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by 229 · about 2 hours ago

I get what Gary Taubes is saying about calories in & Out and most of the rest. So in Gary's Model, how does one actually lose fat? Would one have to do a temporary lower calorie diet and then eat normal to maintain metabolism??

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · July 17, 2013 at 3:47 AM

What you eat affects how your body processes it, and the hormonal response to food. Eat good healthy whole natural foods, and your body will begin to get back into balance hormonally. It has been proven that animals in the wild do not change... (more)

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by 17 · about 2 hours ago

link text I???m all for eating grass fed beef and avoiding factory fed. I read Jonathan Safran Foer???s ???Eating Animals??? and found it compelling. But it is expensive. I???m not sure there???s a significant health benefit from avoiding... (more)

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Scratch 0 · January 28, 2013 at 5:56 PM

It might not be ideal, but it's pragmatic. If you simply can't afford grass-fed and pastured meat, then factory-farmed meat is still going to be better than a diet based on grains. I think Taubes is very much of the mind that we shouldn't let... (more)

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by 63 · about 2 hours ago

Taubes sounds German and he kinda looks german too, has a german nose Guyenet is a really cool sounding name but I have no idea what nationality it would be. Maybe English? Who knows

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TruthinessInc 0 · December 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM

A German Nose...wow...just...wow...

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by 78407 · about 2 hours ago

Not many people seem to have noticed - or cared - but CarbSane's long-promised, much-hyped appearance at AHS12 was cancelled at the eleventh hour for reasons that appear sketchy at best. http://carbsanity.blogspot.com/2012/08/ahs-2012.html So we... (more)

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by 671 · September 30, 2014 at 3:43 AM

There's obviously a burgeoning literature on the Paleo/Primal movement, but in my experience most books (or more often, jankety PDFs and Kindle files) seem to combine some science with quirky personal tales, heavily invested opinions and more... (more)

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April_S_ 0 · August 02, 2012 at 5:15 AM

If you can get your hands on it, read The Stone Age Diet by Dr. Walter Voegtlin. Papers published by Loren Cordain and S. Boyd Eaton are good and you can usually find those on Google Scholar. If you want "nitty-gritty science," check out... (more)

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by 78407 · September 27, 2014 at 3:38 AM

For starters, who's going to AHS this year? Anyone have any thoughts on the speakers/panels? Wow, I for one was surprised to see that Jimmy Moore will be moderating the safe starches panel... Isn't that like letting Dracula supervise the blood... (more)

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by 21400 · about 2 hours ago

I've having a regular Paleogasm here! On the first episode of BBC's 3-part series, they've: - Had positive talking points from Lustig and Taubes, as well as former and current industry insiders regarding current food "products" - Shown how Corn... (more)

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RR 0 · June 15, 2012 at 4:07 AM

brits = brilliant. hope this is on youtube

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by 5356 · about 2 hours ago

I haven't really been paying too much attention to my salt intake in thinking that I know I'm not taking in too much, but after reading that, I might actually be taking in too... (more)

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Sami_1 0 · June 05, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I've never understood why people think a low- or no-salt diet is beneficial. If our bodies don't get enough salt, WE DIE. There's a reason salt has been more valuable than gold and jewels throughout human existence; hence a person being 'worth... (more)

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by 1670 · September 29, 2014 at 3:32 AM

Sorry, but for some reason I just can't figure this one out on my own so maybe you all can help! If fat doesn't make you fat, according to Taubes why is it that I feel we are constantly restricting intake of fats like nuts because according to... (more)

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Mike_T_1 0 · May 07, 2012 at 2:58 AM

Ultimately, calories do count. Nuts are dense in calories and (in my opinion) relatively easy to overeat. I personally think a big part of the issue is our easy access to shelled nuts where you can eat them by the handful too quickly/easily. If... (more)

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by 96 · about 2 hours ago

In Good Calories, Bad Calories and The Primal Blueprint, both authors state that it is impossible to gain weight without carbohydrates because insulin is required. Sorry, I don't have the references at hand. I'm so much healthier eating paleo,... (more)

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Evelyn_aka_CarbSane 0 · May 04, 2012 at 11:24 AM

I have no idea what Sisson says in PB, but I haven't read on MDA or seen him say in any interviews I've watched/listened-to where he claims fat consumption has no impact on body weight. Gary Taubes, on the other hand, has said it point blank:... (more)

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by 2393 · September 28, 2014 at 3:34 AM

So I'm looking for more books. Paleo/nutrition books. Like I always am. I loved Good Calories, Bad Calories by Taubes, I loved Robb's Paleo Solution, and I'm looking for more. Specifically though, I want to find some that go into the science... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · April 24, 2012 at 1:21 AM

If you like 'em sciency, I'd definitely check out the Jaminets' Perfect Health Diet. And no, it's not a stupid question ;).

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by 956 · September 30, 2014 at 3:30 AM

For anyone who is in the Seattle area: Gary Taubes will be giving a talk this Monday, February 13th at the Great Hall in downtown Seattle. Tickets are only $5. I am almost positive I am going to go, anyone else want to... (more)

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HH 0 · October 15, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Let's go!!!!! oh wait, nevermind.

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by 425 · about 3 hours ago

Very surprised to find a mainstream email today from FastCompany today linking infographic about how pasta and bread, not bacon are the source of the obesity epidemic. Cites Taubes, and associated with new iPhone app from "Massive Health." ... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · January 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The mitochondrial substrate shift from lipids to carbohydrates only works like that in the sedentary, who are a metabolic abomination of recent provenance. Or, if you're resistant to the above, there's always the theory that the government... (more)

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by 550 · about 3 hours ago

Who do you think is right? Why? As far as I know: Berardi talks about Ecto/Meso/Endomorphs for fat/protein/carb ratios, Calories-In/Calories-Out, and Nutrient Timing (based on your workouts). Taubes talks about eating more fat, less carbs, and... (more)

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Nance 0 · January 13, 2012 at 2:12 AM

I think they both are almost certainly accurate in some assumptions and wrong in others. Berardi is not "paleo" but could probably be called traditional. Berardi and Taubes obviously share an appreciation of the importance of eating healthy... (more)

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by 15003 · about 3 hours ago

In his latest salvo in the carb/insulin vs food reward battle, Gary Taubes writes (emphasis mine): Well, for starters, the food reward/palatability hypothesis can???t explain the kinds of observations about obesity and weight regulation ... (more)

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Kamal 0 · November 12, 2011 at 8:20 PM

I like your post very much. Maybe my little brain has a hard time grasping all of this, but...WHY DO SOME GURUS FEEL THE NEED TO PIMP THEIR HYPOTHESES AS "THE ONE TO RULE THEM ALL"? You don't have to take very advanced biostats or mathematics to... (more)

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by 493 · about 3 hours ago

Via http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/10/02/magazine/29mag-food-issue.html?ref=magazine#/health Should I Be Afraid of Low-Calorie Sugar Substitutes? BY GARY TAUBES There's not nearly as much reason to fear sugar substitutes as... (more)

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Namby_Pamby 0 · October 02, 2011 at 5:06 AM

I actually agree with Gary on all the points made. Most sugar substitutes are harmless and the association with cancer and other ill effects are exaggerated or due to administration of massive doses to lab rats. Stevia is slightly hypoglycemic... (more)

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by 2861 · about 3 hours ago

According to this comment, Peter has not allowed through Stephan???s comment in rebuttal to his critique (this could well be software issue though ??? I hate trying to post comments on blogs). Stephan recently removed his post in response to... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · September 06, 2011 at 1:19 PM

It wasn't that long ago that none of these people would really criticize anyone in the name of some kind of civility. To be honest, I thought that was bad. There were undercurrents of disagreement, but no one would really put out an honest debate.... (more)

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by 12174 · about 3 hours ago

http://www.garytaubes.com/2011/09/catching-up-on-lost-time-ancestral-health-symposium-food-reward-palatability-insulin-signaling-carbohydrates-kettles-pots-other-odds-ends-part-i/ Now for the punch line to my shaggy dog story ??? i.e. iconic... (more)

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Rose 0 · September 02, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I'll respond to the question posed in this thread's newly edited title: "Can Gary Taubes fix science? Does it need to be fixed?" Science -- or rather, the accumulation of knowledge we call "science" -- always needs critiquing. The idea that the... (more)

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by 12417 · about 3 hours ago

http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2011/08/ancestral-health-symposium-drama.html Do you think his rebuttal is solid?

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whakahekeheke 0 · August 11, 2011 at 4:56 AM

No, not at all. He still mischaracterizes the final question Taubes posed when he "answers" it... Taubes is specifically asking about the introduction of "sugar and refined carbs," not monolithic "carbs" as such, as an alternative theory of... (more)

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by 8858 · about 3 hours ago

Check me here. Taubes proposed that carbs cause chronically high insulin levels; this ultimately causes insulin resistance and diabetes/metabolic syndrome (and associated obesity). Guyenet more recently proposed that hormonal hunger signaling... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · August 10, 2011 at 6:51 PM

They are both partial correct and so is Lustig......the problem is their unification. They are all making the same error in my estimation. They are starting their thought pattern distally instead of proximally. The brain, and specifically the... (more)

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by 733 · about 3 hours ago

I keep reading short snippets on my blogroll about how Gary Taubes was irrational, egomaniacal, etc., and would like to hear the dirt directly from any of you who were at AHS. Apparently an unwarranted blast at Stephan Guyenet and a gigantic... (more)

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Aravindan_Balasubramanian 0 · August 08, 2011 at 8:55 PM

As you will see in the forthcoming video of the conference, he cut in front of me when I went up to ask Stephan a question. My PH brothers and sisters are outraged that he would do that to me...TO ME!!! The subsequent insults to Stephan were... (more)

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by 557 · about 3 hours ago

Its super long haha

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Lauren_7 0 · July 02, 2011 at 12:48 AM

About 3 days--I could not put it down...except for the times I threw it across the room when I got angry at how much I had been misled about health and nutrition. It blew my mind and changed my life.

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by 50 · about 3 hours ago

Hey everyone, I am interviewing science journalism Gary Taubes for DailyBurn's blog DailyBurn Life http://life.dailyburn.com next week. Gary wrote "Good Calories, Bad Calories", and "Why We Get Fat". He believes that carbs and insulin are the... (more)

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ben61820 0 · May 06, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Ask him what he thinks about so many people misunderstanding his point when they extrapolate that: his assertion that insulin controls fat gain and fat loss means that calories cease to matter. In other words, so many people think that his... (more)

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by 25467 · about 3 hours ago

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/20/gary-taubes-nutrition_n_851603.html The comments were pretty good. His recs on the VAP also good. Gary is making a nice comeback. (more)

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Kamal 0 · May 05, 2011 at 4:01 PM

I asked Taubes a question when he came to give a talk at my school. The question was "You come up in Paleo diet circles a lot..." (confused onlookers wondering what that means) "...How important do you think eating seasonally is, since so many... (more)

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by 9948 · about 3 hours ago

After his appearance on Dr. Oz on which he declined to reveal what his cholesterol numbers were because he hadn't had a lipid panel run in a long time. At the urging of his family, he got it done and he has posted his... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · April 18, 2011 at 8:30 PM

I loved that he had the balls to do this.....but not digging his TG and glucose numbers.....that is because of the dairy. His CRP numbers should be even lower with that VAP. Tells me he should consider dropping dairy and rechecking it. Compared... (more)