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