Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The man who challenged OZ

My buddy Paul got me hooked on New York Times Best Selling Author Gary Taubes.  Paul has graciously offered to write a post on the topic and some of his research for the GTS blog which I'll be posting later this week.  But I wanted to introduce the rest of you to Gary Taubes and his book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It.

Coach Joe dug through the interweb archives and sent me a few links of Gary's appearance on Dr. Oz where he was dubbed the "The Man who thinks everything Dr. Oz says is wrong." Kinda a long nick name... I would have preferred something like... T-Bone Malone or something...

Anyway, Gary challenges many of the fundamental diet principles we hold near and dear...

The long and short of his message:

  • Carbohydrates (mostly refined carbs but also fruits and starchy veggies as well) stimulate the hormones in the body that make you fat. 

Now this doesn't apply to everyone just as cigarette smoke doesn't make everyone get lung cancer.  But for those genetically susceptible to fat gain (or lung cancer) then carbohydrates might be an important contributing factor.

This doesn't mean everyone needs to remove all carbs from your diet... for the rest of your life. But this nutrition protocol challenges the more traditional Calories In / Calories Out Paradigm that has been engrained in our brains.

More on this later this week...


  1. http://weightology.net/?p=265

  2. I read through the link you attached. This article references a previous book Taubes wrote, not "Why We Get Fat". In addition, it critiques his research gathering techniques instead of the scientific premise of his book.

    I did find the study that overweight people under report their food intake on average. And while I do agree that can be the case, I have found that once your body has stabilized at a certain weight, it requires much less overall calories (assuming you're consuming what Taubes references as the "bad calories") to maintain that weight. So while it doesn't seem that Taubes address this topic specifically, (I'm assuming based on your article as I read "Why We Get Fat" and not "Calories In, Calories Out") its not fair to assume all overweight people lie about what they are eating either.

    All in all, not all literature should be taken as gospel. It should be meant to inspire free and new thinking, just as this blog is meant to do. Use what is beneficial, and leave the rest. Inspire healthy debate.

    Please feel free to expand on your thoughts of the article provided, any new thoughts the article inspired, and personal experiences you have with the nutritional protocol.