Prof. Tim Noakes – ‘Medical aspects of the low carbohydrate lifestyle’



Professor Timothy Noakes (born 1949) is a South African professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town. He has run more than 70 marathons and ultramarathons and is the author of several books on exercise and diet.

He is known for his support of a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, as set out in his book The Real Meal Revolution.

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21 Replies to “Prof. Tim Noakes – ‘Medical aspects of the low carbohydrate lifestyle’”

  1. AltNRG Account

    Question: If obese people must live on 25grams of carbs per day for the rest of there life does this mean no treats are allowed ever or can you work the occasional cheeseburger off in the gym with no ill effects?

  2. Erik L

    Someone needs to go tell all those rural Asians and Africans living on corn, rice, wheat, and potatoes that they're doing it all wrong, (even though they have non-existent rates of diabetes, heart disease , and cancer.) If we would just eat more cholesterol and oil, we could finally beat those pesky Africans in a marathon.

  3. milkweedsage

    he is one of my favourite lecturers. not only does he make what might be a boring topic interesting (not to mention clear), he does so with a sense of humour. really enjoyed this piece.

  4. thebudkellyfiles

    As a veterinarian, my answer to a farmer's question: "What do I feed to fatten up my horse, cow, pig, goat, sheep, or chickens?" The answer is: "Feed them grain." It works, it has always worked, and it will always work. Why the bleep is my doctor telling me to lose weight by eating grain??? Personally, low-carb diet makes me lose weight and improves my blood pressure and serum tests. Go off it, and I get fat. End of story.

  5. Carroll Hoagland

    Professor I liked the talk … also the
    USA AMA has failed … and of course there is no money in healthy people …… Just after WWII, the first warning were being reported in the news about the Refined-Carbohydrate Disease. Interestingly: In the 1930’s, food scientists realized that refined grains were not providing enough nutrients. Consumers, particularly children, were developing symptoms of malnutrition. (Irony 1) Thus, grain enrichment and fortification became standard. References to “The Saccharine Disease” started in 1956. … (Irony 2) Physicians have abandoned the nutritional approach to patient diagnostics and medicine, simply because they are not trained in nutrition. A key part of the Hippocratic Oath … “I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure… “, has been forgotten … 70 Going On 100.

  6. Garry Burgess

    Intermittent fasting can restore the insulin receptors relatively quickly. Insulin causes insulin resistance. But there has to be a persistent levels of insulin to cause insulin resistance. But with enough persistence, it can happen quickly. Low persistent levels up-regulates insulin receptors and dramatically improves insulin sensitivity. Twenty one days of 24 hr intermittent fasting can improve insulin sensitivity 7 fold.

  7. Kenz300 x

    McDonalds and other fast food restaurants need to do more to make the food they sell healthier by reducing the fat, salt, sugar and additives in them. They should also pay their employees enough so that they are not below the poverty level and need to apply for government assistance to survive. These companies need to make more effort to take care of their customers health and employees well being. More advertising is not needed. Better (healthier) products are.
    Send an email to their customer service department asking for healthier food products.

  8. ventende

    Why is it that some people can stuff their system full of superfast carbs and not get fat? Chocolate, pizza, candy, bread with sugary jam etc. Because their not insulin resistant? Seems weird. I have a friend that eat this crap ALL the time without gaining weight and he doesn't work out. Not a healthy way of living but still, he doesn't gain weight from it. I know several people that seems to have the ability to dodge the bi-effects of sugar. Surely there must be some substantial biological differences between people. A genetic component. There's no ONE correct way. If I ate like him I would be hugely obese.

  9. southpaw

    11:10 WAIT… mortality rates of the Inuit actually decreased as their diets became more Westernized [1] (i.e. ate more carbs). Furthermore, there are plenty instances of Eskimos with atherosclerosis involving coronary arteries and aorta [2].

    [1] Bjerregaard, Peter, T.
    Kue Young, and Robert A. Hegele. "Low incidence of cardiovascular
    disease among the Inuit—what is the evidence?." Atherosclerosis 166.2 (2003): 351-357.
    [2] Zimmerman, Michael R. "The paleopathology of the cardiovascular system." Texas Heart Institute Journal 20.4 (1993): 252.

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