Recent History of Low-Carb Dieting

In May of 2009, Stone began skipping dinner, and moved to eating, basically, one meal a day. He realized that this was providing a diet quite similar in low-insulin hours to that of rats fed every other day. Calling Benjamin Treadwell — whom he had met in his use of the product Juvenon which Treadwell oversaw — he asked if he might secure the same benefits as the rats. Treadwell encouraged him and became a mentor.

In 2005, Dr. Bert Herring, a graduate of the Texas A&M College of Medicine, had self published a small monograph entitled “The Fast-5 Diet and the Fast-5 Lifestyle” and put it up on a website www.fast-5.com. His diet was an early form of carbohydrate concentration which asked readers to fast for 19 hours a day and eat whatever they wanted during a remaining consecutive five hours (e.g., 8 a.m to 1 p.m. or noon to 4 p.m.) . Herring had lost 20 pounds on the diet quickly and easily in 1995 and, ten years later, when they had returned, he had used the technique again with great success. This had led him to set up the website and he had secured converts in different parts of the world.

In February of 2010, Stone, who had independently started eating, basically, a Fast-1 diet — contacted Dr. Herring. In due course, they wrote a paper together and presented it in an off-line suite-seminar in Portland, Oregon at the June, 2010 annual meeting of the American Aging Association (AGE). The seminar went well and there seemed to be no objections to a low-insulin diet.

Stone was eager to use dietary means to resolve the three current problems of obesity epidemic, epidemic of dementia and the health budget crisis. He decided, on return from Portland, that he could not sell a one-meal-a-day diet in large part because so many doctors would reject “meal skipping”. He also believed that he could not institutionalize a diet without, eventually, winning over medical doctors. With this in mind — having reviewed the scientific literature and seen the close connections of his diet with caloric restriction and intermittent fasting — he decided that the Carb Addict’s Diet was a more saleable alternative and would have much the same benefits. In sum, he decided to try to advance the important links between a diet like the Carb Addicts Diet and 80 years of scientific investigation into caloric restriction, intermittent fasting and low carb dieting.

In June, Stone located Mark McCarty, who lived nearby in La Jolla, and who had helped develop the Bahadori Diet. The Bahadori-McCarty diet involved skipping one meal a day so as to have a period of 12 to 14 hours of fasting combined with exercising in the middle of the fasting period when insulin would be low. It was advanced by Dr. Babak Bahadori who was of Iranian origin; it reflected the benefits of fasting during Ramadan which were well known! Stone and McCarty began working together on a website to advance Carbohydrate Concentration.

In October, 2010, Stone attended a weekend conference in San Francisco on “Personalized Life Extension 2010” chaired and organized by Christine Peterson. There he spoke from the floor and his approach attracted the attention of another conference participant, Terry Grossman, M.D. who asked if he could add this idea to his collection of suggestions in his speeches and with his patients. Later, in a telephone call, he and Stone exchanged ideas. Stone asked him not to advance a new moniker for the diet (Time-Limited Carbohydrates or TLC) on the grounds that Carbohydrate Concentration was grammatically more correct and summarized the diet better. Stone was eager to have everyone advancing the same title so as to have a campaign that sold the diet effectively — rather than to have the public confused about seemingly different versions.

In early 2011, Stone and McCarty reached out to Terry Grossman in the realization that they needed an entrepreneurial medical doctor to help advance the diet and to help with the website. On April 15, 2011, McCarty, Stone and Grossman met in Irvine for lunch and consummated an agreement to work together on the website to which Grossman contributed a paper. Grossman said he wanted to write a book about the diet and had already begun work collecting material. Stone and McCarty encouraged this but asked that Grossman confirm putting aside TLC as the moniker so that everyone would be singing a tune with the same title.

In March, 2012, Brian Delaney, President of the Caloric Restriction Society, joined Catalytic Longevity as a consultant after hearing about the program at a conference and becoming excited about it as a practical way to secure the benefits of caloric restriction.