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Live webchat with Dr John Briffa Wednesday the 4 July 12-1pm

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 29-Jun-12 11:48:42

In response to popular demand we're delighted to invite Dr John Briffa for a live webchat next Wednesday 4 July at 12 midday.

Dr John Briffa is a doctor, award-winning health writer, and former columnist for The Daily Mail and The Observer. He is author of eight books on nutrition and self-help. His latest, Escape the Diet Trap has been widely discussed across the Mumsnet Talk boards.

In Escape The Diet Trap, Dr Briffa says you can 'achieve successful, sustainable weight loss without consciously cutting back on food and without the need for exhausting exercise'. One Mumsnetter describes the book as '...brilliant. Really easy to read without being patronising, and an eye opener with all the studies he cites. Really makes me feel that I am following a healthy diet for the first time in ages'. and another says, 'His advice is smart, sensible and rooted in Proper Science - but it's still controversial. Perfect for a webchat!'

Join us over lunch (extra helpings appear to be acceptable smile) at noon on Wednesday 4 July to chat to Dr John Briffa, or if you're unable to join us on the day, post a question in advance on this thread.

icepole Sun 01-Jul-12 23:00:48

Marking my place. I would really like to try low carb but I don't eat meat. Is it possible? There are only so many eggs I can eat.

SeventhEverything Sun 01-Jul-12 23:04:44

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MNP Mon 02-Jul-12 00:46:27

Welcome to Mumsnet.

As a follower of a low carb diet I am finding I am loosing very small amounts each week even tho there are tonnes to lose, I believe I am following the advice correctly tho eggs do not feature in my diet, is there any food I should ensure I eat to increase weight lose or just plod along as I am?

Thank you

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 02-Jul-12 08:36:04

What are your views on the health benefits/downfalls of a vegan diet?

OliviaLMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Jul-12 10:28:22

SharonGless shock I see everything.grinwink

<marking place for later>

BIWItheBold Mon 02-Jul-12 10:30:12

Sharon - I'll distract Olivia while you get your extra questions in.

<wafts gin bottle around thread>

PostBellumBugsy Mon 02-Jul-12 10:41:56

Fantastic! Love your blog Dr Briffa.

What are your favourite low carb foods?

becstarsky Mon 02-Jul-12 12:33:05

Welcome to mumsnet Dr Briffa. Love your book, and lost weight with the diet initially but then started finding it really hard to stick to in terms of time commitment for making meals. I work full time and prepare meals for five people not including myself every day. They're fussy about eggs and veg, and they like pasta and potato based meals, so I was having to make separate meals for them and in the end I gave up and joined the majority.

Really annoying as your diet suits my health so much better than anything I've tried (I'm coeliac with PCOS related insulin resistance). Have you any ideas on recruiting/influencing carb-addicted family members? Thank you!

BIWItheBold Mon 02-Jul-12 13:19:17

Why have we lost our sticky already? hmm

BIWItheBold Mon 02-Jul-12 14:15:14

See - already slipped off active convos.

Please can we have the sticky back again?

BIWItheBold Mon 02-Jul-12 15:03:08

<passes Blu-tack to MNHQ>

Quejica Mon 02-Jul-12 16:48:12

I would like to ask about intermittent fasting. I have lurked on the wonderful BIWI's threads and lost 1 stone in 12 weeks by low-carbing, but I break her number 1 rule - thou shalt eat breakfast. I never eat breakfast and tend to eat each day within a 6 to 8 hour window, but it wasn't until I read your blog that I realised that this was IF and not necessarily wrong. Is IF something you recommend to women to increase weight loss? Thank you!

SeventhEverything Mon 02-Jul-12 17:46:50

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Jux Mon 02-Jul-12 18:06:32

I'm afraid I haven't read your book as we have very little money to spare, and basically my DLA is how we pay for food.

I need to lose weight, but don't actually eat a great deal to start with. I have ms and therefore find exercise very difficult and painful. If I were to eat less I would spend most of the day fainting (I've tried it so I know!). I have fresh fruit and veg every day, past a couple of times a week, rice at least once a week. We cook from scratch every day so none of those ready meals or anything like that.

Would your regimen work for me, do you think?

GetOrfMoiiLand Mon 02-Jul-12 19:15:26

Ooh how wonderful.

I think the Escape the Diet Trap book is brilliant, so easy to read but not at all patronising and more importantly not full of pseudo-science.

I would also like to ask the question why nutritionists the world over are still so wedded to the low cal principle.

SeventhEverything Mon 02-Jul-12 22:28:30

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BIWItheBold Mon 02-Jul-12 22:35:03

Oh good idea!

QueenStromba Tue 03-Jul-12 00:09:27

I know I've already asked a question and I'd really like that one asked for the sake of my own future health but I think I have another one which is probably more important:

I believe you mentioned in "Escape the Diet Trap" how eating an overall acidic diet leads to calcium being leached from the bones. I would have thought that carbonated water would be acidic (carbonic acid) and therefore contribute to acidity in the diet and thus to leaching of calcium from the bones but I've read claims of a pH of 7 on some fizzy water bottles. Is fizzy water normally acidic, neutral or basic? Also, is soda water any different? Should we all stop drinking carbonated water altogether to prevent diseases such as osteoporosis?

OliviaLMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 03-Jul-12 00:22:06


<passes Blu-tack to MNHQ>


BIWItheBold Tue 03-Jul-12 08:36:50

Olivia - I've been hearing reports about how svelte and lovely you are. I hope these are true? And can I claim the credit? grin

OliviaLMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 03-Jul-12 10:17:32

blush There are those who might say I was always lovely grin but yes, SgtMajorBiwi you can take the credit for the svelter bit. Have lost albs.
Would like to shift another 10ish lbs though.
Still trying to think of a really good question for Dr John.

TunipTheVegemal Tue 03-Jul-12 10:36:38

Olivia, I've replied to Rachel's email re the name. Of course you can have it back (though it would be lovely if you would un-ban ArtexMonkey, as a little quid pro quo <tries it on>)

TunipTheVegemal Tue 03-Jul-12 10:37:55

Oh, and my question for the real DrJohnBriffa:

A few years ago you told Patrick Moore off for drinking normal tea. Do you still think he should switch to green tea or can he carry on as he is? wink

BIWItheBold Tue 03-Jul-12 10:41:18

You've lost albs? I hope you find him/it/them soon ... grin

Quejica Tue 03-Jul-12 11:22:50

Jux Escape the Diet Trap is £3.99 on ebay including delivery

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