The latest research supports my eating plan for weight loss AND health

A series of papers comparing different eating plans support my eating plan (see last page of my newsletter).

In one study, people who’d lost weight (10-15%) in a program then got 1 of 3 eating plans:

  1. Low carbs (like Atkins)
  2. Complex carbs, with balanced healthy fats and protein (my plan; low glycemic index)
  3. Low fat, high carbs

The low fat, high carb folks saw their energy expenditure go down and their stress hormones go up (cortisol).  Less energy expenditure could lead to difficulty maintaing the weight loss. The Atkins-type diet was associated with more inflammation.

Given the increase in inflammation seen, it’s not surprising that in another study, women in Sweden who ate an Atkins diet with low carbs had more cardiovascular disease.  This may reflect more red meat intake with its bad fats (healthy fats include olive oil, fish oils).

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.


  1. Hi my name is Ines but every one calls me Nancie im 47 years old i need hip both hip replaced also have athritis from my waist down every thing hurts all day like that can`t walk to far or stand to long I know I have to lose some weight but it`s hard for me what can I do, can you help me i`m @ 255#

  2. I’m not in a position to provide individual care. My goal is to share my experiences. Best wishes.

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