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How Walter White lost weight in “Breaking Bad”

Raw Brussels Sprouts, one of many low-carb vegetables.
Photo Copyright: Steve Parker

In 2014 Howard Stern interviewed Bryan Cranston and asked how he lost weight so quickly for his role as Walter White on Breaking Bad:

“Stern: When you had chemo and was getting sick playing the part of Walter White, in order to go through rapid weight loss you deliberately didn’t eat for 10 days? True or false?

Cranston: False.

Stern: How’d you lose all that weight?

Cranston: No carbohydrates. I just took out all the carbohydrates.

Stern: How much weight did you drop?

Cranston: 16 pounds, in ten days.

Stern: Painful?

Cranston: No. The first three days are really hard, ’cause your body’s changing and craving sugar and wants, you know, and then you deprive it of the sugar and it starts burning fat.”

Source: How Walter White lost weight in Breaking Bad, it wasn’t chemo – High Steaks

h/t Tom Naughton

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Karl Denninger Says He Can Cut Medicare’s Budget by 25% With One Simple Measure

Karl’s no physician, I don’t even think he has diabetes, but he’s a smart guy:

“You simply have to allow me to make the following policy change with regards to one disease — Diabetes:

  • For those with Type II diabetes we will provide unlimited metformin (cheap, off-patent generic medicine that costs pennies a day) to anyone with the disease.
  • We will provide no other care of any sort for Type II. You want or “need” it, pay cash or die. Period.
  • We will also make changes to how we deal with Type I diabetics’ insulin requirements, as detailed below, that will cut said requirements dramatically.

Now before you scream in horror that I’m a monster, listen up.

Instead of medicine and, inexorably, amputations, dialysis, hospitalization and death we’re going to prescribe a lifestyle of eating no more than 50g of carbs a day, all in green vegetables high in vitamin C (e.g. broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc.)

Caloric intake is to otherwise be 70% saturated (animal) fat and 20% protein. Sugars, grains and starches, including but not limited to “white” foods (pasta, potatoes, breads, etc) are all prohibited. Zero-calorie / zero-carb spices and condiments are unrestricted, of course.

In short you eat (and don’t eat) what’s described in this post, less the fruits (since they are all fairly high-glycemic and the vitamin C requirement is taken care of.)

For most Type II diabetics eating this way will reduce their need for other drugs, including insulin, to a literal zero and since their blood sugar will normalize their need for many-times-a-day testing will also disappear, getting rid of both the pain of sticking one’s finger repeatedly and the cost.

For those who it doesn’t the metformin is there to help.

We will also accommodate all actual, documented exceptions — that is, those people for whom this lifestyle change legitimately doesn’t work.

Those who claim “it doesn’t work” will be locked in an isolation ward where they will be fed that diet for two weeks (with no access of any sort to any other source of sustenance) and be able to prove that for them, individually, it doesn’t work. If they’re right then they will get whatever medication or other intervention is necessary provided they keep to the lifestyle change. But if that empirical test shows that it does work (and it will for virtually everyone) then their ass will be discharged, the fact that they refuse to change what they eat will be noted in their chart and further complaints of “impossibility” will be ignored.”

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I Told You So: Low-Carb Diets Help Control Diabetes

Reviewers at London Metropolitan University wondered if carbohydrate restriction was a legitimate approach to controlling diabetes. No surprise to me, they conclude that it is:

“A carbohydrate restricted diet can provide a safe and effective solution for improving diabetes management and should have a place within the diabetic guidelines. The diet was effective in reducing postprandial hyperglycemia and glycaemic variability resulting in low levels of glycaemia without the risk of hypoglycaemia. The ability of the diet to reduce the symptoms of dyslipidemia is of particular importance and when compared to the traditional low fat diet for weight loss, the low carbohydrate diet was comparable and in some instances better. There were significant reductions or cessation of diabetic medication reported throughout the literature alongside a reduction in the psychological aspects of living with a long-term disease. It is possible that the current dietary advice may actually accelerate beta cell exhaustion with elevated blood glucose diminishing the islet cells ability to produce insulin.”

Action Plan. But it’s expensive: $16.95.

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Front cover of book

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Prevent Kids’ Cavities with a Low-Carb Diet, Says DietDoctor

More that a few dentists agree that carbs cause cavities.

From DietDoctor:

“Roger W. Lucas, pediatric dentist, explains the link between carbs and cavities in his book More Chocolate, No Cavities: How Diet Can Keep Your Kid Cavity-Free. Simple carbohydrates such as flour and juice feed mouth bacteria that cause cavities. On the other hand, high fat and protein foods don’t.

Source: Prevent Kids’ Cavities with a Low-Carb Diet – Diet Doctor

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Ivor Cummins Found a New Low-Carb Diet Convert: Priyanka Wali, M.D.

Dr. Wali is an internist in San Francisco. In her medical practice, she saw first-hand how standard “diabetic diets” weren’t helping her patients and many others who have carbohydrate intolerance. Welcome to the club, Dr. Wali!

PS: She’s also a good stand-up comedian.

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Kelley Pounds Says Low-Carb Purists Are Not Helping the Cause

Kelley makes a lot of good points. Click here for them.

She starts:

“There are some people who may NEED to be strict with low carb because they have a disease which requires it, those for whom excess carbs can cause an imminent, maybe even life threatening, problem, (such as those with an absolute insulin deficiency.) That’s not who I’m about talking about. Also, being strict with YOURSELF is not the problem. I am strict with myself. The problem is when you impose your standards on others.

The majority of us don’t have imminent, life threatening conditions. Often we are using low carb to address a chronic problem. We chose low carb to lose weight, control our blood sugar without any medication, or just because it is a healthy way to eat and makes us feel great!

Yet some folks have become so rigid that they cannot accept anything but perfection from themselves (which is their choice) OR ANYONE ELSE (which is the problem), especially people they know nothing about on social media. Some of these folks LOVE to comment and are quick to set others straight about what they should or shouldn’t be doing, about what low carb IS and what it ISN’T.”

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Successful U.K. Rebellion Against Official Diabetic Diet Advice

DailyMail.com has a few of the details. A snippet:

More than 120,000 people signed up to a ‘low-carb’ diet plan launched by the forum diabetes.co.uk in a backlash against official advice.
More than 80,000 of those who ditched a low-fat high-carbohydrate diet found their blood glucose level drop after ten weeks.
By rejecting official guidelines and eating a diet high in protein and low in starchy food – along with ‘good saturated fats like olive and nuts – more than 80 per cent of the patients said they had lost weight.

An article at The Times says, “The results have led doctors to call for an overhaul of official dietary guidelines.”

Regular readers here won’t be surprised by these findings.

The road to this revolution is paved with scientific studies showing that dietary saturated fat has little or nothing to do with causing cardiovascular disease. I crossed that Rubicon in 2009.

If you want the benefits of low-carb eating, check out my free Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet. The book is even better.

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: If you think carbs are bad, my books have zero net carbs.

low-carb mediterranean diet

Front cover of book

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