Sunday, April 17, 2011

HCG AND THE "SARASOTA DIET" Day 12, Continuing Our Grocery Shopping Adventure !! ROBERT G CARLSON, MD,FACS

HCG AND THE "SARASOTA DIET" Day 12, Continuing Our Grocery Shopping Adventure !! ROBERT G CARLSON, MD,FACS

Day 12: 218.8

Busy day in the office and had to drive to two meetings at the end of the day. Oh , what I would do for a run on the beach. I lost a little weight this time, but last night consumed an entire lemon pepper chicken from Publix, and a small spinach , cheese, and olive salad with Blue cheese dressing....and lost weight. Got to love this diet! Planning on checking my percent fat on Day 13 because I know my weight is relatively stable, but my clothes are fitting a lot more loose. Lets go back to the grocery trip again. I will tell you more about my Fat Burning Accelerator shots after we finish at the Grocery store. And then we will set up a sample week long schedule. Keep following with us and PLEASE add any comments or insights. I strongly believe that every day is a day at school, and I always love learning something new.

I like buying my meat in larger quantities, as this will be a mainstay for the next 4 weeks. Buy a few pounds of hamburger and make patties out of them and freeze the ones you won’t need for the first few days. Be aggressive with using cheeses, all kinds of cheese and spices to “soup-up” your hamburgers. I also get the sale steaks (any cuts) and eat them back to back using spices. A steak for dinner and a spinach salad will fill you up and you can pick up a few strawberries or my favorite cherry sugar free jello and cover it with either regular heavy whipping cream or the low sugar whipping cream options. Buy your cheese in bulk as well. Either the large blocks or go crazy when the individual grated cheese bags are on sale. Although, It is so much less expensive to grate your own cheese then to pay for the packaged kind . Also stay away from the low fat cheese or the kind made with milk. Always remember, when it says “lo w-fat”, it really means ‘high sugar”.

You can also purchase seafood options at almost any grocery deli. Recently I enjoyed eating over a ½ pound of lightly sauteed bay scallops with Parmesan and Romano cheese melt over the top. I was full after eating that meal and there were absolutely zero carbs in that meal.
The critical part of the diet or what I would like to think of as a New Lifestyle with limited carbohydrate intake, is to firmly avoid the foods restricted on the Sarasota Diet. For the first round of 28 days you can’t eat these items because the sugar cravings will take hold and your weight loss will screech to a halt.......... more to follow



I have been keeping a diary but have been backlogged in writing. I have put together a grouping of articles I will tie together with catching up on my scheduled recordings.

Day#11: 219.2

My energy still is good and I have incorporated my creation of B-vitamins ,carnitine , and chromium into my ANDLOS CLINIC :FAT BURNING ACCELERATOR shots( I will tell you more about these soon) which I use three times a week in conjunction with my nightly HCG shots. I have been in somewhat of a stall and I believe it is because I need to exercise more. I love it when I am losing a pound a day, but my goal is to lose 16 pounds in 28 days. My good friend in Palm Beach has exceeded that in two weeks, but he is a "little" heavier than I. Some questions I am asked daily in my clinic are: So how do I start this 'Sarasota Diet' ?" So I decided to give you a series of brief descriptions on preparing for your first sojourn to the grocery store with Low Carbohydrate approach on your mind. I will reiterate on how to do the shots again, but that is the easy part....Well in fact this whole dietary lifestyle is easy. No caloric restrictions, eat what you can, but just stay away from carbs! If you repeat slowly and often as you walk through the grocery store: "Carbs are poison. These toxins are making me fat and trying to kill me." Repeating that a few times a day will fortify your decision to avoid your previous daily onslaught of massive amounts of dangerous toxic carbohydrates. So lets go shopping....

The new "Sarasota Diet" Low Carbohydrate Lifestyle shopping experience-

Shopping in preparation for starting your low carb Sarasota diet will be a different experience. One thing you will have to do is read labels to check for how many carbohydrates are hidden in your favorite foods. The shock may be overwhelming especially when you realize that you will be allowed a maximum of 20 grams of carbohydrates a day. A cup of rice is over 40 grams. Mountain Dew is 45 grams of carbs. The foods that you would commonly throw into your shopping cart like bread, pasta, and potatoes are no longer welcome in your shopping cart. Just like diving…plan your dive, dive your plan. Your adventure in the grocery store should start with an idea of what you plan to eat for the first week. Also key to anticipating this shopping trip is the gathering of all those high carb snacks throughout your house and hidden in your desk and locking them away if not throwing them all out.

Once in the grocery store, you should shop on the periphery, like the deli, vegetables, eggs, meat, and avoid the packaged high fructose sugar items in the center aisles. Make sure you purchase many low carb options like cheese sticks, deli meats and celery to help satisfy those mid-day cravings. I find however that before you even take a bite of a mid-day snack, you should drink an entire 8 oz glass or bottled water. Then start eating your snack.

Once you arrive at the grocery begin stocking up on cheeses, meats, other high protein options and produce. This way you will purchase the primary foods you should eat for the week and not be tempted by the packaged items in the middle aisles. More to follow…..
Posted by Dr Robert Carlson of Sarasota at 8:25 PM
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

HCG AND THE "SARASOTA DIET" DAY 10. Here are the facts...low carb diets work the best and are safe! ROBERT G CARLSON, MD,FACS

HCG AND THE "SARASOTA DIET" DAY 10. Here are the facts...low carb diets work the best and are safe! ROBERT G CARLSON, MD,FACS

Day 10 218.6

I am on track for my 28 day goal of losing 16 pounds. How are you doing? I spoke to a patient today, weighing in at 310 before the program, he has already lost 16 pounds in 7 days. He feels great. Using HCG, this Palm Beach patient says he no longer feels the dragging feeling he would experience on the Atkins diet. Instead he is energized, and is experiencing no hunger pangs, and no sugar cravings. He is confident he can maintain his 20 grams of carbohydrate a day goal for 28 days, and maybe even longer. I personally like to take a "break" from the HCG, maintaining a lower carbohydrate approach after the 28 days, and then two weeks later go back onto another 28 day course of HCG. This approach will help your body remain fresh and ready to continue burning away those unwanted fats.
Many people have questioned the use of the Low carbohydrate approach. I know it is the only approach that works for me. As a cardiac surgeon, I am focused on reducing the causes of heart disease. The causes are inflammation, and the low fat diet or better known to me as the HIGH SUGAR DIET will ignite inflammation in your body accelerating heart disease and cancers. So enough about what I think. What do the big boys at Harvard, Duke and Stanford say??
Stanford University Medical School compared four weight-loss diets. People assigned to follow the Atkins diet, which had the lowest carbohydrate intake, lost more than twice the weight and experienced favorable overall metabolic effects at 12 months than those assigned to follow the Zone, Ornish, or LEARN diets.

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Washington University School of Medicine randomly assigned participants to either a low-carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat diet or a low-calorie, high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet. The low-carbohydrate diet produced a greater weight loss and improvement in risk factors for coronary heart disease.

University of Cincinnati instructed obese women to follow either a low fat, calorie restricted diet or a low carbohydrate diet for six months. The women lost significantly more weight and body fat on the low carbohydrate diet than women instructed on the low fat diet at three and six months. Additionally, blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, fasting blood sugar, and insulin improved.

A study out of the University of Pennsylvania, compared the effects of a low-carbohydrate diet and a low fat diet on lipoprotein subfractions and inflammation on severely obese subjects. The severely obese individuals, who followed a low-carbohydrate diet had beneficial effects on insulin resistance, blood lipids and markers of inflammation.

The objective of this meta-analysis was to look at the evidence related to the association of dietary saturated fat with risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and cardiovascular disease. This meta-analysis (review of multiple studies) showed that there is NO significant evidence supporting that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of either coronary artery disease or cardiovascular disease. Fats do not cause heart disease, it is the high carbohydrates and sugars that cause heart disease.
Harvard University examined a 12 week low fat diet against two different low carbohydrate diets, one allowing 300 more calories a day (eat all you want, just don't eat that is my kind of diet). The people who ate the higher calories with the very low carbohydrate diet were able to lose more weight compared to the lower calorie, low fat diet. And the low carbohydrate diet actually improved several risk factors for heart disease.

A Duke University study determined that a six month very low carbohydrate diet program markedly reduced body weight and improved numerous metabolic factors.
Alright, so if studies from Top University Hospital centers like Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Cincinnati, and University of Pennsylvania say that a low carb diet works better for weight loss and improvement in factors affected heart disease, than the low fat diet, then isn’t it about time to throw the low fat diet in the garbage and change to a low carbohydrate lifestyle? It is safe, effective and the best tolerated, so no time is better than the present to begin the Low carbohydrate approach to weight loss and add HCG in the Sarasota Diet to maximize your results and achieve massive weight loss. Dr C

HCG AND THE "SARASOTA DIET" DAY 9. Adding exercise to melt the fat ROBERT G CARLSON, MD,FACS

HCG AND THE "SARASOTA DIET" DAY 9. Adding exercise to melt the fat ROBERT G CARLSON, MD,FACS

Day 9: 218.4

I have been very dedicated to maintaining my diet approach, and why not? It is really easy, especially for those people who would never be able to tolerate the 500 calorie diet of the “classic” HCG approach. I would never be able to run 5 miles and eat only 500 calories. Incorporating exercise into your weight loss program is important, but timing is critical. The first few days on the low carbohydrate approach may make exercising difficult as you have depleting sugar levels in your blood stream and we begin teaching our body to burn fats for energy, not sugar. I really enjoy running and went for a 7 mile run this weekend, tolerating it amazingly well because of the addition of the HCG to the Low Carbohydrate approach. My morning weight was 218.4, but my post run weight was 214.2. I know it is mostly water weight, but I still enjoy seeing those decreasing numbers on my scales. For those who can walk, that is an excellent way to start burning that fat. If walking isn’t enough, jump into the T-Tapp mode. This exercise, nothing to do with tap dancing, is absolutely incredible, dousing the inflammation that is persecuting your body, and helping you melt the fat away and experience a disappearing waistline. Please try it! You can go onto the T-Tapp website, and the amazing Teresa Tapp has provided all kinds of FREE exercises, that she has devoted years developing. You will find the exercises easy to do, and the results amazing. So tie your low carb /HCG diet with an exercise program that burns the fat away.

Sarasota Diet:HCG and the Atkins Diet .... no the low carb Lifestyle Day 8 Robert G Carlson, MD, FACS

Sarasota Diet:HCG and the Atkins Diet Robert G Carlson, MD, FACS

Day 8: 219.4

I continue to tolerate the 20 grams of carbohydrates without too much fatigue. Saw patients in my office and performed a three hour liposuction, then ran to football practice. I continue with a cup of coffee in the morning, but moved from Coffee Mate to half and half or whipping cream, since they are lower in carbohydrates. Continue to enjoy my morning and late afternoon chocolate whey milkshake. Roll-ups for lunch with roast beef and horseradish cheddar cheese. For dinner I ate a steak after football practice as well as a salad with romaine lettuce, a few cherry tomatoes, olives, cheddar cheese and Blue cheese dressing.

I enjoyed meeting my new patient in the morning Friday. He is a very intelligent business man, struggling with weight issues. He felt he was eating well, consuming oatmeal (19 grams carbs) for breakfast and lunch, subway sandwiches (12 inch roasted chicken sandwich-96 carbs) for lunch and dinner while working out of town, but was really feeding his increasing abdominal fat with carbs. He also demonstrated high amount of visceral fat, percent body fat exceeding 36% and a percent muscle of only 29% . This gentleman was not only overweight, but severely sarcopenic…or lacking muscle. He has all the signs and symptoms of the metabolic syndrome, increased blood pressure, increased abdominal fat, increased cholesterol, and glucose intolerance with elevated sugars. The metabolic syndrome dramatically increases your risks of developing heart disease. It is the high sugars in his blood stream and his diet that were driving his whole body inflammation, causing his belly to grow even bigger, and his muscles to waste away. Balancing his hormones, optimizing his thyroid function and using the Sarasota Diet will lead to significant weight loss and restoration of his energy levels and youthfulness. I believe that “we spend the first 50 years of our lives sacrificing our health to make money, and the second 50 years of our lives spending our money regaining our health.” Don’t wait until it’s too late. Start now regaining your health and youthfulness.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011



Day # 6

Weight: 220.1

Body composition Day 1 %body fat: 22.7 ; % muscle: 33.4 ; Visceral fat: 12

Day 6 %body fat: 20.6 ; % muscle 36.6 ; Visceral fat 11

Day #6: I had a 12 oz shake of Jay Robb’s Whey Protein (chocolate). This stuff is really good blended with ice and water. Drank two cups of coffee, and focused on drinking almost 80 ounces of water today. Lunch involved continuing with my goal of eating low carb vegetables. I try to consume 15 of my grams of carbohydrate as vegetables. Eating a Spinach Cobb salad with Blue cheese dressing, which contained olives, a few tomatoes, chicken, cheese, bacon and egg slices. Of course it came with bread and I quickly set it aside. I have absolutely no desire or craving for pasta, breads, or even my favorite ice cream. This is usually when I falter a little, trying crackers or ice cream, BUT the HCG has reduced any of my cravings to nothing. I had two slices of roast beef and cheddar cheese around 3:00 after a consultation, and then after finishing with patients at 7:30, had another 12 oz shake of Jay Robb’s Whey Protein (chocolate). A late Dinner was three fried eggs in olive oil, two slices of bacon, and cheddar cheese. I used half of a 5 gram lo-carb wrap to put my eggs into. Didn’t get a chance to exercise today, but felt like I had good energy, and if my office schedule wasn’t packed, a nice run on Siesta Key Beach would have been just perfect.
I recently read a report from Web MD that was just plain wrong. It said that there was NO data supporting the Atkins low carbohydrate diet. My response is “There is NO data if you don’t open your eyes and look on Pub Med for 30 seconds.”. Only one year ago there was a review of 13 separate well designed randomized controlled trials comparing low-carbohydrate vs. low-fat/low-calorie diets in the management of obesity. In all of the trials, the Atkins diet was by far the best!! In fact were significant differences between the groups for weight loss, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels , triglyceride levels and the reduction of systolic blood pressure, ALL favoring the low-carbohydrate diet. A 2007 study performed by the NIH(National Institute of Health) in conjunction with Stanford University found that the Atkins diet resulted in the most weight loss, and most beneficial metabolic improvements(lower Total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, Blood sugar levels)when compared to the Zone diet, LEARN diets, and the Ornish diets. Interestingly, the Atkins was the ONLY diet of this group that was not based on limiting calories, starvation and deprivation, but focused on choosing the correct nutrient dense foods that would allow the feeling of fullness, while still burning fat. The goal for the low carbohydrate approach is to switch the body from burning carbohydrates, to burning primarily fat for energy. And the HCG diet directs the body to burn the abnormal fat, not structural fat, thus maintaining energy levels throughout the therapy, and optimizing and maximizing effective weight loss and percent fat reduction.



weight 220.6

I continued to feel good and today I went for a five mile run. Previously running over 30 marathons. I know what "hitting the wall" was like. On previous attempts at the Atkins diet, I recall experiencing the feeling of "hitting the wall" when i ran more than 5 miles. Exercise is critical to achieving your weight loss goals, and when you restrict your carbohydrate intake, and exercise, your body is forced to burn fat for its energy source. That's really good for losing weight, but also for losing that persistent belly fat. I found that using the HCG, and eating less than 20 grams of carbohydrates, I didn't experience the fatigue when running 6 miles. So time to increase my mileage and enjoy a nice long run.
Today for breakfast I drank 12 ounces of chocolate flavored whey milk shake and for a midday snack repeated that with a large portion of whip carbs. For lunch. I had three of the roll-ups with turkey and Gouda cheese. For dinner I had my favorite salad with Romaine lettuce, green olives, cheddar cheese and a few slices of cucumber, cover with blue cheese dressing.


In the first two hours after a meal, blood glucose and insulin levels rise higher after a high glycemic load meal than they do after a low-glycemic load meal containing equal calories. However, in response to the excess insulin secretion, blood glucose levels drop lower over the next few hours after a high-glycemic load meal than they do after a low-glycemic load meal. This may explain why 15 out of 16 published studies found that the consumption of low glycemic index foods delayed the return of hunger, decreased subsequent food intake, and increased satiety (feeling full) when compared to high-glycemic index foods. Although long-term randomized controlled trials of low-glycemic load diets in the treatment of obesity are lacking, the results of short-term studies on appetite regulation and weight-loss suggest that low glycemic-load diets may be useful in promoting long-term weight-loss and decreasing the prevalence of obesity.



Less Than 20
Broccoli 15

Celery 15

Cucumber 15

Green beans 15

Lettuce, all varieties 15
Spinach 15

Tomatoes 15