For decades we have been taught that fat is bad for us, and that the key to a healthy weight is eating less and exercising more. Yet despite this advice, we have seen unprecedented epidemics of obesity and diabetes.
Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks to Gary Taubes, an award-winning science and health journalist, and co-founder and director of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI). He is the author of The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat, Good Calories, Bad Calories, and, most recently, The Case for Keto.
Gary is a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for Science. He has written three cover articles on nutrition and health for The New York Times Magazine, and his writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, and numerous “best of” anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, and is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.
In this episode, we dive into:
- The real cause of weight gain and obesity (7:53)
- The missing piece when it comes to obesity research (8:55)
- Why people who fatten easily can get fat eating exactly as lean healthy people do (14:39)
- Why the obesity and diabetes epidemics continue to get worse (19:33)
- The safety of a low-carb, high-fat diet (29:09)
- Why obesity is not a calories in, calories out problem (42:44)
- The carbohydrate-insulin model and obesity (47:26)
- Foods that cause hormonal imbalances and cause our body to store excess fat (53:29)
- Why carbohydrate abstinence needs to be approached the same way we approach other addictions (1:02:01)
- The connection between insulin resistance and chronic disease (1:07:48)
Also mentioned in this episode:
- The Carbohydrate-Insulin Model: A Physiological Perspective on the Obesity Pandemic
- How a ‘Fatally, Tragically Flawed’ Paradigm has Derailed the Science of Obesity
- What If It’s All Been A Big Fat Lie
- The Doctor’s Farmacy Podcast Episode #166 – Who Should Eat Keto and Why
- Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes
For more on Gary you can follow him on Twitter @garytaubes and through his website http://garytaubes.com/. Get his book The Case for Keto: Rethinking Weight Control and the Science and Practice of Low-Carb/High-Fat Eating, here.
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