Building a Case for Keto with Gary Taubes




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Science journalist Gary Taubes, sets the record straight on America’s obesity epidemic and where conventional nutritional rhetoric has missed the mark.

Have we been analyzing obesity wrong this whole time? 

Investigative science and health journalist Gary Taubes knocked the medical world for six when he boldly claimed that America’s chronic obesity issue was a hormone problem, not an overeating one. His first two books, Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat punctured the traditional belief that a low-fat diet is the answer to optimal health. Now, he’s on a mission to show how a ketogenic diet can prevent or reverse diabetes and obesity. 

In this episode, Gary grounds the science into digestible chunks, presenting an enthralling case for keto that will make you rethink how you approach weight loss, health, and conventional nutritional advice.

Show Notes:

  • By starting a journalistic career examining bad scientific practices, Gary Taubes struck an interest in nutrition, and good science vs. bad science in nutrition

  • By the 1960s, the role of insulin in storing fat had been discovered, but despite that, the messaging that eating fat causes fat storage and heart disease was pushed by doctors and the media

  • Most of the fat we eat is stored immediately, but our enzymes are designed to break that fat down. High insulin inhibits the breakdown of fat, leading to long term fat storage

  • Minimizing insulin is the key to getting rid of excess fat cells, and to do that you need to eat more fat as it is the only macronutrient that does not cause an insulin release

  • If a symptom you are experiencing gets worse throughout the day, it is likely that it is diet-related and it's being caused by a food you are sensitive to

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