Dr. Michael Dansinger on Weight Loss and Diabetes

I recently listened to an interview Jimmy Moore did with Dr. Michael Dansinger available HERE    My reason for sharing this here is that Dansinger makes a point of discussing how the big secret to weight loss is ..... drumroll please ..... achieving a calorie deficit!!!   In my opinion, it will be through the likes of Dr. Dansinger that low carbohydrate approaches take their rightful place among the mainstream approaches for weight loss, healthy living and disease management.  No gimmicks.  No wild claims.  Just the facts ma'am.  And a plug for compliance/consistency being the real key in the end.

For those who don't recognize the name, Dansinger is the lead author on probably the first famous diet comparison study to compare a real LC diet with other approaches:  Comparison of the Atkins, Ornish, Weight Watchers, and Zone Diets for Weight Loss and Heart Disease Risk Reduction.  While the results were mostly a wash, this study demonstrated that LC performed similarly to other approaches for CVD markers, misperceptions being something that plagues LC diets to this day.   

Since then, Dansinger has been tapped to head up the Diabetes Community over at WebMD.  He is also a consultant on The Biggest Loser.  He discusses REVERSING diabetes on his WebMD blog and in that podcast.  I like this and don't get hung up on his semantics:  using remission v. cure.  It's a cautionary use of the word that is appropriate:  return to former habits, diabetes comes back, the underlying genetics, propensity towards metabolic disturbances and perhaps damage remain.   

Apparently many on TBL employ a low fat version of Atkins.  I swear I heard Jimmy Moore gasp in that interview at that!!  But here is a mainstream doctor with a lot of cred saying this and treating people with this approach with considerable success.  He also discusses using moderate low carb (80g range) in treating diabetes, doesn't shun fruits, etc.

Kudos Doc!


Melchior Meijer said…
But eating less calories might be easier with a paleo approach (quite fresh form the press):

CarbSane said…
True Melchior! Why is this so difficult for so many to admit, let alone embrace? Dansinger does state that many Biggest Loser contestants are able to sustain 1500 cal/day and all that exercise eating lower carb diets. The one thing with Paleo is that, to many, animal body fats are quite a bit less appealing (as in overdoing) than dairy fats. Plus the higher carb intake IS satiating.

I don't think Jimmy would have regained so much weight in 2007-8 had he not bought into the whole carb hypothesis nonsense of Taubes. If one looks at his menus from that time he was consuming an enormous amount of calories (like as if he were training for Olympic powerlifting or something) and weight training very modestly.

This interview was conducted well before mine. I wonder why Jimmy seemed to press me about the whole calories/insulin thing. Dansinger is not his first highly respected podcast guest to address calories, even Dr. Westman (The New Atkins) was pretty forthright about this. Denial?
Melchior Meijer said…
Good point about differences in palatability between a slab of fat and a nice piece of French brie ;-).
CarbSane said…
Mmmmmmm brie! I could eat a whole wedge :) I can get in trouble with cheese.

I do love the taste of slightly charred broiled fat on a good steak, but I'm not a fan of grease. When I make stews, broths, chili, etc., I drain most of the fat or skim it off the top. Blasphemy in some circles I suppose, but don't like that mouth feel. The only way I enjoy non-crisped fat is in a good prime rib, but there still has to be a flavorful "skin" on that fat!
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