Low Carb Down Under has compiled these useful Resources to help give you a better understanding of Low Carb, High Fat.


Please let us know about any doctors in Australia or New Zealand
who advocate low carbohydrate nutrition and would like to be included here.
Dr Rod Tayler


LCHF Doctors in Victoria

Dr Zeeshan Arain (GP)
Midtown Medical Clinic
4/250 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9650 4284

Dr Robert Szabo (GP)
The Low Carb Clinic
Balwyn Medical Hub
55 Whitehorse Road
Deepdene VIC 3103
1300 569 227
Skype Consultations available upon request.

Dr Elsa Gladigau (GP)
The Urban Alchemist
357 Nicholson Street
North Carlton VIC 3054
(03) 9036 3318

Dr Daniel Lewis (Rheumatologist)
Daniel Lewis Rheumatology Centre
73 Chapel Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
(03) 9534 9495

Dr Debbie Herbst (GP)
Inkerman Medical Group
290 Inkerman Street
East St Kilda VIC 3183
(03) 9527 4355

Dr Stephen Dudakov (GP)
Caulfield Family Medical Practice
263 Glen Eira Road
Caulfield Nth VIC 3161
(03) 9528 1910

Dr Mary Barson (GP)
Lorne Medical Centre
230 Mount Joy Parade
Lorne VIC 3232
(03) 5289 4333

Karuna Maya Medicine
22 Princes Terrace,
Jan Juc VIC 3228
(03) 5261 4146

Dr John Beaney (GP-retired, LCHF coach)
Mt Eliza VIC 3930
by appointment only
0438 752 146

Dr Lucy Burns (GP)
Medical Centre Frankston
54-56 Cranbourne Road
Frankston VIC 3199
(03) 9783 2445

Dr Pouloudia Pahtsivanidis (GP)
Lorne Street Medical Centre
26 Lorne Street
Lalor VIC 3075
(03) 9465 9684

Dr Joanne Pollott (GP)
Wellness on Wellington
1/1101 Wellington Road
Rowville VIC 3178
(03) 9780 8900

Dr Olivia Rimington (GP)
Olivia has Type 1 diabetes herself and is happy to see both adults and children with type 1.
She also does Skype calls
Eleanor Clinic
20 Eleanor Street
Footscray VIC 3011
(03) 9318 4666

Dr Shamistra Barathan (GP)
Nicholson Health and Wellness
720 Nicholson Street
Fitzroy North VIC 3068
(03) 9486 4111

Dr Peter Heffernan (Psychiatrist)
Peninsula Psychological Medicine
Peninsula Consulting Suites
Suite 6 at 35 Cranbourne-Frankston Road
Langwarrin VIC 3910
(03) 9789 0783

Dr Arj Herath (GP)
Valewood Clinic
1 Wanda Street
Mulgrave VIC 3170
(03) 9560 6655

Dr Barton Jennings (MBBS FRACP MMed)
Lung and Sleep Physician
Interventional Pulmonologist
Moorabbin Specialist Centre
873 Centre Road
Bentleigh East, VIC, 3165
(03) 9570 3893

Dr Wesley Ang (GP)
Merge Health
924 Riversdale Road
Surrey Hills, VIC, 3127
(03) 9889 8008

Dr Ronald Schweitzer (GP)
East Bentleigh Medical Group
867 Centre Road
East Bentleigh, VIC, 3165
(03) 9579 2077

LCHF Doctors in New South Wales

Dr David Lim (GP)
Church Street Medical Practice
280 Church Street
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9516 2944

Dr Sean Kristoffersen (GP)
Church Street Medical Practice
280 Church Street,
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9516 2944

Dr Paul Mason (Sport & Exercise Medicine Physician)

Sydney West Sports Medicine
Sydney Gymnastics and Aquatic Centre,
12 North Parade
Rooty Hill NSW 2766
(02) 9851 5959

Concord Orthosports
47-49 Burwood Road
Concord NSW 2137
(02) 9744 2666

Dr Victoria Buntine (GP)
Dee Why General Practice
Level 3, 834 Pittwater Road

Dee Why NSW 2099
(02) 8978 3900

Dr Deepa Mahananda (GP)
Abbotsford Medical Practice
409 Great North Road
Abbotsford NSW 2046
(02) 9713 7988

Dr Alex Petrushevski (GP)
Abbotsford Medical Practice
409 Great North Road
Abbotsford NSW 2046
(02) 9713 7988

Dr Charlotte Middleton (GP)
Market Street Medical Practice
20 Market Street
Woolongong NSW 2500
(02) 4229 4533

Dr Nicoletta Fisicaro (GP)
Rozelle Total Health
579 Darling Street
Rozelle NSW 2039
(02) 9087 4600


MyHealth Barangaroo
International Towers Sydney, Tower Three
Shop 102, Level 1, Suite 2
300 Barangaroo Avenue
Barangaroo NSW 2000
(02) 9078 8189

Dr Heba Azer (GP)
KRS Health
547 Kooringal Road
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
(02) 6922 6144

Dr Joanna Millar (GP)
Kingscliff Beach Medical Centre
40 Marine Parade
Kingscliff, NSW, 2487
(02) 6674 3266

Dr Nerida Burton (GP)
Longevity Lab
80 Minni Ha- Ha Rd
Katoomba, NSW, 2780
0448 624 697

Dr Hilton Lowe (GP)
Sydney Medical Centre
Mezzanine Level
580 George St
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9261 9200

Dr David Samra (Sport and Exercise Physician)
Sports Lab Drummoyne
Level 2, 169 Victoria Rd
Drummoyne NSW 2047
(02) 9819 7800

Orthosports Concord
47-49 Burwood Road
Concord NSW 2137
(02) 9744 2666

LCHF Doctors in Queensland

Dr Kevin Arlett (GP)
Townsville & Suburban Medical Practice
130 Charles Street
Cranbrook, QLD 4814
(07) 4779 5077

Dr Ian Johnson (Low Carb & Skin Cancer Clinic)
Ketogenic Life
25/4 Suez Street,
Gordon Park, QLD 4031
(07) 3862 3144

Dr Susan Swanston (GP)
Plaza Family Health
106 Barnard Drive
Mount Sheridan, QLD 4868
(07) 4036 3520

Dr Marc Shaheed Daniels (GP)
Ochre Health Medical Centre (Sunshine Coast)
9 Ochre Way
Sippy Downs QLD 4556
(07) 5373 0700

Dr Stephen Lambert (GP)
South Side Medical
137 Shakespeare Street
Mackay QLD 4740
(07) 4957 4004

Dr Phillip Allen (Orthopaedic Surgeon)
Gold Coast Surgical Hospital
2 Lake Street
Varsity Lakes QLD 4277
(07) 5503 5000

Merrimac Park Private Care
50 Macadie Way
Merrimac QLD 4226
(07) 5536 1177

Dr Tim O’Dowd (Gynaecologist – Specialising in Fertility and PCOS)
Pindara Private Hospital
Suite 1, Pindara Place
13 Carrara St
Benowa QLD 4217
(07) 5539 6333


Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital
Sessional Suites Sister – Edith Centre
627 Rode Road
Chermside QLD
Ph: (07) 5536 1177 for all locations

Dr Rebecca Schembri (GP)
Mayfair Medical Centre
1 Burnett Street
Manly West QLD 4179
(07) 3390 5500

Dr Liz Chappel (GP)
Apple Tree Medical
447 Draper Street
Cairns, QLD 4878
(07) 4051 1074


Dr Jaclyn Montefiore (GP, Medical Director & Accredited Dietitian)
Sante Medical
161 Given Terrace
Paddington, QLD 4064
1300 472 683

Dr Fiona Scoffell (GP)
Telegraph Road Clinic
Cnr Telegraph Road and Norris Road
Bracken Ridge, QLD 4017
(07) 3261 7000

Dr Andrew McIntyre (Gastroenterologist)
Buderim Gastroenterology Centre
5/102 Wises Road
Maroochydore, QLD 4558
(07) 5475 4464

Dr Hannah Donaldson (GP)
Gladstone Central Medical Centre
Dawson Hwy
West Gladstone, QLD 4680
(07) 4972 8689

Dr Ravinder Gornall (GP)
Kenmore Clinics
3/2081 Moggill Rd
Kenmore, QLD 4069
(07) 3363 1600

Dr Natalie Mulcahy (GP)
Labrador Medical Centre
32 Central Street
Labrador, QLD 4272
(07) 5552 1888

Dr Barbara Panitz (GP)
Gladstone GP Superclinic
206-214 Philip Street
Gladstone QLD 4680
(07) 4978 7868

Dr Michaelia Verbeek (GP)
Cassia Wellness Clinic
14 Cassia Drive
Varsity Lakes QLD 4227
(07) 5522 0505

LCHF Doctors in Tasmania

Dr Nicole Anderson (GP)
Smithton Medical Centre
14 King Street
Smithton, TAS 7330
(03) 6452 2555

Dr Gary Fettke (Orthopaedic Surgeon)
The New Joint
19 Lyttleton Street
Launceston, TAS, 7250
(03) 6334 5133

Nutrition for Life – Diabetes & Health Research Centre
40 Ann Street
East Launceston, TAS 7250
(03) 6301 9096

Dr John Ballantyne (GP)
Prospect Medical Centre
4 Trotters Lane
Prospect, TAS 7250
(03) 6344 7991

Dr Pip Taplin (Radiologist)
Radiology Tasmania
314 Macquarie Street
Hobart, TAS 7000 
(03) 6223 4899

Dr Greg Schwarz (GP)
Gore Street Medical
2 Gore Street
South Hobart, TAS 7004 
(03) 6224 6717

Dr Elizabeth Elliott (GP)
General Practice Plus – Cascade Road
30a Cascade Road
South Hobart, TAS 7005 
(03) 6223 5533

Dr Kate Schilling (GP)
Tasmanian Family Medical – Southside Family Medical
1-3 Reeves Street
South Burnie, 7320, TAS
(03) 6432 2222

LCHF Doctors in Western Australia

Dr Sanjeev Balakrishnan (GP)
Park Medical Group
Unit 2, 779 Albany Highway

East Victoria Park, WA 6101
(08) 9452 9999

Dr Andrew Deacon (GP)
Jindalee Medical Centre
6 Jindalee Boulevarde
Jindalee, WA 6036 
(08) 9562 2000

Dr Catherine Douglass (GP)
Ellen Health
1/9 Hampton Road (Cnr Wray Ave)
WA 6160
(08) 9239 0200

Dr Stuart Paterson (GP)
Ellen Health
1/9 Hampton Road (Cnr Wray Ave)
WA 6160
(08) 9239 0200

Dr Keren Witcombe (GP)
Ellen Health
1/9 Hampton Road (Cnr Wray Ave)
WA 6160
(08) 9239 0200

Dr Ashwini Gana Baskaran (GP)
Starhill Medical Centre
8/49 Berrigan Drive
South Lake, WA 6164
(08) 9414 9366

Dr Anu Soul (GP)
(Particular interest in weight management)
Shenton Avenue Medical Centre
Unit 3A/ 94 Delamere Avenue
Currambine, WA 6028
(08) 9305 3232

Dr Hermann Meyer (GP)
(specialising in mental health, pain, addiction, metabolic syndrome and obesity)
Murray Medical Centre
36 Minilya Parkway
Greenfields WA 6210
(08) 9535 1166

LCHF Doctors in South Australia

Dr Nick Tellis (GP)
Partridge Street General Practice
16 Partridge Street
Glenelg, SA 5045
(08) 8295 3200

Dr Jonathan Martin (GP & Gastroenterologist)
Unley Park Specialist Centre 
386 Unley Road
Unley, SA 5061
(08) 8373 4944

Dr Ira Pant (GP)
Western Sports Ortho & GP Practice
168 Cudmore Terrace
Henley Beach, SA 5022
1300 934 325 

Dr Laureen Lawlor-Smith (GP)
Dr Graham Lovell (GP)
Dr Ania Ktitzinger (GP)
Dr Don McQuistan (GP)
Dr Kate Nielsen (GP)

Wellbeing McLaren Vale
3 Aldersey Street,
McLaren Vale, SA 5171 
(08) 8323 7533

Dr Paulyn Pole (GP)
Integrative Health Solutions
13 Laffers Rd
Belair, SA 5052
(08) 7231 1628


LCHF Doctors in Auckland

Dr Lily Fraser (GP)
Turuki Healthcare
2/32 Canning Crescent
Mangere, South Auckland 2200
(09) 275 5788

Dr Geoff Brice (GP)
Family Medicine Birkenhead
29 Birkenhead Road
Birkenhead, North Shore 0626
(09) 480 7204

Dr Marcus Hawkins (GP)
Botany Town Centre
588 Chapel Road
Manukau, Auckland 2142
(09) 279 0460

Dr Cindy de Villiers (GP)
Health Function
Functional and Integrative Medicine
33 Atmore Terrace
Matai, Nelson 7010


Please let us know about any additional Registered Australian Dietitians
who advocate a low carb approach to nutrition and would like to be included here.
Dr Rod Tayler

LCHF Dietitians in Victoria

Vicky Kuriel (Dietitian)
Eat Play Thrive
261 Waverley Road,
Malvern East VIC 3145
(03) 9571 5710
Skype Consultations available upon request.

Camilla Dahl (Dietitian)
The Low Carb Clinic
Balwyn Medical Hub
55 Whitehorse Road,
Deepdene VIC 3103
1300 569 227
Skype Consultations available upon request.

Feng-Yuan Liu (Dietitian)
Metro Dietetics / The Keto Clinic
72 Wales Street,
Thornbury VIC 3071
(03) 9484 1990

Jessica Singh (Dietitian)
Nicholson Health and Wellness (Fitzroy North)
720 Nicholson Street,
Fitzroy North VIC 3068
(03) 9486 4111

The Melbourne Sports Medicine Centre
4/250 Collins Street,
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9650 9372

The National Institute of Integrative Medicine
21 Burwood Road,
Hawthorn VIC 3122
(03) 9804 0646

Nicole Moore (Dietitian & Director/Founder of Menuconcepts Pty. Ltd.)
Team of 20 LCHF Dietitians, All States

M: 0419 841 859

Bonny Chow (Dietitian)
Beyond Nutrition Wellness
282a Queens Parade
Fitzroy North VIC 3068
0488 727 802
Online consultations available upon request

Russell Nassim (Dietitian)
Tyner Road Medical Centre
30 Tyner Road,
Wantirna South VIC 3152
(03) 9801 7411

LCHF Dietitians in New South Wales

Jill MacGregor (Dietitian)
Suite 3, 44a Avenue Road,
Mosman NSW 2088
(02) 99604603

Jennifer Elliot (Dietitian)
Tanja, NSW 2550
0438 228 522
Eat to Beat Diabetes
12-week on-line program

Nicole Moore (Dietitian & Director/Founder of Menuconcepts Pty. Ltd.)
Team of 20 LCHF Dietitians, All States

M: 0419 841 859

Jessica Turton (Dietitian)
Church Street Medical Practice
280 Church Street,
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9516 2944

Diane Munns (Dietitian)
RPAH Medical Centre
Suite 317, 100 Carillon Ave,
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9519 7605

Suite 1, L3, 205 Pacific Highway,
St Leonards NSW 2065
(02) 9439 8447

Commercial Tower Dee Why Grand,
Suite 4211, L2, 834 Pittwater Road,
Dee Why NSW 2100
(02) 9981 6622

LCHF Dietitians in Queensland

Kelly Hodges (BNutrDiet) (APD)
Coastal Dietetics
Multiple locations across the Sunshine Coast

M: 0488 903 659

Nicole Moore (Dietitian & Director/Founder of Menuconcepts Pty. Ltd.)
Team of 20 LCHF Dietitians, All States

M: 0419 841 859

Marcelle Sannazzaro (Dietitian) (APD)
Better You Nutrition
Brisbane – Mobile/Skype
M: 0410 647 443
Jodie Persovic (Dietitian APD & Naturopath)
28 Mountain Street
Pomona QLD 4568
0419 668 803

Nicola Fox (Accredited Practising Dietitian & Clinical Nutritionist )
25 Rockbourne Tce
Paddington Qld 4064
0409 274 125
All other states via phone/ skype

LCHF Dietitians in Western Australia

Dr Nicola Lowth (Dietitian)
Nutrition IQ
Suite 17, 11 Preston Street,
Como WA 6152
(08) 9467 2228

Janelle Healy (Dietitian)
Nutrition IQ
Suite 17, 11 Preston Street,
Como WA 6152
(08) 9467 2228

Nicole Moore (Dietitian & Director/Founder of Menuconcepts Pty. Ltd.)
Team of 20 LCHF Dietitians, All States

M: 0419 841 859

Nick Nation (Dietitian)
Nutrition Nation Pty Ltd (Fremantle & Claremont)
0421 444 128

Danielle Di Carlo (Dietitian)
Sunlander Medical Centre
10 Sunlander Drive,
Currambine WA 6028


Amy Rush (Dietitian & Diabetes Educator)
Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre
11 Limosa Close,
Stirling WA 6021
(08) 9446 6446

LCHF Dietitians in Tasmania

Danielle Toscan (Dietitian)
Nutrition For Life
40 Ann Street,
East Launceston TAS 7250
(03) 6301 9096

LCHF Dietitians in South Australia

Nicole Moore (Dietitian & Director/Founder of Menuconcepts Pty. Ltd.)
Team of 20 LCHF Dietitians, All States
M: 0419 841 859

LCHF Dietitians in Australian Capital Territory

Nicole Moore (Dietitian & Director/Founder of Menuconcepts Pty. Ltd.)
Team of 20 LCHF Dietitians, All States

M: 0419 841 859

LCHF Dietitians in Northern Territory

Dr Richard Sagar (Dietitian)
Parap, Northern Territory
Ph: 08 8927 3700



Please let us know about any additional Registered Australian Nutritionists
who advocate a low carb approach to nutrition and would like to be included here.
Dr Rod Tayler

LCHF Nutritionists in Queensland

Anthony Power (Registered Nutritionist)
Anthony Power Nutrition
13 Amy Street,
Hawthorne QLD 4171
(07) 3399 9047
M: 0417 911 219

Ross Walter (Registered Nutritionist)
Clayfield Family Wellness Clinic
7/708 Sandgate Road,
Clayfield QLD 4011
(07) 3262 7788
M: 0417 632 464

LCHF Nutritionists in Tasmania

Abbie Hughes (Registered Nutritionist)
Nutrition For Life
40 Ann Street,
East Launceston TAS 7250
(03) 6301 9096

Dawida Rose-Nel (Registered Nutritionist)
Nutrition For Life
40 Ann Street,
East Launceston TAS 7250
(03) 6301 9096

LCHF Nutritionists in Victoria

Vivek Kumar (Registered Nutritionist)
Top to Toe
Ground floor/268 Manningham Road
Templestowe Lower Vic 3107
(03) 9850 7720

Megan Pfeffer (Clinical Nutritionist) BHSc
Operating as a mobile clinic in the East Gippsland region
0498 647 291

Kate McCandless BHSc (Nutritionist), BHSc (Natropathy)
Merge Health
924 Riversdale Rd
Surrey Hills VIC 3127
03 9889 8008

Merge Health
Retail 5 and 7 Waterman Building
44 Lakeview Drive
Scoresby VIC 3179
03 9889 8008

Marina Martic (Nutritionist)
Merge Health
Retail 5 and 7 Waterman Building
44 Lakeview Drive
Scoresby VIC 3179
03 9889 8008


Please let us know about any additional Allied Health Practitioners
who advocate a low carb approach to nutrition and would like to be included here.
Dr Rod Tayler

LCHF Allied Health Practitioners in New South Wales

The Longevity Remedy
Michaela Sparrow
(Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Anti-Ageing Practitioner using Low Carb Principles)
Suite 2 826 Hunter St
Newcastle West NSW 2302
0459 032 780

LCHF Allied Health Practitioners in Western Australia

Metabolic Health Solutions – Nedlands (LCHF Specialist Metabolic Clinic)
117 Stirling Highway,
Nedlands, WA 6009
(08) 6382 0392

Metabolic Health Solutions – Baldivis (LCHF Specialist Metabolic Clinic)
Suite 10, 9 Settlers Ave
Baldivis WA 6171
(08) 9523 0523

Jille Burns – Nurse Practitioner
Ellen Health
1/91 Hampton Road (Cnr Wray Ave)
Fremantle WA 6160
(08) 9239 0200


LCHF Allied Health Practitioners in Victoria

Kimberley Peden – Exercise Physiologist M.Clin.Ex.Phys, B.ExSc
(Specialising in the use of LCHF in Chronic Disease Management)

Breathe Move Relax
Integrative Movement Specialist

Hobson’s Bay Area
Home Office in Altona; Modern Medical, Spotswood; Westgate Health Co-Op, South Kingsville;
Eleanor Clinic, Footscray

0433 711 733


Please let us know about any health coaches in Australia or New Zealand
who advocate low carbohydrate nutrition and would like to be included here.
Dr Rod Tayler


Helen Chauhan MSc, MBA, CIHC
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Reclaim your health and vitality through simple food and lifestyle changes
In-person (Melbourne) and via Skype
0404 887 478

X-PERT Weight Group Program
Lose weight and keep it off
In-person (Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane) and via Skype

Tracey McBeath
Health Transformation Coach
Helping women achieve their low carb nutrition health goals
Operates fully over Skype
Podcast – The Nourished Mumlife

Karina Bronska
be well stay well
Consultant Pharmacist + Credentialled Diabetes Educator + Health Coach (PreKure)

Wollongong NSW 2520
0403 067 648

Jinji Dissanayake
Simply Be – heal better, feel better
Accredited low carb/ketogenic health coach and bioenergetic practitioner
0439 919 555
Consultations via Skype or Phone



Darren Cash
Certified Primal Health Coach
Coaching busy professionals in their quest to gain energy, lose weight and live better for longer
In-person (Auckland Area) and via Skype or Zoom
+64 27 336 6559

LCHF and Diabetes

Can a Low Carb, High Fat diet be used to manage Diabetes Type-1 or Type-2? Yes! We believe this is far and above the best way to manage diabetes and there is growing interest in returning to carbohydrate restricted diets as a tool in managing diabetes complications long term.

If you have Type-1 or Type-2 Diabetes it is important to understand that decreasing your consumption of carbohydrates that raise your blood sugar will decrease your need for insulin and other medication used to lower blood sugars. Taking the same dose of insulin or medication as you did prior to adopting a Low Carb, High Fat diet may result in hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar).

If you have Type-1 or Type-2 Diabetes get the approval and supervision of a medical professional before commencing a Low Carb, High Fat diet. A well-formulated Low Carb, High Fat diet can help Type-1 and Type-2 Diabetics achieve long term normalised blood sugar levels.

For more resources on LCHF and Diabetes we recommend the works of Dr Richard Bernstein and Dr Jason Fung as well as the videos from Dr. Troy Stapleton, Lisa Scherger and Dr. Wendy Pogozelski below.

My Story: Managing Type-1 Diabetes with LCHF

“Hi, my name is Fiona and I’m a Type-1 diabetic. I have had diabetes for 23 years. I use an insulin pump to manage my diabetes and had always followed the standard Australian dietary guidelines. I ate whatever I wanted and just gave myself enough insulin to cover the amount of carbohydrates I was eating.

After having my two children I had put on a significant amount of weight and it kept creeping up. I needed to change something in my life and it began with the discovery of David Gillespie’s book ‘Sweet Poison’. I read the book and it all just made sense. I quit sugar and found that my blood sugar levels began to stabilize and my hba1c began to lower.

As I lived sugar free I began to question other foods I was eating and what their impact was on my blood sugar levels. I knew that foods with sugar in them caused my blood sugar levels to spike but I hadn’t thought about high carbohydrate foods, such as bread and pasta. I began to realise that eating high carbohydrate foods caused my blood sugar levels to spike just as much as if I had eaten food with sugar in it!

I began researching and discovered the low carbohydrate high/healthy fat way of eating and it was a light bulb moment for me. Eating less carbohydrates and more protein and fat would mean that my blood sugar levels would be stable. Eating a high carbohydrate meal or food would often mean high doses of insulin and, if I didn’t calculate that correctly, a high blood sugar level and I found high doses of insulin caused me to gain weight. That high blood sugar level would then come crashing down when I would bolus a correction dose of insulin. Then of course the whole thing began again when I corrected the low blood sugar level with glucose. I had been battling the blood sugar level roller-coaster all my life and it was time to get off!

The low carb high/healthy fat way of eating has changed my life. I have lost all the weight I put on while pregnant and I’m lighter than I was before I got married. My blood sugar levels are stable and my average blood sugar levels are similar to those of a non-diabetic. My hba1c levels are so great that my endocrinologist has asked me if I was pregnant as that was the only time that my control was tight enough to warrant a good hba1c level! I have enough energy to work part time, look after two young children and a household. LCHF has changed my life.”

Karina Bronska
be well stay well
Consultant Pharmacist + Credentialled Diabetes Educator + Health Coach (PreKure)

Wollongong NSW 2520
0403 067 648

LCHF and Weight Loss

Using a Low Carb, High Fat Diet to Lose Weight – A Short Summary

1. Cut your carbohydrate intake down to around 20 grams per day. See more on carbohydrates

2. Eat more healthy fats. You need these for energy. Note, this is NOT a low calorie diet!

3. Ensure you eat plenty of protein – many of us do best consuming around 1.5 gms of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. Protein satiates! See more on protein

4. Eat two to three meals per day with at least 30 grams of protein with each meal.

5. Reduce snacking between meals. Wait at least 4 hours after a meal.

6. Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables each day to get fibre, essential minerals and vitamins.

7. Add plenty of salt. The latest research suggests we do better on closer to 5gm per day than the 2.3gms recommended by dietary authorities.

8. If you have all the above correct and are not losing excess weight then start counting your calorie intake. Keep your carbohydrates low, ensure good levels of protein intake and then reduce fat calories by 200 every few weeks until the weight starts coming off again.

LCHF and Parenting

If you are considering adopting a Low Carb, High Fat diet for your family it is worth recognising that there are no nutrients (vitamins, minerals or micronutrients) in starchy carbohydrate foods that cannot be found in low carbohydrate alternatives, often in a superior form. All foods give us energy and contrary to the standard dietary guidelines there is no absolute requirement for carbohydrates in our diets. But does this apply to children as well?

In adults as well as children, sugar and starchy refined carbohydrates are processed into energy quickly by the body and produce a sharp spike in blood sugar levels that in turn encourages our bodies to produce insulin. Insulin is a fat storage hormone and prolonged, excessive production of insulin encourages weight gain. Conversely, eating more fats and protein provides a longer, slower and steadier release of energy where blood sugar levels normalise and we remain fuller for longer.

Most young people metabolise carbohydrates quite well. Over time however, especially when exposed to large amounts of carbohydrates some become insulin resistant. Insulin resistance results in insulin becoming less effective and blood sugar levels become elevated, potentially leading to the development of Type-2 diabetes and obesity. Restricting carbohydrates during childhood can help to prevent childhood obesity that frequently leads to adult obesity. Behavioural problems such as ADHD have also been linked to excessive carbohydrate intake.

A common argument is that the brain needs glucose for energy and diets low in carbohydrates can be detrimental to learning, memory and thinking. This argument is extended to children and brain development. This argument remains unproven in human studies and although the brain does run on glucose it can run equally well on ketones as its’ primary fuel source. The currently recommended standard dietary guidelines are very high in carbohydrates and limit essential proteins and fats. Proteins and fats are essential for brain development where as carbohydrates are not.

Cholesterol levels have been shown to increase slightly when children start on a Low Carb, High Fat diet, but these tend to normalise over time. If your child or teenager is overweight or obese there is a possibility that they have already developed insulin resistance and a Low Carb, High Fat diet may be a very effective treatment. You should not however adopt a Low Carb, High Fat diet for your child if you have not received consent from their doctor. You should also not adopt a Low Carb, High Fat diet for an infant or a toddler.

“Training children to avoid pastries, sweets, processed food, fizzy drinks and take-away food sounds like a no-brainer, but this is often viewed as “deprivation” by society. By restricting carbs in childhood, you are offering them the gift of a long, healthy life, not deprivation. To appreciate the alternative, one just has to look around and realise how many people are sick and overweight; radiant health is no longer the norm.

Feeding a child a low-carbohydrate diet will not only improve mental aptitude and focus, but prevent serious health hazards later on.

One of the best recognised and highly recommended treatments for autism and epilepsy is, in fact, a ketogenic diet. The well-known ketogenic diet is an eating plan where all carbohydrate foods (including fruit and carb-rich foods) are removed from the child’s diet, and he/she is placed on a very high-fat diet, together with sufficient protein and vegetables. The body is therefore forced to burn fats instead of carbohydrates.

Carbs are turned into glucose, particularly important for brain function. Where there are no carbohydrates provided, the liver then converts fat into ketone bodies. These can then be used by the brain as a source of energy, and has been shown to lead to a dramatic decline in seizure occurrence in epileptic children.

The ketogenic diet has been successfully used for decades, so clearly it is neither dangerous nor unhealthy. However, feeding a moderate carbohydrate diet that includes sweet potato, carrots, nuts and even a little gluten-free grain in moderation (such as buckwheat and quinoa) in small amounts and infrequently – would be acceptable for most healthy children.

Breakfast cereals may just be the elephant in the room. Many parents can’t imagine giving children anything else to eat at breakfast other than a plate of cereal, with reduced-fat milk, plenty of sugar and perhaps a glass of orange juice and a piece of toast with margarine. This is a recipe for disaster for the rest of the day, as there is virtually no protein or fat. The fat that is provided is a toxic version of a real fat. Margarine is no substitute for butter whatsoever – one is toxic and inflammatory, the other (butter) is nutritious and healthy. You may as well open a packet of sugar and pour this down the child’s throat. It is no wonder there are so many “diagnoses” of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)…….

To summarise, for the normal child, don’t take all carbs away, but make sure the carbs given are not in the form of grains or sugars – and before going to parties, fill them up with fat and protein. They will eat a lot less junk.” 

Prof. Tim Noakes, The Real Meal Revolution

Living Fundraisers – Alternative to chocolate fundraising drives – Shae Wheeler

LCHF for Athletes

For Athletes looking to make the switch from traditional carb-loading to becoming fat adapted the book ‘The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance‘ is a good place to start.

Professor Jeff Volek outlines some of the theory and science behind this approach in this video.

For Athletes looking to explore dietary aspects of LCHF, Nutritionist Katie King provides an ‘Introduction to LCHF for Athletes’ for those wanting to switch from using carbohydrates as a fuel to using fat for sustained athletic performance.

If you’re looking for anecdotal perspectives from Athletes who have made the swith to LCHF, David Grech describes his experience ‘Running on Fat’ during the 50km Mt. Buller Sky Run and Matt Hold takes us through his transition to eating LCHF in ‘Taking on the Gold Coast Marathon with LCHF’

David Grech also explores which elite athletes are currently using LCHF in ‘Fats vs Carbs – What do the Elites know that we don’t?’

From a medical stand point, Dr. Peter Brukner is a world renowned sports medicine clinician and team doctor for the Australian cricket team. He has published internationally with a number of books, book chapters and over 90 original research articles.

Dr. Brukner has applied Low Carb, High Fat dietary advice in his work with athletes and he describes his success in this video.

LCHF and Cancer

Can a Low Carb, High Fat ketogenic diet be used to reduce your chance of getting cancer or to treat an established cancer? There is good evidence to suggest yes.

Wide ranges of cancers are becoming more common. This is not just because people are living longer or because diagnosis is being made earlier due to technological advances. Most authorities suggest dietary changes or reduced physical activity as the likely causes for increased cancer. Our focus is on dietary causes and treatments.

There is growing interest in Low Carb, High Fat ketogenic diets in cancer prevention and treatment. It has been noted that many cancers thrive on glucose and require it to replicate. An LCHF diet converts our fuel from carbohydrates to an alternative that all our cells can use called ketones. We postulate that eating a well formulated, ketogenic LCHF diet will effectively starve some cancers. Dr Otto Warburg, a Nobel Prize winner, discovered this theory in the 1930’s. See “Warburg Effect” for more information.

For more resources on the relationship between sugar, cancer and Low Carb, High Fat we suggest the works of Dr Dominic D’Agostino and Dr Colin Champ.

For an overview on the subject see Dr Kieron Rooney’s “Sugar and Cancer – Bench to Bedside” and Dr Thomas Seyfried’s “Targeting Energy Metabolism in Brain Cancer” below.

LCHF and Epilepsy

Low Carb, High Fat ketogenic diets have been used to help control seizures in people with epilepsy for many years. The diet was originally adopted and developed at John Hopkins Hospital in the 1930s after improvements in epileptic children were noted whilst fasting. For eighty years, studies have shown that an LCHF diet reduces or prevents seizures in many children whose seizures could not be controlled by medications. There are no records of these children developing heart disease due to the diet.

Further information can be found via The Charlie Foundation

LCHF and Neurological Disorders

For neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis, research is showing that the ketone bodies produced by a Low Carb, High Fat ketogenic diet exert a protective affect on the nervous system and slow the progression of such nerve related diseases.

For more information we recommend the video from Dr. Terry Wahls below.

LCHF Publications

Title: Food consumption and the actual statistics of cardiovascular diseases: an epidemiological comparison of 42 European countries
Authors: Pavel Grasgruber, Martin Sebera, Eduard Hrazdira, Sylva Hrebickova and Jan Cacek
Published: Food & Nutrition Research, 27 September 2016

Title: Ketone bodies mimic the life span extending properties of caloric restriction
Authors: Richard L. Veech, Patrick C. Bradshaw, Kieran Clarke, William Curtis, Robert Pawlosky, M. Todd King
Published: International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Life Journal, 3rd April 2017

Title: Association between sucrose intake and acute coronary event risk and effect modification by lifestyle factors: Malmö Diet and Cancer Cohort Study
Authors: K. Warfa, I. Drake, P. Wallström, G. Engström and E. Sonestedt
Published: British Journal of Nutrition, 24th October 2016

Title: Dietary fat guidelines have no evidence base: where next for public health nutritional advice?
Authors: Zoë Harcombe
Published: British Journal of Sports Medicine, 18 October 2016

Title: Healthy Eating Guidelines & Weight Loss Advice For The United Kingdom
Authors: Public Health Collaboration United Kingdom
Published: May 2016

Title: Effects of a Paleolithic diet with and without supervised exercise on fat mass, insulin sensitivity, and glycemic control: a randomized controlled trial in individuals with type 2 diabetes
Authors: Julia Otten, Andreas Stomby, Maria Waling, Andreas Isaksson, Anna Tellström, Lillemor Lundin-Olsson, Søren Brage, Mats Ryberg, Michael Svensson and Tommy Olsson
Published: Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews, 27th May 2016

Title: Cardiovascular, Metabolic Effects and Dietary Composition of Ad-Libitum Paleolithic vs. Australian Guide to Healthy Eating Diets: A 4-Week Randomised Trial
Authors: Angela Genoni, Philippa Lyons-Wall, Johnny Lo and Amanda Devine
Published: Nutrients Journal, May 23rd, 2016

Title: The cardiovascular risk reduction benefits of a low-carbohydrate diet outweigh the potential increase in LDL-cholesterol
Authors: Thomas R. Wood, Robert Hansen, Axel F. Sigurðsson and Guðmundur F. Jóhannsson
Published: British Journal of Nutrition / Volume 115 / Issue 06 / March 2016

Title: Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)
Authors: George D Henderson, Grant Schofield
Published: BMJ 2016; 353 12 April 2016

Title: A child with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) successfully treated with the Paleolithic ketogenic diet: A 19-month insulin freedom
Authors: Tóth C, Clemens Z
Published: International Journal of Case Reports and Images 2015; 6(12):753–758.

Title: Vegetarianism, low meat consumption and the risk of lung, postmenopausal breast and prostate cancer in a population-based cohort study
Authors: A M J Gilsing, M P Weijenberg, R A Goldbohm, P C Dagnelie, P A van den Brandt and L J Schouten
Published: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2nd March 2016

Title: Isocaloric fructose restriction and metabolic improvement in children with obesity and metabolic syndrome
Authors: Robert H. Lustig, Kathleen Mulligan, Susan M. Noworolski, Viva W. Tai, Michael J. Wen, Ayca Erkin-Cakmak, Alejandro Gugliucci andJean-Marc Schwarz
Obesity Journal, 26th October 2015

Title: Total and Full-Fat, but Not Low-Fat, Dairy Product Intakes are Inversely Associated with Metabolic Syndrome in Adults
Authors: Michele Drehmer, Mark A Pereira, Maria Inês Schmidt, Sheila Alvim, Paulo A Lotufo, Vivian C Luft and Bruce B Duncan
The Journal of Nutrition, October 8th 2015

Title: The Fifty Year Rehabilitation of the Egg
Author: Donald J. McNamara
Nutrients, Vol. 7 Issue 10, October 2015

Title: Metabolic characteristics of keto-adapted ultra-endurance runners
Authors: Jeff S. Volek, Daniel J. Freidenreich, Catherine Saenz, Laura J. Kunces, Brent C. Creighton, Jenna M. Bartley, Patrick M. Davitt, Colleen X. Munoz, Jeffrey M. Anderson, Carl M. Maresh, Elaine C. Lee, Mark D. Schuenke, Giselle Aerni, William J. Kraemer, Stephen D. Phinney
Published: Metabolism Journal, November 2nd, 2015


Title: Metabolic Effects of Access to Sucrose Drink in Female Rats and Transmission of Some Effects to Their Offspring
Authors: Michael D. Kendig, Winda Ekayanti, Hayden Stewart, Robert A. Boakes, Kieron Rooney
Published: PLOS ONE, July 2, 2015


Title: Fat: The New Health Paradigm
Authors: Stefano Natella, Vamil Divan, Marcela Giraldo
Published: Credit Suisse Research Institute, September 16th 2015


Title: Retrospective Analysis of Metabolic Control in Type 2 Diabetes with American Diabetes Association Recommendations compared with Carbohydrate Restriction
Authors: Sarah Hallberg, DO, MS, Wayne Campbell, PhD
Published: Journal of Clinical Lipidology, May-June 2015, Volume 9, Issue 3, Page 420

Title: It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet
Authors: A. Malhotra, T. Noakes, S. Phinney
Published: British Journal of Sports Medicine, 22nd April 2015

Title: And Now a Word From Our Sponsors – Is the Dietitians Association of Australia in the Pocket of Big Food?
Author: Michele Simon
Published: Eat Drink Politics, February 2015

Title: Digested wheat gluten inhibits binding between leptin and its receptor
Authors: Tommy Jönsson, Ashfaque A Memon, Kristina Sundquist, Jan Sundquist, Stefan Olsson, Amarnadh Nalla, Mikael Bauer and Sara Linse
Published: Journal of Cheminformatics, January 20th, 2015

Title: Effects of Step-Wise Increases in Dietary Carbohydrate on Circulating Saturated Fatty Acids and Palmitoleic Acid in Adults with Metabolic Syndrome
Authors: Brittanie M. Volk, Laura J. Kunces, Daniel J. Freidenreich, Brian R. Kupchak, Catherine Saenz, Juan C. Artistizabal, Maria Luz Fernandez, Richard S. Bruno, Carl M. Maresh, William J. Kraemer, Stephen D. Phinney, Jeff S. Volek
Published: PLOS ONE, November 21, 2014

Title: Response to Draft Dietary Guidelines Submitted to the Ministry of Health
Authors: Professor Grant Schofield, Dr Caryn Zinn, Dr Nigel Harris, Dr Mikki Williden, Catherine Crofts, Dr Simon Thornley, Cliff Harvey, George D. Henderson
Published: April 2014

Title: Low-carbohydrate/high-protein diet improves diastolic cardiac function and the metabolic syndrome in overweight-obese patients with type 2 diabetes
Authors: H. von Bibra, G. Wulf, M. St John Sutton, A. Pfützner, T. Schuster, P. Heilmeyer
Published: International Journal of Cardiology – Metabolic and Endocrine, March 2014 Volume 2, Pages 11–18

Title: A Low-Carbohydrate, Whole-Foods Approach to Managing Diabetes and Prediabetes
Author: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE
Published: Diabetes Spectrum Volume 25, Number 4, 2012

Title: Coronary Artery Disease as Clogged Pipes – A Misconceptual Model
Author: Michael B. Rothberg
Published: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, July 31, 2013

Title: Against the Grains
Prof. Tim Noakes
Discovery, Winter 2011

Title: Schizophrenia, gluten, and low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diets: a case report and review of the literature
Bryan D Kraft and Eric C Westman
Nutrition & Metabolism, 26 February 2009

Title: Carbohydrate Restriction has a More Favorable Impact on the Metabolic Syndrome than a Low Fat Diet
Jeff S. Volek, Stephen D. Phinney, Cassandra E. Forsythe, Erin E. Quann, Richard J. Wood, Michael J. Puglisi, William J. Kraemer, Doug M. Bibus, Maria Luz Fernandez, Richard D. Feinman

Published: Journal of Lipids, November 20th 2008

Title: Dietary Carbohydrate Restriction in The Treatment of Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
Authors: Feinman, Richard D. PhD; Volek, Jeff S. PhD, RD; Westman, Eric C. MD, MHS
Published: Clinical Nutrition Insight, December 2008, Volume 34,  Issue 12

Title: Low carbohydrate diet in type 1 diabetes, long-term improvement and adherence: A clinical audit
Authors: Jørgen Vesti Nielsen, Caroline Gando , Eva Joensson and Carina Paulsson
Published: Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome 2012, 4:23

Title: Cholesterol is not an important risk factor for heart disease, and the current dietary recommendations do more harm than good
Author: T. Noakes
Published: The South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol 28, No 1 (2015)

Title: Weight Loss with a Low-Carbohydrate, Mediterranean, or Low-Fat Diet
Authors: Iris Shai, R.D., Ph.D., Dan Schwarzfuchs, M.D., Yaakov Henkin, M.D., Danit R. Shahar, R.D., Ph.D., Shula Witkow, R.D., M.P.H., Ilana Greenberg, R.D., M.P.H., Rachel Golan, R.D., M.P.H., Drora Fraser, Ph.D., Arkady Bolotin, Ph.D., Hilel Vardi, M.Sc., Osnat Tangi-Rozental, B.A., Rachel Zuk-Ramot, R.N., Benjamin Sarusi, M.Sc., Dov Brickner, M.D., Ziva Schwartz, M.D., Einat Sheiner, M.D., Rachel Marko, M.Sc., Esther Katorza, M.Sc., Joachim Thiery, M.D., Georg Martin Fiedler, M.D., Matthias Blüher, M.D., Michael Stumvoll, M.D., and Meir J. Stampfer, M.D.
Published: The New England Journal of Medicine, July 17th 2008

Title: Long-term effects of a ketogenic diet in obese patients
Author: Hussein M Dashti, MD PhD FICS FACS, Thazhumpal C Mathew, MSc PhD FRCPath, Talib Hussein, MB ChB, Sami K Asfar, MB ChB MD FRCSEd FACS, Abdulla Behbahani, MB ChB FRCS FACSI PhD FICS FACS, Mousa A Khoursheed, MB ChB FRCS FICS, Hilal M Al-Sayer, MD PhD FICS FACS, Yousef Y Bo-Abbas, MD FRCPC, and Naji S Al-Zaid, BSc PhD
Published: Experimental & Clinical Cardiology, 2004 Fall; Volume 9(3): 200–205.

Title: Is dietary carbohydrate essential for human nutrition?
Author: Eric C Westman
Published: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2002 vol. 75 no. 5 951-953

Title: Fad Diets in the Treatment of Diabetes
Author: Richard D. Feinman
Published: Current Diabetes Reports, April 2011, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 128-135

Title: Comparison of energy-restricted very low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets on weight loss and body composition in overweight men and women
Authors: JS Volek, MJ Sharman, AL Gómez, DA Judelson, MR Rubin, G Watson, B Sokmen, R Silvestre, DN French, WJ Kraemer
Published: Nutrition & Metabolism, November 8th 2004; 1: 13.

Title: Long-term effects of a very-low-carbohydrate weight loss diet compared with an isocaloric low-fat diet after 12 months
Authors: Grant D Brinkworth, Manny Noakes, Jonathan D Buckley, Jennifer B Keogh, Peter M Clifton
Published: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2009, vol. 90 no. 1 23-32

Title: Nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease: The detrimental role of a high carbohydrate diet
Authors: Stephanie Seneff, Glyn Wainwright, Luca Mascitelli
Published: European Journal of Internal Medicine, April 2011 Volume 22, Issue 2, Pages 134–140

Title: Paleolithic nutrition improves plasma lipid concentrations of hypercholesterolemic adults to a greater extent than traditional heart-healthy dietary recommendations
Authors: Robert L. Pastore, Judith T. Brooks, John W. Carbone
Published: Nutrition Research, 2015.05.002

Title: Resistance to ketonuria and ketosis in obese subjects
Authors: H. Mohammadiha
Published: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 27, 1212 – 1213, 1974

Title: Treatment of OBESITY with Calorically UNRESTRICTED DIETS
Authors: A.W. Pennington, MD
Published: The Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 1, Number 5, July – August 1953

Title: Adventures in Diet – Part 1
Authors: Vilhjalmur Stefansson
Published: Harper’s Monthly Magazine, November 1935

Title: Prolonged Meat Diets With A Study Of Kidney Function And Ketosis
Authors: Walter S. McClellan and Eugene F. Du Bois
Published: Clinical Calorimetry, February 13, 1930

Title: Letter On Corpulence, Addressed to the Public
Authors: William Banting
Published: Harrison, London, 1864

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