low- Carb Eating – a Lifestyle not a ‘Fad’!

At Low Carb Leeds we support the local community in becoming carb aware and help people with making lower carbohydrate food choices to improve their health.

Eating low carb is certainly not a ‘fad’ diet, in fact it has been around for over 150 years! Long before the ‘Eatwell Plate’ based dietary guidelines, that advise us to fill a large proportion of our plates with starchy carbohydrates or so-called ‘whole grains’, it was known and proven that a low carbohydrate way of eating was successful for significant weight loss and health improvements.

And who do we have to thank for this legacy?
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I’ve dropped five inches from my waist and I’m now wearing those beautiful clothes I put to the back of the wardrobe years ago!

I’ve yo-yo dieted for years; one pound up, two pounds down, three pounds up! Nothing seemed to work for me to lose weight and keep it off.

After being diagnosed as pre-diabetic, I attended a blood draw for my cholesterol test. My GP was extremely concerned about my results and advised that I begin statins; my total cholesterol reading was 9.8mmol/L, my triglycerides were 7mmol/L and I had a HDL reading of 1.3mm/L.  I was shocked and stunned and I agreed to start taking statin medication immediately.
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Start your low carb journey at our next Low Carb Leeds meeting|Monday 8th April

At Low Carb Leeds we know how important it is to ‘find your tribe‘ and receive their support when making challenging lifestyle changes.

That’s why, at our April 8th Low Carb Leeds meeting, you will meet and hear from our inspiring members, many of whom have been on incredible journeys; losing weight, reversing their diabetes diagnoses and turning their declining health around by becoming carb aware. Plus…..
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I reversed my diabetes diagnosis just 4 months after joining Low Carb Leeds

I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic over fifteen years ago. Since then, it’s fair to say, my lifestyle has contributed to worsening HbA1C results and my being prescribed an increasing amount of diabetes medications.

At a diabetic review last year I received the shocking news that I was to be prescribed insulin as a way to control my escalating blood sugars, and that this was the last medication available to me.

After 15 years of ‘burying my head in the sand’ I had finally received the shock wake-up call I needed.  I declined the insulin and promised my practice nurse that I would change my ways!  I gave myself a good talking to and pledged to do something about it. But what?
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Welcome to the new Low Carb Leeds website and blog!

Join Low Carb Leeds as we blog about living a low-carb lifestyle and empower our community to regain their health by becoming carb aware.

In this blog we’ll be discussing lots of different low-carb related topics including getting started with becoming carb aware, following a low-carb lifestyle, what to eat, meal ideas, the latest low-carb news stories and events, plus sharing inspiring success stories from our members.
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