Why we get fat

Why We Get Fat – Gary Taubes
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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Also from the LCHF Convention 2015

 How to Do an LCHF Diet – Dr. Eric Westman
The 2 big lies of type 2 diabetes – Dr. Jason Fung
The Key to Obesity – Dr. Jason Fung
The Food Revolution – Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt
Weight Control – A Question of Calories or Insulin? – Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt
A Worldwide Nutrition Revolution – Prof. Tim Noakes
 LCHF for Obesity and Diabetes – Dr. Jay Wortman
Paleopathology and the origins of low carb – Dr. Michael Eades


  1. Pierre
    His theories are not controversial, but based on realities.

    Recently, I went 2 weeks in Panama an I made these observations;

    - 99% of the people are overweight or obese ( tourists, and locals).
    - all these people binge mainly on rice, pasta, potatoes and bread.
    - green vegetables were rare on the menu and most people didn't take them when available (mainly locals people).

    I had to go to salad bar to have green vegetables.

    I ate mostly chicken (very good), fish ( very good) , pork and ground beef and of course eggs in the morning with passion fruit and papaya.

    For the supper, I even ate cheese cake and crème caramel.

    I ate too much for 2 weeks and I gained almost 4 pounds (probably mostly water) that I lost in few days when back home.
    Right now I am even lighter than before my leaving!

    Conclusion, a low carb diets is very powerful to maintain your weight even in vacation as long you know how to choose your meals.

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  2. Apicius
    I agree, Pierre. Might I also point out that what I observed was the Panamanians often indulging in drinking huge fruit smoothies (enormous servings of sweet fruit, liquified before their eyes in a blender, and served in a large glass with a straw). These smoothie quick serve places are situated everywhere in Panama. And their meals are accompanied by large corn tortilla cakes (large fat discs of cornmeal cakes, that were deep fried in vegetable oil). Those corn cakes are a carby nightmare marinated in inflammatory oils....complete health disaster.

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