Before we leave Charlotte Young, I’ve got good news
Providing the rest of the diet contained 1500 calories and 30 grams of carbohydrate for those of you who have been trying to lose weight with the major commercial plans. Most of them have been trying to get you thin with diets containing 60% or more carbohydrate. Dr. Young’s highest diet was only 35% carbohydrate. But what I, in treating 20,000 weight loss patients, and Charlotte Young in her meticulous research, and virtually every other scientist who has actually studied low carbohydrates diets have discovered, is that the more the carbohydrate, the less the body fat lost.
Here’s the part of the story that has hurt you the most. What do you think happens to exciting, breakthrough potential medical research when it runs afoul of the medical establishment? Does the truth come out, no matter what? Can the establishment win even though truth is not their ally? The answer to that can be deduced from recent history. Power wins. Once the AMA spoke out, no further research on the question of metabolic advantage was ever done in the U.S. And that’s one of the major reasons why you’re struggling with your weight and getting nowhere. The proper, easy solution is not being offered as one of your options.
Fortunately for the world, German science is not as inhibited by AMA position statements as is American research, and on the European continent, metabolic advantage continued to be explored. One example was a study done at the University of Wurzburg on 45 patients who were studied in the hospital for 5 weeks.12 Once again the low carbohydrate diet demonstrated a significant metabolic advantage, this time an extra 9.24 pounds was lost on the low carbohydrate version of the 1000 calorie diet. Moreover, careful water balance studies demonstrated that the proportion of those extra pounds that could be set down to water loss was not significant. Five other German studies13 make the score:
Number of studies showing metabolic advantage 10 Number of studies showing no advantage on ketogenic diet 0 Perhaps you will now understand how Harry Kronberg, the patient I mentioned in Chapter 2, was able to lose fifty pounds in three months on a diet containing an abundance of calorically dense foods, even though in the previous three years all he had been able to do on a moderately low fat balanced diet was gain 70. This does not contradict reason, but it is an outstanding example of metabolic advantage.
Let’s look at the mathematics and then you’ll understand that Harry isn’t losing all this weight because he’s restricting his calories.
It works like this. To lose a pound a week one has to be eating 500 fewer calories a day than one bums up in energy. To gain a pound a week, one eats 500 calories a day more. Harry had been gaining half a pound a week for 35 months, which means he was taking in 250 calories a day too many. He was eating three full meals with chicken and fish for dinner and he was taking in 2129 calories a day.