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by 18437 · January 08, 2013 at 6:22 PM

I came across this quote at Peter Attia's site presented as the alternative hypothesis: "Obesity is a growth disorder just like any other growth disorder. Specifically, obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation. Fat accumulation is... (more)

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palaz_1 0 · January 08, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Calorie intake does matter always. Even if you eat only fat but too much of it you will gain weight. It will take longer comparing to carbs. I would change the Peter Attia's hypothesis as following: "Fat accumulation is determined not ONLY by the... (more)

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by 875 · March 05, 2014 at 6:03 AM

The guy that made those paleo critique videos just released a bunch of video's about the first part of GCBC and the whole lipid hypothesis/diet heart/saturated fat. It's definitely worth a look to see both sides. Starts... (more)

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VB 0 · January 07, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Would it be okay if I come up with my own critique of Gary Taubes instead? Humans adapt to their environments. The best diets out there are the diets of indigenous people who have learned to utilize their environment and everything it produces in... (more)

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by 1708 · May 15, 2012 at 2:36 PM

So, I just saw A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity posted on Google News. It was written by Carson Chow, a mathematician for a division of the NIH. He argues, essentially, that it's calories in v. calories out concluding that "There’s no magic... (more)

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eddieosh 0 · May 15, 2012 at 3:14 AM

The Calories In / Calories Out (CICO) model is a silly reductionism and serves only to screw up any intelligent attempt to understand the complexity and beauty of the human body. We are not just incinerators, that would be a daft... (more)

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by 994 · May 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM

What other dietary/nutritional information and sources have you consumed to broaden your understanding and come to personal conclusions about your paleo diet choices? Have read ONLY Paleo information ? If not what are some of the primary... (more)

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PaleoGirl_2 0 · May 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I've always been interested in diet and nutrition, but I always felt eating low fat high carb led to more problems. I was constantly tired and didn't like eating every 4 hours. Being a bio and chem major, I knew there had to be a reason for why I... (more)

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by 1672 · April 06, 2014 at 3:45 PM

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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HeavyMetalHomemaker 0 · April 04, 2014 at 4:27 PM

I guess I'm a minority here. I was feeling bad about myself with everything I've been reading online about nut butters, because I eat a LOT of nut butter. I mean, a LOT. I can easily devour a jar in a sitting (not that I do that very often...ok... (more)

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by 19504 · March 16, 2013 at 8:23 AM

What are the obesity hypotheses, who are the proponents/authors and optionally what are their best works on the subject? Which hypothesis/hypotheses do you subscribe to? Compiled version: Carbohydrate / Insulin Hypothesis - Gary Taubes Good... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · February 07, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Obesity System Influence via the UK's Tackling Obesities project. (more)

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by 520 · November 30, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Hi all, My most recent dive into paleo/primal began about a month ago, and it's going really well. This community has been a great source of info, resources, and laughs! But I don't want to ask a particular question about my particular... (more)

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Beth_WeightMaven 0 · November 29, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Taubes believes that carbohydrates in the diet drive insulin levels up and this insulin causes fat to remain locked away in fat stores, thus leading to obesity. He is now suggesting that sugar/fructose have a role in creating the initial insulin... (more)

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by 24343 · October 01, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Have you been following the great carb debate? This debate has elicited excellent opinions from Stephan Guyenet, Peter at Hyperlipid, and Kurt Harris. In a nutshell, they discuss the "carbohydrate hypothesis of obesity", with respect to the... (more)

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Alex_12 0 · October 01, 2011 at 4:55 PM

I would like to put a bit of a different tack on this, if I can. Sometimes, it is kinda interesting to take a step out of the Western food paradigm and look at the rest of the world. My husband's family comes from the Middle East and we have... (more)

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by 2166 · September 16, 2011 at 1:08 AM

I read Robb Wolf's book several months ago and have been enveloping myself in internet paleo-ness since then. I'd like to dive into a new book, but I have limited time to devote to sitting still and reading. SO: Let's pretend you could read... (more)

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saikln 0 · September 16, 2011 at 1:08 AM

I already know the concepts... I want the facts and science so I picked up GCBC, but I tell my friends they should read the other one (even though I haven't read it myself).

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by 12118 · September 06, 2011 at 2:02 PM

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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thhq 0 · September 03, 2011 at 2:25 AM

No and no. Taubes rode in on Atkin's horse. He's contributed nothing original. His kind of research is sophomore level lit searches followed by freshman level analysis. No lab work, just a lot of sensational hot air. In short he's a journalist... (more)

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by 19504 · July 20, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Did Taubes book have a positive change on your life? Is there anything you have had to tweak to fit your own style?

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CaveRat 0 · July 20, 2011 at 6:32 AM

There are a small number of books I can call "life changing", and in this decade Good Calories Bad Calories was that book for me. I think within a week I had gone from a crap diet to a (mostly) healthy and nourishing one. I think it was the right... (more)

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by 114 · March 13, 2013 at 5:19 PM

In GCBC, Taubes states that the only effective way to lose weight is to reduce carbs. He claims that exercise has minimal effects as a weight loss tool and has been shown to fail in controlled trials. However, I personally know plenty of people... (more)

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PamelaFehling 0 · March 10, 2013 at 3:54 AM

The best workout for losing weight aside form a good diet is walking. Walk 3 days a week for like an hour eahc day. Also, drink lots of water. Heres some more tips if your interested, just basic everyday stuff you can do to help. TRX sale (more)

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by 281 · April 10, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Just happened across this article from The Atlantic yeterday: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/04/are-grains-making-us-fat/237030/ The article deduces that grain consumption was quite a bit higher 100 years ago yet people were... (more)

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Paul_1 0 · April 09, 2011 at 7:02 PM

The first thing to notice, which I am surprised McArdle does not, is that her chart shows percentages from calories. If you click through to the (probably absurd and error-ridden) document from the USDA that she cites you can look at the absolute... (more)

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by 1038 · June 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM

My Question up for answer is based on the information below, is it correct to assume that Carbohydrates in a balanced diet do not significantly contribute to fat conversion and storage but instead wreak havoc on the homeostasis of the body... (more)

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Wenchypoo 0 · March 30, 2011 at 12:59 PM

I would think that just by sheer virtue of the fact that carbs are converted to sugar, then excess sugar is stored as fat, that yes, carbs do convert to fat--but not directly. There are a few steps in between.

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by 161 · March 29, 2011 at 5:15 PM

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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pjnoir 0 · September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I agree, he has done enough and his books should be read not learned about online. Let him be.

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by 260 · April 10, 2011 at 6:27 PM

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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Vee 0 · March 15, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Does it really matter? Reality is, Dr Oz is on national TV - he reaches most everyone, especially those too lazy to do their own research ~ they'll take his word at face value. Taubes has a small but growing following and the little bit of tv... (more)

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by 39204 · August 07, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I just drank a pint of heavy whipping cream and will continue to do so every day this week and report back with my results. Apparently a pint has 1600 calories in it. For that many calories, I expected it to be a lot thicker. I'm sure it will... (more)

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turkeytyme 0 · August 07, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Were you talking about forcing yourself to eat beyond what you were hungry for? I've never tried that one, but I have tried eating very high calorie foods to see how my body responds. Basically I just have less appetite later and it all evens... (more)

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by 5216 · December 08, 2010 at 5:38 PM

I'm doing a paper on de novo lipogenesis at the moment. So far, everything I've found says this isn't a major pathway. The results pretty steadily are 9 grams of fat a day synthesized in over feeding studies. Taubes says that "perhaps 30 percents... (more)

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Eva 0 · December 08, 2010 at 4:57 AM

Taubes typically cites all his sources. YOu may need to get a copy of the book and find where in the book it says that in order to track down his citation. Anyway, Taubes is not infallible. Some of what he said will later turn out to be wrong,... (more)

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by 161 · December 06, 2010 at 12:12 AM

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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MasterB 0 · December 02, 2010 at 2:23 AM

If you have enjoyed (and understood) Good Calories,Bad Calories then you can pass on this one. I heard there is nothing really new in there and people find books from Robb Wolf and Mark Sisson much more practical.

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by 2255 · November 08, 2010 at 3:32 AM

Any one else seen this article or read this book? It looks like a rehash/simplification of Gary Taubes but if it is getting out there in the mainstream (the Daily Mail of all places!!) then it must be a good thing,... (more)

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Marilyn_1 0 · November 07, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Dear Queen, I'm not a dietician or an health professional in any way so take that into consideration when reading what I'm about to say: Whatever you read, whatever position anyone takes about anything - especially about food - can be countered... (more)