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Calories vs. Carbohydrates – Gary Taubes (AHS12)

Gary Taubes’ excellent talk, “Calories vs. Carbohydrates: Clearing Up the Confusion Over Competing Paradigms of Obesity”, from the Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 (AHS12). Of particular interest to me is his discussion of the competing paradigms of obesity: the result of an individual’s failure to regulate consumption vs. a problem of adipose storage mechanisms. Well worth watching.

Note: If you have trouble with the video below, try viewing it here. It seems like there are some problems with hosting permissions that vimeo/AHS needs to work out.


Calories vs. Carbohydrates: Clearing Up the Confusion Over Competing Paradigms of Obesity by Gary Taubes at the 2nd annual Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 (AHS12) from Ancestral Health Society on Vimeo.

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So It Turns Out That All Calories Are Not The Same

We’ve been fighting this notion that “a calorie is a calorie is a calorie” for some time now, but it looks like the establishment may be finally understanding the implications of its own research.  In a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the authors discover that when calories are consistent across people, the group on a high fat, low carb diet burned 300 more calories per day and had a significantly higher resting energy expenditure (REE):
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Gary Taubes – Why the Campaign to Stop America’s Obesity Crisis Keeps Failing

Gary Taubes writes a cover treatment in the latest Newsweek and lambastes the conventional wisdom regarding the causes of the US obesity epidemic and the addled recommendations that are proposed to rectify it. In his cross hairs are the usual suspects: too many carbohydrates (in the form of sugar), a scientific establishment that is all but derelict in their duty, and a dogmatic (though unsupported) belief in the weight-loss benefits of exercise in combating obesity.

Check it out.

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Gary Taubes Takes Sloppy Science to School

In his recent article, writing for Discover, Gary Taubes takes  Harvard School of Public Health and UC San Diego researchers to task for impersonating actual scientists and making dietary recommendations.

every time that these Harvard researchers had claimed that an association observed in their observational trials was a causal relationship—that food or drug X caused disease or health benefit Y—and that this supposed causal relationship had then been tested in experiment, the experiment had failed to confirm the causal interpretation—i.e., the folks from Harvard got it wrong. Not most times, but every time.

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