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by 229 · about 11 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 11 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 671 · about 11 hours ago

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 5356 · about 11 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 96 · about 11 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 15003 · about 12 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 12 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 12 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 12 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 12407 · about 12 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 12 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 12 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 9948 · about 12 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)

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by 161 · about 12 hours ago

He's probably referenced on this site more than any individual yet he's only had an online presence for 3 months! Should he tweet more @garytaubes? What should he tweet about? Create a Facebook page for himself instead of his book... (more)

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RG73 0 · March 29, 2011 at 3:30 PM

I wouldn't give him any advice. He's done fine for himself and he's doing what he wants. If he doesn't want a more of an online presence that just leaves the field open for someone else. Edited to add: Also, while Taubes certainly has a very... (more)

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by 260 · about 12 hours ago

Did you see Gary Taubes on Dr. Oz this week? Well, there is now a poll about who is right. I voted for Taubes (but then I base my opinions on empirical science so what do I know). It's neck and neck right now. You can add your two cents and... (more)

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oliverh 0 · March 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM

I think everyone on here is going to go with Taubes.

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by 12407 · about 12 hours ago

Dr Oz is an idiot (or maybe just an opportunistic cynic) who is bought and sold by the medical/pharmaceutical establishment. After watching this show, because of the head-nodding science that is behind the paleo/primal movement, shows like this... (more)

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Stabby 0 · March 07, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Any obesity discussion that doesn't covert inflammation, omega 6 fats, leptin, the thyroid, and general nutrition is incomplete. That being said Taubes is right to say that processed carbs cause obesity. They certainly do. I wrote this in his... (more)

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by 8858 · about 12 hours ago

Just heard Taubes do an NPR interview. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2010/dec/28/why-we-get-fat/ Given his prodigious talent as a writer, he is surprisingly bad at communicating his work in interviews. Is there anyone out there who makes a... (more)

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Vrimj 0 · December 30, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I came to Paleo because Robb Wolf made me laugh. It seems like so many people become crusaders and lose perspective and humor. He still has his and is realistic about how people are really going to eat. That is what sold me.

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by 161 · about 12 hours ago

Reviews are starting to come in on Amazon through their Vine program (as of 11/30/2010): all are 4 stars thus far. Has anyone gotten their hands on a copy? Also, one reviewer mentioned that Taubes recommends peanut oil. How can this be? (more)

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Felix 0 · December 01, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Also, one reviewer mentioned that Taubes recommends peanut oil. How can this be? Why should it not be? He's never been "the" proponent of a certain (paleo) diet and I trust he's got his reasons to recommend that oil. Just as Dr. Cordain has... (more)

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by 78417 · about 12 hours ago

It's commonplace among lowcarb(LC) aficionados to blame weight gain on insulin and nothing else but insulin. Taubes, the infallible LC messiah (you gotta admit, some people would take his farts to be the word of God), wrote some cool stuff... (more)

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Eva 0 · September 27, 2010 at 5:49 AM

OK, Now I will start to go over Krieger's material in more detail. Let's see how far/long this post gets before I get tired of making corrections! (get ready for super long) First, in the primer section, some issues. Unlike what Krieger says,... (more)

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by 10502 · about 12 hours ago

I recommend the following: Primal Body-Primal Mind: Empower Your Total Health The Way Evolution Intended (...And Didn't) The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human Evolution Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the... (more)

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Nero 0 · February 13, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Every book and article by Taubes. And Barry Groves Trick and Treat. Proteinpower by Dr. Eades. Weston Price (himself) articles/book. One of the first Doctors dealing with LC Wolfgang Lutz Life without bread. Nutrition an disease by Mellanby. (more)

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by 1670 · October 20, 2014 at 3:34 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 956 · October 20, 2014 at 3:29 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 · October 20, 2014 at 3:28 AM

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 25467 · October 20, 2014 at 3:13 AM

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 2393 · October 19, 2014 at 3:40 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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