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Why do we get fat – and what can we do about it? Conventional wisdom tells us that it’s all about eating less and running more. The problem is that this seldom works well.

Science journalist Gary Taubes has spent more than a decade on finding a better answer. His book Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) became very influential and changed many people’s view on this – including mine.

Here Taubes discusses his controversial theories and the criticism, during the LCHF conference 2015. Why do we get fat?

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The Scientific Basis of Low-Fat Dietary Advice? “Best Guesses”

Have we been totally wrong about what to eat? Did the low-fat diet start the obesity epidemic? Here’s an interesting 10 minute mini-documentary from The New York Times, featuring two wise men, Gary Taubes and Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian.

NYT: A Healthy Diet’s Main Ingredients? Best Guesses

While the low-fat high-sugar diet of the 80s was a huge mistake, we should not take for granted that we know everything yet. As Dr. Mozaffarian says, conventional low-fat advice may have been based mostly on “best guesses”. But we still might only know about 50% of what we need to know – and we don’t know which 50% of is wrong.

More studies are needed, etc. But I’ll still venture a few guesses about common beliefs in 2016 that we’ll laugh about in the future:

  • Fear of natural fat like butter
  • Fixating on calories and neglecting hormonal regulation
  • Advice to eat often to lose weight (LOL)
  • All diets being equally good for losing weight
  • Magical belief in antioxidants and polyphenols etc., based on observational non-evidence
  • Cow farts being a danger to the environment (if no fossil fuels involved)

What is your best guesses about what is wrong in what people believe today?

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US Premiere of the Movie Sugar Coated – Watch It Online

Today is the US premiere of Sugar Coated. It’s an “eye-opening feature documentary that examines the various tactics of the sugar industry that have many health experts calling sugar the new tobacco”. And it features people like Gary Taubes and Dr. Robert Lustig. Should be interesting.

Press info

Watch the trailer above. If you live in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or Australia you can watch the movie online as Video on Demand.

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Taubes and Kendrick Discuss Sugar

Science writer Gary Taubes and cholesterol sceptic Dr. Malcolm Kendrick – both always interesting to listen to – discussed the problem of sugar on Aljazeera yesterday.

Watch it above or read more here:

Aljazeera: Feeding into our sugar addiction – With nearly 30 percent of the world’s population overweight, why are food systems so unhealthy?

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The World’s Top LCHF Conference is Finally Online!

A few months ago the world’s top LCHF experts gathered in lovely Cape Town, South Africa, for a massive four day conference. I was there presenting as well. It truly felt like a historic gathering.

Unfortunately not everyone can go to Cape Town, even for an occasion like this. Over 600 people participated, but most of the people around the world who would have wanted to be there sadly missed it.

Now it’s possible to watch all the 30 presentations online, as the online LCHF Convention launched today.

You can check out previews from the presentations for free. The entire online convention is $69 but the presenters – including me – get to invite people for only $49, so following this link you get that significant discount:

The Low Carb High Fat Convention Online

As an added bonus you also get access to transcripts of all the presentations and handy direct links for any studies and articles discussed.

I highly recommend the online LCHF convention, it’s a convenient recording of an historic event.

Regarding the Cost

Note that we get no part of the price of the conference – even if you follow the discounted link above. We never do affiliate marketing here at Diet Doctor for credibility reasons.

The full price of the online conference goes to the organizers (they are well worth it!) and will hopefully cover the significant cost of filming, editing and transcribing four days of presentations. Any surplus will help the organizers set up new LCHF conferences. The next ones are preliminarily planned for London and Washington!

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Carb-Loaded: the Best Low-Carb Movie Ever?

This might be the best low-carb movie ever. It’s just been released and you can watch it online:

Watch Carb-Loaded

Back in August 2013 the readers of this blog (and its Swedish cousin) helped kickstart production of Carb-Loaded.

The creators, Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen, have since done a terrific job of interviewing almost everyone in the low-carb community – like professor Tim Noakes, Gary Taubes et al (and me) – plus many other experts in food and nutrition, like Drs. David Katz, Marion Nestle and Yoni Freedhoff.

They’ve done loads of interviews, but that’s not what’s most impressive about this movie. What’s most impressive is how funny it is. I’ve basically heard all the information covered before, but I still found myself sitting with a silly grin on my face through much of the movie.

There’s some pretty impressive animation work lightening up the film too. But my favorite is the obnoxious doctor who sort of represents the conventional “wisdom” of our time. Reportedly the character was inspired by “dr Spaceman” in the TV series 30 Rock – if you’ve seen him you know what to expect.

Here’s a sneak peek of Carb-Loaded:

Did you like that? Check out the whole movie online here:

Watch Carb-Loaded

If you’d rather order a physical DVD or Blu-Ray disc, or if you want to check out other Carb-Loaded merchandise (like T-shirts) have a look at their online store. I you’d like, you can use the coupon code “DIETDOCTOR” for a 25% discount.

What do you think about the movie?

Note: I have no financial interests in the video streaming or the merchandise above.

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Do You Want to Watch the Excellent Obesity Documentary FED UP?

This spring I wrote about this exciting documentary, FED UP. Just from watching the trailer it was clear that this would be something extra. A documentary about the obesity epidemic, of highest quality, that doesn’t just put the blame on a lack of calorie counting and willpower in sick people (something that’s just sickening).

The documentary screened in theaters in the US during the summer and received consistently excellent reviews. It hasn’t shown in Sweden, but a couple of days ago it was released on DVD and finally I had a chance to watch it.

The movie is excellent and goes further than other previous major productions. It completely dismisses the sugar industry’s favorite idea that obesity just depends on calories. Instead, the blame is clearly put on the real culprit: sugar and addictive junk food.

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Why Are We Fat? The Multimillion-Dollar Scientific Quest to Find Out

Gary Taubes and Peter Attia

Gary Taubes and Peter Attia

Why are more and more people fat? The conventional view that it’s all about calories (eat less, run more) remains unproven and it doesn’t work very well.

Gary Taubes and Peter Attia are on a quest for the answer to the question. Is it only about calories or is it just as much about the quality of the calories? Is it about carbohydrates and their hormonal effects?

The sad truth is that we don’t know with certainty yet. At least not with enough certainty, so that all of those who are able to rethink, would be willing to accept the evidence. To really find the answer will be expensive, very expensive. This requires bigger and more carefully done studies than what have been done so far.

Fortunately, Taube’s and Attia’s non-profit organization NuSI has already acquired $40 million in donations and is trying to get an extra $190 million to finance the studies needed. Three big studies are already going on.

Read this excellent article about the quest for answers:

WIRED: Why Are We So Fat? The Multimillion-Dollar Scientific Quest to Find Out

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The Movie the Junk Food Industry Fears

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Here’s the movie that the junk food industry fears.

This new American documentary about obesity – FED UP – could stir up the debate when it premiers in four weeks. It’s produced and narrated by Katie Couric, one of the best known American news anchors.

The movie seems to hit home when it comes to the causes of obesity. This by interviewing people who really know their stuff, including several of my heroes: Dr. Robert Lustig, Gary Taubes, Michael Pollan, Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Mark Hyman. Bill Clinton is in it as well.

Watch the trailer – it’s excellent. Things are on a roll!

What do you think?

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Why Nutrition Is So Confusing

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Why is nutrition so confusing? Why do some say “eat more bread and less butter”, while others say the exact opposite? Why does a third group say that it doesn’t matter, as long as you eat less of everything?

Here are two good answers. Which one do you believe?

Answer #1

According to science writer Gary Taubes’s new opinion piece in The New York Times there’s a simple explanation. We don’t know because we’ve been too lazy and cheap to do what is needed to find out the truth. We just pretend that we know.

NYT: Why Nutrition Is So Confusing

Go ahead and read the opinion piece, which is unusually short and concise coming from Gary “640 pages” Taubes, but well worth reading as always.

Answer #2

Taubes’s opinion piece sent another profile in the nutrition field ballistic (again).  Continue Reading →

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