Zoë Harcombe Proudly Battling Obesity With The Low-Carb Message

Filed under: Podcast — @ December 17, 2010

In Episode 427 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we bring to you an engaging conversation with obesity researcher and nutritionist Zoë Harcombe all the way from the UK. She’s authored several books on the subject of diet, health and nutrition, including Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight: The Harcombe Diet and her latest release The Obesity Epidemic: What Caused It? How Can We Stop It? She’s positioned herself as one of the most outspoken and trusted advocates of livin’ la vida low-carb in the entire world. Listen to Zoë talk about why she got interested in health when her husband was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, how her battle with anorexia and binge eating in her teenage years made her much more abundantly aware of nutrition, the breakthrough she saw in her own health and food addiction while attending Cambridge University, her experience with hypoglycemia and candida that identified the carbohydrates in her diet were the culprit in her poor health, how we get people to stop obsessing over calories, whether any cultures or people groups around the world are getting it right with their nutrition, why eating real food without extensive processing is ideal, why dietitians who mean well in their advice can be so dead wrong because of the “truly evil” organizations pushing conventional wisdom, why people seem to be so trusting in medical professionals, the low-carb celebrities who have shaped her thinking on diet and why she believes we should band together in unity on the primary areas of agreement, the fat-soluble vitamin deficiency that pervades modern health, the November 2010 media exposure in the largest newspaper in the UK The Daily Mail, how 2010 has been a breakthrough year for low-carb and the role Gary Taubes has played in this, her love for Taubes’ work which helped her solidify her thinking on obesity, why she calls her nutrition plan “The Harcombe Diet” and what it entails, the one grain she is in favor of people consuming, the various phases of her program and why each is so important to transition to, why her diet plan seems to work so well–is it real food or not mixing fats and carbohydrates?, her thoughts on vegetarianism and the work of Lierre Keith, what it’s gonna take to get people to stop believing in conventional wisdom, why there is such hesitation about any changes happening, and why genuine nutritional change is going to have to happen at the grassroots level from the bottom up.

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