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Optimal Macros For Fat Loss With Less Hunger

Many people like to define their diet based on macro ranges, such as: low-carb, ketogenic, high-fat, low-fat, high-protein, or high-carb. However, if you want to control your appetite, reduce body fat, and improve your health, you probably want to know if your chosen dietary preference works. Everyone agrees that consciously restricting calories can be difficult.  […]

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Vegan vs Keto For Diabetes

I recently watched the Mastering Diabetes teleseminar on ketogenic diets with high hopes of picking up some gems of wisdom from the rising stars of the plant-based diabetes community. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed with what I heard. I shared my frustration on Facebook. Robb Wolf suggested I put together a response to some of the […]

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Nutrient density at macronutrient extremes

In the previous article, Which Nutrients is YOUR Diet Missing?, we looked at nutrient density and the micronutrients that you might be lacking when following popular dietary strategies such as vegan, Paleo, keto, or zero carb. As a follow-up, I thought it would be interesting to look at the effect on essential micronutrients if we […]

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energy density, food hyper-palatability and reverse engineering optimal foraging theory

In Robb Wolf’s new book Wired to Eat he talks about the dilemma of optimal foraging theory (OFT) and how it’s a miracle in our modern environment that even more of us aren’t fat, sick and nearly dead.[1] But what is optimal foraging theory[2]?   In essence, it is the concept that we’re programmed to hunt and […]

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the breakfast of champions (Chris Froome and Romain Bardet diet analysis)

My Facebook feed has been flooded lately with stories about Tour de France cyclists going low carb.[1] Or is it high protein?[2] Whatever is going on, it seems to help them run well too![3] While I’m not sure you can say that these elite cyclists have eschewed all carbohydrate-containing foods,  the trend away from processed […]

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Nutrient dense insulinogenic foods for bodybuilding

As well as identifying nutrient dense diabetic friendly foods, we can use the food insulin index to highlight more insulinogenic nutrient dense higher energy density foods for use by athletes or people wanting gain weight. This article highlights more insulinogenic nutrient dense foods that could be used by metabolically healthy people to strategically “carb up” before events, to […]

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The most nutrient dense foods for different goals

While a lot of attention is often given to macronutrient balance, quantifying the vitamin and mineral sufficiency of our diet is typically done by guesswork.  This article lists the foods that are highest in amino acids, vitamins, minerals or omega 3 refined to suit people with different goals (e.g. diabetes management, weight loss, therapeutic ketosis […]

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The cost of macronutrients [Data Analysis]

Analysis of the USDA Cost of Food at Home database shows that fat is the cheapest macronutrient. Protein is the most expensive macronutrient, however a reduced carbohydrate diet does not necessarily require an increase in protein. Reducing the amount of carbohydrate and increasing the amount of fat in your diet is the most effective way […]

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Food insulin index v2

It’s generally difficult for healthy people to eat too much protein.  However the fact that protein requires some insulin to metabolise is an important consideration for people who need to inject extra to keep their blood glucose levels stable. A better understanding of the insulin response to various foods would be useful for diabetics calculating their […]

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Nutrient density index and macros

The food insulin index data demonstrates that the carbohydrate content of your food does not accurately predict insulin response. Protein requires about half as much insulin as carbohydrate. Indigestible fibre from whole foods tends to have a minimal influence on our glucose and insulin response. Dietary fat does not require a significant amount of insulin. […]

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