(not all of them mine!) . A quick summary is available below if you don’t like controversy.
Denninger’s key finding is that fast to digest carbohydrates can act as an
addictive drug and even slow to digest carbohydrates can hugely boost hunger
while a moderate protein and fat to taste diet with very low carbs kills your
hunger and results in satiation at below maintenance levels for
overweight: And thus causes reasonably
rapid net weight loss.
carb addiction your body finds a healthy weight and maintains it with almost no
of a low fat, higher carb diet are torn by hunger for more carbs, usually
overeat (if part of the bell curve of people having trouble controlling carb
hunger) and end up overweight.
body’s insulin response and can result in diabetes, heart problems and other
government/medical/industrial complex has caused many many deaths.
for food additives since World War I (and certainly World War 2) such as
hydrogenated oils, synthetic additives etc are not as safe as the government
and the food industry would have us believe and result in cravings and bodily
damage. He recommends butter over margarine, olive oil over seed oils, etc.
his amateur scientific work (ironically he might not regard it as such) in
redefining what really works and what is probably professionally generated
nonsense in the areas of diet, weight loss and exercise.
site while searching for other data, but his various articles concerning diet
and health, exercise and fitness are probably worthy of summary here all on
future and of course while it is fun to speculate about the futures that will
happen long after you are dead, it is even more fun to live long enough to
encounter them yourself, in good health (and not perched up like a wheezing
land whale on an electric cart).
relevant even to NBF readers.
abuse and overweight can easily pull the plug decades early. And as you age you
tend to slow down and pounds (and kilos) crawl on, so sooner or later, even if
you are young now, this will be of interest.
cut through official claims and disregarded apparently very formidable looking
governmental pronouncements are a manifestation of the meaning of the old Royal
Society motto, ‘nullius in verba” (nothing in mere words), or to quote the
Royal Society history page https://royalsociety.org/about-us/history/
translates as ‘take nobody’s word for it’. It is an expression of the
determination of Fellows to withstand the domination of authority and to verify
all statements by an appeal to facts determined by experiment.
the first age of science. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Society
exercise experimental data back and forth across the internet around the
gridlocked peer-reviewed mess that may have killed many people through
generations of bad dietary advice is a throwback to an earlier scientific age
and –perhaps—a harbinger of a third debureaucratized age of science.
before and after diet pictures and a description of the process by which he
figured out what was going on with his body (why weight gain when following
official advice was nearly inevitable, and why something against official
guidelines worked)—but given the vast epidemic of obesity and diabetes which is
probably taking millions of lives a year world wide (because many other
countries follow the US Government lead) —it is literally a life and death issue
traffic control system that allowed merely a thousand people a year to die
needlessly you would not hear the end of it. Why should a health advice
governmental/scientific structure that results in such mortality rates not be
fair game for modification?
gridlock that may have produced the official pronouncements that Karl Denninger
has (in his own person) operationally disproved—in his mini-book http://thestoryofscience.blogspot.co.il/
Credit is given for the mere act of a ‘peer
reviewed’ publication regardless of whether the stuff is true and useful – or
false and harmful.
constitute modern ‘science’ are not real science but instead merely a
professional research bureaucracy, thus fake or pseudo-science; regulated by
peer review (that is, committee opinion) rather than the search-for and
service-to reality. Among the consequences are that modern publications in the
research literature must be assumed to be worthless or misleading and
should always be ignored.
around 1950, in the several generations since then the official structures (and
funding) have grown beyond dreams, but we have not reaped comparable gains. See
for Dr. Charlton’s feelings why not. )
simply because my first reaction to official governmental dietary
recommendations such as thesehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_USDA_nutrition_guides
being WRONG was utter disbelief.
of, ‘the government knows best’, ‘the
government knows what is doing’, ‘let government experts handle it and let the
amateurs go home’ and so forth.
mistakes, even go bad, but huge incorruptible government organizations? How could such a thing happen? (Hint: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulatory_capture) Better to believe that it was impossible…
deliberately misstate true levels of unemployment and inflation in real cost of
living for its own convenience. Release false statistics?
intentionally. But with enough twisting of facts (a guy unemployed 5 years
is no longer considered unemployed; soaring prices in what you would eat aren’t
really inflation if you will substitute equivalents) the official version
no longer matches reality.
advice (the old food pyramid etc) and in the peer reviewed publications.
my own diet process. Until I read Denninger I never understood why I could lose
weight (serious amounts about 5 times in my lifetime) yet it always came back.
Now I know the mechanism by which the fat creeps back, (carb generated hunger
spikes) and thanks to Karl for pointing it out.
condensed here to save space and to ease the reader’s task. (And frankly, Karl
sometimes uses impertinent language so don’t follow the links unless prepared
to be sandblasted with rough words sometimes….)
with pictures, shows his 60 lb loss from 210 to 150, and comments how his
lifestyle change does not change back after years and no he has not put
the weight back on.
he is saying is, if you aim to get out of an obesity state, you can’t just
‘go on a diet’ and then go off it, you have to change the way you eat.
so-called “food pyramid” was never created by scientific inquiry
– but with what Karl charges was agribusiness influence and outright
- Fat in
food does not make you fat. It
calms body hunger.
carbohydrates, make you fat because the body can only have so much
glycogen in reserve at one time.
After that, it goes straight to fat to keep you from dying from
excess blood sugar.
consequent insulin response makes you hungry after eating carbs. If the
bag of pretzels is still there you probably will finish it.
who eat low carb all the time have low glycogen reserves and no hunger.
This shows that it’s the carb spike that leads to hunger response, not the
hunger response to glycogen reserve level.
- If you
eat when glycogen reserves are full, it goes, as stated above, straight to
low fat version of foods with extra tasty carbs (sugar, corn syrup, grains
etc) will make you first ravenous and then fat. Counter-intuitive but
- Processed seed and vegetable oils very high in Omega-6 fatty acids
are a new thing on a mass scale in the last hundred years or so and can cause
systemic inflammation in the body. This
is very bad if the inflammation is in your coronary arteries. Many post World War 2 food solutions
are charged by Mr Denninger to be
essentially slow poisons.
- (Link to
outside essay on these oils http://www.thescreamonline.com/essays/essays5-1/vegoil.html)
- You can’t
count calories accurately enough to maintain your weight. But your body can and
will unless you mess it up with chemicals and carb related strike-counterstrike
- A pound of
body fat is around 3600 calories. If off counting by 100 calories a day
(impossible outside a controlled lab setting) you could gain a pound of fat a
month or so. After 10 years you could gain 100 lbs—or the reverse, you might
suddenly look alarmingly thin.
- This does not happen if you eat a diet that
does not blow away the body’s ability to regulate your eating through hunger
and satiety signals.
Denninger’s weight has not varied more than 5 pounds in 3 years—and he does not
count calories. He just has a list of foods he won’t eat, and he eats according
to his rules whenever he is hungry.
This is a net accuracy of 20-50 calories a day, impossible on a
conscious level essentially proving his point.
- A normal
body has just a teaspoon of sugar in the blood stream at any time.
- In this article, Karl makes these points: (Paraphrased)
- Denninger’s diet cuts back most
carbohydrates and grains, (0 to 100
grams of carbs a day usually under 50—and never fast carbs like bread and
- Results included drastically reduced
hunger. Especially when Karl ate more saturated fats, which he regards as
perfectly healthy despite official pronouncements and gives evidence in his
- He eliminated vegetable and hydrogenated
fats except olive oil.
- In his belief fast carbs are an addictive
- This addiction leads to obesity, which
can in extreme forms cause damage to the insulin response system, possible
diabetes, amputation, blindness and death in extreme cases. Drugs can slow this (at vast expense) but
not shield against it.
- Eating right can stop new damage slowly
cumulative damage may be partially healed.
But you will be in much better health as age sets in and benefit
(paraphrased): “The lipid
hypothesis, that cardiovascular disease was caused by high serum (that is,
blood) cholesterol levels and that was caused by eating a high-fat diet which
is the predicate upon which all “cholesterol modification” therapies
rest is at best questionable.”
“Since there are only three forms of food — carbohydrate, protein and fat, if
you eat less fat you must eat more of either protein or carbohydrate. Very large amounts of protein are both
extremely expensive and known to be tough on the kidneys, so the shift was
obvious — toward carbohydrates. The
agricultural lobby pressed for and furthered this and then added on to it
extremely cheap sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup. You see, when you remove fat from food it
tends to taste like cardboard, so sugar in its various forms was substituted.”
In this article, Karl makes these points:
- Type 2
diabetes has a strong correlation with obesity which appears to be triggered by
consuming more than a very minimal amount of fast carbs like grains sugars etc.
- The US
Government has promoted consumption of these very carbs, including high-fructose corn syrup, which
functionally is like an addictive drug for a considerable percentage of
- Indeed the
very suggestion of going to a near zero carb diet causes panic, people
literally say they ‘can’t give up their carbs’. But not, its’s not addictive, why would you say that?
- Some near
diabetic people who have gotten carbs out of their diets have entirely
stabilized their blood sugar without drugs.
- In the comments here:
Toujourpret volunteers it takes about 2 weeks for the carb to no-carb
transition to occur. You go through hell those first 2 weeks but it is worth it
once you break through. The hunger goes away and the pounds drop off.
- Karl: ”White rice has a glycemic index of
approximately 90, which is damn close to table sugar and worse (materially so)
than a waffle, white bread or soda crackers! Indeed, it’s HIGHER in glycemic
index than a cheese pizza and roughly the same in this regard as mashed
classical Asian peasant diet of rice (just enough to keep hunger at bay but not
away) with near zero fat –is commented on. Not having more they didn’t overeat,
despite the addictive nature of carbs.
In the prosperity of the last decades, with much more rice (and fat to
fry it in) being available even to the less well off Asian, obesity and
diabetes has exploded.
- A high fat
diet is self regulating (you get satiated) a high carb diet is addictive and
essentially a gateway to overeating, obesity and health problems.
- Reader Jackl
comments that in the ancient feast and famine economy, the availability of
carbs and the carb hunger spike were the signal to store food for the next
starvation season—but now we carb feast 12/365 and wonder why we get weight
- Outside link
to a couple that rowed across the Pacific on a high fat diet and were almost
never hungry –amazingly their hunger went away because of the ‘fat hunger off
switch’ of satiation.
those with Type 2 diabetes dropped carbs from their diet except for 100
grams a day with less than 10 of that being sugar starch and grains (ie
fast carbohydrates) and 90 grams or more in green vegetables most would
stop being obese and would have sugar levels drop to near or (actual
normal) and most literally would not require much if any medication.
insulin, people would consume less
than 8% of total caloric load from carbs and most of the rest from
fat. The alternative was to die.Eat
zero or near-zero carbohydrates and instead do eat high fat,
moderate-protein with the balance being green vegetables such that you
consume 8% of your total dietary caloric load from carbohydrate and most
of the rest from fat.
In this article, Karl makes these points: (Paraphrased)
human state in nature 5,000 years ago influences our relationship between
body and food today
were seasons for food, vegetables and fruits were varying and unreliable,
protein and fats were constant (hunting)
chemicals were obviously unknown,
Quote:” no transfats, no vegetable oils, no hydrogenated anything
and no processed grains of any sort. In
other words all of the things that spike your insulin response today did not
exist — all of the so-called “fast carbohydrates” are modern
inventions. In other words the insulin spike caused by modern eating is
biologically abnormal. Want to fight God?
Go right ahead….”
was losing athletic ability a few years ago, body mass and waistline
increasing etc. A clear path to
overweight and dysfunction in old age.
- He had
a long history of heel striking when running, a spare tire while eating
normally, and all the ‘professional’ and ‘official advice was useless. He
could govern himself with diligence and force a temporary diet and burst
of exercise and go down 10 lbs but when he followed the experts’ advice he
regained whatever he lost.
came to the conclusion that 210 pounds had to become 150 pounds or he weas
going to be 300 pounds by the time he was 70.
knew that the human body does not react to the kind of standard advice
being given out by professionals who assert they know what they are doing
and are using governmental regulations.
they are trying to recommend simply does not work. It fights the way the
body reacts. Most diets fail
because of this. You are fighting
the way the body is wired.
you eat items with a high glycemic index (grains, sugars, other fast
carbs) your body spikes insulin production and the system is stressed,
being forced to stockpile fat to lower blood sugar.
hunger response is not abated by this stockpile of fat: You don’t receive
a hunger off signal.
It amplifies the amounts of things you eat that you were not designed to
did I figure this out? I started
thinking for myself and integrating what we all learn and in fact know to
be true and when that conflicted with the so-called “conventional
wisdom” I decided to err on the side of that which we had
scientifically proved instead of what someone with a lot of letters after
their name was pontificating on.”
other words, ‘Nullius in verba’ –an actual scientific attitude (see
top of article).
only did Karl recast the dietary advice he got but also the shoe selection
advice he got from experts— the so-called “running shoes” were
trying to prevent the very heel striking
that gave him signal feedback to avoid the true cause of the hurt
to his legs, the shock loads hitting the joints instead of the calf
muscles. He got (modified quote)
“”Five Fingers” shoes (that avoided this problem—JF) and
began the “Couch to 5k” program” …I got rid of all processed
foods and began eating a high-fat, low-carbohydrate (vegetables and a few
fruits only), moderate-protein diet.
No hydrogenated anything, no sugars, no processed grains. The simple filter before it went down
the pie hole was this: if it didn’t exist 5,000 years ago don’t eat it.”
speaks for itself.
high-maintenance strainful diet
according to the advice of the experts which reaps quick weight loss
gains but is almost certainly too much effort to maintain especially once the
weight goal has been attained (or when work stress hits, etc). When the ‘thin behavior’ faking goes away,
the fat reforms onto the body.
Karl Denninger did was make a true low maintenance lifestyle change– he
altered his fat-causing behavior and the resultant fat melted away in less than
a year and it has kept off from years since—and he literally does not count
calories but eats when hungry and stops when full.
theory is the power to predict. Someone
who follows the official advice is a very poor prospect to lose weight and keep
it off. Someone who follows Denninger’s dietary advice and makes a lifestyle
change in terms of eating habits will tend to keep thin effortlessly.
fun would be an official governmental study with a third of the participants
following official governmental dietary advice, a third for a control group,
and a third following Karl’s prescription. If honestly run, it would probably
prove that the perfect diet (by government standards) that you don’t or can’t
stick to is the enemy of the good diet that gets you where you want to go.
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