Diet Doctor Podcast #62 — Gary Taubes

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Few individuals have helped more people learn about low-carb diets than investigative journalist Gary Taubes. Dr. Atkins receives a great deal of the credit for popularizing the low-carb approach in the 70s, but Taubes gets much of the credit for reigniting the flame with his 2002 article, “What if it’s all been a big fat lie?” followed by his book “Good Calories, Bad Calories.”

Now, Taubes is back with his latest book, The Case for Keto. This book is a convincing account of his investigations, including interviews with over 100 clinicians who prescribe keto diets to their patients.

Taubes expertly describes the prevailing weight loss paradigm of “eat less move more” and counters it with scientific evidence and practical arguments that show why that approach doesn’t work for many of us.

Taubes excels at bringing the body of nutritional science together with observations from “the real world.” Through that lens, he explains why many of us need a different approach.

Have you struggled with weight loss? Have you considered a keto diet? If so, you’ll want to hear Gary Taubes help you rethink weight loss and make his case for keto.

Thanks for reading,
Bret Scher, MD FACC

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Table of contents


00:00  Introduction
02:37  Personalized meal plan ads
03:47  Welcome, Gary Taubes
04:07  The Case for Keto: who’s it for?
07:50  Gary’s personal journey on writing the book
12:31  Misconception of the word “hunger” in the health community
16:15  The story of starvation psychosis from the book
20:28  Fat gain in obesity vs in biochemistry textbook
30:47  The issue with diets being unsustainable
36:55  Populations who can tolerate high carb diets
43:17  Challenges from overcoming a personal bias
47:13  Well vs “poorly” formulated keto diet
55:57  Polarization of keto, then and now
1:02:33  Thoughts on the current “nutritional warfare”
1:07:13  Where to find the book and Gary Taubes

About the video

Virtual podcast recorded and published in December 2020.
Host: Dr. Bret Scher
Producer: Hari Dewang

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