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Locabo diet, popular in Japan, comes from °»a low-carb diet°…

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  I wrote this article in Japanese in 2016 and at that time, carbohydrate restriction diet was becoming popular. It’s called “Locabo” which is a new word created after the English word “a low-carb diet”.

  First, I want to explain “Locabo” which is said to be effective for abnormal blood sugar , diabetes and diet.

£Ī°•What’s Locabo?

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  "In Japan, the word “carbohydrate restriction diet” was generally used but the word “restriction” has some kind of negative image. Therefore, we had to use some new different word. We came up of making new word “Locabo” after English “a low-carb diet” and spread it in Japan.

  Locabo is not strict but rather “loose” carbohydrate restriction. Its definition is to keep carbohydrate intake amount per day around 70 to 130 gram in total by taking 20 to 40 gram per meal, 3 times a day and also a sweets with up to 10 gram.

  The difference from strict carbohydrate restriction is that by taking at least 70grams of carbohydrate, it avoids extremely-low-carbohydrate status that results in Keton body formation. Also, strict carbohydrate diet makes food choice very small but Locabo has variety of food you can enjoy."
[Citation from “The truth of carbohydrate restriction” by Satoshi Yamada of Kitasato research hospital(Japan), 2015]

£≤°•The limit of “calorie restriction”

  In Japan, the majority of people are still believing that “calorie restriction” is necessary to reduce weight but I feel it’s shifting gradually to carbohydrate restriction. I want to introduce its background.

"°„The truth of 2015°š
  The idea to avoid oil for health was widely believed without doubt for a long time in Japan. However, various data since 21st century revealed that even if we reduce oil intake, it won’t improve blood lipid as well as reducing cholesterol won’t reduce blood cholesterol.

  In 2015, the U.S. government revised “dietary reference intakes” that was set about 40 years ago. Its content was “there is no limit of cholesterol or oil intake since reducing them won’t result in heart disease and obesity prevention”.
° *snip°ň


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  In Japan, as well as in the U.S., the increase of diabetes was once thought to be due to decrease of body activity and increase of oil intake. However, in reality, even though the oil intake reduced in 21st century, the number of diabetes increased. The figures were

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[1997] Abnormal blood sugar patients: 13.7 million
[2007] Abnormal blood sugar patients:  22.1 million

  So it did increase rapidly. What we can see from this graph is that, since they reduced oil intake, it even accelerated the increase of abnormal blood sugar patients.
° *snip°ň
  Though such a drastic change may vex some people, many things believed about oil, carbohydrate or protein has changed and even became the opposite in the last 10 years. This is the nutriology today."

[Citation from “The truth of carbohydrate restriction”]

£≥°•Old history of no carbohydrate

  In Japan, when Locabo diet became popular around 2015, people believed it was a new diet method. However, when we look around the world, this was the way repeatedly conducted since 1800s.

I’ll explain this in the link below. ↓

[Debate whether carbohydrate makes us fat or calorie makes us fat]

£ī°•Suger Busters

  I want to introduce “Suger Busters” which was popular in the U.S. (New Orleans) and was called “Food Revolution” since late 1990s.


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  The point of Sugar Busters is to control secretion of “insulin”. Control of insulin depends on restricting carbohydrate intake. In other words, as long as you restrict carbohydrate intake, you can enjoy steak, grilled fish, cheese etc. without thinking of calories.

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  It is said that restaurants in town created Sugar Busters Menu and made this movement even stronger. It’s surprising that this was done more than 15 years before the rise of carbohydrate restriction boom in Japan.

° Lastly°ň
  As I’ve said repeatedly, the direct cause of obesity is “starvation mechanism” and not the amount of calorie or carbohydrate. So, the reason I presented this article is to show that

(1) Carbohydrate has not direct but indirect effect to make people easier to get fat.
(2) The prescription to get thin is close to that of Locabo and Sugar Busters.

  I think that the important point is why they could get thin even they consumed meat, cheese and oil or simply eating a lot.


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