How can we lose fat WITHOUT hunger?
Why is “eat less, exercise more” terrible advice for most people?
What’s the difference between starving yourself and intermittent fasting?
To help us navigate these questions and then some, returning to the show this week is award-winning investigative science writer, speaker and bestselling author, Gary Taubes.
Gary studied applied physics at Harvard University, aerospace engineering at Stanford, and journalism at Columbia University.
And fortunately for all of us, Gary has dedicated his work as of late to tearing down conventional nutritional theory with his research lectures and books, including a few titles, you’ve probably heard of, “Good Calories, Bad Calories,” “Why We Get Fat,” “The Case Against Sugar,” and his new book that we’ll be talking about today, “The Case for Keto.”
If you’re ready to finally ditch hunger and transform into a fat-burning machine, this is the show for you.
We’re talking about…
- The differences between intermittent fasting and starving yourself
- A simple strategy to shed fat without hunger
- How much to color outside the lines when it comes to carbs
- Issues with the “eat less, exercise more” dogma
- How to flip the switch and start burning fat for fuel
- And much more…
Let’s go hang out with Gary.
Where To Find Gary Taubes
You can find Gary’s books, articles, interviews and more over at GaryTaubes.com.
Gary says that the next book he’s working on is an obesity-related book covering the history of obesity science, and thinking of causality—this idea of energy balance thinking, the idea that obese people overeat, they take in more calories than they expand, how that came about, and how it infected and turned pathological, and all the science that came afterwards.
He says that since the Second World War, researchers who think they’re studying obesity are just studying eating behavior. They’re not even studying obesity anymore. And they just assume that somehow, eating behavior is causal, and they don’t realize that that’s never been really tested and is a failed hypothesis.
“So, I want to do that book,” Gary says. “And then, by that time, I’ll hopefully have gotten both kids through college, assuming they get off Fortnite long enough to go.”
Before You Go…
Here’s a quick note that came in from Peter in the UK. He’s a father of 5 and he says:
“Hey Abel! I’ve been following your podcast for some time now and you and your guests are always great companions on runs, walks, or long drives!
As a busy father and professional (and with full lockdown in the UK once again meaning homeschool is the new normal) I am powering through with your support.
So thank you for your words, wisdom and inspiration which, I am certain, are helping me work towards my health and fitness goals.
PS: When are Wild Superfoods going to be available in the UK?”
Hey, Peter, thank you so much for writing in.
I just want to comment on this real quickly here. So much about whether we get stronger or weaker in the face of tough times is about who we’re spending our time with.
But some of that, especially now, can be virtual. Who are you spending your virtual time with?
What does your media diet look like?
If you’re constantly searching for threats—I sometimes am guilty of this as well, I think we all are—if you’re constantly looking for bad news and spending your time with all the people who are saying that the apocalypse is coming and that this is the worst thing that’s ever happened to humanity, you know, you might be pretty bummed out.
But if you spend your time really trying to work on yourself… self-improvement is the thing that has always gotten me through tough times.
As many of you know, I’ve been waking up and playing music, practicing scales, just running up and down scales on guitar and piano for a couple hours first thing.
I’ve been doing that for a while, and the times when I wake up and I work out or I do some writing, or I do some art or music, I feel so much better than the times that I wake up and I just go straight to email or straight to the news or something like that.
So be very conscious about who you’re spending your virtual time with.
And keep in mind, we don’t have to actually know each other, be anywhere close to in the same physical location.
Of course, Peter, you’re in the UK. So thank you for listening from over there.
We do hope to get Wild Superfoods and some of our other physical products into other countries, but especially with Brexit and all the things going down with supply chains, it’s a little bit hairy right now, and we’ll have to grow a little bit at Wild Superfoods in order to make that happen.
But hopefully in the long-term, we really do plan to make this happen.
We believe in what we do and we couldn’t do it without you, so thank you, Peter, for writing in.
If any of you are interested in getting in touch with me, you can always sign-up for the newsletter and hit me up by replying to any of my emails.
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What did you think of this interview with Gary Taubes? Do you have thoughts on the starvation study that Gary discussed? Drop a comment below!