Big Fat Lies

2/18/2008:

If you were expecting an entry about Hoboken city government, you’re out of luck.

This very interesting post is about a recent lecture held at Stevens Institute on February 6, 2008. Since most of you are off on this rainy day, take the hour to watch the video!

Author and scientist Gary Taubes was the featured speaker invited to discuss his theories about the obesity epidemic in his latest book Good Calories, Bad Calories.

Taubes strongly explains his principles about the importance of a low-carb lifestyle. He goes into the history of how we became fat, and exactly why most current “diets” you see littering the shelves of your local bookstore are worthless.

The lecture is a bit technical at times, but it is very informative. He cites many historical references and shows how the obesity trend has worsened.

Now I’ve always been a firm believer in “burning more than you consume” as the rule of thumb for weight loss (whether I can put my words into action is another story.) However, his presentation and theories really made me think that there’s more to this than meets the eye. Maybe all the bread I love to consume isn’t such a great idea…

Grab a beverage, watch the video and share your thoughts!

For me, following a regimented Atkins Diet is too much to handle, but I’m certainly going to find lower carbohydrate food alternatives in the future.

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64 Comments on "Big Fat Lies"


Dustbag
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Dustbag
8 years 7 months ago
boston – hate to see you bored. I agree with you on most of your original post. I also happen to agree with you about exercising to help with weight loss, though I believe its more a holistic effect related to emotional state than a true physiological effect. “Healthy people exercise more and people who exercise more are more healthy…” And not that I think you haven’t done your research, but just that I believe that most of the information out there is incomplete or misinformed. So I do have to disagree with you and “99% of the intelligent people” out there on the idea that saturated fat is in any way bad for you. It was a theory which gained momentum when its proponents were able to influence the government to adopting them into the USDA dietary recommendations. At that point the dogma became entrenched in the medical community. The problem is that not only Gary Taubes but many, many doctors and scientists over the last 30 years have questioned the science behind this assumption, and asked for proof. And like many other generally accepted “common sense” ideas (the earth is flat, etc.), when it is put up to critical examination it is suddenly found very lacking. But like any other profession doctors and dietitians are just human, and so they ignore those ideas that go against what they “know to be true” and dismiss them, and so, for awhile the established dogma maintains its position as the generally… Read more »
mrfreddy
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mrfreddy
8 years 7 months ago
[quote comment=”69739″]LOL – So, because this Gary person theorizes in his book that saturated fats are not bad, Everyone should believe Gary’s theory and take it to heart(no pun intended)? Again, you are starting to sound pretty scary. and FYI, not everyone stuffs themselves after they exercise. Everyone you know is completely famished after they workout and gorges on food? wrong. Certainly not people trying to lose weight. ME and my friends do triathlons in the summer and do not gorge afterwards. It’s common knowledge that one will lose weight FASTER combining exercise with diet then just dieting alone. Sorry, except you. Frightening. Honestly, I’m bored with this already. I’ll believe all the medically trained doctors, nutrionists, exercise physiologists and other scientist’s theory that saturated fat can cause heart disease and exercise aids weight loss and you can believe Gary Taubes. Done. Have a terrific weekend.[/quote] You’re unwittingly a providing classic example of why the prevailing dogma, ahem, prevails so strongly. People just know these things, don’t they? It’s common knowledge. No need to examine them, we all just know it, right? right? LOL at anyone who disagrees… Sorry you’re bored, I’ve been enjoying this back and forth. a last comment, today anyway, on exercise. Of course, if you can manage to exercise and not eat more, you’ll have an advantage. The same advantage you would have had if you had eaten even less (oh, say 1600k in my prior example) and skipped the exercise. Either way you are forcing… Read more »
boston1
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8 years 7 months ago

LOL – So, because this Gary person theorizes in his book that saturated fats are not bad, Everyone should believe Gary’s theory and take it to heart(no pun intended)? Again, you are starting to sound pretty scary. and FYI, not everyone stuffs themselves after they exercise. Everyone you know is completely famished after they workout and gorges on food? wrong. Certainly not people trying to lose weight. ME and my friends do triathlons in the summer and do not gorge afterwards. It’s common knowledge that one will lose weight FASTER combining exercise with diet then just dieting alone. Sorry, except you. Frightening. Honestly, I’m bored with this already. I’ll believe all the medically trained doctors, nutrionists, exercise physiologists and other scientist’s theory that saturated fat can cause heart disease and exercise aids weight loss and you can believe Gary Taubes. Done. Have a terrific weekend.

mrfreddy
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mrfreddy
8 years 7 months ago
[quote comment=”69718″][quote comment=”69669″][quote comment=”69641″] LOL LOL LOL – OK Doctor! WHATEVER you say! I’m sure no one with heart disease or family history of is stupid enough to listen to the above and eat tons of saturated fats so I’m not worried, unsaturated fats is a different story. FYI, I don’t recall mentioning A WORD about carbs so not sure who your rambling is meant for, but not for me. Have a GREAT DAY Genius! Gonna go shovel snow for that horrible thing called EXERCISE![/quote] nobody should listen to me, you’re damn right about that. But you should take a look at Gary Taubes book. He takes a long hard look at the source of and the actual science behind the dietary and exercise dogma you are presenting. His entire point is that this is all based on a enormously bad science, politics, strong personalities, etc. etc. I know it’s hard to believe that fat isn’t the demon, that it might actually be good for you. Even harder to believe that so many nutritional authorities have gotten it wrong, for all these years. Gary lays out his case in a meticulous and irrefutable manner. I haven’t seen one critique of his book that had a bit of substance to it. Unless you consider making fun of his waistline a valid criticism, I suppose. Slice slice! (thru a buttery smooth ribeye fresh off the grill!)[/quote] LOL LOL – For once we agree, NO ONE should listen to you. I’m starting to… Read more »
boston1
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8 years 7 months ago
[quote comment=”69669″][quote comment=”69641″] LOL LOL LOL – OK Doctor! WHATEVER you say! I’m sure no one with heart disease or family history of is stupid enough to listen to the above and eat tons of saturated fats so I’m not worried, unsaturated fats is a different story. FYI, I don’t recall mentioning A WORD about carbs so not sure who your rambling is meant for, but not for me. Have a GREAT DAY Genius! Gonna go shovel snow for that horrible thing called EXERCISE![/quote] nobody should listen to me, you’re damn right about that. But you should take a look at Gary Taubes book. He takes a long hard look at the source of and the actual science behind the dietary and exercise dogma you are presenting. His entire point is that this is all based on a enormously bad science, politics, strong personalities, etc. etc. I know it’s hard to believe that fat isn’t the demon, that it might actually be good for you. Even harder to believe that so many nutritional authorities have gotten it wrong, for all these years. Gary lays out his case in a meticulous and irrefutable manner. I haven’t seen one critique of his book that had a bit of substance to it. Unless you consider making fun of his waistline a valid criticism, I suppose. Slice slice! (thru a buttery smooth ribeye fresh off the grill!)[/quote] LOL LOL – For once we agree, NO ONE should listen to you. I’m starting to think… Read more »
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