This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Low Carb USA Conference in West Palm Beach.
I was blown away by the amazing community of providers and participants. Everyone I came across was very engaged and hungry for knowledge. There was also a special day devoted to the Spanish speaking audience. I was impressed by their growth from previous conferences.
Low Carb Spanish-Speaking Leader Ignacio Cuaranta
One leader in the Spanish speaking community is Ignacio Cuaranta, who is also a leader promoting low carb for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders. A big take home from his keynote was that that problems with our brains are not that different from the problems with our body. Metabolic derangements affect both, and low carb nutrition appears to be very beneficial for both. I was lucky enough to record a podcast with him, so look for that in the near future! I don’t want to give away all the spoilers but suffice it to say, he is seeing outstanding success with Low Carb and Intermittent Fasting in his practice.
Dr. Robert Cywes on Carbohydrate Addiction
The headliner of the meeting was Dr. Robert Cywes. He is a weight loss bariatric surgeon, and the most unique surgeon I have ever met. He doesn’t want to operate. He would rather cure people of their underlying carbohydrate addiction and help them heal themselves. He has a refreshing perspective focusing on the emotional and psychological aspects of weight gain and recognizes that food choices alone won’t help if these aspects aren’t also addressed. I also recorded a podcast with him so stay tuned for that!
Dr. Will Cole Spoke About Vegetarian Keto
Dr. Will Cole presented his case for Keto-tarians, essentially vegetarian ketosis. One of the predominate theories is that when we are in ketosis, our bodies require much less protein that we otherwise would. That way we can focus more on the non-animal fats and worry less about getting our 20+% of calories from protein. It is an interesting theory that he has had success with and highlights that a ketogenic diet can take many forms and mean different things to different people.
Dr. Ryan Lowery on Ketosis Being Protein Sparing
Florida’s own Dr. Ryan Lowery from ASPI echoed Dr. Cole’s theory that something about being in ketosis appears to be protein sparing, thus we don’t have to eat as much for muscle growth or maintenance. He also shared his research in rats that suggests lifelong ketosis promotes longevity. And guess what? That’s right, I filmed a podcast with him as well! This one was packed with information and I know you will love it as much as I did.
The food was fantastic!
Did I mention the food? WOW, the food was incredible! Some of the best conference keto buffets I have seen. The leg of lamb with onions on Friday night along with the spinach salad, avocado, and fat-soaked veggies were just what this doctor ordered (pun intended!)
I was in Keto heaven.
Learning from the conference overall
As usual the team from Low Carb USA did an incredible job and the event went off without a hitch. It inspired me to take away lessons on how they put together a successful conference for hundreds of people and adapt it to our upcoming intimate and personalized Low Carb Beach Retreat in April.
At this retreat, we will combine the benefits of didactic teaching with small group discussions and development of individualized low carb programs. Due to its small size spots are limited so reserve your spot today!