Gary Taubes’ “Why We Get Fat”
I recommend everyone watch this video. Very informative. It has changed some of my perspective on how I look at metabolic syndrome, weight loss, and overall physiology.
There are two very important concepts he touches upon that really clicked in my head. Weight loss is not just calories in vs calories out (as I had been dead set on this for a long time). Calories still matter. But it depends on what your body does with the energy consumed, and how it handles the source of energy expended. Consuming excess calories is not the cause of weight gain—but rather the effect. The cause is how your hormones are regulated. Your hunger signals determine how much you eat, your hormones regulate your hunger signals, and your hormones regulated whether the energy you consume gets stored or burned, regardless of how much you consume. And our hormones are regulated by what we consume. What we eat matters.
Which translates to: you could have a daily deficit, and still gain weight/body fat.
This makes so much more sense to me.
side note// A lot of people will view this video and assume the message is “carbs make you fat. Don’t eat carbs”. I don’t view this video in that way. And whoever gets this assumption doesn’t clearly understand the message Gary Taubes is saying. There are Asian cultures who can eat pounds of rice a day and are lean. Which would seem like a plausible rebuttal against Taubes’ argument. I assure you it’s not, and it is a very juvenile rebuttal. This is because their hormones are working normally. It’s when your hormones are f***** that you get fat, and the wrong kind of carbs further contribute to that hormonal imbalance.
PS: Doesn’t he kind of remind you of Owen Wilson? His personality/voice just slightly? LOL