Ask The Low-Carb Experts
Jimmy Moore Presents his latest podcast, Ask The Low-Carb Experts. Listeners like YOU can call in LIVE every thursday evening at 7PM US Eastern time. Just call (712) 432-0900 and use the access code 848908 or you can Skype the show for FREE by calling the username freeconferencing.7124320900.


Weight Loss Obstacles




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Duke researcher and health practitioner Dr. Eric Westman is a lifestyle medicine physician specializing in disease prevention primarily through the use of low-carbohydrate nutritional approaches that often improve conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, PCOS, metabolic syndrome, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease and more. He's the co-author with Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek on the New York Times bestselling book The New Atkins For A New You (listen to my interview with him about this book in Episode 338 of "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show") and has performed some of the most influential scientific research on low-carb diets in the world over the past decade. He regularly teaches his patients about low-carb diets and has heard virtually every objection about it over the years. That's why he'll be here with us dispelling the myths people still believe about low-carb living.

If you have any questions about the low-carb myths that are out there that you would like for Dr. Eric Westman to address (anything and everything is fair game--he's hear it all!), then feel free to send it to me by 3PM ET this Thursday afternoon at Or you can ask your question LIVE on my show by calling (712) 432-0900 or Skype the show for FREE by calling the username freeconferencing.7124320900. Whether you call or Skype, be sure to use the access code 848908. Listen LIVE and leave us a review at iTunes if you like what you hear. This is your chance to interact with the best nutritional health experts in the world, so don't be bashful.

Direct download: atlcx-15-dr-eric-westman.mp3
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AIR DATE: April 19, 2012 at 7PM ET
FEATURED EXPERT: Dr. Larry McCleary --
FEATURED TOPIC: Episode 14: “Diet And The Three A's: ADHD, Autism and Alzheimer's”

Neurosurgeon Dr. Larry McCleary is the retired Acting Chief of Neurosurgery at Denver Children’s Hospital. His latest book Feed Your Brain Lose Your Belly examines the close interconnection between the role of gut health, nutrition and the health of your brain (listen to my interview with Dr. McCleary about this book in Episode 463 of "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show"). His special areas of expertise involve the neurological system and metabolic medicine which makes him very highly-qualified to address the role that diet plays on mental health ailments such as ADHD, Autism and Alzheimer's. Can these be prevent or even reversed through the use of nutrition? That's what we be explored in greater detail in this podcast with Dr. McCleary.



Here are some of the questions we addressed in this podcast:

DANNY'S COMMENT: Haven't needed my ADHD meds since I reduced carbs.

MARTA'S COMMENT: My son is in the autism spectrum and last year when I started Atkins and was restricting certain foods in the house - he adapted to a "modified" Atkins way of eating. I noticed about 6 months ago how he has changed - for the better. Originally he was also diagnosed with ADHD - his re-diagnosis as of last month is that he does not have ADHD anymore!! He has become such a happier, more outgoing child and yes he does not like a lot of foods - his favorites are broccoli, cucumbers and salad, and he has always been a big meat eater. He has peanut and tree nut allergies so candy and sweets were never a big part of his diet. He does like an occasional hershey bar or cup of ice cream - and I let him. Its not every day. AND he also has Tourette's which has subsided too with NO MEDS!!!!!!!

The modern diet is dreadfully low in omega 3 and high in omega 6 FA’s – are these implicated in the 3 A’s?

What are the physiologic effects on the brain of ketosis? Do those effects protect the brain from the 3 A’s? Does the mother's diet during pregnancy lead to the child developing autism and ADHD?

Are you familiar with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's GAPS diet protocol (listen to Episode 557 of "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show" for Jimmy's interview on this) for these conditions and if so what are your thoughts about the program? Do you believe these conditions are primarily diseases of digestion and gut flora dysbiosis and "leaky gut"?

Are there any specific nutrition recommendations for people with ADHD? I have 2 adult children and a hubby who could use some more direction. We have a variety of eating styles going on in the home. I'm Paleo, my son (25) is Primal, my daughter (20) is Gluten-Free and hubby (48) can't quite decide if he is just Gluten-free or if he wants to go back to a SAD diet.

Please ask him about how magnesium plays into the Three A's? What are his thoughts on how important magnesium is and why the modern human is so high in calcium and low on magnesium?

Given that all three conditions share the same mineral deficiency -- Magnesium -- what is Dr. McCleary's recommendation on the best way to measure its status within our body? What levels of magnesium has he learned from his research into this that correlate most with these three conditions? What is the ideal ratio of Calcium to Magnesium to keep these three conditions in check?

If you have an autistic child who is fruit and vegetable phobic, how do you get around that? It's quite common with my son Luke who is now 16 and eats relatively low carb. We tried fish oil supplementation and it made no difference. And he's been diagnosed with Asperger's, ADHD and Dyspraxia and his father also has Asperger's. Last year he lost 28 pound and 7 inches off his waist eat low-carb and he is now at a normal BMI. Luke takes slow release ritilin too. We tried doing the natural version first, but we were desperate and my son was miserable. He only takes medication when at his special needs private school to help with his concentration.

WIth autism, there are structural differences in the brain. How far can diet go in correcting autistic symptoms with these brain changes being present?

We've read recently of the value of coconut oil in helping to prevent Alzheimer's. Many of us cook with it and put it in our coffee every morning. Can you give us your suggestions on how much would be needed to be taken to make a difference?

Which commonly consumed foods (i.e. sugar, wheat, etc.) should be eliminated when someone has autism and what improvements could someone expect to see?

Kids with autism and Asperger's tend to have trouble with eating in general. Textures, smells, tastes, mixing foods and how the food looks on the plate can cause problems. Some kids like this don't like change either. For my ADHD-diagnosed daughter, I am afraid to try changing her diet to low-carb because it will be very restrictive in the beginning at least to find out what foods she is most sensitive too. I am afraid that putting her on a restrictive diet will cause problems either physical or psychological. She is 13 and slowly accepting more food but still only likes one kind of fruit (apples) and just few vegetables. She would rather go hungry than eat things that stress her out. I have been trying for years to get her to be less picky but it's a very long process. Any suggestions?

Some studies have shown that chemicals used in the growing process of some of the top selling fruits such as Grapes, Strawberries, Peaches, etc. play a major role in ADHD, autism and Alzheimer's. What role do these toxins play and if you go organic instead what are the top foods to be consumed?

My son is 18 and has Asperger's. He is graduating high school and heading to college in the summer. At the age of 18, do you think it would be worth attempting to put him on a low-carb diet? He struggles, as most Asperger's kids do, with the social aspects of relationships. I am a low-carber myself who has consistently kept 20 pound off for the past year. At his age, I would have to try to convince him to do it. Any suggestions about doing that and if you think low-carb will help him?

My son has Asperger's syndrome. He is addicted to milk and won't give it up. He's extra picky about food and doesn't like certain textures such as meat--only chicken nuggets. I guess my question is what should I do about nutrition with a picky Asperger's/autistic child?

My mind is absolutely more calm and I don't feel as much irritation against other people now when I eat low-carb as I did before. My temper was definitely my enemy. I have not been diagnosed with ADHD but my education as a school teacher has given me a working knowledge about it. I have no doubts about the relationship between ADHD and a high-carb diet. Is it too late for me to avoid Alzheimer's at the age of 54 and can I heal from the many years of damage my poor nutritional choices inflicted on me?

Is there a point in Alzheimer's Disease where you have no hope of trying to reverse the effects of the disease with diet? My aunt has lost all memory of who anyone is, and I've been trying to convince her sons to request a dietary change for her to see if there could be improvement, i.e. adding coconut oil. However, I'm afraid that at this point it is far too late.

I heard mention of a new study that suggested that low-carb diets, particularly if they're supplemented with coconut oil and induce ketosis, can slow or arrest cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease. I am looking for the reference because I wanted to see if it's a good study. Are you aware of this research?

What is the role of ketosis in treating Alzheimer's and why it might not be as beneficial for those with the APO-E4 genotype (according to the work of Samuel T. Henderson). Is there anything we can do for those folks with the APO-E4 genotype who presently have the disease?

I have my own hypothesis that the low-fat diet craze over the past 40 years is a strong contributing factor to ADHD, autism, and other behavioral issues in childhood (because the young brain is deprived the needed fats that are crucial for normal brain development). Does Dr. McCleary feel the same?

Direct download: atlcx-14-dr-larry-mccleary.mp3
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Fitness and nutrition expert Dr. Cassandra Forsythe is highly-qualified to discuss the topic of low-carbing women and weight lifting. With a PhD in Exercise Science and Nutrition from the University of Connecticut (under the tutelage of former ATLCX podcast guest Dr. Jeff Volek) and a Registered Dietitian (RD), Cassandra has the educational background to address this critically important subject that is far too often misunderstood. Additionally, she’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN) which means there’s experience there to back up her book knowledge. She owns and operates the gym Fitness Revolution Vernon in Vernon, CT which in March 2012 won a Readers’ Choice contest for “Best Place to Work Out” in that area. Cassandra is well-known for her expertise in low-carbohydrate diets, nutrition for fat loss, and all aspects of female health which is why she addressed your questions on this topic. I had her as a guest in Episode 154 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” a few years back and we were happy to have her here with us to talk about low-carbing women and weight loss.



Here are some of the questions we addressed in this podcast:

Where does a woman begin when embarking on a weight lifting program if they have never done it before? How many days per week should they lift? What about the machines for resistance training at the gym?

I keep reading that if I don’t want to lose muscle mass, I must lift weights. But I want to know if you can do more than simply “not lose” muscle. I want to put on muscle! I have lifted weights pretty regularly over the years, and I feel pretty strong. But at age 60, what is a reasonable amount of muscle that I can put on?

I’d be curious to know your guests’ opinion on working out either with weights or HIIT-style when adrenal issues are in play. I’m 45 years old, have Hashimoto’s, constantly struggling with anemia, low hemoglobin & other CBC markers, etc. Cortisol saliva tests shows low levels in the AM and high in the PM. Under doctor’s care for all of these issues. My diet is low-carb Paleo with daily dose of sweet potato or starch at the evening meal. Body composition is approximately 20-30 pounds overweight.

Would it be better in the short-term to put aside the higher intensity and maybe focus on walking or yoga? If it’s OK to continue with the HIIT (I do 3x per week kettlebells/TRX), is it important to do at a particular time of the day to optimize energy?

For those of us who could write the book “I Hate To Exercise,” here are some questions:

- How beneficial would 5-7 high intensity (1 Minute) intervals be?

- Is it effective to strength train just doing 2 or 3 reps in the evenings most days? I am one of those with wobbly upper arms that drives me crazy & have not seen much benefit even with a trainer.

- There is slow burn and fast sets in lifting weights. Is it just a matter of what someone is willing to do and enjoys?

How often do you come across female low carb and/or Paleo weight lifters who lose their menstrual cycle? What advice would you give them to get their cycle back? Especially for someone one who is trying to get pregnant. Would you suggest they up their carbs? Try to up their calorie intake? Would you suggest they exercise less, even though they might not seem to be over exercising to begin with? Or would you tell them to stop exercising all together? How long does it normally take a woman to get her cycle back once back on track?

I am a 53 year old woman, basically healthy, active, but overweight. I want to lose fat, and keep my bones healthy. What do you think about taking Creatine? How do you feel about P90X and Insanity type DVD courses or can you recommend a different one? And of course, we all want to know – can one build muscle, lose fat, and get fit on a very very low carb diet?

I’ve experimented heavily with ketogenic and cyclic ketogenic diets over the last two years and have been trying to make low-carb work together with my love off CrossFit. My problem is that when I do a straight low-carb diet (~50g/day from green vegetables) after about two weeks I feel very sluggish while trying to do high energy workouts, yet when I try to do a carbohydrate “refeed” I end up turning on the compulsive switch and losing control of my intake. Is there a point at which becoming keto-adapted will allow me to do high energy CrossFit style workouts without feeling like I have no gas in the tank?

I am 39 years old and overweight with PCOS and a lot of stubborn belly fat. I have been “slow-burning” for several years. I go to a gym that focuses on this type of weightlifting. My trainer claims that I can lift a lot of weight for a female. My muscle mass is pretty big for a woman. I have defined hamstrings and calves and I have big muscles underneath my fat on my upper body. I’m trying to lose weight eating low carb; it’s just stubborn or I am not doing something right.

Now that you have my background, my question is about muscle fatigue. If I try to ride my bike or go for long walks, my muscles tire right away and I get winded easily. When I was younger and thinner and played sports, I dealt with the same story. Big strong muscles, terrible endurance. I sort of thought by weightlifting I could help my other conditioning a bit. Should weightlifting help at all with conditioning, or is something else going on with me?

Given my size, I am not comfortable doing floor work, so I wonder if you could give me some suggestions for abdominal exercises that I can do standing up?

I absolutely LOVE to lift weights! Would lifting help with fat loss (I have about 60 pounds to lose)? I am more concerned with inches than the number on the scale…more concerned with sizes in my clothing!

I read a lot about L-Carnitine for lifting. I prefer to get my nutrition from real low-carb foods. And yet I wonder if extra L-Carnitine would help? I see it comes in pill form and in liquid mixed with glycerine. I worry about glycerine because it has carbs and a lot of calories. If L-Carnitine would help, what form should I take it in, when should I take it, and how often? Just before lifting or every day? How much? If L-Carnitine doesn’t help, are there other things I should be taking to support my lifting goals?

ORE (pronounced “Aray”) ASKS:
I am 29 years old, and I’ve recently taken up heavy lifting, after years of chronic cardio with little to no success in weight loss. I’ve got about 40 lbs to lose, and am hoping that a combination of HIIT and heavy lifting will help with weight loss. I’m wondering if there are any supplements that Cassandra could recommend in connection with weight loss efforts and/or lifting weights. Does she have any top recommendations, or even particular brands of supplements that she like?

I have a question about body composition. I think I am at a good weight – 5 ft tall, 102 pounds. But I look in the mirror and I see two bodies. The one above the waist shows muscle tone and looks good. Then I look below the waist. I have great muscle in my butt/thighs but it is buried behind that subcutaneous fat. I have never had belly fat, always a pear shape. I gave up grains about 4-5 months ago and drastically reduced sugar which has helped – my lower body is in much better proportion and the look of cellulite is greatly reduced, which was a nice surprise. But how do you ever get rid of that hip/butt/thigh flab? I already lift weights, walk, bike, roller blade – whatever comes my way. Is there any hope for us women in this area? Does this just take time? Can you offer any strategies to help burn that fat? BTW – I was never athletic as a kid which I believe has something to do with it. I never had lean good looking legs so there is nothing to go back to. Exercise for me did not come until adulthood – and consistent weight lifting came in my 40s. I am in the best shape I have ever been in.

What are some specific differences in challenges that you see with the female population and low-carb-resistance training compared to men, if any? What are some specific advantages women have over men in terms of low-carbohydrate diets and weight lifting, if any?

Direct download: atlcx-13-cassandra-forsythe.mp3
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AIR DATE: April 5, 2012 at 7PM ET
FEATURED TOPIC: “The Fallacy Of Vegan/Vegetarian Diets”

Who within the Paleo/low-carb health blogosphere doesn't love the work that Denise Minger has done over the past few years? Little did she know when she created her "Raw Food SOS" blog that it would gain such a strong following thanks to a series of posts critically examining the claims made in the infamous T. Colin Campbell book The China Study touted by vegans and vegetarians as irrefutable evidence that a plant-based diet is optimal for human health. As a former vegan herself, Denise has a lot of compassion for the struggles they go through attempting to reconcile their personal convictions about not eating meat and the reality of what that is doing to their health. She's shared her story with me previously on "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show" podcast in Episode 405 and Episode 430.

Now her debut book release entitled Death by Food Pyramid is set for late 2012 and if you haven't already read her China Study blog posts then they are an absolute MUST-READ! Denise knows all the arguments that vegans and vegetarians make for eating the way they do. But she also is abundantly aware of the flaws in logic that people who adhere to plant-based diets tend to succumb to. That's why she's here to help address the fallacy of the vegan/vegetarian way of eating and what might be a better option for them to improve their health. She will also be sharing more about this topic in her lecture on the upcoming 5th Annual Low-Carb Cruise in May 2012.

If you have any questions about vegan/vegetarian diets that you would like for Denise Minger to address, then feel free to send it to me by 3PM ET this Thursday afternoon at Or you can ask your question LIVE on my show by calling (712) 432-0900 or Skype the show for FREE by calling the username freeconferencing.7124320900. Whether you call or Skype, be sure to use the access code 848908. Listen LIVE and leave us a review at iTunes if you like what you hear. This is your chance to interact with the best nutritional health experts in the world, so don't be bashful.

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Direct download: atlcx-12-denise-minger.mp3
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