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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 23rd March 2015 08:22 PM
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    Does breastfeeding make humans more intelligent?

    I was spoiled for choice for a story from last week.

    There was an interesting report from the University of East Anglia showing what it calls “the true cost of diabetes.” The projection that we’re heading for 592 million diabetics by 2035 and the estimate that the average lifetime cost to the US healthcare system for a diabetic is $283,000 should have public health care systems exploring every other option (e.g. diet?).

    Then there was one of the daftest claims I have seen: diet drinks increase waistlines in a study of over 65s in America. a) the results were tiny – over almost a decade, the diet drinkers gained an average of 2.11 cm and the non diet drinkers gained an average 0.77 cm. Try measuring your waist to even a centimetre! And b) even if this association is anything to get excited about, there’s an equally plausible direction of causation – people turn to diet drinks when they think they’re gaining a bit of weight.*

    The breastfeeding story

    Published on 23rd March 2015 05:41 PM
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    The Harcombe Diet vs. LCHF

    Having spoken at two LCHF conferences – Oslo November 2014 and South Africa February 2015 – I thought it may be useful to do a special article on LCHF vs. The Harcombe Diet, just in case any of you thought I had suddenly replaced my beloved 85% chocolate with coconut oil! Andy and I have worked on this together as a Q&A. Comments are open at the end, so please feel free to ask any questions that we may have missed...

    Q) Is The Harcombe Diet LCHF?

    A) No. Depending on what you may have done before you came across The Harcombe Diet you will likely find it lower in carb and higher in fat (if you were a calorie counter) and you’ll probably find it higher in carb and maybe lower in fat if you were doing Atkins.

    The important thing to remember about ...
    Published on 16th March 2015 08:20 PM
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    What did the recent Cochrane study on HRT show?

    On Tuesday 10th March 2015 a Cochrane study was published entitled “Hormone therapy for preventing [HRT] cardiovascular disease in post-menopausal women.”

    Cochrane reviews are the gold standard of reviews. They are called systematic reviews, which are seen as Level I evidence in the world of academia. They are undertaken by worldwide collaborators who are free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. It should be noted, however, that Cochrane researchers can only review the studies that are available and these have often been funded/supported by the pharmaceutical industry.

    This review was reported very differently in the UK media:


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