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Everybody Loves Gary Taubes

This has never happened before: After one hundred votes my interview with Gary Taubes has one hundred percent likes on YouTube.

Nobody dislikes Gary, yet.

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Why We Get Fat – Interview With Gary Taubes

Why do we get fat — and what should we do about it? Conventional wisdom says eat less, move more. The problem is that this advice rarely works very well.

Science writer Gary Taubes has spent the last decade finding a better answer. His book Good Calories Bad Calories has been very influential, changing the minds of many. He’s also written the more accessible Why We Get Fat – and What to Do About it.

Here Taubes discusses his theories (that are surely close to the truth) as well as the criticism from people who still think that calories are all that matter.

What do you think?

Gary Taubes’ blog


Meat, Pseudoscience and Why People Who Eat Their Placebo Are Healthier

Don’t worry too much about the health scares in the media. Here’s a very nice blog post by Gary Taubes about how uncertain the observational science behind them really is:

Taubes blogg: Science, Pseudoscience, Nutritional Epidemiology, and Meat (a short post, for Taubes)


CBS Sings the Praises of Fat (!)

This is pretty cool. CBS News, one of the biggest news programs in the world, just questioned whether fat is really bad (of course it’s not). They also interviewed Gary Taubes and the writer of the cool cookbook “Fat”. Can you feel the paradigm shift going on?

Read and comment on the news report.


The Taubes and Guyenet show goes on

Gary Taubes is back from a long blogging hiatus with an interesting post. As usual, when Gary writes he writes a lot. Even the title is long:

Within about five minutes Stephan Guyenet had his own new post up, detailing why Gary Taubes is wrong again:

They both have a few good points. But is this really just about the science? Continue Reading →


Diet Doctor: Rising star or fraud?

I just got a long blog post devoted to me by the blogger CarbSanity. I suppose I should feel honored, especially since she calls me a “rising star” promoting low carb diets. Unfortunately her blog seems mostly concerned with proving that everything Taubes says is wrong. Thus, of course, I must be wrong:

CarbSanity: Guyenet v. Taubes: Is There a Working Hypothesis for Obesity?

I found the arguments amusing. Inconvenient facts are by definition “irrelevant”. On the other hand, facts that support your position “falsifies” the alternative. Here are a few striking examples:  Continue Reading →


Guyenet, Taubes and why low carb works

After the recent fireworks at AHS, perhaps this should not come as a surprise. Neurobiologist and popular blogger Stephan Guyenet has posted on why he does not believe in (refined) carbohydrates as an important cause of obesity. Although he does acknowledge that a low carb diet is effective for making you lose weight.

Sound complicated? It is:

Whole Health Source: The Carbohydrate Hypothesis of Obesity – a Critical Examination

This makes me think of a common saying regarding forests and trees (thus the illustration). Let’s untangle this mess. Continue Reading →


AHS showdown: Gary Taubes vs Stephan Guyenet

Here is the most talked about, tweeted and blogged moment of the Ancestral Health Symposium, captured on film. Two stars colliding.

Stephan Guyenet has just finished his talk on “food reward” being a major cause of obesity. Gary Taubes, the undisputed champion of the “carbs->insulin->fat” camp, steps up to the microphone for the start of Q&A…

[UPDATED WITH VIDEO] Continue Reading →


Gary Taubes at Google

Here is a fairly new lecture by Gary Taubes on the topic of Why We Get Fat, the title of his last book. Taubes is doing the lecture at Google which is pretty cool. Another thing that is cool is that he is using a few slides I designed for him last year after meeting him at the ASBP/NMS conference in Seattle. At the time it felt like a U2-fan (me) getting to show Bono (him) some new tricks. Weird.

Taubes might be brilliant, but he has a tendency (as he knows) of cramming too much information/details into his lectures, and too much text into his slides. Very common tendencies of course, but still unfortunate.

I have a few other ideas about this lecture but I’d like to hear yours first: What are the strongest of Taubes’s arguments in the lecture and what are the weaknesses? Let me know your thoughts on it in the comments.


Gary Taubes on LCC 2012

None other than Gary Taubes just confirmed he will be a guest speaker on the 2012 Low Carb Cruise! Just brilliant. Other exciting new names: Robb Wolf, Denise Minger and Jeff Volek.

Time to start saving?