Monday, July 28, 2008

'Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show' Episode 162: Zero-Carb Dieting With Charles Washington

Charles Washington makes a compelling argument for zero carbs

Oftentimes people who are unfamiliar with livin' la vida low-carb mistakenly describe it as a "zero-carb diet." Anyone who has ever read Protein Power, Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, or any of the other respectable books about low-carb dieting knows that NONE of them advocate NO carbs. Not a single one. It just doesn't exist despite that pervading stereotypical view of what this way of eating is all about. But today's guest not only eating zero carbs, but he is also an active athlete running in half marathons.

In Episode 162 of "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore," we hear from Charles Washington, one of my moderators at the "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Discussion" forum, and he's proudly zero-carbing and loving it. After following the low-fat diet dutifully and losing a good amount of weight on it, Charles gained it all back when he started lifting weights. That's what drove him to learn more about low-carb nutrition, led him to my blog, and put him on a learning path that has him doing what he is doing today.

Click on the "LISTEN NOW" link below or download it to your iPod to hear Episode 162:

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There's one thing about Charles Washington that you cannot deny--he backs up everything he says with the facts from researchers, authors, and people who survived and thrived on basically a zero-carb diet. For someone who has not been trained in medicine or nutrition, he articulates his point of view clearly and logically. That can be difficult to pull off when you are suggesting something like eating only meat for your diet, but Charles does it.

He's been sharing his views on the zero-carb path at my forum with quite a response--it's the #1 most-read thread at "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Discussion!" Today's podcast is the first time many people will hear Charles talking about eating this way, why he chose zero-carb over low-carb, how Gary Taubes' book Good Calories, Bad Calories changed his life, what he does to prepare for a half-marathon eating no carbs, his response to Dr. Mike Eades' recent blog post stating that calories count on a low-carb diet, and so much more! I've been dying to share this interview with you and now it's here.

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What's your impression of Charles Washington and his zero-carb diet? Were you persuaded that perhaps eating no carbohydrates is possibly a healthy way not just to live, but also a preferred method for runners and athletes looking for maximum performance? Tell us about what you think in the show notes section of Episode 162. Read more from Charles Washington by visiting

Coming up on Thursday's podcast--another one of my moderators at my forum named Christin Sherburne. This former cover girl in Woman's World magazine last year is one of the central characters in the continuing Kimkins diet scam saga and she wanted to provide an update about what is happening with the continuing lawsuit against Kimkins founder Heidi Diaz. You'll enjoy hearing from Christin pouring out her heart and soul about how this entire experience has changed her life.

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Anonymous Marlin said...

Fantastic!!! Many thanks!!

I'd also like to see Charles' (past and present) blood pressure, lipid profile, etc.

We need more than pounds lost and inspiring words, but actual numbers, specifics, that demonstate zero-carb/ high fat isn't resulting in the development of arterial plaque, etc.

Rather, maybe even reversing the negative health effects of typical high carb/low fat diet.

Thanks again!

7/28/2008 2:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Bunnell (TB)--TB said...

I'm not sure how carbohydrate addiction escapes these conversations but it always seems too. -- Most people can't get off from carbohydrates! So in turn, they rationalize them!

7/28/2008 3:27 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Here ya go, Marlin:


My blood pressure today was 105/62 with a 51 pulse rate. My weight is 158 and I am 5" 8'.

I just haven't felt the need for a new lipid profile but I'm sure Dr. Westman would oblige if I asked him. My last one was done in August 2007 which was after 8 months of 20 or less carbs. My previous one was 2004 on my low-fat diet.

My triglycerides were 62, which was down from 87, my total cholesterol was 273, up from 155, my HDL was 43 up from 28, my LDL was 218 up from 110. My ratio was 6.3 up from 5.5. My glucose was 92 down from 101.

The ironic thing is that my doctor thought I was healthier in 2004.


7/28/2008 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Marlin said...

Thank you Charles!

Are you o.k. with that LDL?

My cardiologist recommended HDL higher than 40. LDL lower than 100, even if larger fluffy particles. Total cholesterol 200 or less.

Your BP and BG are great!!!

7/28/2008 7:44 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS Marlin! Charles and I both agree that LDL as high as ours is (mine is 256) is NOT harmful when your HDL is above 50 and your triglycerides are below 100. Large fluffy LDL are automatically happening when these two things are in place.

7/28/2008 8:11 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I've been reading The Self-Help Way To Treat Colitis and othr IBS Conditions by DeLamar Gibbons, M.D. (borrowed from the Library).
Its a good read, quite a few of things he writes I'm not sure I agree with.
Anyway,he writes something in his book about the Navahos and why in his opinion they didin't get cancer:
1) they did not eat raw or rare meat they thoroughly cooked meat by boiling he believes 20% cattle infected with bovine leukemia virus and uncooked meat increases risk of eating these viruses that cause cancer in cattle
2) Indians do not drink milk - pasteurisation presumely does not eradicate the leukemia virus
3) traditional Navahos do not eat eggs or birds - eggs are highly suspect as a cause of cancer because they are contaminated with several fowl leukosis viruses. Eating raw or uncooked eggs permits the ingestion of live viruses that cause cancer - at least in the chickens.

So he postulates that the Navaho Indians of San Juan County, Utah were protected from cancer because the dietary non-use of eggs, milk and rare meat - these same foods are known to contain reverse transcriptase viruses that are responsible for neoplasm development in the respective animal.

The book was written in 1992 and has good info for IBS, Colitis etc but there is a lot of other things he writes that make me shake my head.
I'm just wondering if it is risky to eat rare meat and runny eggs.
The guy says a lot of things in his book that are incorrect like strict carb or near elimination of carbs results in ketoacidosis,you do not become fat from eating carbs, but from eating fats. Here is a direct quote:

"You cannot fatten hogs on wheat. Wheat has a high starch content and is low in fat. Corn, on the other hand, has a fairly high fat content. Thus to fatten hogs, you must provide them with preformed fat! In recent years, researchers have arrived at the same conclusion abot the human body. It, too, is very poor at turning carbohydrates into fat. This observation has tremendous implications for irritable bowel sufferers. It suggests that the fat accumulated in the body is fat which has been eaten, not fat that has been manufactured in the body by the conversion of carbohydrates or proteins. You do not become fat from eating carbohydrates, but from eating fats. In mild irritable bowel disease, fats are absorbed excessively".

7/28/2008 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Marlin said...


Are there any cardiologists, vascular specialists, physicians, etc. who agree that total cholesterol of 256 or 273 or higher is healthy? If so, do they have websites/ blogs?


7/29/2008 3:17 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

THANKS again Marlin! I go to see Dr. Eric Westman at Duke University in Durham, NC as does Charles. You can find a listing for him as well as many other physicians using a low-carb approach with patients at my new doctors blog. Check it out!

7/29/2008 10:23 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

Thanks all for the kind words regarding the interview. Perhaps soon I'll get some updated blood work for those who are curious. I personally have no need for the as I'm familiar with the politics of the lipid profile and well-settled with the science behind cholesterol.

I would recommend this article at as a starting point for all who want to understand more about cholesterol.

Moreover, Gary Taubes dedicated two chapters in Good Calories/Bad Calories to a very detailed and technical discussion of cholesterol. The bottom line is LDL and total cholesterol is not a predictor of heart disease in anyone.

7/29/2008 2:02 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Jimmy, I don't think I get all the comments at work for some reason. At home, it says that there are 15 comments. Here, I only see 9. Any idea why this might be?


8/04/2008 1:02 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

This interview has been posted in multiple areas, Charles. So you may want to check the podcast site and other web sites where it is featured. :)

8/04/2008 1:10 PM  

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