582: Jenny Ruhl Gets Real Sharing ‘The Truth About Low Carb Diets’


Blood sugar and low-carb diet specialist Jenny Ruhl is our guest today on The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore!


One of Jimmy’s most popular “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” podcast guests of 2011 was BloodSugar101.com author Jenny Ruhl. Listeners appreciated Ruhl’s no-holds-barred, matter-of-fact style of explaining things that you don’t always hear from other health gurus out there. And it was after speaking with Jimmy last summer that she got the idea for writing her 2012 book release called Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets.

As you might expect, Ruhl has quite a bit to share about low-carb diets that runs counter to the glossy, slick promises made in most books that come out on the subject. While a strong defender of carbohydrate-restriction as a means for controlling diabetes and blood sugar levels, there are also “inevitable problems” that people who go on low-carb diets tend to run into that Ruhl helps you navigate, including predictable stalls and weight gain. This is sure to be one of the most talked-about books and podcasts of the year, so don’t you dare miss this one!


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8 Responses to 582: Jenny Ruhl Gets Real Sharing ‘The Truth About Low Carb Diets’
  1. Margo Res
    June 13, 2012 | 8:55 pm

    Jenny Ruhl is just outstanding.  Her ability to combine science and personal experience is so valuable (not to mention her BS101 is my bible to get my pre-D numbers down).  I particularly appreciated her tips at the end of this podcast.  Thanks Jimmy for having her back.

  2. Jill4535
    June 13, 2012 | 11:30 pm

    Thank you Jenny and Jimmy.  Think about two plants.  One is struggling in poor soil.  It doesn’t get enough sun or water.  The other is growing in a perfect environment with adequate nutrients.  Those images help to motivate me. 

  3. Lynn123
    June 14, 2012 | 11:41 am

    I think this is great.  She seems to be such an honest person.  I like your approach, Jimmy, of paying attention to things like blood sugar more than weight.  And when you think about it, our bodies fight to survive, so what we call a diet, they call possible starvation.  With getting older, maybe we should just accept that it might be best to be a little fatter and accept that we really can’t eat like we did in our 20’s-we need less calories.  It was interesting to me, also, when she mentioned that the belly fat for women is trying to hang on to estrogen, and maybe that’s a good thing?  

    So maybe staying active and eating well (the best we can figure out what that is) is the thing to do, and maybe we should quit worrying about the weight.  I think there is something to that idea that your body is comfortable at a certain weight and will figure out a way to try to maintain that, whether you’re a low carb nut or a low fat nut, etc.  It will tell you to eat more fat, go on a binge, whatever, to get back to that.  Maybe people can be overweight, yet very healthy.

    • LLVLCBlog
      June 15, 2012 | 8:11 am

      I think there’s a lot of truth to your last statement, Lynn. Keep on keeping on my friend. :)

  4. Victoria A. Jeffrey
    June 17, 2012 | 11:32 am

    This show really resonated with me. One of my favorites Jimmy. Jenny really hit it on the head when she mentioned that people of short stature (like me) may be eating far too much and that for folks like us even on low carb, calories do count. Serious food for thought for me as I continue to tweak my diet.

  5. JediChick
    June 19, 2012 | 11:15 am

    I came away from this podcast feeling depressed and defeated. I want to be thin. If any old diet will work I may as well reduce my calories and eat chocolate.

    • LLVLCBlog
      June 19, 2012 | 5:23 pm

      I think you missed Jenny’s message completely.

      • Emma
        July 5, 2012 | 5:21 am

        Jimmy I’m struggling to know what exactly her message was.  On the one hand she points out that people who begin to eat over 100g of carbs but maintain high fat will experience higher levels of cholesterol and this is injurious.  Then she ends the piece by mentioning the Norway study which shows high/er cholesterol is protective.  

        Also, I understand that smaller bodies require fewer calories but I’m not sure why older people should be eating fewer calories when we know many elderly people have a hard time consuming enough calories.  

        A focus on health rather than weight loss per sé should be the primary focus.  I know for many that does mean they need to shed a few pounds but in doing so if they eat nutrient rich real food they can’t go wrong.

        However, I’m glad she points out the vocal members of the community is dominated by young (and male?) people who have little appreciation of how age affects the body.  Equally, I’m grateful for dissenting voices.

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