Gary Taubes on what he eats for breakfast and why America is fat


If you ever wondered what low-carb pioneer and author Gary Taubes eats in a typical day, or pondered about the whys of the obesity epidemic, then you should read this article:

GQ: Gary Taubes, the Man Who Knows Why America Is Fat

Once you’re insulin resistant — metabolically disturbed, as the paleo/LCHF folks like to say — you’re secreting more insulin to handle the carbohydrates you’re consuming, and you’re gaining fat, heading toward becoming diabetic. The question then is what do you have to do to solve that problem. For most people, just removing the sugar is not enough. You need to remove all the easily digestible carbs, which means pretty much all those except the carbs in green vegetables.


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  1. Catherine
    "Even though Gary Taubes is heralded by his fans as a crusader against Big Sugar, the truth is, the way he personally eats isn't that different from any 60-year-old father of two." says the writer of the article.

    And then reports Taub's typical daily meals of eggs and bacon for breakfast, fish and salad for lunch, meat and vegetables for dinner and the occasional bit of pumpernickel bread (cause it's low GI and Taub knows that he can eat it without gaining weight with his metabolic system). I obviously know very different 60 year old fathers of two!!!

    It is so frustrating how the key messages of the piece are undermined by a crappy introduction!!

  2. Swoozie
    What a silly comment! Surely there are more important things to get frustrated about?
  3. Lynn
    I was introduced to Taubes' works by a therapist after I remarked that I had abandoned the VA prescribed diet
    and gone back to eating as I did when I was a boy and young man in the 1950's and 1960's. Home cooked food, no sugar, no soda,
    coffee black, fresh vegetables, meat with fat, bacon and eggs and whole fruit. No processed food.
    My fat began melting off.
    I read his book and then his books, and those of Dr. Robert Lustig and Nina Teicholz

    Our present recommended American diet is geared to reducing us to consumption units who
    will just want to consume more. Free yourself. Read or watch Taubes, Lustig, Teicholz.

  4. Barbara Schipper Bergstein
    Since it is now understood that the metabolic disorder is the result of the sugar/ insulin phenomenon, why hasnt the glycemic index become the accepted guide to weight control?
    Reply: #5
  5. Jay Armstrong
    There are a lot of problems with the glycemic index. It measures 50g as the portion size first off. The tests were done on fasted healthy people and only with one carb source at a time so we get no data about whether combined carb sources would have changed the overall rise in blood sugar. People are very individual. While your blood sugar might respond negatively to cauliflower, someone else might see little issue. The cut off for the tests were an arbitrary 2 hours. While food can digest for far more than that.

    Because of the portion sizes we end up with a Snicker's bar being at 55 on the scale whereas a parsnip is 97. We can argue that a Snicker's bar isn't healthier than a parsnip. But less of a Snicker's bar is needed to make up 50g.

    The real issue that applies to people trying to maintain low carb high fat diets is that the glycemic index is no indication of insulin response. We don't need to care about a high or low potential blood sugar response for 50g of an item, we need to worry about how much insulin release it will trigger and for how long.

    There is a Food Insulin Index available, that along with nutrient density of a food might better indicate a healthier choice. But, it is fairly simple to know what foods not to eat in general for keto or LCHF lifestyles. Starchy vegetables and tubers, baked goods, grains, legumes, sugar, many fruits, are all not part of most LC lifestyles due to high carbohydrate counts.

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