Tag Archives: Weight loss

Sweden just endorsed the Low Carbs High Fat Diet

Finally, Sweden has done it: in the latest expert committee convened, it has formally endorsed the low carbs high fat diet. Ever since Dr Atkins advocated the high fat and low carbohydrate diet, many people have used it to lose weight. The only drawback apparently is the boredom: patients are sick at eating cheese omelet every day. Unfortunately, Dr Atkins did not like publishing in main-stream medical journals. It created a management gap on obesity: while patients who went on the diet definitely got impressive results, doctors remained extremely skeptical.

Well for the past 10 years many studies had been done and had all found one thing: low carbs high fat diets are better than the traditionally-advised low fat high carbs diet. Patients lose more weight, has better blood sugar (which we expect) but watch this: patients who are taking a low carbs high fat diet also has better cholesterol levels!

The evidence has been so overwhelming that I am surprised that we doctors have resisted it for so long. Unfortunately doctors are all bound by the Hippocratic Oath which asks us to always respect our teachers. This may sometimes make us unwilling to challenge the “conventional wisdom”.

Indeed for all my patients with diabetes, I strongly advise the low carbs high fat diet. However I advise them to eat the healthier fats such as fats from fish, nuts, olive oil etc. Indeed a very Mediterranean diet which has been shown to save lives.

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Problem of Slimming Drugs sold as “Supplements”

ImagePhoto Courtesy: Health Sciences Authority Singapore

If you are taking Oxylite Pro now, stop taking them immediately. The Health Sciences Authority of Singapore had issued an alert after Oxylite Pro had been found to cause liver injuries. An analysis of the ingredients found the potent chemicals 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA) and yohimbine. Those chemicals have caused liver injuries.

Oxylite Pro is marketed as a magic weight loss supplement. Looking at the ingredient from its website, it probably works to some extent, as it contains DMAA and yohimbine which are stimulants and caffeine that increases the metabolic rate, and certain plant extracts that increases thyroid hormone which in turn increases the metabolic rate.

Mainstream Western medication can be toxic if taken inappropriately. That is why even paracetamol (Panadol) in overdoses can harm the liver. That is the reason only doctors can prescribe registered medication as we need to carefully weigh the potential pros and cons of any single medication. We must help, not harm patients.

A healthy diet (low in saturated fat and refined carbohydrates, high in good protein and fibre) and regular exercise is the best way of weight loss. Please discuss with your doctor before you want to take any of the over-the-counter supplements that promise quick fixes for weight loss.