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    Welcome to The Harcombe Diet Club! We have set this up for friends and fans of The Harcombe Diet and for people interested in finding out more about the diet, who hopefully will become friends and fans.

    The Harcombe Diet is a different approach to weight loss, encouraging you to eat naturally and move naturally. Overweight is about fat stored and losing weight is about encouraging the body to release stored fat. In no way is the body as simplistic as energy in = energy out – and, therefore, we do not need to put less energy in and/or try to get more energy out. We need to eat better, not to eat less.

    The club has three membership levels and you can sign up here.

    1) Forum Member. From a little more than £1 per month you can participate as often as you like in the lively club forum, get support from other club members and share your experiences and learnings with other members. You’ll no doubt come in asking ‘daft’ questions, but we don’t consider any question daft – many other members will dive in to help you within minutes (sometimes seconds!) Within weeks, if not days, you will be an expert helping others and this will feel so good!

    2) Club Member. From less than £1 per week, this is the most popular and best value club membership option. For barely the price of a cucumber, this will give you: full forum access; access to all the articles, videos, and the growing library of FAQ’s; and access to all back issues of our magazine “Diet & Health Today”. In this we cover the ‘big issues’ from “Why don’t I lose weight if I eat less?”; “Where do the calories go?!”; “Where does exercise fit in with weight loss?”; “Why have I got fat around my middle especially?”
    Club Membership also gets you access to a private 'Ask Zoe' forum, where you can get your more challenging questions answered by Zoe, herself.
    As soon as you join at this level (and you can unsubscribe at any time) you have immediate access to all back issues of the magazine, weekly diet tips and the full information ‘library’. This membership provides excellent value for money and is our most popular membership plan.

    3) Plus membership will give you everything that Club Membership offers – all the FAQ’s, videos, articles, magazine back issues, 'Ask Zoe' private forum, unmoderated forum access. PLUS – Plus members can have their own personal blog running and a personal photo album. You can customise your blog and many members are having great fun putting their experiences and opinions on line for others to see and to keep an online diary of their own progress. As the club is openly available for viewing, you can send friends and family the link to your blog so that they can follow you without needing to be members.

    There are a number of ‘super members’ in the club who are also on hand to answer your queries – we will be helping you together!
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    If you're new to this site, please read this post first. It explains how the site is organised and how to gain access to participate. ...
    Published on 11th May 2015 07:39 PM
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    On Election Day, ITV aired a generally positive programme about fat. The full programme can be seen here. The programme started off so well (inspired by our February journal article saying that there was no evidence for the total fat or saturated fat dietary guidelines), but sadly ended with the usual platitude “moderation, eat less, move more.” Duh! In between, some volunteers tried a high real food, low processed food diet and did very well – a couple losing 2kg each in a week despite not eating less.

    The day after the programme, The Independent, and a few other newspapers, reported “High-protein diets increase risk of weight gain, study finds”.

    The abstract can be found here. Sadly it’s not on open view, but I’ve managed to get hold of a copy to review it for you.

    Published on 27th April 2015 07:31 PM
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    You cannot outrun a bad diet

    Three of the people, with whom I was honoured to share a platform at the February 2015 South African conference, published an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on Thursday 23rd April. Dr Assem Malhotra, a cardiologist, and Professors Tim Noakes and Stephen Phinney – the latter two also sports scientists – collaborated on the article. The British Journal of Sports Medicine sent some reporters to the February conference, so they were well placed to see the credentials and experience of the authors.

    The BBC covered the article here, worth checking the link if only for the great interview with the lead author: Dr Aseem Malhotra.

    The editorial is just a page long, but it packs a real punch with several key messages:

    - Exercise is a great thing to do, but not for weight loss.

    - As obesity has rocketed, there has been little change in activity levels, so inactivity cannot be the driver for obesity.

    - The food industry’s PR machine is dedicated to supporting the calorie theory and the idea that consuming junk is not a problem – we just need to exercise the junk off. The most staggering statistic in the article was that Coca-cola alone spent £3.3 billion on advertising in 2013.

    Published on 20th April 2015 07:30 PM
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    Paracetamol, Pain, Pleasure, Prozac and Weight

    A couple of years ago, an active 60 something neighbour shared that she had been suffering chronic pain, but she had been prescribed something called amitriptyline and it was helping noticeably. I was curious, so I did what I always do when I hear of a drug and searched for the PIL (Patient Information Leaflet). I was surprised to discover that amitriptyline is a pretty heavy duty anti-depressant.

    I hadn’t thought any more about this until a headline last week “Paracetamol kills feelings of pleasure as well as pain”. A comment from Professor Baldwin Way, one of the researchers, caught my eye: “People who took paracetamol didn’t feel the same highs or lows as did the people who took placebos.

    If you’ve ever heard someone describe taking anti-depressants, they typically say: “things even out”; “you don’t get the lows, you don’t get the highs”. This study is, I believe, the first to show that one of the most common painkillers, taken by millions of people world-wide, may have a similar effect, albeit on a slight scale.


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