Taubes on Why We Get FatPosted: January 17, 2011
I just read a great interview with Gary Taubes in Reader’s Digest (unfortunately only available in the magazine) about his new book Why We Get Fat–and What to Do About It. Taubes is the author of the awesome book Good Calories, Bad Calories. In the interview, Taubes proclaims:
- The obesity experts are wrong. Can I get an amen? He says that these experts have an obsessive focus on the “gluttony and sloth hypothesis.” In other words, the dreaded application of thermodynamics (calories in calories out) to weight loss, which never addresses WHY we over eat.
- Diets don’t work. Taubes points out that the obesity experts say, in the same breath, that gluttony and sloth are responsible for weight gain, but diets don’t work. That’s why the medical community considers anti-obesity drugs and bariatric surgery as reasonable solutions to obesity.
- It’s impossible to count calories. Enough said. During the time in which I lost 87 pounds, I never counted a calorie or ate off a small plate (a perennial favorite suggestion of the experts; I can pile a lot of easily digestible carbs onto a small plate!). In the book, he breaks down why it is impossible, including the point that accurately counting a million calories a year (the average consumption) is impossible.
- High fat is better for your heart. Read his detailed description for this mind-blowing paradigm shift. I eat a relatively high-fat diet, and I have the best cholesterol readings that my doctor has ever seen (her words, not mine).
- If you have a weight problem, it’s not your fault. Again, can I get an amen? “The past 40-50 years, obesity research has basically been an attempt to explain why obese people just don’t have the moral rectitude of lean people, without actually saying that. It’s inexcusable, but it’s still the conventional wisdom.” My moral makeup has not changed now that I am leaner. Just sayin’.
So, what does Taubes suggest? Simple. Boost consumption of animal proteins, animal fats, other healthy fats, and vegetable carbohydrates; ditch grains and starches. You can see how I do this by reading: https://mylifelivedwithfat.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/what-i-eat-to-feel-good-and-lose-weight/
By the way, in the same issue of the magazine that presents this innovative information, we get this horrible advice about how to deal with cravings:
So, Taubes is a sane voice in a sea of really bad information.