Open Future HealthDr Trudi Deakin - Nutritionist

University - Background.

Trudi is Chief Executive of a registered charity specialising in the research, development, implementation and audit of structured education for the public and healthcare professionals internationally. Trudi’s first degree in Nutrition and Dietetics was obtained in 1993, followed by a teaching qualification in 1998 and a doctorate in diabetes in 2004.

As the founder X-PERT Health and the author of the portfolio of X-PERT Programmes, Trudi has trained over 1,000 healthcare professionals to become X-PERT Educators, which has permitted the delivery of structured education to over 200,000 people at risk of, or diagnosed with, diabetes.

Dr Trudi Deakin - Diabetes Specialist

"3 Reasons Why We Need To Bin Dietary Guidelines In Relation To Saturated Fat"

A growing body of evidence is turning the tide on the low-fat dietary advice. A vast collection of studies are changing the dieting landscape, as experts open their eyes to the real enemy targeting our waistlines - carbohydrates. Dietitian, Dr Trudi Deakin, has revealed her diet is 82 per cent fat - and claims she has never felt healthier.

Dr Deakin said: "Traditionally, the advice has been high-carbohydrate, low-fat diets are best. We should stop promoting carbohydrates in people with diabetes, I started being contacted by diabetic patients and GPs who had started a low-carb diet and found it to be successful."

"Despite that, patients told me their diabetes care team were still promoting a high-carb diet. GPs have been telling me for years they had seen patients coming through on a low-fat high-carb diet but complaining it wasn't helping them."


Dr Deakin said she started 3 years ago but once she was fat adapted she no longer had the appetite to eat 3 meals per day. Now she only eats once or twice per day. Adopting a LCHF dietary approach naturally leads to intermittent fasting!

I find that interesting because about a year ago this was Trudi's regularly daily menu, that she found to be filling and full of variety. It's much like the menu I was eating six months ago. For me, lunch is bcomming a non-event.

So this is still a useful guide how people begin on a LCHF diet. Begin with a good breakfast.
BREAKFAST: Three eggs cooked in the microwave with butter and cheese, like a souffle, served with oily fish - smoked salmon or mackerel - or avocado.
LUNCH: A bowl of berries with double cream or a homemade walnut scone, made with ground almonds rather than flour, served with double cream
DINNER: Meat or fish with a serving of vegetables cooked in butter

Low Carb Pilot study in a Hertfordshire GP surgery.

Dr Deakin said around 80 patients were given the choice of attending two educational sessions, one on a Wednesday, and the other on a Friday.

All those who opted for the mid-week session were taken through the low-carbohydrate high-fat approach. The individuals attending on Fridays were told to follow the standard dietary advice, where the emphasis is on eating more carbohydrates and opting for low-fat options.

Weight loss and waist circumference were recorded at six weeks.
The results, Dr Deakin said, were emphatic - a high-fat diet helps you lose weight faster than a low-fat alternative.

The Wednesday group had reduced their carbohydrate intake from 48 per cent of their daily calories, to 14 per cent. As a result, they had increased their fat intake as a percentage of their calories from 32 to 59. After six weeks, they had lost an average of 6lb (2.8kg) and their average waist circumference had fallen by 3.1cm.

In comparison, the group on a standard high-carb, low-fat diet, lost an average of 3.5lb (1.6kg) and 1.3cm from their waist measurement.

Weight loss and waist circumference at two months
The group eating a high-fat, low-carb diet lost on average 11lb (5kg) - while dropping 9.5cm from their waist circumference. 'Eating fat has a greater satiety value and so you feel fuller for longer and you don't have to eat as often.'

Meanwhile the group on the high-carb, low-fat plan only lost 1kg, and 0.1cm from their waists. When people try to lose weight on a high-carb diet is people give in because they feel hungry.

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