David and Goliath: Dr. Briffa Versus National Health Service on Low-Carb Diets

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service last year published guidelines favoring low-fat weight-loss diets over low-carb ones. Dr. John Briffa objects:

See here for a comprehensive review of 23 studies which demonstrates superior results achieved by low-carb diets with regard to weight loss and disease markers. To my mind, dietician Sian Porter and the NHS Choices website have done a bad job of communicating the facts and summarising the evidence. I wish to formally complain about the inaccuracies in this article and its (to me) clear bias and lack of balance.

Read the whole enchilada (plus this update).

Steve Parker, M.D.


Filed under Weight Loss

5 responses to “David and Goliath: Dr. Briffa Versus National Health Service on Low-Carb Diets

  1. Jan

    Dr. Briffa published his update in May of 2014 and ceased blogging after August 29th, 2014. Was he silenced by the NHS???

  2. tedhutchinson

    Dr Briffa’s blog, twitter, facebook pages have been totally inactive since July August last year. It would be reassuring if someone in the know, could post an update on how Dr Briffa is and let him know how much his presence is missed.

    • JZ

      This was on the Diabetes UK support forum website. He has been writing in the Daily Mail recently.

      “He’s not been nobbled – he’s a daddy !

      “An apology, an explanation and Happy New Year.
      Some of you have noticed that I have not been active on-line since August. My honest original intention was ‘to take a couple of weeks off’ while on holiday. When I took what I thought was going to be a short break from blogging, I did not imagine it turning into such an extended hiatus. And I apologise unreservedly for this ‘interruption in service’.
      Some people have emailed me and wondered if I might be ill or have been ‘nobbled by the establishment’. I’d like to thank those of you who have emailed me with genuine concern about my welfare. The fact is, nothing untoward has happened in my life. In fact, a major factor in my absence in the blogosphere was a quite joyous event: the birth of a baby daughter in May.
      As I settle into a new rhythm of life, I am holding out hope that I will return to blogging. I suspect, in the medium term at least, this will take the form of more occasional posts than I was accustomed to producing.

      In the meantime, I would like to wish you a happy and healthy New Year.
      Dr John Briffa”